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California's cannabis industry has a banking problem.  Federal rules keep most marijuana businesses from even opening a checking account.  Many deal in cash.  It's a problem in other places with legal pot, like Colorado, as Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports.

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With California's multi-billion-dollar cannabis industry coming on line next year, state officials are thinking about piles of money.  A report out yesterday (Tuesday) looks at where growers and sellers should park their cash, since most banks won't touch it.

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If it feels like gas prices are up, it's not just you.  California raised its tax on fuel by 12 cents per gallon - and 20 cents for diesel.  As Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports, many drivers aren't thrilled with the increase.

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California's new gas tax goes into effect next month, and some of the roadwork it's set to pay for is already underway.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports more expedited projects worth some $3 billion could get approval next week.

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More evacuation orders in Northern California are now lifted, after a week of devastating wildfires that left 41 people dead.  But as Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports, crews have to stay ready around the state, because fire season is far from over.

California could soon allow companies developing autonomous vehicles to test them on public roads without a driver or even a steering wheel.  And as Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports, new proposed rules also set a path for driverless cars coming to the public.

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Once California lawmakers wrap up an affordable housing deal, some hope to move on to a parks and water bond.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter has more from a rally held by parks backers yesterday (Wednesday) outside the state Capitol.

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California lawmakers are debating expanded safety requirements for young drivers.  The state's provisional driver's license program now applies to people under 18.  The proposal would extend it to new drivers under 21, as Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter explains.

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State lawmakers are considering a tax to help poor rural communities provide safe drinking water.  Agriculture and environmental groups are backing the bill -- but water companies, not so much.   Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter explains.

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Violent demonstrations in Berkeley this year foreshadowed the recent white nationalist rally in Virginia that left 3 people dead.  With police forces around the country now on the watch for similar protests, Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter looks at what they can do to prepare.

Coastal Communities suing big oil companies over climate change face a tough fight in California courts. Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports on challenges Marin and San Mateo Counties as well as the city of Imperial Beach might be taking on.

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A bill headed to Gov. Brown would allow California colleges that teach brewing to sell the beer they make.  The proposal builds on laws that already let schools raise funds selling wine they've produced.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter has the story.

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Wireless carriers eager to roll out faster 5G technology want the California Legislature to streamline the local approval process.  But as Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports, local governments argue the proposals would take away their powers of oversight and negotiation.

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If you've ever has to go looking for a table to change a kid's diaper, you know they can be hard to find, depending on where you are.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports a proposal to change that is moving forward in the California Legislature.

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A California lawmaker wants to lower the fine for drivers who don't fully stop before turning right at a red light.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports the proposal faces a deadline in the state Senate this week.

Democrats in the state Legislature are turning their attention to the issue of affordable housing in California.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports it's their new focus, after passing a transportation funding bill earlier this month.

Counties around California are preparing for an influx of state funding to add new housing for homeless people with mental illness.  But as Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports, it will likely be at least two years before they're ready to hand out new house keys.

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Some California lawmakers say they need to close a loophole caused by the legalization of recreational marijuana.  Just as you can't drink alcohol while driving, a bill prohibiting you from using pot behind the wheel recently passed a key committee vote.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports.

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California tax collections proved better than expected in March, but the state controller is counseling caution.  As Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports, you'll have to step back to look at the broader budget picture.

As ever-smarter cars hit the road in California, one tech question car manufacturers face is how they'll talk to each other. Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports on the future of vehicle-to-vehicle communications.

 

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A California lawmaker wants to let bars stay open two hours longer.  The proposal from San Francisco Democratic state Senator Scott Wiener would push back the closing time for bars from 2 a.m. to 4.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports.

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The University of California's Board of Regents yesterday (Thursday) debated limiting the number of students who can enroll from out of state.  Such students bring in more tuition dollars, but state lawmakers want plenty of room left for students from California.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports.

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Students in California shouldn't have to go hungry if their parents haven't paid their school lunch bills.  That's the idea behind a proposal in the state Legislature by Van Nuys Democratic state Senator Bob Hertzberg.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports.

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A list of ingredients in household cleaning products could soon be required on the label in California.  Capital public Radio's Daniel Potter has more on the proposal by a Democratic lawmaker from Los Angeles County.

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Bleary-eyed teenagers shuffling to school barely after daybreak could become a thing of the past, if a state lawmaker has his way.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports on the proposal to push back middle and high school start times to at least 8:30.

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California lawmakers are mulling the state's rules for self-driving cars.  Currently, 20 companies have permission to test autonomous vehicles on state roads.  Last month, one that's not on that list - Uber - picked up and took it's self-driving cars to Arizona, after a spat with California regulators.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports.

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Counties around California are trying to figure out how they'll keep funding a program that helps seniors and disabled people.  That's because the state is poised to end a five-year agreement that helped pay for In-Home Supportive Services.  Now counties say they're facing more than a half-a-billion dollars in new costs.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports.

Some of the newest members of the California Legislature are inheriting seats that come with long-established roles. From Capital Public Radio, Daniel Potter profiles two new senators who aim to build on the work of their predecessors.

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California's Democratic leaders have vowed to fight President-elect Trump on health care, immigration, and the environment.  But as Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports, there's one issue where both sides seem to agree, and could soon act.

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Diesel Volkswagen owners across California will soon begin choosing whether to get rid of their cars, or bring them in for repairs.  A federal judge in San Francisco recently approved a nearly $15-billion settlement for the carmaker's emissions scandal.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports on the decision now facing many thousands of VW diesel owners.

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