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Shasta County Offers Online Registration For COVID-19 Vaccine

Shasta County health officials are offering online registration to alert people when it’s their turn to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Online registration requires an email address, and the form asks for a person’s name, home address, and age group.

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Shasta County health officials are offering online registration to alert people when it’s their turn to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Online registration requires an email address, and the form asks for a person’s name, home address, and age group. 

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As Gavin Newsom enters the second half of his term as California governor, CapRadio is taking a deep look at Newsom’s performance, progress and policies. Find all of our stories here.

Until last spring, Curtis Freeman lived in a tent under the Capital City Freeway in Sacramento, often afraid for his life. The 65-year-old witnessed some hellish moments living in a crowded encampment full of some of the city’s thousands of homeless residents. 

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California Public Schools Suffer Record Enrollment Drop

Jan 26, 2021

California’s K-12 public-school enrollment has precipitously declined during the pandemic, dropping by a record 155,000 students, according to new state projections. 

That drop-off is about five times greater than California’s annual rate of enrollment decline in recent years. The state, which boasts the largest student enrollment in the country, has seen a steady decline of between 20,000 and 30,000 students in its public schools in the two years prior partly due to declining birth rates, and the state had predicted a similar rate of decline to continue. 

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the northern Sacramento Valley region Tuesday afternoon.


Officials said the cities of Redding and Red Bluff may receive multiple inches of snow. In Butte County, Public Works Director Joshua Pack asked the public to stay off the road if possible.

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Sheriff’s detectives arrested a faculty member at Chico State University on suspicion of possessing child pornography.


The university suspended Laird Easton from teaching duties in light of his arrest last Thursday on suspicion of child porn possession, a spokesperson confirmed to NSPR.


The school lists Easton as a professor in the history department.

Lawmakers Propose Extending Eviction Moratorium Until June 30

Jan 25, 2021
Anne Wernikoff / CalMatters

Legislators are prepared to extend California’s eviction moratorium to the end of June while offering landlords an incentive to forgive back rent using an extra $2.6 billion the state received from the latest federal relief bill.

Legislators and groups representing landlords and tenants worked on a deal over the weekend, and the bill, SB 91, was introduced this morning, which means lawmakers can vote on it Thursday morning.  

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has lifted the regional stay-at-home orders for all areas of the state, and is now allowing counties to go back to the color-coded tier system for reopening. 

The move comes even as hospital intensive care units in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley remain full. Experts say loosening the restrictions now could lead to further strain on the health care system if people don’t take precautions.

California Lifts Regional Stay-At-Home Order For All Counties

Jan 25, 2021
Tom Barrett

After nearly two months, California health officials on Monday lifted the regional stay-at-home order across the state, making way for businesses like restaurants, gyms and hair salons to reopen with some restrictions.

State health officials say they lifted the order because the 4-week projection of intensive care unit capacity in each of the five regions is above the 15% threshold.


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The nation's economic engine slowed considerably in recent months, as it faced off against a winter wave of coronavirus infections.

The Commerce Department reported Thursday that the nation's gross domestic product grew just under 1% in October, November and December — a marked downshift from the three previous months. On an annualized basis, the economy grew 4 percent in the fourth quarter.

Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered the release on Thursday of a British national who was convicted of kidnapping and murdering Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

The decision comes nearly two decades after the journalist's body was found in a shallow grave in the Pakistani port city of Karachi. A videotape showing Pearl's beheading, send to the U.S. consulate, came in the context of the war on terror after Sept. 11, 2001. Pearl's murder became a portent for the cinematic violence committed by Islamic extremist groups in the years after.

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