The Washington Post – A coalition of international automakers announced an effort to intervene on behalf of the Trump administration in its ongoing fight with California over how fuel-efficient the nation’s auto fleet must be in coming years.
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The Washington Post – Toyota backed the Trump administration in trying to strip California of its ability to set more stringent fuel-efficiency standards in an effort to combat climate change.
Science – As California’s stem cell research agency runs through the last of its $3 billion in state funding, a delicate negotiation is underway between its leadership and the man developing the 2020 ballot initiative to keep it alive.
The Sacramento Bee – A California agency tasked with funding stem cell research has supported tens of thousands of jobs and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in state and local tax revenue, according to a report.
Los Angeles Times – California will expand access to HIV prevention drugs by allowing pharmacies to offer the medications without a prescription under a law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The Hill – A federal appeals court has dismissed challenges brought by the state of California against a Trump administration rule on tailpipe pollution standards, arguing the case has no merit because the rule has not yet been finalized.
The Associated Press – California is trying to stop people from deceptively editing videos and audio in ways that are aimed at influencing elections.
Law360 – The Trump administration sued California over its cap-and-trade agreement with Québec, saying the state has no right to pursue "an independent foreign policy" about the control of greenhouse gas emissions.
Scientific American / E&E News – The Trump administration's plan to revoke California's ability to set its own clean car standards promises to ignite a monumental legal fight between a dozen states and the federal government.
NPR – Beginning in early 2020, California will ban the sale of the pesticide chlorpyrifos which state environmental officials say has been linked to brain damage and other health defects in children.
Reuters – A California judge on Thursday reduced a $2 billion jury verdict, slashing the award for a couple who blamed Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based weed killer, Roundup, for their cancer to $86.7 million.