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North State abortion demonstrations | Access on the ballot | Law protects out-of-state patients


The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Tuesday, June 28.

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol announced plans for another hearing starting at 10 a.m. today. You can tune into the hearing on NSPR or watch it on our website.

North State demonstrators rally for reproductive rights

Protesters have taken to the streets in the North State after Friday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to eliminate federal protections for abortion.

The Redding Record Searchlightreports that Sunday about 150 people assembled in front of Redding City Hall with signs that read: “We demand reproductive rights,” “Abortion is healthcare” and “Never again.”

A similar rally was held Friday at Chico City Plaza. Protester Anne Murphy said she feels she’s lost an essential right, but she added that she still has some hope.

“What I'm hoping is that it's going to get people riled up and out there and voting and realize that that's where our power is,” Murphy said.

Listen to the full story in today’s Headlines

Angel Huracha & Sarah Bohannon, NSPR

California abortion access to be on November ballot

State lawmakers Monday approved an amendment to enshrine the right to reproductive freedom in the state’s constitution.

The amendment would protect the right to abortion and contraception in California. It passed its final vote in the state Assembly. Democratic Speaker Anthony Rendon said the Supreme Court ruling overturning federal abortion protections would not end abortions in many states but would reduce safe access.

“We must preserve the fundamental reproductive rights of women here in California because they are under attack elsewhere,” Rendon said.

Voters will have final say on the constitutional amendment.

CapRadio Staff

Newsom signs law protecting patients who travel for reproductive care

California law protects patients and healthcare providers who travel to the state for abortion-related care — even if they come from a state that outlaws abortion.

This is because of a bill signed Friday by Gov. Gavin Newsom. It takes effect immediately and is part of a larger slate of legislation intended to protect access to abortion.

The Supreme Court ruling did not make abortion illegal. It transferred the power to regulate abortion access back to states.

State officials are making the case that any other state laws authorizing action against those who get — or provide — an abortion cannot be applied or enforced in California.

CapRadio Staff

Sierra Pacific to close forestland to public amid fire risk

Huge swaths of California forestland will be indefinitely closed to the public beginning Friday.

The land belongs to Sierra Pacific Industries, which is California’s largest private landowner. The lumber company normally allows people to hike, cross-country ski, or — with a permit — go fishing or hunting in parts of its estimated 2.3 million acres of forest in California, Washington or Oregon, as long as there aren’t active logging operations in the area.

Sierra Pacific says extreme drought and wildfire conditions are the reason for the closure to walk-in access to its land. Public roads through its property will continue to remain open.

Sierra Pacific closed its forestlands last year for the same reasons — from late June until early October. Public roads through its property will continue to remain open.

CapRadio Staff

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In other news

  • Two Shasta County supervisor races headed for November runoffs: “The final results from the June 7 primary were released Monday afternoon and it had little impact on District 1, where Erin Resner's lead over her opponent, Kevin Crye, essentially remained unchanged, setting the stage for a runoff.” — Redding Record Searchlight
  • Cal Fire urges safety as the Fourth of July holiday approaches: “Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 29, Safe and Sane Fireworks will go on sale in many communities across California, but Cal Fire reminds everyone to do their part to have a safe holiday and help prevent fires and injuries caused by fireworks.”— Lassen County Times
  • Tehama County sets fee for well registration program: “The Tehama County Flood Control and Water Conservation District Board of Directors set a fee June 20 of 29 cents per acre to help fund the Groundwater Sustainability Agency's well registration program.” — Red Bluff Daily News
  • Sutter County Grand Jury report released: “The 2021/22 Sutter County Grand Jury report was released Friday and along with new areas of focus such as Live Oak and Sutter-Yuba Behavioral Health, responses to hot-button topics such as the county’s fire and emergency services and its Gray Avenue property received an update.”  — The Appeal Democrat

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Sarah is an award-winning reporter, producer and editor. She’s worked at North State Public Radio for six years and was previously the station’s News Director before leaving to study at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
A graduate of California State University, Chico, Andre Byik is an award-winning journalist who has reported in Northern California since 2012. He joined North State Public Radio in 2020, following roles at the Chico Enterprise-Record and Chico News & Review.
Angel Huracha has been a part of the journalism field since 2006 and has covered a range of topics. He is a graduate of Chico State with a Bachelor's degree in news-editorial and public relations with a minor in English.