Sacramento, California - The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has awarded $215,670 for five projects that will promote and administer agricultural education and leadership programs for students, teachers and youth under the 2014 California Special Interest License Plate (CalAgPlate) grant program.

San Francisco, California - CIRM, California’s stem cell agency, is holding a free, one-hour webinar to let people know about the big changes being introduced under CIRM 2.0 and how it can help speed up research and make it easier and faster for researchers to get the funding they need when they need it.

Sacramento, California - Steel A. Davis, 42, of Paradise, was arraigned today in federal court, charged with wire fraud in a scheme to obtain bonuses for purportedly referring individuals to enlist in the California National Guard, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Davis pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Los Angeles, California - A Northern California man who defrauded 18 victims by selling website domains that he falsely claimed would generate substantial advertising revenue was sentenced today to 120 months in federal prison.

Sacramento, California - Lonnell McCarter, 39, of Sacramento, was sentenced today by United States District Judge William B. Shubb to 13 years and one month in prison for participating in a sex trafficking venture that involved a child prostitute, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. After his release, McCarter will be subject to supervision for an additional twenty years.

Santa Ana, California - An Orange County man who admitted targeting dozens of doctors and others in schemes that promised large returns on investments in the medical and dental fields and caused victims to lose more than $2 million was sentenced today to 57 months in federal prison.