Some fear Calif. drought cuts could erase rights

CORRECTS THE DATE TO VOTE TO FEB. 20, NOT 14 - FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2018, file photo, Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, left, accompanied by Grant Davis, director of the Dept. of Water Resources, center and Michelle Mead, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, leave the nearly snow barren Phillips Station snow course, after conducting the first snow survey of the season near Echo Summit, Calif. The snow survey showed the snowpack at this location at 1.3 inches of depth with a water content of .4 inches. California water managers will vote Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, whether to reinstate some water restrictions and conservation campaigns and make them permanent, as a year with no almost no rain plunges Southern California back into drought and sends water use there climbing to levels above those of the state's historic 2013-2017 drought. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A proposal to make California’s drought-era water restrictions permanent could allow the state to chip away at long-held water rights in an unprecedented power grab, representatives from water districts and other users told regulators Tuesday.

Pro rodeo stock contractor began as bareback rider

In this Feb. 6, 2018 photo, Pete Carr Pro Rodeo unloads stock for the 86th annual San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo in San Angelo, Texas. Carr's journey to becoming a pro rodeo stock contractor started after 15-plus years competing as a bareback rider. (Yfat Yossifor/The San Angelo Standard-Times via AP)

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Pete Carr’s journey to becoming a pro rodeo stock contractor started after 15-plus years competing as a bareback rider.

Critics blast EPA for lowering Syngenta fine

FILE - In this Saturday, May 20, 2017, file photo, protesters carry banners during their march against the multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology companies Monsanto and Syngenta in Basel, Switzerland. After a February 2018 announcement, critics are blasting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for dramatically lowering a fine on agribusiness company Syngenta for violations of pesticide regulations. (Georgios Kefalas/Keystone via AP, File)

HONOLULU — Critics are blasting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for dramatically lowering a fine on agribusiness company Syngenta for violations of pesticide regulations.

Report calls for hog farm moratorium

FILE - In this April 28, 2009, file photo, a hog stands in a pen at a farm near Perry, Iowa. A new report released Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, on the rapid expansion of hog farms in Iowa concludes that the state's regulatory system is failing to protect the environment and public health for the sake of profit of the politically powerful livestock industry. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

DES MOINES, Iowa — A new report on the rapid expansion of hog farms in Iowa calls for a moratorium on new barns and concludes that the state’s regulatory system is failing to protect the environment and public health for the sake of profit of the politically powerful livestock industry.

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