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Investigators Seek Help In Suspicious Cottonwood Fire Death

Authorities are asking local residents for help after a woman was killed in one of two suspicious fires earlier this week. Shasta County i nvestigators are asking the public for any surveillance footage of suspicious persons or activity in Cottonwood since June, after a rash of suspicious fire s turned deadly early Sunday.

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House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi vowed this week to demand President Trump's tax returns if Democrats win control of the House of Representatives next month.

Pelosi, seeking to regain her gavel as House speaker after elections in November, told The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board that the move "is one of the first things we'd do — that's the easiest thing in the world. That's nothing."

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Housing and homeless advocates had something to celebrate in Butte County Tuesday. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a shelter crisis throughout the county.

The designation makes the county eligible for nearly $5 million in state financial aid for homeless services.

It also cuts a lot of red tape, allowing officials to begin housing homeless people on county-owned property within unincorporated areas. However, how many and how soon remains unclear.

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A person has died due to complications of West Nile Virus, according to the Butte County Health Department. According to a press release, this marks the first human death from the virus in Butte County for 2018.

According to the release, the person became symptomatic in mid-August, they were between the ages of 50 to 70, and they lived in southern Butte County. The infection was confirmed last Friday and was the neuro-invasive type of the disease, which is the most severe form of the virus.


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President Trump defended his "America First" agenda in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, in effect spiking the football at what his secretary of state described as the "Super Bowl of diplomacy."

"The United States is a stronger, safer, and richer country than it was when I assumed office less than two years ago," Trump declared. "We are standing up for America and the American people and we are also standing up for the world."

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Funds for the homeless, economic development and long-range needs are among the issues going before the Butte County Board of Supervisors in Oroville Tuesday morning.  


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Nimshew Fire

An evacuation warning is in effect for a fire burning near Magalia.

According to the Butte County Sheriff the warning is for the area of Centerville Road from the Nimshew Road intersection south to Pasa Lane.

At last report from Cal Fire’s Butte Unit the fire was 25 acres in size. It’s burning in steep terrain with heavy brush and at a slow-moderate rate.

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A city council candidate forum focused on law enforcement is scheduled for this evening in Chico, but at least one candidate is boycotting the event.  


Activists organizing the candidate forum say their aim is to improve relationships between police and the community. 


We visit Chico's Blue Room Theatre to talk with formidable female actors in the play "PUMA" about unstoppable women wrestlers. We also talk with a teacher/student team of artists from the Pleasant Valley High Art Department whose paintings celebrate the renewal of nature following the devastation wrought by North State fires.

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This week on Cultivating Place, the third installment in the Seeds of September four part series– we’re joined by Rowen White, founder of Sierra Seeds a seed and seed advocacy cooperative in Nevada County, Calif. Rowen, a Mohawk woman who serves on the Indigenous Seed Keeper’s Network and is current chair of Seed Savers Exchange, shares with us her love, purpose and poetry of seed stewardship. Join us!

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Carr Fire survivors and first responders were honored Wednesday night at the Sikh Center in Anderson.


The evening was full of food, music, and Sikh, Christian, and Native American prayers for those who lost homes and for those who risked their lives saving others. Coordinator Amarjit Singh said it’s a common practice for those who share his faith to help the general community in times of crisis. 


Blue Dot, named after Carl Sagan's famous speech about our place in the universe, features interviews with guests from all over the regional, national and worldwide scientific communities.

On Cultivating Place, we speak with people passionate about plants, gardens, and natural history. We explore what gardens mean to us and how they speak to us.

Each week host Nancy Wiegman talks to local, regional and national writers about their latest projects.

With our new series Since You Asked, we're turning to YOU. What have you always wondered about the North State? What questions do you have about this place we call home?

There’s still time to head up the road for a late-summer adventure. Plan a trip with help from this new map of California destinations featured by Kim Weir on her show Up the Road on NSPR.

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