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We scan major news sources* and compile selected articles to keep you up-to-date on​ current issues affecting California business - the economy, health care, environment, transportation and more.

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    (September 22, 2014) California’s economy continues to grow at a slightly faster pace than the rest of the nation but appears to have moderated slightly during the first half of this year, according to the latest report by the California Chamber of Commerce Economic Advisory Council.

​Public Affairs / Politics

​Human Resources / Health & Safety

    Financial incentives and a more flexible regulatory approach are needed to persuade drug companies to develop new antibiotics, drug industry and public health experts told U.S. lawmakers on Friday, though some warned that modifying the drug approval process could jeopardize patient safety.Reuters

    Removing a stop sign for immigrants who are in California illegally but hope to become legal drivers, federal officials have signed off on proposed licenses for foreign-born residents.The Sacramento Bee

​Economy

​​Environmental / Agriculture

    Forecasters say severe drought or worse will continue into next year across much of the West, including parts of western Utah, most of Nevada and practically all of California.Associated Press

    Congress adjourned on Thursday and won't return to Washington until Nov. 12, while California lawmakers return to the state where wildfires, record high temperatures, and power outages are reminders that it's still not raining and they still haven't reached a compromise on a drought bill.KPCC

    Gov. Jerry Brown will take his climate change message to the United Nations this week, speaking at a climate summit that is drawing heads of state from around the world.The Sacramento Bee

    Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed six bills he said will “strengthen California’s best-in-the-nation electric vehicle market” and help the state reach its goal of getting 1.5 million zero-emission cars on the road by 2025.San Francisco Chronicle

​​International

    Finance chiefs from the 20 largest economies said on Sunday they are close to reaching their goal of boosting world GDP by more than $2 trillion over the next five years, and will focus on infrastructure investment to help reach the target.Associated Press

    Hundreds of thousands of families who held Swiss-franc mortgages faced soaring monthly payments when the national currency -- the forint -- plunged after the 2008 financial crisis. Hungary banned foreign-currency home loans in 2010 and record-low interest rates this year are finally luring borrowers back to the market.Bloomberg

    Spurred chiefly by China, the United States and India, the world spewed far more carbon pollution into the air last year than ever before, scientists announced Sunday as world leaders gather to discuss how to reduce heat-trapping gases.Associated Press

​Infrastructure / Education

    California students in the class of 2014 matched last year’s record-high pass rate on the state high school exit exam, with 95.5% demonstrating the required reading, writing and math skills, state Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced Friday.Los Angeles Times

    Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed two measures aimed at helping cities and counties expand and improve bike paths and trails, including one allowing local ballot measures to pay for the work.Los Angeles Times

    Cooler, wet weather helped firefighters make progress on a huge Northern California wildfire that destroyed nearly three-dozen structures, forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 people and forced the cancellation of a sporting event because of the smoke.Associated Press

​​Opinion / Editorial

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