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California lawmakers pass sweeping ivory ban to curb elephant poaching

California made it illegal to sell ivory in 1977, but state law still permits the sale of older ivory imported more than four decades ago. If signed into law, Assembly Bill 96 would close that loophole and deter more poaching, says Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego.  
PG&E on Tuesday proposed an increase in rates that would, if approved by state regulators, lead to higher electricity and gas bills for the company's customers, according to an official filing.  
 
Caltrans is giving Californians an opportunity to earn $25,000 in exchange for submitting the most innovative idea to improve transportation and other state services.  
 
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The California Department of Justice is unveiling a state-run website to provide data on law enforcement's interactions with the public.  
 
Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips has been charged with murder in the death of his cellmate at a Central California prison.