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California Offers Proposal on Colorado River Crisis

Feb. 1, 2023, midnight

California has given the federal government its own counterproposal for apportioning reductions of Colorado River water, saying a plan offered by six other states would disproportionately burden farms and cities in Southern California.

Students Can Now Take African American Studies as AP Class

Feb. 1, 2023, midnight

On the opening day of Black History Month, the College Board is making history by releasing details of its first Advanced Placement class on African American studies for high school students.

California Senate’s New Health Chair to Prioritize Mental Health, Homelessness

Jan. 5, 2023, 4 p.m.

State Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman of Stockton has been appointed chair of the state Senate's health committee. A licensed social worker, Eggman said she will make mental health care and homelessness front-burner issues.

State Bill Aims to Dim Artificial Light From California's Night Skies

Jan. 1, 2023, 4 p.m.

In efforts to kickstart mindful artificial light usage in California, dark sky advocates reintroduced legislation that would dim the artificial light glowing from state buildings.

Study Shows Lower Lifetime Earning for Pandemic-Era Students

Dec. 31, 2022, 4 p.m.

Students nationwide face lower earnings over their lifetime because of a loss of education during the pandemic, a Stanford economist said in a recently completed study.

Demand Has Quadrupled at Some California Abortion Clinics Since Roe Fell

Dec. 30, 2022, 4 p.m.

Women are making “traumatizing” trips across state lines for care. But California clinics say they can handle the demand.

Many Families With Unaffordable Employer Coverage Now Eligible for Subsidies

Dec. 22, 2022, 4 p.m.

Under a new rule, if the cost of the workplace plan exceeds an affordability threshold, a family could qualify for financial aid to purchase insurance through Covered California.

California ShakeAlert Warns 3 Million Ahead of Quake in Biggest Test Yet

Dec. 19, 2022, 4 p.m.

Cell phones buzzed 10 seconds ahead of shaking in Northern California.

Jan. 6 Panel Wraps Work With ‘Roadmap to Justice’ for Trump

Dec. 18, 2022, 4 p.m.

The House Jan. 6 committee is wrapping up its investigation into the 2021 U.S. Capitol insurrection. Lawmakers are declaring that they have assembled a "roadmap to justice" to bring criminal charges against former President Donald Trump and allies.

Researchers at New UCSC Facility Capture Images of Proteins

Dec. 18, 2022, 4 p.m.

UC Santa Cruz’s new cryo-electron microscopy facility has a unique structure that makes the technique accessible for local researchers and is attracting international business.

PG&E Proposal May Raise Rates

Dec. 18, 2022, 4 p.m.

Higher monthly bills might jolt PG&E customers in the wake of the utility's request for additional revenue due to the company's spending on wildfire mitigation and catastrophic events.

California Approves Roadmap for Carbon Neutrality

Dec. 15, 2022, 4 p.m.

The California Air Resources Board has voted to approve an ambitious plan to achieve carbon neutrality in the state by 2045. Its targets for capturing carbon from the atmosphere has left critics concerned that big emitters will have a pathway to keep polluting.

New Rules for California Disabled Parking Placards Kick In

Dec. 15, 2022, 4 p.m.

The law was prompted by an audit revealing that up to 35,000 parking placards in use were in the names of deceased people.

Judge to Halt Provision Making California Gun Suits Costlier

Dec. 15, 2022, 4 p.m.

A federal judge says he will block part of a new California law that critics say was designed to make it nearly impossible to challenge the state's gun laws in court.

Want to Email Your Doctor? You May be Charged for That

Dec. 15, 2022, 4 p.m.

The next time you message your doctor to ask about a pesky cough or an itchy rash, you may want to check your bank account first.

Satellite Launched to Map the World’s Oceans, Lakes, Rivers

Dec. 15, 2022, 4 p.m.

A U.S.-French satellite that will map most of the world's water has rocketed into orbit. The predawn launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base capped a successful year for NASA. The satellite will conduct the first global survey of its kind.

California’s Residential Solar Rules Overhauled After Highly Charged Debate

Dec. 15, 2022, 4 p.m.

After a unanimous vote by the CPUC, homeowners get smaller payments from utilitiess. But new state incentives will be available.

California Firefighters Get Shorter Workweeks—But Not for 2 Years

Dec. 15, 2022, 4 p.m.

Facing a mental health crisis, Cal Fire crews sought less of a workload. But they have to wait two years under their new contract.

California to End Mandatory Pay for Workers With COVID

Dec. 14, 2022, 4 p.m.

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board voted to end the rule in part because it has become harder to enforce. Only people who caught the virus on the job are eligible to keep getting paid, but it is so widespread that it's hard to tell where someone got sick.

Is It Too Late to Get a Flu Shot? Experts Weigh In.

Dec. 14, 2022, 4 p.m.

After a quiet flu season last year, influenza is now on the rise in California, and the state is in the "very high" category for virus transmission, according to the CDC.