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After Storms, Oroville, Brown Proposes Almost $500M In Flood Upgrades

February 24, 2017 | Ben Bradford

In response to this year’s storms and the emergency at Oroville Dam, California Governor Jerry Brown wants to expedite a half-billion dollars in funding for flood repairs and upgrades.

Environment

California Lawmakers Vow To Protect Federal Environmental Laws

February 23, 2017 | Amy Quinton

Amidst fear that President Donald Trump’s administration could rollback key federal environmental laws, California state senate Democratic leaders have unveiled a package of environmental protection bills.

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Environment

Air Quality Advocates Worry EPA Waivers At Risk

February 23, 2017 | Steve Milne

California's ability to make its own air quality rules comes from waivers granted by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Some people are afraid those could be coming to an end. The EPA's new chief has not committed to continuing waivers.

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State Government

Hit That Snooze Button Again? Middle And High Schools Could See A Later Start Time

February 23, 2017 | Daniel Potter

Bleary-eyed teenagers shuffling to school barely after daybreak could become a thing of the past if a state lawmaker has his way. A new proposal would push back middle and high school start times to at least 8:30 a.m.

Insight With Beth Ruyak

Capitol Chat: Congressional Town Halls And Dam Inspection

February 23, 2017

With federal lawmakers in recess, Congress members Tom McClintock and Doris Matsui made their way to the Sacramento region for town hall meetings with their constituents. Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler recaps both.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

State Government

McClintock Spars With Crowd Of Nearly 1,000 At Mariposa Town Hall

February 22, 2017 | Ben Adler

From "Make America Great Again" hats to thumbs-down signs, the crowd at Republican Congressman Tom McClintock's town hall in the Yosemite gateway town of Mariposa was opinionated yet peaceful, though manners and tempers sometimes ran short.

State Government

Despite Oroville Crisis, California Has The "Cadillac" Of State Dam Safety Programs

February 21, 2017 | Ben Adler

California missed one of its two annual Oroville Dam inspections last year. It has one field engineer for every 57 dams it must inspect. And there’s a potential conflict of interest in how the state inspects dams. Yet its program draws praise.

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