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Legislative panel OKs audit of massive California tunnels

Critics of Gov. Jerry Brown's nearly $16 billion plan to bore two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta won a state audit of its ongoing costs on Wednesday, though state officials don't expect the audit to delay the project.

The Joint Legislative Audit Committee also voted to have California's state auditor investigate prison suicides, University of California spending and certain charter schools.

The twin 40-foot tunnels, each 35 miles long, would funnel Sacramento River water south to dry farmland and millions of residents. The project is opposed by delta-area lawmakers and others who say it will further harm the environment while siphoning water...