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PHOTO: California is poised to become the first state in the U.S. to institute a statewide ban on single-use grocery store plastic bags. Advocates say the measure will help the environment and save tax dollars. Photo credit: Heal the Bay.

SAN DIEGO - California is poised to become the first state in the nation to enact a statewide ban on single-use grocery store plastic bags, following the passage of SB 270 in the state Legislature. While opponents argue it will cost consumers and businesses money, advocates say the ban is the first...Read More

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PHOTO: The California Legislature has declared September School Attendance Awareness Month, in an effort to urge families, communities and schools to prioritize student attendance. Photo credit: Humboldt State University.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California kids are back in school - and now the goal is to keep them going back. State leaders have come together to declare September as "School Attendance Awareness Month." Assemblymember Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, who authored the recently passed resolution, said the first...Read More

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PHOTO: Oakland port facilities offer good-paying jobs, but California labor groups say political ad money from outside the state, including money from the Koch Brothers, is pushing an agenda that exacerbates the nation's economic divide. Photo credit: Johannes Seemann/Morguefile.
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OAKLAND, Calif. - According to a new report from the Center for Public Integrity, political networks funded by the Koch Brothers have already paid for nearly 44,000 television ads for political causes this year. In California, labor groups say they're working to counter campaigns for far-right caus...Read More

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PHOTO: The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a voluntary conservation effort that encourages farmers to address resource concerns in new and innovative ways. Those farmers whose contracts are up this year must renew by Sept. 12 to continue with the program. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Time is running out for some California farmers who want to continue receiving federal assistance to improve soil, water, air and habitat quality on their land. Since the Conservation Stewardship Program was launched five years ago, more than 60 million farm acres nationwide ha...Read More

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PHOTO: As the Wilderness Act of 1964 marks its 50th anniversary this week, efforts remain underway in California to introduce new wilderness legislation, despite an unwilling Congress. Photo credit: Tommy Hough.
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LOS ANGELES - With the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, wilderness advocates are reflecting on the legislation that created the National Wilderness Preservation System - along with the challenges of maintaining it amid renewed calls for resource extraction and passing new wilderness bills in ...Read More

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The Legislature is close to sending a bill to Gov. Jerry Brown that would allow authorities to confiscate guns from at-risk individuals. Photo by Francois Polito

SAN FRANCISCO - The Legislature is close to sending a bill to Gov. Jerry Brown that would allow authorities to confiscate guns from at-risk individuals. The bill, AB 1014, is in response to a shooting spree last May near Santa Barbara that left six students dead. Richard Martinez lost his son in ...Read More

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PHOTO: People fishing on the San Gabriel River. Some members of the California Congressional delegation are calling on President Obama to use his authority to protect the federal lands by designating the area a national monument. Credit: Annette Kondo.
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LOS ANGELES - Protecting the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California may be moving in a new direction. Some members of the California Congressional delegation are calling on President Obama to use his authority to protect the federal lands by designating the area a national monument. Rep. Judy ...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report digs deeply into public opinion polls to find conservation is a broad concern among America's Latino population, and that candidates in upcoming midterm elections should take note. Photo courtesy Hispanic Access Foundation.
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While some might assume immigration policy dominates the concern of Hispanics in New York and around the nation, a new report shows the environment is high on their agenda. Two groups - Latino Decisions and Hispanic Access Foundation - dug deeply into nine recent public opinion polls and extracted ...Read More

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