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As Super Bowl XLIX Approaches, the State Library Showcases “A Century of Sports”

Wild Cheers Broke Loose: Sports in California from the 1850s to 1950s, a new exhibit in the State Library’s second floor gallery, documents Californians’ love of all things athletic. Highlights include photos and memorabilia of 19th Century skiing, golf, polo, fishing and boxing.

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Health officials confirm patient at hospital has tested negative for Ebola

State and local public health and hospital officials have confirmed that the patient transported by specialized ambulance and admitted to UC Davis Medical Center early Thursday who exhibited symptoms consistent with a viral illness including Ebola, and with a history of travel to an Ebola-affected country, has tested negative for the Ebola virus.

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CDFW Researchers are Monitoring Band-tailed Pigeon Mortality

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is closely monitoring the population of band-tailed pigeons for mortality this winter. Band-tailed pigeons are California's only native pigeon. They spend their winter from central to Southern California primarily inhabiting oak woodland and conifer forests. In late winter into early spring, band-tailed pigeons will migrate north into northern California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. Band-tailed pigeons are a different species than rock pigeons (also called city, urban or barn pigeons), which were introduced into North America from Europe.

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Parks Forward Commission Report Calls for “Fundamental Transformation” of California State Parks

Calling for a “fundamental transformation” of the state’s 1.6 million acre park system, the Parks Forward Commission today issued its final plan that recommends a series of sweeping changes to ensure the long-term sustainability of California's state parks.

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State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson's Arts Education Task Force Submits Recommendations to Restore the Arts to CA Classrooms

An arts education task force formed by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is calling for arts education to be elevated to a core subject and be available to all students so it can retain its vital role in developing creative expression and critical thinking skills in preparation for 21st century careers.

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Groups Sue to Stop Daily 100-Car Train Deliveries of Toxic Crude Oil to Bakersfield Terminal

Community and environmental groups filed suit today over the expansion—orchestrated mostly in secret—of a crude oil operation in Kern County that could lead to a 1,000 percent increase in the amount of crude imported by rail into California each year. The newly opened Bakersfield Crude Terminal in Taft, Calif., has the capacity to receive two 100-car unit trains a day of volatile crude oil from the Bakken shale formation as well as heavier, highly toxic tar sands.

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Health Professionals, Concerned Residents and Students Call On Gov. Brown to Halt Dangerous Oil Extraction

Concerned residents from communities across California gathered on the steps of the State Capitol Wednesday to voice their concerns about the health and environmental risks associated with fracking and dangerous oil extraction techniques, and an increase in the number of trains carrying potentially explosive oil through communities across the state. The group called on Gov. Jerry Brown to take actions to protect Californians.

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Top Toxics Regulator Levies No Fines On Exide For Fresh Violations In Signal It Plans To Grant Serial Polluter A Permit

Far from turning over a new leaf, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) listed eight violations inspectors discovered at Exide Technologies’ lead battery recycling facility in Vernon without levying a single fine, Consumer Watchdog said.

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Op-Ed: Amber Shelton: Massive Timber Sale Proposed for Klamath National Forest

A massive 43,883 acre post-fire logging project is being proposed by the Klamath National Forest. Almost half of the project within areas that are supposed to be set aside to protect and enhance old growth forest ecosystems called, Late Successional Reserves. The Forest Service is planning to streamline this unprecedented timber sale, which would shorten public comment opportunities, and speed up the environmental review process.

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Magnitude 5.8 earthquake offshore Humboldt County

Magnitude 5.8 earthquake reported by USGS.

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US Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Report Opposing the Enlargement of Shasta Dam

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a revised draft report on the proposed enlargement of Shasta Dam, stating that it will harm salmon populations. The agency concluded that it cannot support any of the proposed action alternatives presented by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which controls and operates the dam.

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Attorney General Harris Asked to Review Signature-Gathering Deception by Plastic Bag Manufacturer-Funded Referendum Campaign

Supporters of the state’s plastic bag ban today refiled their complaint with California Attorney General Kamala Harris over deceptive signature gathering by petition gatherers seeking a repeal of the law. The move comes after the Secretary of State’s office said it would not review the complaint because Secretary of State Alex Padilla had a conflict as author of the legislation, SB 270, that is the subject of the referendum.

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Census Data Show California Leads U.S. in Manufacturing Employment for 2012

Today the Census Bureau released manufacturing statistics from its 2012 Economic Census at the state, metro area and county levels, as well as for cities and towns, for more than 350 manufacturing industries. These data, referred to as the Geographic Area Series, cover more than 296,000 U.S. manufacturing establishments (NAICS 31-33) within every state and their localities.

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Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Issues Bulletin on Campus Sexual Assault and Safety

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today issued an information bulletin to California law enforcement agencies, higher education administrators and campus security personnel, providing enforcement guidance on new and amended sexual assault and campus safety laws. The bulletin summarizes SB 967 (Senate pro Tempore Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles) and AB 1433 (Assemblymember Mike Gatto, D-Glendale), gives enforcement guidance in the context of existing state and federal statutes, and encourages increased collaboration between law enforcement and campus authorities.

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Pressure Mounts for Boy Scouts to Change Anti-LGBT Policy: California High Court Bars Judges from Participating in Organization

Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, commended the California Supreme Court for barring judges from non-profit youth organizations like the Boy Scouts of America that discriminate against LGBT people - mirroring new standards HRC will require Fortune 500 to meet in its annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI).

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More crashes occur on Super Bowl Sunday than other Sundays

Officials from the Automobile Club of Southern California, California Department of Insurance and California Highway Patrol today urged party-goers to plan ahead for Super Bowl Sunday -one of the biggest annual global sporting events -with a designated driver or sober ride if attending a party or watching the game at a restaurant or bar due to the greater fatal and injury crash risk on this Sunday. Super Bowl Sunday has become a custom for family and friends, with an emphasis on parties and restaurant outings that contribute to a more relaxed atmosphere and more opportunities for drinking alcohol.

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CSB: Public Meeting in Richmond to Release Final Report and Safety Recommendations from Chevron Refinery Investigation

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will hold a public meeting on January 28, 2015, to present the third and final investigation report and safety recommendations from the August 6, 2012, crude unit fire that occurred at the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, CA. That fire endangered 19 workers and sent more than 15,000 residents to the hospital for medical attention.

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As Delta Smelt Plummets to Extinction, New Rules Allow Increased Kill

A recent Obama Administration decision allows more than twice as many endangered Delta smelt to be killed by giant government pumps than was previously allowed. The policy was adopted days after the annual California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) population abundance survey confirmed that populations of the tiny, once-abundant fish have crashed to new lows.

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Moratorium Lifted on New Grocery Stores for Women, Infants and Children Program

The moratorium for stores to apply for authorization in the California Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program will be lifted effective February 1, 2015, it was announced by Dr. Ron Chapman, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) director and state health officer.

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Sac. Sheriff sued over abusive arrest, wrongful detention of local father

A lawsuit filed today in federal court seeks monetary damages for a local father subjected to a wrongful detention last year on an "immigration hold" after a baseless arrest during which Sacramento Sheriff's Deputies used excessive force. Additionally, in order to prevent future civil rights violations in the county, the suit seeks an injunction to prevent the Sacramento Sheriff from unconstitutionally detaining immigrants for extra time without due process in the future.

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California’s unemployment rate decreases to 7.0 percent

California’s unemployment rate decreased to 7.0 percent in December, and nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 700 during the month for a total gain of 1,522,900 jobs since the recovery began in February 2010, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two separate surveys.

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Chevron's Battered Image Over Ecuador Ecological Disaster Takes Another Hit in Davos

Prominent Swiss environmental organizations have crowned Chevron with an embarrassing "lifetime achievement" award for dumping billions of gallons of toxic waste into streams and rivers in Ecuador's rainforest relied on by local indigenous communities for their water.

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Lawsuit Challenges California Plan Allowing Pesticide Spraying on Schools, Homes, Organic Farms

Eleven groups and the city of Berkeley sued the California Department of Food and Agriculture today over the agency’s approval of a statewide “pest management” plan that allows pesticide spraying on schools, organic farms and residential yards, including aerial spraying over homes in rural areas. California approved the program despite tens of thousands of public comment letters calling for a less toxic approach that would protect the vitality and resilience of the state’s food system and the economic interests of organic farmers.

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California's Policies Can Significantly Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions Through 2030

A new model of the impact of California’s existing and proposed policies on its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals suggests that the state is on track to meet 2020 goals, and could achieve greater emission reductions by 2030, but the state will need to do more to reach its 2050 climate goals.

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The Delta Smelt: A Tiny Fish with Big Implications

The delta smelt is a fish that grows to no more than three inches in length, but over the years this threatened species has made big headlines in California’s dusty, water-rights battleground. Most recently, this decade-long fight made it all the way to the Supreme Court, which denied an agricultural industry’s attack, thereby keeping critical Endangered Species Act provisions in place.

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How will the state get 50% of its energy from 'renewable resources' by 2050?
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East Bay Bird Incident Fact Sheet

East Bay Regional Park District personnel spotted stranded seabirds on the beaches in Hayward on Friday, January 16 in the afternoon. California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) activated and responded to the bird incident.

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Brittany Maynard's Family, Compassion & Choices Partner With CA Lawmakers on End-of-Life Options Bill

Just a few months after 29-year-old Californian Brittany Maynard had to utilize an Oregon law to end her suffering from terminal brain cancer, two California senators today announced they have authored similar legislation in California. Brittany Maynard’s mother and husband, Compassion & Choices, and a diverse array of supporters praised the introduction of the bill, “The End-of-Life Options Act” (SB 128), at a 1:30 p.m. PT news conference at the state Capitol.

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New Partnership Gets Grant to Support Imperiled Tricolored Blackbird

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today teamed with Audubon California and the Western United Dairymen organizations to announce an innovative new conservation project to boost habitat and outreach work for the threatened Tricolored Blackbird. The partnership was announced at an event held at the Sacramento Zoo, which has been collecting donations to help the struggling bird.

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Warmer, drier climate altering forests statewide

Historical California vegetation data that more than once dodged the dumpster have now proved their true value, documenting that a changing forest structure seen in the Sierra Nevada has actually happened statewide over the past 90 years.

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