Wednesday, December 7, 2022

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Warnock projected to win in U.S. Senate race for Georgia; new report urges Governor-Elect to fix PA unemployment system; rising land prices pose challenges for VA farmers.

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The nation watches as votes are counted in the Senate runoff in Georgia, the House holds hearings in the lame-duck session, and Capitol Police Officers receive medals for their heroism on January 6.

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The first-ever "trout-safe" certification goes to an Idaho fish farm, the Healthy Housing Initiative helps improve rural communities' livability, and if Oklahoma is calling to you, a new database makes it easier for buyers and builders to find available lots.

California

Small businesses like the Goddess Mercado in East Los Angeles employ almost half of all private-sector workers in California. (Martin Gamez/Goddess Mercado)<br />

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Survey: 2022 Holiday Shopping at Local Small Businesses Could Hit $88 Billion

This holiday season, shopping at local small businesses could bring them as much as $88 billion, according to a survey from Intuit QuickBooks…

A new report from the Hispanic Access Foundation finds that Los Angeles is one of the biggest hot spots for nature loss within communities of color. (Andy Dean/Adobestock)

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Report: Improved Access to Nature Bolsters Biodiversity, Community

Promoting access to nature for underserved communities can improve quality of life while bolstering biodiversity and fighting climate change…


Climate activists held a press conference at the state Capitol in Sacramento on Monday. (A. Tamunan/Greenpeace)

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Local Officials Praise Move to Stop Gas-Price Gouging

Governor Gavin Newsom convened a special session of the Legislature on Monday to consider his newly unveiled proposal to cap excess oil and gas profit…

Small cell facilities are often attached to utility poles within the public right-of-way. (Oxford Science/Wikimedia Commons)

Monday, December 5, 2022

L.A. County Eyes Ordinance to Fast-Track Approvals for Wireless

Thousands of wireless transmitters could pop up across unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County in the next few years if the Board of Supervisors ap…


The Echo Park Trash Club is staffed by a rotating cast of volunteers. Two similar clubs have now formed in the Silver Lake and Lincoln Heights neighborhoods of Los Angeles. (Echo Park Trash Club)
L.A. 'Trash Club' Helps Unhoused People and the Community

By Caroline Tracey for High Country News.Broadcast version by Suzanne Potter for California News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Networ…

Backers of the Public Lands Act said it would improve public access to nature for millions living in densely populated areas of Los Angeles. (Daxiao Productions/Adobe Stock)
CA Outdoor Recreation Worth $54 Billion Per Year: Federal Data

California is number one in the country for dollars spent on camping, hiking, climbing, and biking, according to the latest federal data. The most …


A snowy egret hunts for food in its coastal habitat in Santa Cruz. (Carter Kremer/Audubon Photography Awards)
Proposed Coastal Conservancy Plan Would Tackle Climate Resiliency in CA

The state Coastal Conservancy will vote next week on a strategic plan to guide how hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars get spent over the next fi…

People with diabetes have medical expenses approximately 2.3 times higher than those who do not<br />have the disease, according to the American Diabetes Association. (Allen/Adobestock)
Fight for Affordable Insulin Continues During National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month - and the American Diabetes Association reports at least 3.2 million Californians have been diagnosed with the dis…


The site of the old Orick Mill has been a top priority for conservation groups because it is a scar on the landscape in California's old-growth redwood forest. (Save the Redwoods League)
Work on Gateway to Redwood National Park Winds Down for 2022

Crews are making progress in building a new gateway to Redwood National Park in Humboldt County. Work has just wrapped up for the year at the site …

Mikami Vineyards in Lodi uses compost made from food scraps collected in San Francisco to produce award-winning wines. (Larry Strong)
This Thanksgiving, Compost Your Food Scraps and Help Save the Planet

By Hannah Wallace for Reasons to be Cheerful.Broadcast version by Suzanne Potter for California News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Ne…


A new report finds the most common reason people lack fast internet service is either the cost or that the service they can afford isn't fast or reliable enough to justify the expense. (Peshkova/Adobestock)
Low-Income L.A. Neighborhoods Offered Internet at Higher Prices: Report

Internet service in Los Angeles County is often offered at higher prices in low-income neighborhoods, while better deals are offered in wealthier …

Federal data show that college students who transfer to another school lose an average of 43% of their credits in the transfer process. (Jeanine Hill/Chaffey College)
Colleges Turn to Data Analytics to Smooth Path for Transfer Students

Some local colleges and universities in Southern California are turning to data analytics to streamline their programs, so students can transfer more …


 

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