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The Oklahoma City area is already home to two of the costliest tornados in the last half a century, and Monday’s devastating twister that hit just south of the city is likely to stress federal emergency dollars already under pressure from the recent federal budget cuts.
Groups of scientists are urging federal officials not to remove protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states.
A 10-time felon charged in the shooting death of a former Oakland Tribune freelance photographer who was hit by a stray bullet has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges.
The pivotal number in the Measure G debate — 1.3 million. The pivotal concept — a funnel. The pivotal player — Mancur Olson. You know all about Measure G. I’ll be spare with background. The June 4 election is two weeks away. The key question: What is the fundamental dynamic here? Here’s my stab: The [...]read more »
Federal investigators have recommended a National Park Service review of any design changes in tent cabins after three deaths last year during a hantavirus outbreak at Yosemite National Park. Several hantavirus cases were diagnosed after people spent the night at Curry Village in newer tent cabins with a double-wall construction. Investigation showed infected mice nested [...]read more »
Folks in the southwest Fresno County town of Lanare avoid drinking arsenic-laced water from their taps. They thought four vending machines in nearby Riverdale were their best option for healthy water. Now the machines are gone, according to California Rural Legal Assistance, representing Lanare’s 590 residents. The machines apparently were not filtering the water in [...]read more »
Fresno City Council Member Steve Brandau offered gracious and well-spoken introductory remarks before Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s State of the City address on Thursday. There was one problem: the first-year council member referenced a closed-door council discussion about the city budget, and city budgets are not supposed to be discussed behind closed doors, per the state’s [...]read more »
The U.S. Senate this week has started to fine-tune the huge, new five-year farm bill, working through votes on a series of amendments that will include a proposal to eliminate federal subsidies for tobacco insurance.
When they needed political money -- to make donations urged by Speaker John A. Pérez and to pay for their 2012 campaigns -- Democrats in the California Assembly turned to interest groups with a big stake in state government decisions, a Center for Investigative Reporting analysis shows.