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  • Experts advise consumers to use a secure connection, not a public wifi connection, when contacting credit agencies. Photo Credit: gvictoria/istockphoto

    Expert Tips on Protecting Your Credit After Massive Equifax Breach

    Suzanne Potter Public News Service Many consumers may be wondering what to do after credit reporting agency Equifax admitted that hackers stole personal information belonging to 143 million Americans. Experts say you can take action to protect yourself. First, you can check the website EquifaxSecurity2017.com to see if your...
  • Mobile health units from California are serving 50 to 80 hurricane survivors per day in Texas this week. Photo Credit: Clinica Sierra Vista

    CA Health Centers Assist Hurricane Victims Despite Threat to Funding

    Suzanne Potter California News Service BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – California community health centers are sending teams and equipment to aid hurricane victims, even though the centers are staring down a funding cliff – at risk of losing 70 percent of their federal funding unless Congress takes action by the end...
  • More than 800,000 people have benefited from the DACA program since its inception in 2012. Photo Credit: avidcreative/iStockphoto

    On DACA’s 5th Anniversary, CA Immigrants’ Rights Advocates Press On

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SAN FRANCISCO – Immigrants’ rights advocates are speaking out as the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA passed on August 15th. California is home to more than 220,000 people who were brought to the U.S. as children and...
  • Consumer groups say instability in the health-care arena is largely responsible for increased insurance premiums proposed for 2018. Photo Credit: Goir/iStockphoto

    Covered CA: Consumer Groups Praise Moves to Limit Health Insurance Hikes

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The 1.4 million Californians who buy health insurance through the state exchange could see a rate increase of 12.5 percent next year if state regulators approve a proposal released Tuesday by Covered California. The agency also announced that Anthem is pulling...
  • The "Farmacy" at the Petaluma Health Center sells produce at deep discounts to low-income families as part of its mission to encourage better health. Photo Credit: Petaluma Health Center

    As Congress Ponders Reform, Health Centers Address Root Causes of Illness

    Suzanne Potter California News Service PETALUMA, Calif. – As Congress struggles to make the health care system more cost-effective, local Community Health Centers are already doing their part, with a focus on prevention instead of treatment of illness. Studies show that close to half of people’s health status is...
  • The future of areas like Lake Shasta is under review for the new BLM Resource Management Plans in the Redding and Arcata regions. Photo Credit: Pixabay

    “Quiet Recreation” Makes a Big Impact on California Economy

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SHASTA LAKE, Calif. – Tourists are pouring into far northern California in search of the perfect river, lake, stream or trail – making 1.3 million visits for so-called “quiet recreation” in 2015 alone, according to new research. Quiet recreation is the term for activities...
  • Mojave Trails National Monument, which connects Joshua Tree to Death Valley, could be downsized under a review by the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. Photo Credit: Bryn Jones

    Groups Make Economic Case for Protecting CA National Monuments

    Suzanne Potter California News Service JOSHUA TREE, Calif. – The National Park system in California each year draws 42 million visitors who spend more than $2 billion and support almost 30,000 jobs. Public lands advocates hope these figures – just released by Democratic Party members of the Joint Economic...
  • Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, has undergone some long and expensive legal battles to challenge those who say its weed killer is dangerous to human health. Photo Credit: Chris Thomas

    Calif. Declares Main Ingredient in Roundup a Carcinogen

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The main ingredient in Roundup, the most commonly used weed killer in the world, has been declared a carcinogen by the state of California. The state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment on Monday said glyphosate will be added to the...
  • The Senate version of healthcare reform bill caps Medicaid spending, which would have dire health and financial consequences for millions in California. Photo Credit: cllarita/Morguefile

    CA Groups: Senate Health Bill “More Draconian” than House Version

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Health advocates warn the Senate GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare would cause millions of Californians to lose their healthcare – by phasing out the Medicaid expansion and then capping the program altogether. The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) lifts...