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First Time Event
6:55 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Some Federal Court Hearings Going Online

Credit Keith Burtis/Flickr

Members of the public can now listen to hearings from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals online.

The court said Thursday it will offer online access to all of its proceedings beginning with its hearings next week in Pasadena. It's the first time a federal appeals court has provided the service.

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Cities Begin Conservation Measures
6:44 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Driest California Year On Record Imminent

December has been one of the driest months ever recorded in California, which is spurring some cities and counties in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region to issue water conservation orders earlier than usual.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the city of Folsom has already imposed a mandatory 20-percent water conservation order, while Sacramento County has asked residents in unincorporated areas to reduce water use by 20 percent.

Northern California Clover Fire Killed One Man
6:18 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Alleged Arsonist Arrested In Fatal California Fire

The Clover Fire burns near Igo in summer of 2013.
Credit Garrett Frey/CalFire

A man has been arrested for arson for starting two small fires that joined and erupted into the fatal Clover Fire in Northern California in September.

Zane Wallace Peterson was arrested Tuesday on several charges, including suspicion of murder, arson on forest lands, and arson causing great bodily injury, according to Scott McLean, a fire captain with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 16, 2013
11:12 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Bringing The Eagle Back From The Edge Of Extinction

Credit The Institute for Wildlife Studies

David Garcelon talks about his work with eagle reintroduction in California's Channel Islands.

The return of the Bald Eagle may be one of the greatest success stories in wildlife management.

And it took a lot of work by a lot of people to bring the eagle back from the edge of extinction. 

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Deadline APril 18th
6:44 am
Thu December 12, 2013

California Gets More Time On Prison Overcrowding

Credit California Department of Corrections

California's deadline to cut its prison population has been extended until April 18th.

A panel of federal judges previously had moved the deadline to February while a court-appointed mediator works to find a long-term solution with Governor Jerry Brown's administration and attorneys representing inmates.

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Result Of Prison Reform
5:46 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Violence Increasing In California County Jails

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California County jails have seen a marked increase in violence since they began housing thousands of offenders who previously would have gone to state prisons.

Assault records requested by The Associated Press show that many of the 10 counties that account for 70 percent of California's total jail population have experienced a surge in the number of inmate fights and attacks on jail employees.

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Environmental Concerns Cited
6:35 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Fracking Moratorium Requested

California U.S. Representative Lois Capps has asked for a moratorium on offshore fracking until there's more study. In a letter to the Interior Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week, Capps says she wants the federal government to conduct a study of fracking's impacts to the marine environment.

A recent report by the Associated Press documented at least a dozen instances of hydraulic fracturing in the Santa Barbara Channel, site of a disastrous 1969 oil platform blowout that spurred the modern environmental movement.

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Hinges On New State Money
6:37 am
Fri November 15, 2013

California University System Approves Budget

U. C. Berkeley Campus
Credit U of California

The University of California's Board of Regents has approved a proposed budget for next school year that hinges on the state giving the system an additional $120 million for pension cuts, enrollment growth, and improvements to academic programs.

The Board of Regents passed the spending plan unanimously at a meeting Thursday.

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Removal Has Begun
7:30 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Toxic Liquids Create Threat For Humboldt Bay

Humboldt and Eureka file photo.
Credit U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

An emergency effort has begun to remove millions of gallons of toxic liquids from an abandoned pulp mill that poses a pollution threat to Humboldt Bay.

The Eureka Times-Standard reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to remove more than 4 million gallons of pulping liquors from the old mill site.

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California Trial Ending
6:58 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Prison Pepper Spray Use Under Debate

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Attorneys for California, and those representing prison inmates, are presenting a federal judge with starkly different views of prison guards' use of pepper spray against the mentally ill.

At issue in the trial that ended yesterday is whether guards' heavy use of pepper spray against some mentally ill inmates violates prisoners' civil rights.

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