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September 18, 2021

CHP Sidesteps Feds To Continue 30-Day Tows

The California Highway Patrol still impounds thousands of unlicensed drivers’ cars for 30 days, despite a 2017 federal court ruling calling the holds unconstitutional.

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September 17, 2021

A Single Fire Killed Thousands Of Sequoias. Scientists Are Racing To Save The Rest

The world's largest trees are adapted to wildfires. But with fires getting more extreme, scientists warn that giant sequoias are running out of time.

Jeff Chiu/AP Photo

California State Of Mind | Episode 40

September 17, 2021

Recall Reset: Newsom Claims Victory And Turns His Attention Back To Bills

Gavin Newsom will keep his job as Governor but will the recall election have a lasting effect on how the Golden State is governed? Hear more context on the results and learn about some of the bills we might have missed.

Photo by Anne Wernikoff, CalMatters

State Government

September 17, 2021

California’s Housing Crisis: How Much Difference Will A Zoning Bill Make?

YIMBYs and NIMBYs are battling over legislation to allow more duplexes, but some experts downplay its impact on California housing.

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A 10-Foot Wide House In Boston Sells For $1.25 Million

September 21, 2021

It's been called the "Skinny House" or the "Spite House." The legend is that two brothers shared land but one built on more than his share, so the other built a skinny house to block access and views.


Lil Nas X, 'Jolene'

September 21, 2021

Here is the logical end of the arc that began with "Old Town Road": Lil Nas X has covered Dolly Parton's "Jolene."