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New study says California's farmland is shrinking due to years-long severe drought

YUBA CITY — California's farmland is shrinking due to a severe three-year drought, according to a new report prepared for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The last three years have been the driest in the instrumental record and the multi-year deficits in precipitation have been compounded by "increased crop evaporative demands" according to the report. Researchers on the report — which included authors from UC Merced, UC Davis, and the Public Policy Institute of California — found that the state's irrigated farmland shrunk by nearly 10% which totals 752,000 acres of farmland. As for the jobs, the extreme drought conditions...
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UC strike enters third week ahead of quarter ending, finals

DAVIS — Following the Thanksgiving break, the University of California (UC) is met with academic workers entering the third week of a strike.It's the largest academic strike in U.S. history and comes at a time when undergraduate students are wrapping up classes before final exams."It's very empowering," said Abby Ray, a fifth-year graduate student. "It's week three, so I'm glad to see we're still going strong."UC and United Auto Workers say the bargaining table has seen progress for postdoctoral scholars and academic researchers.But for 36,000 academic student employees and student researchers, the union says its heard crickets since its latest...
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Education Matters: Rural teaching program wins statewide award

FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE) – The rural teacher residency program provides a pipeline that produces high-quality teachers who want to teach at rural schools. Now, the success of the program has earned it two statewide awards. Schools like Golden Rod Elementary in Kerman have always faced the challenge of being the first choice for teachers.
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California has the highest personal income tax rate in the nation

With record-high inflation increasing the cost of daily necessities like gas and food, Americans are trying to save money wherever possible. However, there is one expense no one can avoid: taxes. According to Intuit TurboTax, California, with a 13.3% top rate, is considered to have the highest personal income tax...
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First 5 California organizes to help little kids deal with big emotions.

Celia Jiménez here, thinking about how taking simple measures can have a big impact on kids. First 5 California—a state-wide initiative that aims to improve the lives of babies, young children and their families—launched The Dragon Song last month, a new initiative to provide mental health support.
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