California

Joan holds a net containing a captured bee in a dry, rocky field with wildflowers. Hills in the background.
Therese Lamperty

Current and former researchers at Utah State University have been catching bees in a national park in California and this research has led to the discovery of the largest biologically diverse community of native bees.

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Utah lawmakers want the state to set aside $2 million to sue California over rules that make coal-fired power more expensive.

The proposal from Republican Rep. Mike Noel passed through a subcommittee Tuesday with only one Democratic lawmaker raising any objections. Noel says California's policy is hurting coal miners in his rural district and violates the U.S. Constitution's Commerce Clause.

In February, operators of Oroville Dam in California noticed damage to the concrete spillway.  Record precipitation meant the dam was at 150% of historic holding capacity. Water was released through the compromised spillway resulting in a breach which caused erosion and mandatory flood evacuations.