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California's Drought Condition is Bad News for Economy

California's heading into a third year of drought conditions, and that means more potential bad news for the state's economy.

Calif. Emergency Responders Head to Texas to Prepare for Hurricane Ike

As Hurricane Ike heads towards Texas, the state of California is sending help.The Governor's Office of Emergency Services has sent more than 300 emergency responders to Texas to help officials there prepare for the hurricane. Kelly Huston is the deputy director of the state agency. He says many of those sent were already in the region.

Officials Caution Californians About 'Drinking and Boating'

The Memorial Day weekend is not only big for road warriors: it was also a kick off to the boating season. And after seeing some disturbing trends in accident statistics, state officials are urging extra caution on the water. From Sacramento Jenny O'Mara reports.

California Legislation Aims to Improve Oil Spill Response

More than half-a-dozen bills aimed at improving the state's response to oil spills cleared a key legislative committee Monday. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Statewide High-Speed Rail Supporters Target November Ballot

It's been an on-again, off-again measure on the state ballot – but backers of a high-speed rail project in California say this November voters will decide once and for all whether to approve billions in bond funds for the train that will run up and down the state. Jenny O'Mara reports.

Secretary of State Reacts to California Voter Complaints

There were complaints around California Tuesday from non-partisan or “decline to state” voters. And the Secretary of State says it’s time to take a closer look at the election code.

Voter Registration Cards May Be Revamped

It may have been awhile since you've seen one of California's voter registration cards. But they've grown more cluttered, and the Secretary of State wants to change that. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ explains.

Group Wants Voters to Go Green with Mail-In Ballots

Concerned about the environment? Along with hybrid cars and solar powered homes, an education advocacy group says you can also "go green" when you cast your ballot. In Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

State's Population Projected to Reach Nearly 60 Million by 2050

California will add another 25 million people by mid-century. That's the latest projection from the State's Department of Finance. The figures also show a shift in the ethnic makeup of residents. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

5 National Guard Helicopters on Wildfire Duty This Weekend

Five California National Guard helicopters will be pressed into service this weekend on the watch for wildfires. Lieutenant Colonel Laura Yeager with the California National Guard says there's an agreement with the state to use the military aircraft. She says there's a particular need right now because state firefighting equipment needs maintenance -- and their crews need some rest.

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