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    PNS Daily News - July 30, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; a Colorado lawmaker is under fire for his controversial comments about the Boy Scouts ending their ban on gay scout leaders; and we report on Republican efforts in Congress to block Planned Parenthood funding: and it was 50 years ago today that President Lyndon Johnson signed into law legislation that established the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Public News Service - California

PHOTO: Cactus pads, or nopales, are part of a state crackdown on pesticide-tainted produce. Photo courtesy of California Dept. of Pesticide Regulation.

SAN FRANCISCO - A half dozen small Asian and Hispanic grocers in California will have to pay fines of $10,000 to $20,000 each for selling imported produce tainted with residue from illegal pesticides. Charlotte Fadipe, spokesperson with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, announced ...Read More

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PHOTO: A new study shows that Medicaid, or Medi-Cal as it is known in California, has significantly benefited U.S. children since its inception in 1965. Photo credit:

OAKLAND, Calif. – Medicaid, or Medi-Cal as it's known in California, turns 50 years old this week – and a new study shows it has improved the lives of millions since its inception. The Georgetown Center for Children and Families examined data on Americans who utilized Medicaid benefits ...Read More

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PHOTO: Scientists say Dungeness crab is one of dozens of marine species along the west coast affected by excess carbon dioxide in ocean water, the result of a warming climate. Photo credit: MConnors/morguefile.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Climate change is turning ocean water more acidic and creating low-oxygen "dead zones" – issues that have serious implications for the entire oceanic ecosystem. That's the subject of a Wednesday workshop in Sacramento on the findings of the West Coast Ocean Acidific...Read More

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PHOTO: Golden Gate National Recreation Area is one of hundreds of California sites supported by the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is set to be reauthorized thanks to a new bipartisan deal in Washington Photo credit: kconnors/morguefile.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California environmental groups are cheering a bipartisan deal announced last Wednesday in the U.S. Senate to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The 50-year-old program diverts a small part of revenues from oil and gas projects to help agencies...Read More

Public News Service - CA

PHOTO: Advocates for people in prison are asking President Barack Obama to ban the criminal history box on federal job applications. Photo credit: i_frontier/iStockphoto.

SAN FRANCISCO – Advocates for prisoners incarcerated in California are asking President Barack Obama to take action to ban the question about criminal convictions on applications for federal jobs, and positions with federal contractors. Their calls come after the president's recent comment th...Read More

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PHOTO: Shasta Dam is one of dozens of dams that provide hydropower to California. The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a bill to change the way hydropower licensing is conducted. Photo credit: Photoquest7/

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Environmentalists and outdoor recreation enthusiasts in the California Hydropower Reform Coalition are banding together to oppose a bill that would make the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) the lead agency in relicensing hydropower dams. The bill before the Hou...Read More

Public News Service - CA

PHOTO: A report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks California 38th in the nation when it comes to the overall well-being of children. Photo credit: Kristine Kisky/Morguefile.

OAKLAND, Calif. – California is ranked 38th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the Kids Count Data Book, released today by the nonprofit Annie E. Casey Foundation. Researchers looked at federal statistics from 2008 to 2013 and ranked states on topics including health, edu...Read More

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PHOTO: Hoover Dam on the Colorado River provides power to much of Southern California. Youth leaders from the group Nuestro Rio are working to save the river. Photo credit: Mike/morguefile

Instead of partying away the summer with friends, dozens of college kids from California, Arizona, Colorado and Nevada are celebrating Latino Conservation week by preparing for a leadership summit next week in Denver. They're all part of a nonprofit called Nuestro Rio, which means "our river" in Sp...Read More

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