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Home Depot to hire 80,000 amid Spring super sales

Home Depot to hire 80,000 amid Spring super sales


SACRAMENTO - Big-box retailers are pinpointing spring as the perfect time for industry specific super sales. Similar to the big discounts available on Black Friday, bargains at stores like Home Depot, Lowe's and even Walmart are predicted to increase shopping, and in time, require additional help.

Home Depot, for example, is hiring 80,000 employees to help with the spring season.

Walmart's specials started on the first day of spring and will continue for nine days. Home Depot and Lowe's do it a little differently. They have deals going on now, but will continue various offers throughout the season.

Visit the store websites for specific details.


Rocklin couple to adopt children from Ukraine


ROCKLIN - Rocklin residents Roman and Krystna Kravchuk are ready to dive into parenting. The rooms for their two adopted Ukrainian children, 10-year-old Andre and 3-year -old Katya, are all ready to go.

The couple is heading to the country, but they are worried about getting their children out safely.

Roman and Krystna will be heading to Ukraine, directly into the conflict zone of Kiev, to finalize all of the paper work for the adoption.

"We are taking a leap of faith and doing what is not comfortable for us, but just showing the love to those kids," said Roman Kravchuk.

The couple said the adoption process was moving smoothly until the uprising in the country began. With tension at a high level, they don't what to expect when they travel next week.

Roseville schools lengthening class day for kindergartners


One school district is adding the equivalent of more than 50 days of school for kindergartners, but they're not changing their school calendar a single day.

Kindergarten students at all nine elementary schools in the Roseville City School District will increase their class minutes from 200 to 300 a day.

"We find that students benefit from being in school longer both academically and socially," Sargeant Elementary School Principal Teri Seaman said.

According to the California Education Code, the minimum instructional minutes for kindergarten is 180 minutes a day.

School leaders say the reason they made the switch is to keep up with state and national standards.

"People may have said that it may be too much and we have not found that true at Sargeant school," Seaman said.

Roseville businesswoman hoping customers willing to pay for cuddles



A Roseville businesswoman hopes hugs become so popular, people will pay for them.

Kelly Peterson is the owner and chief cuddler of the Cuddle Connection in Roseville off Sunrise Avenue. She believes there is a market for hugging.

"Our mission is to provide a safe platonic human embrace, in a beautiful and safe space," Peterson said.

Peterson said she employed three people for her cuddle team and is looking to hire 10 part-time employees.

Cuddle session start at $29 for a half hour and $49 for an hour cuddle session.

Peterson compares her business to a trip to the day spa, minus the massage. She said all cuddles come with strict guidelines, and her business is not a sleazy shop.

"Absolutely not," Peterson said. "No nudity of any kind, no inappropriate touching."

Family: Granite Bay woman with H1N1 flu virus improving


GRANITE BAY, Calif. - Just a week ago, friends and family of 61-year-old Lesley Bunning of Granite Bay were terrified. They said Bunning was clinging to life and battling the H1N1 strain of the flu. They were worried about losing her and having to make life or death decisions. But now, her family says Bunning appears to be on the road to recovery.

Daughters Tamra Alsberg and Allison Perrins are certain their mother is getting better.

"Last week, we weren't sure if we were going to have her with us much longer," Perrins said.

So far, the flu has claimed the lives of 26 people in Sacramento and more than 200 people across California.

Like many others, Bunning did not get a flu shot.

On January 6, Bunning was taken to Kaiser Roseville's emergency room. Days later, she was put on a ventilator- life support. Doctors put Bunning into a drug-induced coma.

Polce: Roseville 18 year old facing underage sex, child porn charges


SACRAMENTO - An 18-year-old Roseville man is facing serious accusations after allegedly having sex with a girl at least four years younger than him and sharing video of the act.

Roseville Police Department spokesperson Dee Dee Gunther said investigators suspect Michael Anthony Contini of similar illegal activity with other victims.

Following up on information from school officials, a police school resource official investigated what Gunther termed an inappropriate image of Contini and an underage girl on a social media website.

Contini was arrested Feb. 11 on suspicion of using a minor to create and/or disseminate obscene material, possession of child pornography and sex with a minor, according to Gunther.

Investigators think there may be more victims of Contini and they urged anyone with information to talk to their school resource officer or Roseville police.

San Juan Water District considers 40% water reductions


GRANITE BAY - A crowd filled a Granite Bay gymnasium with dozens of people concerned about the prospect of being asked by the San Juan Water District to use 40 percent less water.

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"I need you to tell me if we either stop showering or stop flushing the toilet because we won't be able to do both," Betty Chrisman told the water district board during public comments at the board meeting.

Chrisman insisted it isn't fair to ask everyone to cut the same percentage of water they're using.