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Deadly Siskiyou County wildfire | North State wells going dry | California lawmakers return to Capitol

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Monday, Aug. 1. 

Wildfire explodes in Siskiyou County; sheriff reports 2 deaths

The McKinney Fire in Siskiyou County — near the Oregon border — exploded over the weekend and is the largest in California this year. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office reported today at least two people have died. The fire has grown to more than 52,000 acres, and it has prompted evacuations in Yreka, the county’s largest city.

CapRadio and NSPR Staff

Over 100 Glenn County households relying on water deliveries as wells go dry

California is seeing its driest year on record, and groundwater levels in many places are at all-time lows. In the North State, low groundwater levels have left hundreds who have wells without water. In Glenn County, more than 100 families are relying on the county delivering water to their homes.

— Sarah Bohannon, NSPR 

California lawmakers return to Capitol to wrap up legislative session

State lawmakers have hundreds of bills to get through before the state’s legislative session ends this month. Lawmakers have already passed new gun restrictions and a few bills to expand access to abortion, but some big legislative battles remain.

CapRadio Staff

Lawmakers to consider bills targeting social media companies

California lawmakers will consider two bills that target online features that may be harmful to kids, such as personalized posts that grab and hold viewers on a specific page, and push notifications designed to pull users back to their devices.

Stephanie O’Neill, Kaiser Health News

Stories from NPR partner stations are edited by NSPR Staff for digital presentation and credited as requested.

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