Articles by Adam Beam

California Approves First-in-U.S. Electric Truck Sales Rule

California regulators approved new rules on June 25 that would force automakers to sell more electric work trucks and delivery vans, a first-of-its-kind rule aimed at helping the nation’s most populous state clean up its worst-in-the-nation air quality. The rules …

California Counties Push to Reopen Ahead Of State Guidelines

More than two dozen California counties have asked for permission to loosen their stay-at-home orders beyond what the state allows, Gov. Gavin Newsom said, promising a speedy review of their requests as jobs continue disappearing by the millions in a …

California Considers Declaring Common Pain Killer Carcinogen

A fight is coming to California over whether to list one of the world’s most common over-the-counter drugs as a carcinogen, echoing recent high-profile battles over things like alcohol and coffee. The drug is acetaminophen, known outside the U.S. as …

California Eyes Climate Bond to Prepare For Disasters

In a state burdened by billions of dollars in wildfire damage, California lawmakers are hoping for an advance loan before the next climate-fueled catastrophe hits. Lawmakers in the Democratic-dominated state Legislature returned to work Monday for the second year of …

Uber And Lyft Will Ask California Voters to Block Employee Law

Some of the country’s largest ridesharing companies proposed a California law on Tuesday that would let them continue to treat drivers as independent contractors while also guaranteeing them a minimum wage and money for health insurance. The state Legislature enacted …

California Now Looking for Ways to Preserve Environmental Clout

The Trump administration’s decision to stop California from setting its own emission standards for cars and trucks would undermine the state’s ability to convince the world’s largest automakers that they should make more environmentally friendly vehicles. “We will not let …

California Utility Wants Help Paying Wildfire Victims

A troubled California utility company is asking the state Legislature to let it borrow money without paying taxes so it can compensate victims of a devastating wildfire caused by its equipment. Pacific Gas & Electric is facing up to $30 …

How PG&E’s $1B to Local Governments for Wildfire Damage Will be Paid

A California utility agreed Tuesday to pay $1 billion to 14 local governments to cover damages from a series of deadly wildfires caused by its downed power lines. The settlement is a sliver of the more than $30 billion in …

Kentucky Gov., Attorney General Opioid Lawsuit Battle Goes to State Supreme Court

A feud between Kentucky’s top two elected officials – and potential adversaries in this year’s governor’s race – spilled over into the state Supreme Court on Thursday as lawyers argued about who controls the state’s lawsuit against manufacturers and distributors …

Kentucky Governor Voices Support for Medical Marijuana as Legislature Weighs Bill

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin spoke about his support for legalizing medical marijuana in highly personal terms on Tuesday, telling a community forum that his teenage nephew died after fighting “a very hard battle with cancer.” Asked about his stance on …