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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: Public Lands/Wilderness

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

Protection for the Los Padres National Forest in Southern California is part of a public-lands package before the U.S. Senate. (Mason Cummings/The Wildnerness Society)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Latino conservation groups say battling the pandemic goes hand in hand with fighting climate change, because poor air quality exacerbated by climate change makes people more vulnerable to COVID-19. Juanita Mora, CEO of the Chicago Allergy Center, said Latino communities are

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

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