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Public News Service - CA: Health Issues

5G Wireless technology is poised to spread across California, a move that is opposed by people worried about health effects of electromagnetic fields. (D3Damon/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Opponents of a bill intended to smooth the way for the rollout of next-generation cell technology are cautiously optimistic - after a key committee put the measure on hold on Monday. The state Senate finance committee put Senate Bill 649 in the suspense file, in the face

About 6.6 percent of Californians drink water from public systems that have records of violating the Safe Drinking Water Act, according to a new report. (Earl 53/Morguefile)

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Water systems in California have the nation's ninth-worst record for violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Researchers pored over Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data from 2015 and foun

Opponents of the Republican health proposal warn that it still isn't off the table in Congress, and would dramatically raise health-insurance prices for seniors. (AARP)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - As members of Congress return home for their spring recess, they're starting to hear from seniors in their districts who oppose any attempt to revive the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare. The American Health Care Act was withdrawn at the end of March when it couldn't get eno

Studies show diesel emissions are 90 times higher near the Port of Oakland in West Oakland than the state average. (Chris Jordan-Block/Earthjustice)

OAKLAND, Calif. – Millions of Californians live close to a major port and this week, community leaders in West Oakland filed a federal complaint alleging that the continued pollution in their community of color is a violation of the Civil Rights Act. Margaret Gordon, co-founder of the West O

Senior groups are slamming a proposal to allow health insurance companies to charge older Americans significantly more than under the Affordable Care Act. (liljoel/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Advocates for older Americans are criticizing a bill in the House of Representatives that would raise the amount insurance companies can charge seniors. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies only could charge seniors three times what younger adults pay. Bu

Advocates are asking a federal judge to force the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate environmental justice complaints, including one on the permits for the Delta Energy Center in Pittsburg, Calif. (Calpine)

OAKLAND, Calif. – Five nonprofits, including one in California, filed a motion in federal court Monday to force the EPA to follow up on environmental justice-related civil rights complaints. The groups accuse the EPA of dragging its feet, in some cases for decades. Michael Boyd, a plaintiff

A new report recommends ways that California policymakers could improve outcomes for the state's children and toddlers. (ulkare/istockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Less than 10 percent of California toddlers and infants who are eligible for subsidized child care actually get it. That's one statistic in a new report that spells out ways to improve the growth and development of the state's youngest residents. The research is from the

PASADENA, Calif. — Rep. Tom Price begins his first full week as secretary of Health and Human Services today, and Medicare advocates say they will continue to push Congress and the new administration to protect the program they call "crucial." Price, a Georgia Republican, came under fire from

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