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    COC Board Agrees To Settlement In Voting Rights Act Lawsuit

    College of the Canyons governing board agreed Wednesday to terms for the settlement of a California Voting Rights Act lawsuit, according to a report out of closed session. 

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    The terms of the deal were filed Tuesday confidentially at Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles, according to a court official.

    Sanitation District To Host Meeting On Fee Increase For Sewage Treatment

    Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District officials are hosting Wednesday the first of several informational meetings about our sewage treatment ahead of a deadline for what officials are calling a much-needed fee increase for state-mandated chloride facilities.

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    Santa Clarita Valley Superintendent Reacts To Teacher Tenure Decision

    A Santa Clarita Valley superintendent praised a “historic” decision in the Vergara v. California trial regarding teacher tenure, which struck down portions of the state’s Education Code deemed unconstitutional.

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    Santa Clarita City Council Reviews $191.5 Million Budget

    Santa Clarita City Council members voted unanimously to approve a draft of the city’s $191.5 million budget for 2014-15.

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    The budget, the result of a six-month process, accounts for a 6 percent increase over last year’s budget, including a $460,000 operating surplus, City Manager Ken Striplin said Tuesday.

    COC To Settle Voting Rights Act Suit, Palmdale To Keep Fighting

    College of the Canyons officials and plaintiffs in a California Voting Rights Act lawsuit reached confidential settlement terms early Tuesday morning, according to an official. Palmdale officials recently decided to attempt to take their CVRA lawsuit fight to the state’s Supreme Court, sfter a recent appellate court loss and an award for more than $3.5 million for the plaintiffs’ attorneys. The settlement by COC officials avoided a trial by the narrowest of margins, after an 11th hour meeting by the board authorized legal counsel to seek a settlement the day before trial was to begin last week.

    Valencia Man Pleads Not Guilty To Stevenson Ranch Mayhem Charge

    A Valencia man facing a maximum of life in prison pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges in connection to an alleged road-rage attack in Stevenson Ranch. Cory Allen Flenory, 27, is facing one count each of mayhem and vandalism over $400, and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. The case against Flenory also includes the allegation that he used the BB gun as a deadly weapon and that he has a 2005 felony conviction in Tulare for carjacking, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, according to Guy Shirley, deputy district attorney.

    UPDATE: Big Rig Truck Spill Prompts Highway 126 Closure Near I-5

    Emergency personnel are responding to a chemical spill on Interstate 5 near the Highway 126 interchange, officials said Tuesday. Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies, California Highway Patrol officers and county Fire Department personnel have been on the scene since about 8:40 a.m. Traffic on Highway 126 is shut down in both directions, and there are multiple road closures, but I-5 remains open as officials work to clean up an acid spill. HazMat officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department are working on getting the road clear.

    CHP Officers Make 3 Arrests At DUI, Driver's License Checkpoint

    California Highway Patrol officers checked more than 300 drivers and made three arrests Friday night at a Sand Canyon DUI-driver's license checkpoint

    College Of The Canyons Faculty Rejects Contract Offer From COC Officials

    College of the Canyons faculty members are seeking a better offer from COC officials, citing a better financial situation, administrator pay and a 7-year span since their last pay increase

    Canyon Country CEO In Court On Murder For Hire Case

    A Canyon Country CEO accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill his wife appeared in court and had his case delayed, according to officials.

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