FROM Lester Snow
California Is Sinking… Faster than Ever Surveys taken by NASA satellites demonstrate that land in California's Central Valley sunk between 10 and 13 inches in the second half of last year. Since then, it might have dropped even more. The sinking is nothing new, but it's happening faster as the result of groundwater pumping by farmers who aren't getting their usual allotments from water-project reservoirs because of the drought. Lisa Krieger is reporting on the consequences for the San Jose Mercury-News .
The Push to Regulate California’s New Gold… Water California is the only Western state with no regulations on groundwater. Big landowners can pump as much as they want. And, as the drought gets worse, that’s what they’re doing. The Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis compares that to overdrawing a savings account.
Is California Ready for more Water Wars? After a very wet winter, California voters approved last year ten billion dollars in bonds for water projects that includes flood control. Now, after a winter of very little rain, both Governor Schwarzenegger and legislative Democrats are proposing more water bonds for next year. The Governor wants to build two big new reservoirs.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.