OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - We're taking a look back at the big stories from this week - 20 years ago - in 1996.
President Clinton signed Megan's law.
According to the Megan's Law website, "Megan's Law is named after seven-year-old Megan Kanka, a New Jersey girl who was raped and killed by a known registered sex offender who had moved across the street from the family without their knowledge. In the wake of the tragedy, the Kankas sought to have local communities warned about sex offenders in the area."
In our archived footage Mark Klaas says, "There's no bitterness. Certainly we're sad that we lost our children but we want to give meaning to our children's deaths."
President Clinton said, "There is no greater right, than a parent's right to raise a child in safety and love."
Megan's Law has evolved over the years. Initially, Megan's Law provided information on sex offenders to be available at local police stations and sheriff offices, or by calling a toll-free number. In 2004, that changed to include a Megan's Law sex offender data base that can be searched online.
A series of refinery fires was becoming a concern in Contra Costa County.
During this week, 20 years ago, one occurred in Rodeo. Our archived footage showed flames shooting hundreds of feet into the air. Contra Costa County authorities were discussing how they could step in to regulate the refineries. Now, in 2016, although regulations have been implemented over the years, refinery fires are still a concern.
In 1995-1996 there was heavy snow in the winter, but a warm spring. That provided for spectacular conditions at Yosemite. Our footage shows the rivers full and rushing. We're having similar conditions in 2016 during this El Nino year.
Baseball and Steroids
It was a crazy night amongst MLB teams, with 72 hits between two games. Our KTVU anchor team discusses how they think it's not a rumor - "the ball is juiced up." Of course, later, it came out that steroids were a major issue for MLB teams.