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California Calls on Laboratories to Speed Up Test Processing for Most At-Risk Groups

SACRAMENTO July 4, 2020 – The California Health and Human Services Secretary, Dr. Mark Ghaly, issued the following statement today urging laboratories in California to prioritize testing turnaround for individuals who are most at risk of spreading the virus to others: “Over the past six months, along with public and private partners, California has worked […]

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CDFW: Wildlife Harmed by Exposure to Anticoagulant Rodenticides

July 4, 2020 – In late April, a dead owl was found on a nature preserve in San Luis Obispo County. CDFW’s Wildlife Investigations Lab (WIL) performed the necropsy and found excessive bleeding on the owl’s leg and abdomen. With no associated wound or apparent trauma, additional toxicology testing was performed. Cause of death: fatal […]

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WHO discontinues hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir trials for COVID-19

July 4, 2020 – WHO today accepted the recommendation from the Solidarity Trial’s International Steering Committee to discontinue the trial’s hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir arms. The Solidarity Trial was established by WHO to find an effective COVID-19 treatment for hospitalized patients. The International Steering Committee formulated the recommendation in light of the evidence for hydroxychloroquine vs […]

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Dry weather with temperatures close to average is expected to persist

July 4, 2020 – Dry weather with seasonable temperatures for the next week. Discussion Skies are clear across interior NorCal early this morning. Ft Ordprofiler shows a suppressed marine layer early this morning andweaker Delta winds. Current temperatures are running 2 to 6degrees warmer compared to readings observed early Friday. Heights aloft will rise this […]

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Western Nevada County Fireworks Task Force 2020 on duty through the weekend

July 3, 2020 – Local Fire Service Law Enforcement Officers will be teaming up with Local Officers from the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada City Police, Grass Valley Police, California Highway Patrol, State Parks, Cal Fire and the US Forest Service on a Fireworks Task Force. The purpose of the task force is to eliminate […]

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CAL FIRE Takes Zero Tolerance Stance Against Illegal Fireworks

Sacramento July 3, 2020 – The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) concluded a statewide operation designed to prevent illegal fireworks from entering California.  The statewide operation, conducted between June 26th and June 30th, resulted in 29 felonies, 165 misdemeanor citations, 25 infractions and the confiscation of over 48,440 pounds of illegal […]

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Prescott National Forest Withdraws Approval of Hassayampa River Gold Mine

PRESCOTT, Ariz. July 2, 2020 — The Prescott National Forest today withdrew its decision to proceed with a controversial mine, the River Bend Placer Mine project, on the Hassayampa River. The withdrawal comes after the Center for Biological Diversity delivered a forceful objection to the project’s impacts on the globally imperiled Phillip’s agave (Agave phillipsiana), a […]

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Nadler Statement on SCOTUS Decision to Grant Certiorari in Lawsuit Regarding Mueller Grand Jury Material

Washington, D.C. July 2, 2020 – Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to grant certiorari in Department of Justice v. House Committee on the Judiciary: “I am disappointed by the Court’s decision to prolong this case further, but I am confident we will prevail. In […]

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House Democrats Set to Give 850,000 Acres of Nevada Wildlife Refuge to Military

LAS VEGAS, July 1, 2020  — In a stunning development in the ongoing controversy over proposed military bombing range expansion in Nevada, the Democrat-led House Armed Services Committee today approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would give the U.S. Air Force jurisdiction over 850,000 acres currently managed as a wildlife refuge. […]

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California Public Health Officials Warn Against Gathering for Fourth of July Weekend

SACRAMENTO July 2, 2020 – The California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Sonia Angell issued the following statement today warning Californians not to gather with family, friends and loved ones this Fourth of July weekend to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities: “Traditionally, Fourth of July […]

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Police with lots of military gear kill civilians more often than less-militarized officers

A police tactical team in Ferguson, Mo., responds to 2014 protests against a white officer’s killing of Michael Brown, a young Black man. AP Photo/Jeff Roberson Casey Delehanty, Gardner-Webb University July 2, 2020 – Police departments that get more equipment from the military kill more civilians than departments that get less military gear. That’s the […]

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Nevada County Reminds Residents to Help Limit Spread of COVID-19 Over Holiday Weekend

Nevada County, Calif. July 2, 2020 – Summer is officially here in Nevada County. As residents prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend, Nevada County reminds residents to follow best practices for reducing the spread of COVID-19, including washing hands regularly, practicing physical distancing of at least six feet, staying home if you’re feeling […]