California Using Recycled Fracking Water To Irrigate Crops

Tests found that small amounts of potentially harmful or carcinogenic chemicals remain in the recycled fracking water used to irrigate crops in California’s fertile Central Valley.

California Gov. Jerry Brown talks with reporters after a meeting about the drought

REDDING, California --- California’s governor, a recipient of generous donations from the oil and gas industry, is now responsible for putting dangerous “frack water” into the American food supply. As California struggles with a historic drought, some farmers in California’s agriculturally fertile Central Valley turned to a water recycling

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California Governor Signs Bill Mandating Vaccines For Schoolchildren

By signing Senate Bill 277 into law, Brown pushed the Golden State — long a bastion of liberal vaccine exemptions — into an odd political alliance with two conservative states, Mississippi and West Virginia.

SACRAMENTO -- In a historic decision that could reverberate nationwide, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill mandating that almost all California schoolchildren be fully vaccinated, regardless of their parents' personal or religious beliefs. By signing Senate Bill 277 into law, Brown pushed the Golden State -- long a bastion of liberal

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California Aggressive New Plan To Reduce Greenhouse Gases

“With this order, California sets a very high bar for itself and other states and nations, but it’s one that must be reached — for this generation and generations to come.”

Oil pumps  operate near Lost Hills, Calif. (AP/Rich Pedroncelli) SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California would aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 under a plan announced Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown that steps up the state's previously established target. The governor's executive order goes further than a federal proposal also

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California Counties Undermine Prison Reform Efforts

After a promising drop in California’s inmate population, the number of prisoners is rising again, led by a record increase in the number of second felony convictions for those who already had a prior conviction for a serious crime.

National Prison Strike

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California counties are confounding the state's court-ordered efforts to sharply reduce its inmate population by sending state prisons far more convicts than anticipated, including a record number of people with second felony convictions. The surge in offenders requiring state prison sentences is undermining a nearly

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Drought Weary California Farmers Lobby For Fracking Ban

Citing concerns that fracking would consume a lot of water in a state already plagued by the worst drought in decades, California’s farmers are amplifying their calls against pro-fracking legislation.

California farmers

Despite several polls indicating that a majority of California residents are opposed to the “water-intensive extreme oil and gas extraction process” known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the state’s Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has continued to pledge his support for pro-fracking legislation. As Brown gets closer to signing a piece of

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Are California’s Groundbreaking Laws Constitutionally Sound?

A slew of state laws that went into effect last week are being challenged by various advocates.

Last week, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed more than 36 pieces of legislation into law. Though some of the bills Brown signed were related to implementing the state health insurance exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act, others were arguably groundbreaking measures intended to protect certain vulnerable people in our society, such

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