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Scam Alert: DMV Warning To Driver License Applicants

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is reminding DMV customers to avoid scams involving driver license applications, such as efforts to charge for services that DMV offers for free.

“Paying someone who promises to speed up the process of obtaining a California driver license will only waste your time and money,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto. “It is easy to get a new driver license by making a free appointment at your local DMV office, so do not waste your money paying anyone to help you.”

Assembly Bill 60 (AB 60) allows the DMV to issue a California driver license, regardless of immigration status, to those who can prove identity and California residency. Applicants must also meet all other qualifications for obtaining a driver license, including passing a written test, vision test, and behind-the-wheel exam. DMV will begin issuing driver licenses under AB 60 on January 2, 2015. The only necessary fee is $33 payable to DMV.

KMPH Fox26 News to Host National Town Hall on Immigration

KMPH Fox26 News has been chosen by its parent company, the Sinclair Broadcast Group, INC, to host a nationally streamed Town Hall meeting on Immigration.  Titled, “Your Voice, Your Future; Immigration in America”, the meeting will air, live, on KFRE CW59 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 18.  It will stream, live, on KMPH.com and other Sinclair websites from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Pacific time on that date.  The meeting will cover a wide range of topics surrounding immigration, including legal and illegal immigration, the legalities, ethics, and effectiveness of Presidential and Congressional efforts to deal with immigration, the tremendous impact immigration has on the Valley’s populace and economy, and other topics submitted by viewers and web users.

Kaiser Permanente Gives $500,000 For Drought Relief

Kaiser Permanente Gives $500,000 For Drought Relief

KAISER PERMANENTE GIVES $500,000 TO ASSIST VALLEY RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY THE DROUGHT

Four community organizations receive drought-relief grants to provide fresh produce, emergency water and supportive services to rural Fresno County residents.

Kaiser Permanente is providing $500,000 in grants to assist residents in Mendota, Kerman, Orange Cove, Parlier, San Joaquin, Huron and Firebaugh impacted by the state’s most severe drought on record. Four community organizations are receiving the grants to assist Fresno County residents who have limited access to food, drinking water, health care and other supportive services.

The drought-relief grants include:

Careers in Construction on California's High Speed Rail Projects

Careers in Construction on California's High Speed Rail Projects

Walmart Now Selling Health Insurance

Walmart is now dipping its toes into health insurance.

The world's largest retailer is teaming up with Health–Direct–Dot–Com to offer insurance plans right in its stores.

Customers can sign up for policies ranging from Medicare to plans on healthcare exchanges.

Walmart hopes they can help simplify the process for people by setting up agents in over two thousand stores nationwide.

They will assist customers in choosing and enrolling in a health insurance plan.

Keep Your Home California principal reduction program provides as much as $100,000 to help homeowner

More than 1 of every 4 Fresno County mortgages are underwater, but Keep Your Home California has a free program that could provide as much as $100,000 to get financially strapped homeowners back on track.

In fact, a loan-to-value ratio of 120% or greater is now considered a qualifying hardship for Keep Your Home California’s Principal Reduction Program. The federally funded, state-managed program can often get homeowners close to above water on their mortgage while saving them hundreds of dollars every month in payments.

Certainly, California has enjoyed a double-digit increase in home prices during the past two years, but many regions – such as the Central Valley and even in some communities in the Bay Area and Southern California – remain well below the peak prices. The free Principal Reduction Program can help.

2 Jets Based Out of NAS Lemoore Crash Near Guam

The Pentagon now confirms the two F/A–18 Hornet fighter jets that crashed near Guam Friday morning are from Carrier Wing 17, which is based out of Naval Air Station Lemoore.

The crash happened around 1:00 a.m.

One pilot was found and taken to a naval hospital; his condition is not being released.

Rescue crews are still looking for the other pilot.

The jets were flying off of the U.S.S. Carl Vinson, which is based out of San Diego.

The aircraft were assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 94 and Strike Fighter Squadron 113 based out of Naval Air Station Lemoore.

Right now, investigators are trying to figure out what caused the two jets to crash.