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California Counts

Plastic Bag Industry Submits Second California Ballot Measure

May 19, 2016 | Ben Adler

The battle over whether California should ban single-use plastic bags is already headed to voters this fall. Now, it looks like they’ll also be asked where proceeds from bag fees charged to consumers should be spent.

Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

Environment

California Dairy Turns Cow Waste Into Power

May 19, 2016 | Amy Quinton

Cow waste on dairy farms accounts for about 45 percent of California's methane emissions. One dairy farmer in Elk Grove is turning that pollution into power.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Environment

Drought Conditions Improve In California, Nevada

May 19, 2016 | Ed Joyce

The U.S. Drought Center says the past week brought "widespread improvements" in drought conditions in northern California and Nevada.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Environment

Summer Power Supply 'Adequate' For California

May 18, 2016 | Ed Joyce

California's energy grid manager says supply should be adequate for the summer, despite potential natural gas shortages in Southern California.

Environment

California Regulators End Unprecedented Water Restrictions

May 18, 2016 | Amy Quinton

California water regulators will allow cities and water agencies to set their own conservation targets based on water supply.

Lisa Herron / U.S. Forest Service

Environment

Prescribed Burns Planned At South Lake Tahoe

May 16, 2016 | Ed Joyce

Fire agencies are expected to continue prescribed burn operations this week in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Capital Public Radio / File

Environment

Severe And Extreme Drought Eases In California

May 12, 2016 | Ed Joyce

Severe and extreme drought were reduced slightly in California and 10 percent of the state is completely free of drought.

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State Government

Thursday Bill Round-Up: Fitbits, Emissions Fines, And Rape Kits

May 12, 2016 | Ben Bradford

The Assembly passed measures on Thursday to protect health information, increase data about rape kits, and crack down on polluters after the Volkswagen scandal.

Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

Environment

California Drought: Too Soon To End Mandatory Conservation?

May 11, 2016 | Ed Joyce

One water scientist says it may be too soon to end mandatory water conservation requirements in California and the state's surface and groundwater should be managed together.

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