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The ground rules seem to have been set concerning the sexual assault allegations against nominee Brett Kavenaugh. Also on the Monday rundown: we will take you to a state where more than 60 thousand kids are chronically absent; plus the rural digital divide a two-fold problem for Kentucky.

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Public News Service - CA: Energy Policy

The oil platform Gail, located near Santa Barbara, is one of 24 rigs in federal waters off the California coast. (California Bureau of Ocean Energy Management)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two bills designed to thwart the Trump administration's plans for an offshore oil-drilling boom are to come before state lawmakers today. The bills would forbid any new infrastructure on land or in California state waters to facilitate the transfer of oil from any new fed

California recently approved more than $700 million for utility companies to invest in electric-vehicle charging infrastructure. (TonyTheTigersSon/Twenty20)

LOS ANGELES – Businesses, cities and the state of California are using their collective power to push automakers toward an electric future. This week, the Climate Group, an international organization dedicated to fighting global climate change, launched the "Zero Emission Vehicle Challenge"

Oil facilities on several man-made islands off of Long Beach and Seal Beach have racked up 293 state violations since 2015.(Donielle/Wikimedia Commons)

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Offshore oil operations in southern and central California have racked up almost 400 violations over the past three years – according to an examination of public records done by the Center for Biological Diversity. The group's research showed that regulators found

Mati Waiya, a Chumash elder, is leading the effort to defeat a power plant on the banks of the Santa Clara River in Santa Paula. (Chris Jordan-Bloch/Earthjustice)

SANTA PAULA, Calif. - Lawyers for a Chumash nonprofit want to make sure the proposed Mission Rock gas-fired power plant is dead - and not just put on hold, as the company behind the project has requested. The Wishtoyo Foundation filed a motion Friday with the California Energy Commission to termina

The Trump administration wants to upend a plan to protect the Southern California desert that took 8 years to negotiate. (bigwest1/iStockphoto)

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Tomorrow is the last day to register your opinion on whether or not to reopen the Desert Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan, which set aside land for solar, wind and geothermal development as well as for wildlife habitat and ATV use. The land-use plan covers mo

Environmental advocates want the Trump administration to block a permit to expand a Bay Area oil refinery. (Jason Pfeifle)

SAN FRANCISCO – Protesters took to the streets of San Francisco on Monday, to denounce the possible expansion of an oil refinery in the North Bay town of Rodeo – a decision they say was taken behind closed doors. Documents from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District show that Phi

Advocates of changing the way biofuels are made say current standards encourage rampant deforestation in places like Argentina, where farmers are clearing land illegally to grow soybeans. (Jim Wickens/Ecostorm)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Conservation groups are speaking out in favor of a new bill in Congress on biofuels, to reform the nation's renewable fuels standard and steer it away from ethanol and biodiesel. The GREENER Fuels Act would wind down the ethanol mandate and invest billions to reclaim far

Conservation groups say new offshore oil drilling on the Pacific coast would be especially harmful to whales, seals and sea lions. (BOEM)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Trump administration has proposed opening up almost all federal waters to oil and gas drilling, including the California coast – and the one and only public hearing in the state takes place Thursday afternoon in Sacramento. A coalition of opposition groups is p

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