Sunday, December 4, 2022

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A Louisiana Public Service Commission runoff could affect energy policy, LGBTQ advocates await final passage of the Respect for Marriage Act, and democracy gets a voter-approved overhaul in Oregon.

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The Senate passes a bill forcing a labor agreement in an effort to avoid a costly railway worker strike. The House Ways and Means Committee has former President Trump's tax returns in hand. The Agriculture Committee is looking at possible regulations for cryptocurrency following the collapse of cryptocurrency giant FTX. The Supreme Court will be reviewing the legality of Biden s student debt relief program next year. Anti-semitic comments from Ye spark the deletion of tweets from the the House Judiciary Committee GOP's Twitter account.

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The first-ever "trout-safe" certification goes to an Idaho fish farm, the Healthy Housing Initiative helps improve rural communities' livability, and if Oklahoma is calling to you, a new database makes it easier for buyers and builders to find available lots.

California

The Echo Park Trash Club is staffed by a rotating cast of volunteers. Two similar clubs have now formed in the Silver Lake and Lincoln Heights neighborhoods of Los Angeles. (Echo Park Trash Club)
L.A. 'Trash Club' Helps Unhoused People and the Community

By Caroline Tracey for High Country News.Broadcast version by Suzanne Potter for California News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Networ…

Backers of the Public Lands Act said it would improve public access to nature for millions living in densely populated areas of Los Angeles. (Daxiao Productions/Adobe Stock)
CA Outdoor Recreation Worth $54 Billion Per Year: Federal Data

California is number one in the country for dollars spent on camping, hiking, climbing, and biking, according to the latest federal data. The most …


A snowy egret hunts for food in its coastal habitat in Santa Cruz. (Carter Kremer/Audubon Photography Awards)
Proposed Coastal Conservancy Plan Would Tackle Climate Resiliency in CA

The state Coastal Conservancy will vote next week on a strategic plan to guide how hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars get spent over the next fi…

People with diabetes have medical expenses approximately 2.3 times higher than those who do not<br />have the disease, according to the American Diabetes Association. (Allen/Adobestock)
Fight for Affordable Insulin Continues During National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month - and the American Diabetes Association reports at least 3.2 million Californians have been diagnosed with the dis…


The site of the old Orick Mill has been a top priority for conservation groups because it is a scar on the landscape in California's old-growth redwood forest. (Save the Redwoods League)
Work on Gateway to Redwood National Park Winds Down for 2022

Crews are making progress in building a new gateway to Redwood National Park in Humboldt County. Work has just wrapped up for the year at the site …

Mikami Vineyards in Lodi uses compost made from food scraps collected in San Francisco to produce award-winning wines. (Larry Strong)
This Thanksgiving, Compost Your Food Scraps and Help Save the Planet

By Hannah Wallace for Reasons to be Cheerful.Broadcast version by Suzanne Potter for California News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Ne…


A new report finds the most common reason people lack fast internet service is either the cost or that the service they can afford isn't fast or reliable enough to justify the expense. (Peshkova/Adobestock)
Low-Income L.A. Neighborhoods Offered Internet at Higher Prices: Report

Internet service in Los Angeles County is often offered at higher prices in low-income neighborhoods, while better deals are offered in wealthier …

Federal data show that college students who transfer to another school lose an average of 43% of their credits in the transfer process. (Jeanine Hill/Chaffey College)
Colleges Turn to Data Analytics to Smooth Path for Transfer Students

Some local colleges and universities in Southern California are turning to data analytics to streamline their programs, so students can transfer more …


This spring, a California state Senate bill to reform the 340B process with respect to insurance company pharmacy benefit managers was pulled for lack of support. (18percentgrey/Adobe Stock)
Health Centers Fight 'Big Pharma' Over Drug Savings Program

Opening statements start today in a case pitting "Big Pharma" against Community Health Centers serving low-income and uninsured patients. At issue …

A new short film explores issues around the potential drying of the landscape in Long Valley and Little Round Valley in the Eastern Sierra. (Keep Long Valley Green Coalition)
New Film Highlights Water Struggle Between Rural High Desert and L.A.

UPDATE: A response from the L.A. Dept. of Water & Power has been added, which arrived after deadline. (10:35 a.m. MDT, Nov. 15, 2022) A new film …


Dr. Maribel Gonzalez, a child psychiatrist, waits on-screen for her next patient in one of Shasta Community Health Center's telemedicine exam rooms in California. (Annelise Pierce)
Shortage of Specialist Doctors in Northwest CA Increases Obstacles to Care

By Annelise Pierce for the Shasta Scout via The Daily Yonder.Broadcast version by Suzanne Potter for California News Service for the Public News Servi…

Fifth-grade teacher Brittany Jefferson looks for ways to discuss climate change without traumatizing her students at Citizens of the World Silver Lake charter school. (Caleigh Wells)
L.A.'s Lessons on Climate Change Balance Data with Hope

By Caleigh Wells for KCRW.Broadcast version by Suzanne Potter for California News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network-Public News S…


 

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