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CALmatters is a Sacramento-based nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture committed to explaining how California's state Capitol works and why it matters. It works with more than 130 media partners throughout the state that have long, deep relationships with their local audiences, including Embarcadero Media (publisher of the Palo Alto Weekly, Pleasanton Weekly and The Almanac in Menlo Park and their websites.)

Here are the most recent stories reported by CALmatters' team of journalists:

As drought persists, water rights on agenda

As drought continues to plague California, reconsidering water rights is becoming a topic, but change would be highly controversial.

CalMatters ‘stands out above all the rest’ in California Journalism Awards

CalMatters won first place for general excellence and a host of reporting topics in the California News Publishers Association contest.

Bill would allow lawsuits for marketing guns to kids

A proposed California law that is part of a larger package of gun control bills would allow the attorney general to sue gun manufacturers over marketing practices.

Cal State raises issue with Cal Grant expansion

The Cal State system pointed out this week that current plans to expand the Cal Grant, California’s chief financial aid tool for students, would leave out more middle class students in the future, even though there would be a net gain of eligible stu

California needs to keep Diablo Canyon Power Plant running

Our state will need Diablo Canyon’s electrical generation to keep the lights on, and Gov. Gavin Newsom should be leading the charge to accomplish that.

Who’s responsible: Guns, doors or ‘fake security’?

On Thursday, the country was still reeling from the mass murder of 19 elementary school children in Texas. In San Jose, survivors and their families commemorated the first anniversary of the San Jose railyard massacre that left nine shot dead.

California wants to force insurers to reward homeowners for fireproofing homes

New rules proposed by California’s Department of Insurance would require insurers to take homeowners’ efforts to reduce wildfire risk into account when setting premiums. But they would still allow non-renewals.

After Texas shooting: A call to ‘advance our resolve’

Note: This is CalMatters political reporter Ben Christopher filling in for Emily Hoeven while she enjoys a well-deserved vacation.  Buffalo. Boulder. Aurora. Las Vegas. Orlando. San Bernardino. Sutherland Springs. Poway. Parkland. Sandy Hook.

Protect cannabis tax revenue to bolster children’s welfare

Cannabis revenue has become a major funding source for state services to children and families living in poverty. The Legislature needs to back the governor’s long-term solution to protect it.

California advances gun control bills amid Texas school massacre

Note: My amazing colleague Ben Christopher will be guest hosting the newsletter through June 3.