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SCOTUS begins issuing new opinions, with another expected related to the power of federal agencies, the battleground state of Wisconsin gets a ruling on alternative voting sites, and coastal work is being done to help salt marshes withstand hurricanes.

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The Supreme Court for now protects access to abortion drug mifepristone, while Senate Republicans block a bill protecting access to in-vitro fertilization. Wisconsin's Supreme Court bans mobile voting sites, and colleges deal with funding cuts as legislatures target diversity programs.

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As summer nears, America's newest and largest international dark sky sanctuary beckons, rural job growth is up, but full recovery remains elusive, rural Americans living in prison towns support a transition, while birth control is more readily available in rural areas.

California

Officials welcomed visitors to California's newest state park this week. Dos Rios State Park sits at the confluence of the San Joaquin and Tuolumne Rivers near Modesto. (California State Parks)

Friday, June 14, 2024

Dozens of events planned this weekend for CA State Parks Week

Close to 200 events are planned now through Sunday at California state parks for the third annual State Parks Week. The events advance Gov. Gavin …

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Environmental advocates say a case now before the U.S. Supreme Court could make it easier for judges to weaken laws such as the Clean Water Act in the future. (Visualitte/Adobe Stock)

Friday, June 14, 2024

Supreme Court weighs case that could weaken environmental protections

The Supreme Court is expected to rule any day now on two cases that could allow judges to more easily overrule federal agencies, which could have big …

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Merit America's goal is to drive $1 billion in wage gains by 2025, by retraining low-wage workers for better-paying jobs in the tech sector. (BullRun/Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

CA tech job-training program expands with $15 million grant

Help is available for people looking to break out of a low-wage, "go-nowhere" job because the nonprofit Merit America is expanding its training …

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Senate Bill 252 would require state pension funds to divest from oil and gas companies by 2031, with an extra four years of leeway if certain market conditions arise. (Dogora Sun/Adobestock)

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

CA climate-change groups press for fossil-fuel divestment

State lawmakers are considering a bill which would require two public pension systems to pull about $15 billion in combined investments from the fossi…

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Last year, California's Market Match program provided 3.8 million servings of fruits and vegetables to families struggling with food insecurity. (EwaStudio/Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

As budget deadline looms, CA groups defend Market Match program

California anti-hunger groups are asking Gov. Gavin Newsom to preserve funding for Market Match, a program helping low-income families buy fruits and …

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California's child poverty rate is on track to increase, as federal pandemic-era supports come to an end. (Monkey Business/Adobe Stock)
California ranks in bottom third of all states for kids’ well-being

California ranks 35th for overall child well-being, according to the 2024 2024 Kids Count Data Book released today. Researchers from the Annie E…

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New rules would require industrial polluters to pay fees to support programs to reduce smog in impacted communities such as Wilmington, Calif. (Hannah Benet/Earthjustice)
So Cal air quality regulators meet to consider big rule changes

California air-quality regulators today are expected to adopt new fees for big polluters and rules to encourage large buildings to switch equipment fr…

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Monterey Bay is one of many marine areas to be evaluated for inclusion on the list of places that qualify as
CA makes progress toward conserving 30% of land, water

The public comment period is now open on California's new framework for deciding which managed areas within coastal waters meet the definition of "con…

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The United States loses on average more than 1 million acres of sage-grouse habitat each year to a combination of fires, invasive species, drought, energy development, mining, and roads. (Dale/Adobestock)
Public comment period closing on sage grouse protections

The public comment period closes next week on the Biden administration's plan to protect the sage grouse, a bird whose health is linked to the larger …

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The Los Angeles neighborhood of Pacoima was covered in over 700,000 square feet of reflective pavement coating in the summer of 2022. Murals were painted on some of the covered areas. (GAF)
'Cool pavement' coating helps CA city beat the heat

By Ysabelle Kempe for Smart Cities Dive.Broadcast version by Suzanne Potter for California News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network…

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A soldier participates in the Norwegian Foot March at Fort Ord National Monument in Monterey County, Calif., in 2022. (Winifred Brown/U.S. Army)
Vets exposed to Agent Orange at Fort Ord denied VA compensation

By Hannah Norman and Patricia Kime for KFF Health News.Broadcast version by Suzanne Potter for California News Service reporting for the KFF Health Ne…

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A new report finds 36% of nonprofit leaders say their funders have either no commitment to racial equity or have reduced or eliminated it in the last year. (Syda Productions/Adobestock)
Report: Burnout a major concern in nonprofit sector

A new survey of nonprofit leaders finds staff burnout is a major concern. The 2024 "State of Nonprofits" report from the Center for Effective …

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