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Northern California City Struggling Under Realignment: A California State Senator has dubbed Redding, CA as one of the cities hit hardest by Realignment after taking a tour of the Shasta County Jail earlier this week.  Vienna Montague of KRCR News reports that since Realignment went into effect in 2011, the city of Redding has seen higher rates of auto theft, robbery and drug use, and it has caused major problems throughout the community.  The senator mentioned additional funding that has been set aside to combat Realignment issues, but believes money is a simple fix to a problem that requires a long-term solution.

Man Sentenced in Cold Case Rape: A Chicago man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after DNA from a rape kit linked him to a cold case sexual assault committed more than ten years ago.  The Associated Press reports that the rape kit was one of dozens left untested and forgotten about in a suburban police station.  He became the 15th person to be either charged or convicted as a result of the discovery of the untested rape kits. 

CA High Court Denies Murderer's Appeal: A California man convicted of murdering five people will stay behind bars for the rest of his life after the state's Supreme Court denied to review his case.  Ivette Lopez of the Santa Monica Lookout reports that William Vasquez, a documented gang member, was found guilty in 2008 and linked to five murders that took place around Southern California between 2002 and 2005.  Two of Vasquez's accomplices in the murders are also serving life sentences without the possibility of parole.  

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