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The State Attorney of NY moves to dissolve the NRA; an update on the potential wave of pandemic evictions.


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The Commission on Presidential Debates rejects Trump campaign's request for a fourth debate. Hawaii has a primary tomorrow, but there are only 8 vote service centers.

Public News Service - CA: Environment

A bill before Congress would make Pine Mountain Ridge an addition to the Sespe Wilderness in the Los Padres National Forest. The area currently is targeted for logging by the Trump administration. (Bryant Baker)

OJAI, Calif. - Public-lands advocates are cautiously optimistic that a bill to preserve wild lands in California can pass the U.S. Senate - after sailing through the House last week as an amendment to the must-pass U.S. Defense Authorization Act. The bill would protect land in the San Gabriel Moun

The PUBLIC Lands Act would further protect many sensitive areas in California, including the San Gabriel Mountains outside of Los Angeles. (Flickr)

SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS, Calif. -- This week is the seventh annual Latino Conservation Week, and advocates for the environment are asking Congress to take action on several important bills. The Protecting Unique and Beautiful Landscapes by Investing in California, or PUBLIC Lands Act, would add prot

The Tijuana River Estuarine Research Reserve offers midday online programs on a different topic every Tuesday. (Osbomb/Flickr)

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. -- The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way families, educators and students can experience state parks -- through expanded online programs. The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, on the U.S.-Mexican border south of San Diego, showcases the salt marsh where

A new poll shows that consumers' opinions of General Motors drop as people learn more about the company's position on relaxing clean-car standards. (IFCAR/Wikimedia Commons)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- General Motors is losing ground with consumers over its support for the Trump administration's attacks on California's clean-car standards, a new poll finds. Pollsters working with the Union of Concerned Scientists found that GM's favorability ratings dropped 53% once people r

The South Fork Trinity River is one of many areas in California that would get additional protections from several bills now before Congress. (Jeff Morris/The Pew Charitable Trusts)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Three bills that would protect more than 1 million acres of California wilderness are expected to get votes on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives today. The Central Coast Heritage Protection Act would designate as wilderness 245,000 acres in the Los Padres Nationa

Birds caught in oil spills would no longer trigger fines for oil companies if the Trump administration finalizes its proposed changes to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. (USFWS)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Conservation groups are speaking out against a move yesterday by the Trump administration to remove penalties for companies whose business activities incidentally kill birds. The U.S. Interior Department is finalizing a change to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, or MBTA, first a

California's emission standards are the toughest in the nation for cutting emissions of carbon and other pollutants to combat climate change. (Olando/Adobe Stock)

LOS ANGELES -- A new poll suggests carmakers that support the Trump administration's attempt to roll back clean-car emission standards may be undermining their standing with their customers. Toyota, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Subaru, Nissan, Mazda, Hyundai, Kia, and Mitsubishi support the feds i

Bakersfield's large oil fields contribute to poor air quality that plagues the region. (Mark Rose/National Parks Conservation Assoc.)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Nine conservation groups have just filed suit against the Trump administration, in an attempt to stop a plan to open up more than a million acres of public land in Central California to drilling and fracking. The lawsuit claims the Bureau of Land Management violated the Nation

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