California lawmakers have softened a bill that called for more housing construction in a state that has a severe affordable home shortage.
Senate Bill 828 mandated that cities and counties set aside land for twice as much housing units as needed to make up for years of too little construction. But California legislators amended the bill
Researchers have published two scientific studies that demonstrate expanding arid temperatures in the American West threaten sensitive water supplies for cities and rural areas.
State water regulators are still planning a massive two-tunnel project that would divert water from northern to southern California, and pass through the San Joaquin Delta.
Most of Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico are experiencing severe drought, and meteorologists are expecting conditions to worsen, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center.
Across rural Nevada, the workforce in almost every rural county expanded, as it did in Colorado and Utah, during the past year. At the same time, however, the trend of employment migration to urban areas continues nationwide. According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the country added more than two million jobs in 2017. Among those, rural areas gained 154,000—less than 7 percent—and those jobs were close to metropolitan areas, extending a years-long trend.