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IMAGE: The California Fish and Game Commission is delaying its decision on extending state Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Fish and Game Commission is delaying its decision on extending state Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves. The postponement comes after the commission heard several hours of public testimony at its meeting in Ventura on Wednesday. Amaroq Wei...Read More

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The state is expected to collect billions of dollars in cap-and-trade auctions. Steinberg's plan would allocate 35 percent of the revenues to affordable housing and "sustainable communities." Courtesy of the Office of State Senate Darrell Steinberg.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is proposing a new plan for cap-and-trade proceeds that are collected from the state's biggest polluters. Steinberg, D-Sacramento, wants the majority of those revenues to go toward providing a permanent source of funding for sust...Read More

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PHOTO: The California Fish and Game Commission is considering whether to protect gray wolves under the California Endangered Species Act. A decision may be announced when the commission meets in Ventura on Wednesday. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

VENTURA, Calif. - Wolf advocates in California are urging policymakers to welcome the animals back to the Golden State. The California Fish and Game Commission is expected to announce Wednesday if gray wolves will be getting protections under the California Endangered Species Act. According to Pam...Read More

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PHOTO: University of California President Janet Napolitano supports Senate Bill 1210 to expand college financial aid for illegal immigrants. Courtesy: University of California.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California lawmakers are considering two different proposals to increase educational opportunities for California students from the youngest to the oldest. One bill, the Kindergarten Readiness Act, would make voluntary transitional kindergarten available to every four-y...Read More

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PHOTO: A State Capitol hearing room is packed Tuesday as a Senate committee discusses Senate Bill 1132, which would place a moratorium on fracking until the state fully studies the impact of the oil extraction method. Photo courtesy: Californians Against Fracking

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The controversial practice of offshore oil fracking is taking place along California's coastline, even though most people may not even know it. Assemblymember Das Williams says it's also being done without the required ongoing review from the Coastal Commission. He s...Read More

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PHOTO: A bill that would have made it illegal to use a wild-caught or captive-bred orca for entertainment purposes has stalled in the Assembly. The earliest it can be up for discussion again is in 2015. Photo credit: iStockphoto.com

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A bill to ban killer whale shows at SeaWorld is being put on hold. The Orca Welfare and Safety Act stalled in committee Tuesday, which means the earliest the bill can be re-heard is next year. The decision follows the delivery of a petition by three sixth-graders from Malibu wh...Read More

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IMAGE: "Equal Pay Day," which was marked Tuesday, is part of an ongoing national campaign to increase awareness about pay inequality for working women. A California Assembly Committee is being formed to tackle pay inequality and other issues for working women. Credit: U.S. Dept. of Labor.

California women must work almost 15 months to earn what a man does in just 12. "Equal Pay Day," which was marked Tuesday, is part of an ongoing national campaign to increase awareness about pay inequality for working women. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, said female-headed households ...Read More

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PHOTO: Epinephrine auto-injectors, known as EpiPens, would be required in California's public schools under a bill being considered in the Legislature. Photo credit: commons.wikipedia.org.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - An EpiPen can be a lifesaver for someone with a severe allergic reaction. That's why a state lawmaker wants them available in all public schools. Senator Bob Huff's bill (SB 1266) passed the Senate Education Committee last week and now heads to the Senate Health Committee. The b...Read More

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