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Debate Takes on Safety of Flame Retardants

March 27, 2013 | 10:03 am

Debate Takes on Safety of Flame Retardants

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[UPDATE: EPA announces plans to study whether flame retardant chemicals are safe] Does injecting sofas and armchairs with flame retardants hurt us or protect us? That debate took place in Sacramento Tuesday as part of a hearing on an arcane but controversial law known as TB117. According to TB117, which was established in 1975, all […]

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Report: California Should Give Up Control of Some State Parks

March 25, 2013 | 1:22 pm

Report: California Should Give Up Control of Some State Parks

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by Tracie Cone, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Over the years, California has added more parks to its state system than it can afford and should consider turning over control of some to local entities, a new report says. The report released Monday by the Little Hoover Commission identified a number of problems with […]

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Sacramento Kings Fans Fight to Keep Team

February 28, 2013 | 10:19 am

Sacramento Kings Fans Fight to Keep Team

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Update 03-01-2013: Kevin Johnson did indeed produce the “whales” at the State of the City speech on Thursday night, and the bid was submitted to the NBA today.  In addition to a plan to buy the team and build a new arena in downtown Sacramento, the new ownership would revive the Monarchs WNBA franchise.  Some […]

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Sacramento Not Giving Up on Kings Despite Seattle Deal

January 23, 2013 | 3:22 pm

Sacramento Not Giving Up on Kings Despite Seattle Deal

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The Maloof family, the majority owners of the Sacramento Kings basketball team, have struck a deal to sell the team to a group that would move it to Seattle. But Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson says his city won’t give up so easily. The NBA must approve any deal. Johnson, who was a three-time All Star […]

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Calif. Chamber of Commerce Sues to Invalidate Cap-and-Trade Auctions

November 13, 2012 | 4:15 pm

Calif. Chamber of Commerce Sues to Invalidate Cap-and-Trade Auctions

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The California Chamber of Commerce launched a legal torpedo at the state’s new carbon trading market, set to begin Wednesday. The group, which represents 13,000 businesses in the state, is asking the Sacramento Superior Court to invalidate the state’s first official auction of permits for large emitters of greenhouse gases. The suit challenges the California […]

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September 21, 2012 | 4:14 pm

District 3 Debate: Garamendi vs. Vann

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The race for California’s newly redrawn 3rd Congressional District is heating up. So KQED’s Forum invited Democratic Congressman John Garamendi and Republican challenger Kim Vann to debate the issues on this morning’s Forum show. Host Dave Iverson–and several callers–asked Garamendi and Vann about a variety of topics. Here’s a sampling of the debate: Q: What […]

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Influenced by Scandal, State Parks Legislation Lands on Governor’s Desk

September 4, 2012 | 5:59 pm

Influenced by Scandal, State Parks Legislation Lands on Governor’s Desk

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Now that we’re all back from Labor Day weekend and nursing sunburns, this seems like a good time to review two key bills related to the future of state parks: AB 1589 and AB 1478. Bear in mind everything parks-related moving through Sacramento now references the summer scandal that exploded when the Sacramento Bee reported […]

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Are the Sacramento Kings Moving to Virginia?

August 23, 2012 | 1:50 pm

Are the Sacramento Kings Moving to Virginia?

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Well, we talked to one journalist who covers the team closely, who told us this: “All my sources indicated to me that there is no substance to reports of any connection between the Kings and Virginia Beach. The Maloofs seem to be digging in here.” Still, there was a bit of a flurry today when […]

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Sacramento Expresses Interest in A’s, But It’s Not Mutual

July 10, 2012 | 1:52 pm

Sacramento Expresses Interest in A’s, But It’s Not Mutual

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Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson held a press conference Monday to tout his city’s potential as a home for the A’s or another Major League Baseball team.  Johnson was the major force behind a plan to build a new arena for the Sacramento Kings, a deal that collapsed in April when the team’s owners, the Maloof […]

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July 5, 2012 | 3:37 pm

Legislators Punt Water Bonds to 2014

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They can’t live with it, and they can’t live without it. So California’s legislators today agreed do what people so often do in such circumstances — they put off dealing with a bill to repair California’s water delivery system. Both houses of the Legislature voted to delay the bill, which would have put on the […]

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