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Trump puts Pence in charge of coronavirus response; and lingering concerns about U.S. Census participation.

2020Talks - February 27, 2020 


House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn endorsed former VP Joe Biden, ahead of South Carolina's primaries. Super Tuesday states, including North Carolina, are also voting soon, but campaigning there is different.

Public News Service - CA: Public Lands/Wilderness

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

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

The BLM has opened up an additional 1 million acres to potential drilling, including a parcel adjacent to Los Osos Middle School near Morro Bay. (Rebecca August/Los Padres ForestWatch)<br /><br />

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. – The Trump administration on Thursday took the final step to allow oil and gas drilling on more than 1 million acres of federal public land on California's central coast and San Joaquin Valley, despite a flood of public comment in opposition. The Bureau of Land Manage

The South Fork of the Trinity River is one of the places that would get extra protections from a public lands bill now before Congress. (Jeff Morris/The Pew Charitable Trusts)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Three bills that would protect 1 million acres of public land in California get votes today in Congress. The House Committee on Natural Resources is expected to approve all three, setting them up for a full House vote. Amanda Barragar from Trinity County, an environmental advoc

Hayfork Creek is part of the area that would be protected under a public-lands bill being heard in Congress on Wednesday. (Paul Higley)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Leaders from California's conservation and outdoor-recreation communities will testify in Washington, D.C., Wednesday in favor of a trio of public-lands bills that would protect more than a million acres in the Golden State. The Central Coast Heritage Protection Act woul

The Siskiyou Mountains salamander thrives in the old-growth forests of Northern California and Southern Oregon. (William Leonard/Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets)

SISKIYOU MOUNTAINS, Calif. – Conservation groups are filing suit Monday against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to force a long-delayed decision on whether to list the Siskiyou Mountains salamander as an endangered species. A coalition of environmental groups petitioned for protections ea

The Trump administration contends that fracking is a valuable use for public lands, while environmental groups press for more renewable energy. (Jens Lambert Photography)

FRESNO, Calif. — Time is running out for people to offer their two cents about the Trump administration's plan to allow more fracking on 1 million acres of federal land in central and southern California. The public comment period on the Bureau of Land Management's Environmental Assessment end

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