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    PNS Daily News - January 26, 20150 


    Today’s news highlights stories on variety of issues including: a major Nor’easter targeting the East Coast; a CIA whistleblower faces jail time; paid sick time on the table for legislators in Washington; and some say a new study on sodium should be taken with a grain of salt.

Public News Service - California

PHOTO: People and organizations around the nation held events Wednesday to mark the fifth anniversary of a controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling that increased some political campaign donation limits. Photo courtesy of U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Members of the group 99Rise Sacramento marched near the state Capitol on Wednesday to try to get big money out of politics. It was one of many protests held around the nation to mark the fifth anniversary of the controversial Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme ...Read More

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PHOTO: A packed courtroom hears arguments last month in San Francisco. A judge on Friday issued a tentative ruling the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges must give City College of San Francisco more time to respond to the criticism that led to the termination of the school's accreditation in 2013. Photo courtesy of California Federation of Teachers.
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SAN FRANCISCO – One of the state's largest community colleges is getting a second chance to stay open. A court in California has ruled that the state’s Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC ) acted illegally when it decided to terminate City College of San Fra...Read More

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PHOTO: Seven California counties depend heavily on Colorado River water, and a new study by Arizona State University quantifies just how much their economies would suffer if less water is available. Photo of Palo Verde Dam near Blythe, Calif., by Sandra J. Owen-Boyce, U.S. Geological Survey.

LOS ANGELES — A little more than half the economy of Southern California is dependent in some way on the health of the Colorado River system, according to a new report that quantifies the value of the river to the seven Western states that use it. Researchers at Arizona State University found...Read More

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PHOTO: They may be tiny, but California's Delta smelt proved to be important enough that the case for protecting them made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The highest court in the land has sided with one of the tiniest fish in California - by refusing to hear an appeal on Monday. The U.S. Supreme Court was asked by some California farming interests and water districts to consider overturning a case that affirms protections for th...Read More

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PHOTO: Oil wells near La Habra Heights, Calif., are nothing new; this photo is from the 1920s. But residents will vote in March on rules to restrict new oil and gas development, and also such high-intensity drilling techniques as fracking. Photo courtesy of Orange County Archives.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Elections in less than two months are the talk of two small southern California communities where voters will decide the future of oil and gas drilling in their areas – and the results could set the tone for other parts of the state. In La Habra Heights, residents ...Read More

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PHOTO: It's more than just a thoughtful note. Sending thanks the old-fashioned way helps teach children to express themselves and develop a lifelong sense of gratitude. Photo credit: Chris Thomas

Now that the gifts have been opened and presumably enjoyed, and the tree has come down, there's still one holiday task experts say parents need to tackle: helping kids show gratitude for what they've received. In today's tech-driven world, handwritten thank-you notes have become somewhat of a lost ...Read More

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PHOTO: The collapsed Northridge Meadows apartment building following the 1994 Northridge earthquake. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's retrofitting proposal calls for strengthening thousands of similar buildings with ground-floor carports. Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey.

LOS ANGELES – The founder of California's Great Shakeout public awareness earthquake drills says Mayor Eric Garcetti's sweeping earthquake retrofit plan for the city of Los Angeles is the most comprehensive approach to seismic safety ever undertaken in the state. U.S. Geological Survey seismo...Read More

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PHOTO: A new coalition of venture capitalists has formed to encourage more protected public land. Its members say beautiful places with recreational opportunities are attracting entrepreneurs and skilled workers that boost local economies. Photo of Lake Berryessa courtesy U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Dept. of the Interior.

SAN FRANCISCO — There's a link between successful start-ups and the great outdoors - and members of a new national coalition say it's a profitable one that should be encouraged. Some of the investment and venture capital firms in the "Conservation for Economic Growth Coalition" are California...Read More

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