Dennis Shanahan
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Sacramento is my home. Sure, I grew up in the Bay Area. But after graduating from Sac State with a degree in communications, I knew that I would be happy living and working in this city. That’s why, after a few years reporting in Eureka and Reno after college, I jumped at the chance to come home to the Sacramento region where many of my friends and relatives live. I’ve been a reporter in the Capital City since 2001, and at FOX40 since 2008. I enjoy meeting the great people of this region and visiting so many cities and communities on assignment.

On weekends you can catch me forecasting the weather on FOX40. My love of the outdoors and the science of weather (even those blustery Blue Canyon snowstorms) led to this position.

On my days off, I enjoy keeping up with my extended family and spending time in the company of good friends. I also get along quite well with my DVR and flat screen TV. When the weather is nice, you might see me running or trying to play golf. Trying. During the winter, I gladly trade in the golf clubs for my snowboard.

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    Drumline Students Depart Sacramento for Japan

    SACRAMENTO — Grant Union High School’s drumline is headed overseas on a five-day adventure to Japan. After months of successful fundraising for the trip, the students, teachers and chaperones boarded a bus Wednesday evening that took them from the high school in Sacramento to the San Francisco airport. The percussion students, under the direction of James Van Buren (“Mr. V”), were invited to perform as part of the 35th anniversary of the sister city agreement between Sacramento and Matsuyama Japan, and […]

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    Cubs Express Admiration for Giants

    SAN FRANCISCO — The Chigago Cubs had high praise for the San Francisco Giants following the Cubs’ National League Division Series win in San Francisco Tuesday night. “They’re one of the most formidable opponents you’ll ever want to play, especially this time of the year,” Cubs manager Joe Madden told FOX40 when asked about the Giants. “I’m a big Bochy fan. The entire team, great organization. We’re lucky to win that.” “First class organization,” added Cubs outfielder Albert Almora regarding the Giants. “The intensity […]

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    Galaxy Note 7 Phone Catches Fire in Sacramento

    SACRAMENTO — A woman who lives in the Capital City is among those whose new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones have erupted into smoke and flames. “All of the sudden my phone started hissing,” explained Gita Halderman. “And it was like a rocket that was exploding. So once you saw all that come out…it just burst into flames.” She said she only had the phone for a few weeks, and it was turned off when it caught fire Saturday night during […]

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    Casino Project Moves One Step Closer to Reality in Elk Grove

    ELK GROVE — At its Wednesday night meeting, the Elk Grove City Council voted unanimously in favor of a memorandum of understanding (MOA) between the city and the Wilton Rancheria Indian Tribe related to a hotel-casino project. The MOA is a financial agreement, under which the Tribe will commit $130 million to the city over the next 20 years if the casino is built. “That’s $36-plus million to police services, $56 million to the general fund, $12 million to roadway maintenance, $10 million […]

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    Pie Thrower Faces Mayor for First Time Since Incident

    SACRAMENTO — Sacramento activist Sean Thompson, who is out on bail after hitting Mayor Kevin Johnson with a pie in the face last week, had his first face-to-face encounter with the mayor since the pie incident Tuesday night. During the public comment period of the Tuesday city council meeting, Thompson cited the mayor’s attention to the Golden 1 Center when explaining the motivation behind the coconut cream attack. “A government distracts its citizens with food and entertainment in order to better […]

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    Community Mourns Fallen Pilot

    LINCOLN — Hundreds of people gathered in Lincoln’s McBean park Monday night, lifting candles and prayers in memory of Lt. Col. Steve “Shooter” Eadie. He was remembered as an accomplished military pilot, a loving and loyal husband, a father of six and a proud new grandfather. People who knew him described him as a man of rare kindness, genuine goodness. Lt. Col. Eadie lost his life in a Sept. 20 U-2 plane crash during a training mission near Beale Air Force […]

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    Iconic Neon Signs Find New Home in Golden 1 Center

    SACRAMENTO — Six iconic neon signs that one glowed outside Sacramento businesses will light up again inside the Golden 1 Center. The signs are owned by the city of Sacramento. Their exhibition in the southeast corner of the arena’s plaza level concourse is a partnership between the Sacramento Kings and the Center for Sacramento History, which is the curator of the signs. Sacramento-based sign company Pacific Neon refurbished the signs while preserving their historic integrity. According to a Sacramento Kings news […]

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    CHP Helicopter Crew Rescue Man Who Took 20-Foot Tumble in Rugged Terrain

    EMIGRANT GAP — A California Highway Patrol helicopter crew rescued a man Sunday who took a 20 foot tumble in rugged terrain. The victim, identified as 58-year-old Donald Stockard of Antelope, was hiking with a group, trying to reach the American River from the North Fork Campground near Emigrant Gap when he fell. The hikers were able to use a cell phone to call for help. Cal Fire crews hiked in and prepared Stockard for a helicopter hoist lift. The […]

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    Yuba City Teachers Set to Strike Beginning Thursday

    YUBA CITY — Hundreds of teachers in the Yuba City Unified School District are planning to strike over a wage impasse beginning at 6:30 a.m. Thursday. They say they will be picketing outside several of the district’s 17 schools. The district and Yuba City Teacher’s Association negotiated a salary package for one year before reaching the impasse. The district has made substitute teacher arrangements and is encouraging parents to continue to send their kids to school. After-school athletic programs, however, may […]