Politics & Government

Water & Drought

Farmers say, ‘No apologies,’ as well drilling hits record levels in San Joaquin Valley

Two years after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill designed to limit groundwater pumping, new wells are going in faster and deeper than ever in the San Joaquin Valley farm belt. Farmers drilled about 2,500 wells last year, the highest number on record. That was five times the annual average for the previous 30 years. Farmers say they have no choice, given cuts in surface water deliveries.

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Election Rewind: Trump hails school choice, Clinton gets 'West Wing' support

With the first presidential debate looming, Donald Trump spoke to a crowd in Roanoke, Va., about what he called the "new civil rights issue" for African-Americans. Meanwhile, actors from the popular TV show "The West Wing" hit the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton, including one stop in Toledo, Ohio.
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Election Rewind: Trump hails school choice, Clinton gets 'West Wing' support 1:35

Election Rewind: Trump hails school choice, Clinton gets 'West Wing' support

San Joaquin Valley farmers keep drilling, even as groundwater limits loom 3:49

San Joaquin Valley farmers keep drilling, even as groundwater limits loom

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Is it a debate moderator’s job to fact-check?

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