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Virginia Rep. Riggleman, Who Officiated Same-Sex Wedding, Loses Republican Primary

Republican Rep. Denver Riggleman, who received blowback from some members of his party after officiating the same-sex wedding last year of former campaign volunteers, has lost the GOP nomination for his central Virginia seat.

EPA Orders Amazon And EBay To Stop Selling Bogus Coronavirus-Fighting Products

On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered Amazon and eBay to stop selling certain pesticide-containing products, many of which claimed to fight off and disinfect from the coronavirus.The orders also bar the e-commerce giants from selling products that contain toxic chemicals like chlorine dioxide and methylene chloride, which is federally regulated as a toxic substance.

On Nearly Emptied Roads, Motor Vehicle Fatality Rate Spikes By 14% In March

In March, as states across the country began implementing stay-at-home orders and commuters got off the road, traffic dropped, but a new National Safety Council report finds that the number of motor vehicle fatalities per miles driven increased by 14% compared with the March 2019 rate.

18 Counties In California Set To Further Relax Coronavirus Restrictions

As of Thursday, May 14, 18 counties are eligible to move to Expanded Stage 2 of California's four-stage reopening plan, according to the California Department of Public Health. They include Yuba and Sutter, counties that last week had moved to further ease restrictions without state approval.

Gov. Newsom Announces California Will Begin Easing Coronavirus Closures This Week

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on May 4, that California will allow some retail businesses to reopen with modifications as early as Friday, amid encouraging coronavirus benchmarks.

2 Orange County Cities To Challenge Calif. Gov. Newsom's Order Closing Beaches

The city councils of both Huntington Beach and Dana Point voted tonight to pursue legal action against the state of California to block Gov. Gavin Newsom's beach-closure order.

Antibody Tests Go To Market Largely Unregulated, Warns House Subcommittee Chair

Coronavirus antibody tests have garnered attention from officials as a potential tool to evaluate people's immunity to the illness. But the majority of companies creating the tests have had little to no regulatory oversight, according to the chair of the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy.

Coronavirus Fears Prompt Suspensions Of Bans On Single-Use Plastic Bags

In the last decade, bans and taxes on single-use plastic bags have been enacted in a number of states including California, Hawaii and Massachusetts as shoppers switched to reusable bags. Now, some major grocery chains are not allowing shoppers to bring reused bags and lawmakers in a number of jurisdictions are rescinding the bans temporarily, citing health concerns prompted by the the coronavirus pandemic.

One Way to Help Strapped Hospitals? Print PPE Using 3D Printers

Amid reports of PPE shortages, a patchwork army of 3D printer-users has emerged across the U.S.: Researchers, doctors and lone producers have gone to work, creating protective gear in labs, basements and home offices for health workers.

Commercial Fishermen Struggle To Survive In The Face Of Coronavirus

Commercial fishermen are fighting to stay afloat while restaurants and global markets are shutting down to contain the spread of the virus.

CBD products are found everywhere from gas stations to drug stores. A record number of farmers are growing hemp for CBD this year, but making money has proved challenging. NPR, November 16, 2019.

As the electric car industry ramps up, one gas station in Takoma Park, Md., has already changed lanes. The owner hopes to motivate other stations to make the shift. NPR, October 26, 2019.

In southeast Los Angeles, metal processing facilities emit toxic steam next to homes, schools and parks. And low-income residents are paying the price. UC Santa Cruz Science Notes, October 2019.

AB-756 will require water providers to report if up to 18 different types of PFAS chemicals are present in drinking water supplies. But the original bill would have forced suppliers to test and report for the entire class of PFASKQED, June 21, 2019.

California is looking to floodplains as a way to avoid flood damage and store water. Advocates say floodplains refill aquifers, reduce risk from flood damage, re-create wildlife habitat and filter pollutants. But others aren't so convinced. KQEDMarch 19, 2019.​

As Moss Landing gains international status for marine research, its iconic fishing industry wanes. The Mercury News, the EastBay Times, The Monterey Herald, and The Santa Cruz Sentinel, December 30, 2018.

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