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The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument in Riverside County is one of a number of protected areas in California which benefits from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Photo credit: Tommy Hough.
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LOS ANGELES - This week marks the 50th anniversary of the vote in Congress which created the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on September 3, 1964, the fund uses royalty money from offshore oil and gas drilling for conservation and recreation proj...Read More

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PHOTO: Tens of thousands of children from Central American countries have attempted to cross into the U.S., and a woman who has been in their shoes says violence and economic despair are the root causes. Photo credit: Toksave / Wikimedia Commons.

YSIDRO, Calif. – There are many questions surrounding why thousands of Central Americans children are setting off alone and risking their lives to migrate to the United States. One woman who made that journey wants to shine a light on the issue. Kenia Calderon was just 11 years old when he...Read More

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GRAPHIC: A new report on Summer Nutrition Programs shows California and several other states doing a better job of helping kids stay nourished and healthy while school is out for the summer. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture.

SAN FRANCISCO - School may be out for the summer, but hunger doesn't take a vacation. A new report from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) finds more low-income California kids are now getting meals during the summertime which they ordinarily would receive when school is in session. The Sum...Read More

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PHOTO: A member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California is expected to vote Thursday in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment giving Congress and states control of political campaign spending. Photo courtesy of the Office of Senator Feinstein.

SAN FRANCISCO - Senator Diane Feinstein is expected to vote in support of a constitutional amendment to give Congress and the states control of political campaign spending. Feinstein sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is expected to vote on Senate Joint Resolution 19 Thursday. Feinstein i...Read More

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PHOTO: A bill that seeks to reduce brain injuries and concussions has passed the California Legislature and awaits Gov. Jerry Brown's signature. AB 2127 would limit full-contact practice time at middle and high schools, and ensure injured athletes don't return to the field too soon. Photo courtesy

How long high school football players can practice each week - and how rough those practices can be - may be changing in California. A bill that seeks to reduce brain injuries and concussions has passed the Legislature and is awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature. Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho C...Read More

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PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on June 28 that makes the California Red-Legged Frog the state's official amphibian. Photo credit: Jamie Bettaso.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Mark Twain made it famous, and now the California red-legged frog is about to become the state's official amphibian. Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation that recognizes the star of Twain's 1865 short story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." Dr. Kerry Kr...Read More

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PHOTO: As Californians prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July, they are being reminded to properly display the Stars and Stripes. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser / Morguefile.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - As Californians honor the country this Fourth of July, they're being encouraged to follow proper flag etiquette when flying Old Glory. Mike Buss, deputy director at the American Legion National Headquarters, says the U.S. flag is a symbol of unity that can be honored by all cit...Read More

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PHOTO: The minimum wage in California is going up $1 starting July 1st. The increase from $8 to $9 an hour is the first increase in the state's minimum wage since 2008. Photo credit: San Jose State University.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California's minimum-wage workers are getting a bump in pay. Beginning Tuesday, the state's minimum wage is increasing from $8 to $9 an hour. In 2016, the minimum wage will jump to $10 an hour under legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown last year. The bill's author, Assem...Read More

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