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  • New California Water Reductions Don't Apply to Farmers

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    California’s cities are subject to 25 percent water reductions under Governor Jerry Brown’s executive order; but those water restrictions don't apply to the biggest users of water.

  • Farmers, Water Agencies React To Brown's Water Order

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    The governor’s executive order includes stricter reporting requirements for agricultural water users – but no mandatory restrictions, unlike urban areas. To farmers, that’s enough.

  • Brown Issues Mandatory Water Conservation Order For California

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    UPDATED: For the first time ever, a governor of California is imposing mandatory water restrictions. Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order Wednesday that mandates a 25 percent cut in urban water use from now through next February.

  • Interest In Water Wise Plants Growing

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    If you like to garden and are looking for drought-resistant plants you're not alone. The California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers says business is brisk as people shop for water-saving plants during another year of drought.

  • Drought-Stricken California Set To Measure Snowpack

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    (AP) - Drought-stricken California will conduct its final manual snowpack survey in the Sierra Nevada - and the outlook isn't good.

  • Downtown Stockton Ambassadors Help Ease Parking Woes

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    Getting a parking ticket is neither fun nor cheap. In Stockton a parking citation can cost $43. But now, as Capital Public Radio's Rich Ibarra reports, a downtown business group is trying to make the area more "customer friendly".

  • Cop Cams New To Most But Old School For Modesto PD

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    More and more law enforcement agencies are considering body cameras for their officers. They're looking for departments that have been using them regularly for guidance. Modesto Police tested some of the first systems and are still using them today.

  • Sacramento Groups Get In On April Fools' Day Jokes

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    Did you get fooled into believing an April Fools' Day joke? Here's a list of Sacramento groups that were hoping to prank you today.

  • Building In Natomas Could Resume In June

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has notified the City of Sacramento that building permits for Natomas may once again be issued as of mid-June. Applications will be accepted Wednesday morning.

  • Sacramento City Council Bans Plastic Bags

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015

    As of January 2016, Sacramento will have its own bag ban as a backup in case state law is overturned in the November 2016 election. The law requires people not on government assistance to pay for paper or reusable plastic bags or to bring their own.

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Germanwings Crash Highlights Workplace Approaches To Mental Health

The case of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz has focused attention on what Lufthansa, or any employer, can really know about an employee's state of mind. Requiring a psychological evaluation has risks, too.

Sen. Robert Menendez Indicted On Corruption Charges

Sen. Menendez of New Jersey has been indicted on corruption charges. These are the first criminal charges brought against a sitting U.S. Senator in seven years.

Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law Differs From Other States

Nineteen other states have religious freedom laws, and there's even a federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Arkansas Governor Asks Legislators To Revisit 'Religious Freedom' Bill

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson told state lawmakers Wednesday they should either amend or recall a bill that's dubbed a "religious freedom" measure.

California Governor Announces First Ever Mandatory Water Restrictions

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced mandatory water restrictions Wednesday. The move coincides with new figures that show snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains is at a historic low.

Republicans Face Backlash Over Indiana, Arkansas 'Religious Freedom' Laws

The Republican Party is facing backlash over religious freedom laws passed this week in Indiana and Arkansas. The governor of Arkansas asked legislators Wednesday to reconsider its bill.

Verdict Reached In Atlanta School Cheating Case

Eleven of 12 former public school employees in Atlanta were found guilty Wednesday in one of the biggest cheating scandals in American education.

Arizona Requires Doctors To Say Abortion Pill Is Reversible

Arizona is requiring doctors to tell women using the "abortion pill" that it can be reversed. NPR takes a look at whether that's true.

Margaret Hamburg Ends Six-Year Run As FDA Commissioner

Margaret Hamburg ended her run this week as one of the longest serving Food and Drug Administration commissioners in recent decades.

Iranian Nuclear Talks Enter Overtime As Debate Continues On Key Issues

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger about differences in the American and Iranian approaches to the talks.

Police, Civilians Navigate Tense Relationship On LA's Skid Row

NPR's Kelly McEvers and Tom Dreisbach go to Los Angeles' Skid Row to investigate the tensions between the people who live there and the police.

Trading Walkathons For Ice Buckets, Charities Try To Hold On To Donors

Some of the largest, most established walkathons and similar events that raise cash for charity aren't doing as well as they used to. There's more competition, fundraisers say, for money and time.

The Fear Of Black Men In America: How It Feels To Be A Problem

In the #FearAndRace discussion, hundreds of people weighed in on what it was like to navigate the world as black men seen as a threat, and how they did it.

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  • Theatre Review: Rapture, Blister, Burn

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    When people reach middle age, they sometimes wonder what life would have been like if they’d made different choices in their 20s. The women in this play reflect frankly on men, money and motherhood – and whether it’s advisable to enjoy all three.

  • Theatre Review: Oblivion

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Life with a teenager can give the parents fits – teenagers want privacy and autonomy; parents want their teens to be honest about their activities. But sometimes the parents don’t hold themselves to the same standard, which is the crux of this play.


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