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Davis biotech firm, Marrone Bio Innovations Inc., is laying off 23 percent of its employees


DAVIS, Calif., - Marrone Bio Innovations Inc., a biotech firm, is the latest company in the greater-Sacramento area facing financial struggles. And now, those struggles are resulting in the layoffs of 23 percent of its employees.

The company develops and markets environmentally friendly, natural products for pest management in agriculture and water markets.

According to The Sacramento Bee, the exact number of workers losing their jobs has not been shared, but it could be several dozen. As of March 31, the company was listed as employing 154 workers.

And, as noted in the article, Marrone Bio is a company that started off strong, with a successful initial public stock offering last year valued at $57 million. It was the first IPO in the greater Sacramento area in seven years.

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Police: Shooter taken into custody near Dixon High School


A Dixon High School student has been arrested after an exchange of gunfire with Dixon police officers at a local park Wednesday morning.

Officers responded to Hall Memorial Park at approximately 9 a.m. after receiving a call about an individual walking through the park with a gun, according to Dixon City Manager Jim Lindley. As police approached, the individual and officers fired shots at each other.

The confrontation began near the park's baseball field and ended when the individual surrendered near the pool area, Lindley said.

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Experience Hendrix

Experience Hendrix
Experience Hendrix
10-16-2014 - 10-16-2014
Mondavi Center, UC Davis
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Admission: $57-$97
 
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Jimi Hendrix's status as a cultural icon stands undiminished His continuing influence on popular culture more than three decades after his untimely death in 1970 is remarkable Experience Hendrix, organized by Jimi’s own family, pays tribute to Hendrix’s musical legacy, with an all-star cast of musicians performing Hendrix’s unforgettable music
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San Francisco Symphony

San Francisco Symphony
San Francisco Symphony
10-25-2014 - 10-25-2014
Mondavi Center, UC Davis
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Admission: $62-$127
 
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Vacaville High School student found murdered


Vacaville police are investigating the murder of an 18-year-old man who was found shot to death early Monday morning.

Demetrious Ward of Vacaville was found by officers at about 1:30 a.m. sitting in a white pick-up truck at an apartment complex in the 100 block of Aegean Way in Vacaville, police said. He had been shot in the head.

Ward was taken to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police said the driver's window on the pick-up was rolled down and the truck did not have any damage from the shooting. They added that Ward did not live at the apartment complex.

Ward was a senior at Vacaville High School and a member of the football team, the Vacaville Unified School District confirmed.

Police said suicide has been ruled out as a cause of death.

Here is a highlight video showing Ward on the football field:

Fall for the Arts (Davis)

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Fall for the Arts (Davis)
10-01-2014 - 10-31-2014
Davis Downtown Business Association
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In honor of October, Artober, and National Arts and Humanities month, Davis Downtown is hosting Fall for the Arts, a month long celebration of arts and culture in Davis Events include: 
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Police: Man arrested with more than a pound of marijuana after pursuit


A Vacaville man is facing several charges after allegedly leading police on a chase Saturday night.

Don Sheets, 40, is charged with evading in a reckless manner, driving under the influence of alcohol, probation violation and possession of marijuana over an ounce, according to Vacaville police said.

Police said they attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding at about 11:45 p.m. Saturday near downtown Vacaville. The vehicle didn't stop, however; instead, it drove north on Gibson Canyon Road at a speed of more than 80 miles per hour, police said.

The vehicle was eventually abandoned in front of a residence on Rustic Lane. Police said Sheets was spotted running into the house.

The house was surrounded and Sheets was arrested. Police said he was in possession of more than a pound of marijuana when he was arrested.