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How a year-long challenge can change your shopping habits forever

It's a pretty common experience. You're at Target or Walmart to pick up a few necessities, and something catches your eye in one aisle. Then another.

And when you finally get to the register, you can't believe how much you're spending.

Hundreds of new jobs available at Sacramento's annual fall HIREvent

Hundreds of new jobs will be up for grabs at Sacramento's annual HIREvent next Tuesday on Oct. 6.

According to the event's description, the HIREvent will feature a variety of public and private sector employers looking for hires. Employers include the California Department of Managed Health Care, Twin Rivers Unified School District, 4G Wireless and more.

There will also be free one-on-one resume help from employment counselors.

The HIREvent is free admission and runs from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Lions Gate Hotel on 3410 Westover Street.

Learn more in the link below!

Stranger tries to kidnap child, fights with mom

A woman attempted to kidnap a child without success Sunday morning in Downtown Sacramento. 

The Sacramento Police Department said the suspect is 47-year-old Alisa Stroughter.

At 9:42 a.m. Stroughter confronted the mother and her child on L and 7th streets. Stroughter grabbed the child, according to the department, and unsuccessfully attempted to take the child.

Police arrived on the scene following a physical struggle between Stroughter and the child's mom.

Strougher was arrested for attempted kidnapping and no injuries were reported. 

Homicide investigation underway at a Sacramento apartment complex

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department is investigating a possible homicide at an apartment complex in South Sacramento.  

Sheriff’s Spokesman Tony Turnbull said at 5:30 Monday morning the department got multiple reports of shots fired at the Sun Valley Apartments, located on 50th Avenue. 

Turnbull said deputies found the body of a 58-year-old man in the courtyard of the complex.

The victim had multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso. Sacramento Metro Fire pronounced the victim deceased at the scene. The victim's identity will be released by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office after his next of kin are notified. 

According to the sheriff's department, witnesses saw a two possible suspects fleeing from the scene on foot towards 50th. No description of the subjects or motive is known at this time.

Sacramento sheriff deputies searching for sexual assault suspect

Sacramento sheriff deputies are looking for a suspect involved in a sexual assault that happened Saturday morning.

The suspect was described as a black male in his late teens or early twenties. The suspect was described as having chin or shoulder-length dreadlock hair or braids. The suspect was also described as having an average build. 

According to the sheriff department's Facebook post, the assault happened in the 5300 block of Diablo Drive in north Sacramento.

A little after 7 a.m. the sheriff's department received a 911 call regarding a sexual assault. When deputies arrived they found an elderly female victim who told deputies that an unknown man entered her house through the screen door and sexually assaulted her.

$43M in California fire prevention money goes unspent

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A state fire prevention account has ended recent fiscal years with tens of millions of dollars unspent despite bone-dry conditions across much of California's wildland area.

The Sacramento Bee reports Sunday the state ended the fiscal year in June with an estimated $43 million in fee money left over for fire prevention.

The state collected more than $300 million through June from more than 800,000 property owners who pay a fire prevention fee. Most of them pay $117.33 a year for each habitable structure.

Property owners in parts of the foothills east of Sacramento, as well as those in communities such as Shingle Springs, Georgetown and Pollock Pines, have been subject to the charge.

Favorite Sacramento Restaurants 2015

Favorite Sacramento Restaurants 2015

When you are a food blogger, critic, or writer, the number one question has got to be, "What are your favorite restaurants in town?" To that end, I hereby submit my current list. The last time I did this was in 2011 and a lot has changed.  In another 18 months, even more so with the 30-50 new restaurants expected thanks to the new arena.

Links are to my posts of each place.

First, The Kitchen cannot be put on a list. I highly recommend it and like it, but it is so expensive that it is hard for the normal Joe/Jane to pony up unless it is a special occasion. So it is in it's own category.

These restaurants are the ones I return to on a regular basis

- Ella $$$ fine dining, affordable happy hour and lunch specials... Read More