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California Considers Gun Restriction Law For Mentally Unstable People After Isla Vista Killing Rampage

California could become the first state to allow family members, licensed therapists and health care providers to petition a judge to take firearms from someone who has shown signs that they could harm others or themselves.

08/04/2014

Workers drill for water for a farmer on February 6, 2014 near Bakersfield, California. Now in its third straight year of unprecedented drought, California is experiencing its driest year on record, dating back 119 years and possible the worst in the past 500 years. Grasslands that support cattle have dried up, forcing ranchers to feed them expensive supplemental hay to keep them from starving or to sell at least some of their herds, and farmers are struggling with diminishing crop water and whether to plant or to tear out permanent crops which use water year-round like almond trees. About 17 rural communities could run out of drinking water within several weeks and politicians are pushing to undo laws that protect several endangered species. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

In Depth: Who’s Using Water During California’s Drought?

The current drought is covering all of California in extreme ways. It’s the third driest year in 106 years of record keeping according to Jay Lund of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, our guest for this week’s In Depth.

08/04/2014

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Study Finds California Has Most Polarized Legislature

Using voting records and a national survey, two political science professors ranked all 50 state legislatures according to how far apart their left wing and right wing politicians are. California blew away the competition. Colorado and Arizona and Washington followed the Golden State.

08/04/2014

Artist rendering of a California High-Speed Rail trail. (CA High-Speed Rail Authority)

Appellate Court Overturns Bond Ruling, Moving California’s High-Speed Rail Forward

A state appellate court has handed a big win to California’s high-speed rail project, overturning two lower court rulings that stalled funding for the $68 billion train.

08/01/2014

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Covered California Announces Modest Rate Hikes For 2015

Officials with Covered California announced on Wednesday that ten insurance companies will offer plans through the state’s health insurance exchange next year. Average premium rates, however, will also increase.

08/01/2014

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Top 5 American Whale-Watching Tours

You don’t have to travel the world to enjoy fabulous whale watching. Here are five of the best U.S. whale watching tours.

08/01/2014

The Tesla Factory in Fremont, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Tesla Prepares Site Near Reno For Possible Giga-Factory Location; Decision Still Months Away

Electric car maker Tesla Motors says it is preparing a site near Reno, Nevada, as a possible location for its new battery factory, but is still evaluating other locations.

07/31/2014

A person pans for gold. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Sacramento Officials Cancel Annual ‘Gold Rush Days’ Event Due To Drought

Sacramento officials are canceling the city’s annual Gold Rush Days festivities in Old Sacramento because of the ongoing drought.

07/29/2014

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San Francisco Water Customers Reduce Consumption By 10 Percent This Summer

Two million customers from San Francisco’s Water Department are getting a collective pat on the back for reducing water consumption by at least 10 percent this summer.

07/28/2014

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KCBS In Depth: UC Berkeley Student Draws From Own Experience To Improve Campus Safety, Prevent Sexual Assaults

California’s public universities will begin a new academic year in a matter of weeks, with a new focus on campus-related sexual assaults; how to prevent them and how to respond to them.
One Cal student is closely involved in the UC process for improving this aspect of campus safety.

07/28/2014

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