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Federal judge strikes down CA foie gras ban

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January 8, 2015 By John Hrabe. Bon appétit. A federal judge has struck down California's prohibition on foie gras -- more than a decade after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law the nation’s first ban on the culinary treat. U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson ruled Wednesday that California's ban on the product violated federal laws governing poultry products. "This issue boils down to one question:...

Ground broken on troubled high-speed rail project

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January 7, 2015 By Kathy Hamilton.   Yesterday in Fresno the California High-Speed Rail Authority officially conducted the groundbreaking ceremony for its bullet-train project – but no dirt actually was turned. After an hour of speeches, a “ceremonial signing” of a railroad tie was conducted by dignitaries from the federal, state and local governments. Not a shovel was in sight. The ceremony is online her...

Gov. Brown boosts energy-policy leverage

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January 7, 2015 By John Hrabe. Gov. Jerry Brown believes it will take "pragmatic caution" and "active collaboration" to achieve his goal of seeing half of the state's energy come from renewable sources by 2030. "How we achieve these goals and at what pace will take great thought and imagination mixed with pragmatic caution," Brown said in Monday's Inaugural Address for his fourth term as governor. "And we will n...

Gov. Brown’s 50% renewable goal a tough target

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January 6, 2015 By Wayne Lusvardi.   In his Jan. 5 inaugural address for his historic fourth term as California’s governor, Jerry Brown proposed an ambitious expansion of California’s renewable energy goals from 33 to 50 percent by 2030. The current level in 2015 is 20 percent renewables. However, the 50 percent renewable energy portfolio standard had to be dropped from Assembly Bill 327, passed on Oct....
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