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National Park Service / Courtesy

Should Coastal And Southern California Mountain Lions Be Listed As Endangered? Animal Activists Say Yes.

Mountain lions aren't listed as an endangered species in California, but environmental groups want to change.

Courtesy of Mary Elizabeth Bowden


June 26, 2019

New Classical Tracks: Trumpeter Mary Bowden Explores The Purity And Power Of Sound

This week on New Classical Tracks, trumpeter Mary Bowden shares insights into the special personal meaning of each track on her latest album, 'Reverie.'

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

State Government

June 25, 2019

California To Require Background Checks For Ammo Purchases

Gov. Gavin Newsom and other proponents said it will save lives but opponents are suing in hopes of eventually undoing a law they said will mostly harm millions of law-abiding gun owners.

Stockton Police Department / Courtesy

June 25, 2019

Rich Ibarra

Stockton Police Department’s New Helicopter Aids In Arrests First Day On The Job

Police Chief Eric Jones says the helicopter already made a difference by averting an on-the-ground pursuit of a stolen car and aiding in the arrests of the suspects.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Despite Record Snow Melt, Toxic Algae Continues To Bloom In California Lakes And Ponds

Every summer, neon-green or white scum emerges on the surface of waterways across the state. It's harmful to humans — and can be deadly to pets. And officials say it's already limiting access to recreation spots.

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5 Takeaways From The First Democratic Debate

June 26, 2019

If you're a Democratic voter, did you come away with a clear feeling of who of that first batch of 10 candidates could be president — and is best positioned to take on President Trump?


1st Democratic Debate: Live Analysis Of Night 1

June 26, 2019

While you watch the presidential candidates, follow NPR reporters for extra context and fact checks. The two-hour debate begins at 9 p.m. ET, with 10 candidates Wednesday night and 10 on Thursday.