Tag Archives: Politics

White House Changes Course, Approves California’s Request for Wildfire Cleanup Funds

Request was related to six recent wildfires     By DON THOMPSON and JOHN ANTCZAK Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s administration abruptly reversed course and approved California’s application for disaster relief funds to clean up damage ...

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Senator Mitt Romney Calls for U.S. Commission Focused on Wildfires

Group would make recommendations to Congress on tactics and funding     By SOPHIA EPPOLITO Associated Press/Report for America SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah announced legislation Thursday to establish a national commission focused on ...

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Easing Fires Not as Simple as Climate Change vs. Forest Work

Presidential visit highlights divide on how to reduce forest fires     By ANDREW SELSKY and ADAM BEAM Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Deadly West Coast wildfires are dividing President Donald Trump and the states’ Democratic leaders over how ...

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President Spurns Science on Climate During Visit to California

“It will start getting cooler, just you watch.”     By JONATHAN LEMIRE, AAMER MADHANI, WILL WEISSERT and ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With the smell of California wildfires in the air, President Donald Trump on Monday ...

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New California Law Helps Former Inmate Firefighters Get Jobs

Erasing criminal records     By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s inmate firefighters will have a shot at becoming professional firefighters once they complete their sentences, under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law on ...

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Climate Change Largely Missing from Campaigns as Wildfires Rage

Natural disasters and politics     By AAMER MADHANI, KATHLEEN RONAYNE and WILL WEISSERT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Historic fires are raging across the western United States ahead of what scientists say is the typical peak of wildfire season. ...

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IAFC: Wildland Fire Highlighted in Congressional Briefing

Briefing highlighted a number of fire and emergency service needs     Evan Davis, International Association of Fire Chiefs Large and devastating wildland fires are occurring across the United States as the summer continues. Late summer always is a difficult ...

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House Passes Federal Death and Disability Benefits Bill for First Responders Afflicted by COVID-19

Presumption bill moves to the President   WildlandFirefighter Staff WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives adopted legislation on Monday sponsored by Rep. Dave Joyce to ensure that families of firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians who die from ...

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Pandemic Depletes Ranks of California’s Inmate Firefighters

94 of 192 authorized inmate crews are available     By DON THOMPSON and DAISY NGUYEN Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California enters wildfire season, the state is scrambling to find sufficient firefighters amid the coronavirus outbreak that ...

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Western Governors Ask Congress for $1 Trillion in Aid

Support will used to prevent layoffs of first responders     By MICHELLE L. PRICE Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Governors and legislative leaders from five western states that are coordinating their response to the coronavirus outbreak asked Congress ...

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