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Starbucks Will Stop Bottling Ethos Water From Drought-Stricken California

The company says it will move production to its supplier in Pennsylvania over the next sixth months and continue to look for alternative sources and suppliers for its West Coast distribution.


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Proposed Sales Tax Overhaul Would Cut Rate To 4 Percent, Expand Taxable Goods

His opening proposal is an ambitious tax overhaul. It centers on expanding California’s sales tax to more services, while lowering the state’s 7.5 percent base rate to as little as 4 percent. He also calls for doing away with local add-on taxes.


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Why Were The Latest California Water Conservation Numbers So Bad, And What’s Next?

The State Water Resources Control Board released numbers saying the state didn’t conserve as much in March as regulators had hoped. Here are a few answers to questions you might have about Tuesday’s findings and the restrictions yet to come.


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Deputies Find Fake Skeletons In Lawn Chairs Underwater Near California-Arizona Border

The skeletons are wearing sunglasses, and one is holding a sign that includes the words “Bernie” and “dream in the river,” although the entire sign is not legible. The sign also has the date of Aug. 16, 2014, which is possibly when the skeletons were placed there.



State Regulators Consider New Water Limits As Calif. Misses Water-Saving Goal By Double Digits

California water regulators are considering sweeping restrictions to enforce Gov. Jerry Brown’s drought conservation order.


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San Joaquin The Fastest Growing County In The State, New Numbers Show

California’s population grew about 1 percent last year to 38.7 million people, with San Diego and San Jose experiencing the most gains among big cities.



California Vaccine Bill Passes Third Legislative Hurdle, Moves To Appropriations Committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday voted 5-1 for the legislation after more than three hours of testimony. Hundreds of people rallied at the Capitol in opposition.



California Sends Search And Rescue Experts To Nepal

57 Los Angeles County Firefighters are bringing 6 search dogs, cameras, sonar and heavy cutting equipment.


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California Drought Drawing Rodents Into Homes During Breeding Season

Spring is already a busy time of the year for rats and mice since it’s breeding season, but dry conditions are forcing rodents to look for spaces as small as the width of a thumb to get inside homes.


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California Lawmaker Calls For End Of Nearly All Group Homes In State

Assemblyman Mark Stone’s legislation would do away with nearly all group homes, a step he says child welfare officials believe is the best approach.


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How Does California’s New Water Restriction Plan Affect Your District?

As it did before, the board is basing the restrictions on Residential Gallons Per Capita Day, a formula for finding how much water residential customers use each day.


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Low Yuba County Water Levels Have Cal Fire Preparing For Worst In California Drought

The lake that feeds into the Yuba River is 16 feet lower than it was last year, meaning fire crews will likely have to go further to get the water they need.