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4 dead as severe storms hit Houston, TX; Election Protection Program eases access to voting information; surge in solar installations eases energy costs for Missourians; IN makes a splash for Safe Boating Week.

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The Supreme Court rules funding for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is okay, election deniers hold key voting oversight positions in swing states, and North Carolina lawmakers vote to ban people from wearing masks in public.

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Americans are buying up rubber ducks ahead of Memorial Day, Nebraskans who want residential solar have a new lifeline, seven community colleges are working to provide students with a better experience, and Mississippi's "Big Muddy" gets restoration help.

California

The southern resident sea otter was listed under the Endangered Species Act in 1977. The population went from just 50 animals in the 1930s to more than 3,000 today. (Lilian Carswell/USFWS)

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Many outdoor events planned in CA for Endangered Species Day

Nature walks, festivals and more are happening this weekend to celebrate the 19th annual Endangered Species Day, which is tomorrow. California is …

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A new poll finds that policies designed to prevent gun violence and improve racial equity are highly important among women voters of color. (Seventyfour/Adobestock)

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Women voters of color say lawmakers focus on wrong issues

More than one in five Americans is a woman of color - and a new poll shows they are not feeling heard and want policymakers to address issues they car…

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Families at Luiseno Elementary School in Corona listen to a recent workshop featuring the Ready, Tech, Go program. (Lifetouch)

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Schools partner with PTA, AT&T to teach families online safety

Parents may wonder when is the right time to give a child a cell phone or tablet, or how can they help their kids stay safe online. The National …

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A new study showed polluting chemicals in car interiors are a bigger risk for children and for people who drive for a living or have long commutes. (Dmindphoto/Adobe Stock)
Consumer groups call on feds to regulate flame retardants in cars

UPDATE: A response has been added from the Alliance for Automotive Innovation. (2:02 p.m. PDT, May 14, 2024) A new study showed the flame …

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The Mojave Desert Tortoise is now listed as endangered in California, but is still listed as “threatened” under the federal Endangered Species Act. (Joanna Gilkeson/USFWS)
CA lists Mojave Desert Tortoise as endangered

Groups that fight to recover endangered species are praising the California Fish and Game Commission's decision to change the Mojave Desert tortoise f…

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Union workers spent Wednesday lobbying California lawmakers to pass bills to protect labor during the transition away from fossil fuels. (Brooke Anderson)<br />
Union coalition calls for CA worker climate bill of rights

Dozens of union members rallied Wednesday in Sacramento, calling on lawmakers to pass a set of bills called the California Worker Climate Bill of …

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A new comic book in Spanish and English educates consumers on best practices when buying a used car. (Oregon Consumer Justice)
Can a comic coloring book help you avoid used car scams?

Buying a used car can be a risky proposition but a new consumer guide can help people avoid common pitfalls. The nonprofit Oregon Consumer Justice …

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Children's advocates are pressing lawmakers to pass Assembly Bill 2956, which would continue pandemic-era flexibilities in Medi-Cal that allow more people to qualify. (Fizkes/Adobestock)
Hundreds of thousands of CA children dropped off Medi-Cal since last year

Medi-Cal has dropped several hundred thousand low-income children from the health insurance rolls since April 2023, according to a new report from …

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Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument's new Molok Loyuk region provides habitat for tule elk, mountain lions, bears, bald eagles and golden eagles. (Hispanic Access Foundation)
Public lands groups cheer expansion of two CA national monuments

Conservation groups, tribes and community organizers are praising President Joe Biden's decision Thursday to expand two national monuments in …

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Protest encampments such as this one at San Francisco State University against the war in Gaza have now spread to a half dozen campuses across California. (Sam Cheng/Adobestock)
Campus protests opposing war in Gaza grow across CA

Massive protests and tent encampments opposing the war in Gaza are growing at universities across California, with classes canceled at the University …

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Under a new DEA proposal, marijuana would be considered less dangerous than heroin but still more addictive than cocaine, alcohol or Xanax. (Roxxyphotos/Adobe Stock)
Advocates cheer feds’ proposal to reclassify marijuana as lower risk

Marijuana legalization groups are celebrating after the Drug Enforcement Agency proposed Tuesday to reclassify cannabis as less dangerous or addictive…

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A new report from UCLA and the Bipartisan Policy Center found election officials in larger cities, especially in swing states, have been more likely to be harassed or threatened in the past few years. (Krakenimages.com/Adobe Stock)
Report: CA election worker turnover has soared in recent years

A new report showed turnover among California chief election officials reached 57% in 2022, a record high. It then declined this year to 40%…

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