Scientists Take on Dangerous Mosquitoes in Central Valley
Two people have died of West Nile virus in Sacramento and Shasta counties, the first reported deaths in the state this year. Last year, 15 people died in California from the virus, which is usually transmitted to humans from a bite by an infected mosquito. One variety of mosquito found recently in San Mateo, Madera and Clovis is particularly worrisome because it can carry a number of deadly diseases, including yellow fever and West Nile. The state's entomologists are mobilizing to fight this new, bloodsucking threat.
Cap-and-Trade Faces Big Political Test Over Gas Prices
California's cap-and-trade system will expand next year. For the first time, consumers will likely be able to see how the program affects energy prices, especially the price of gas. That has many politicians nervous, including a group of Democrats urging Governor Jerry Brown to hit the brakes.