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Orland extends water system | McKinney Fire death toll rises | Sanctioned drug-use sites

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The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Wednesday, Aug. 3. 

Interview: Orland extends water system to some unincorporated households amid drought

People who depend on a household well are especially vulnerable during drought. Municipal water systems — with their deep wells — usually fare better. That’s why the city of Orland in Glenn County is extending its water system to supply some households outside the city limits.

Ken Devol, NSPR

McKinney Fire death toll rises to 4; fire grows to 56,000 acres

The McKinney Fire in Siskiyou County has grown to more than 56,000 acres and remained 0% contained, according to Cal Fire’s update Tuesday night. It’s the largest and deadliest fire in California this year, and The Associated Press reports the fire has “virtually wiped out” the tiny community of Klamath River. At least four people have died.

— NSPR Staff

California lawmakers approve bill to set up sites for illegal drugs

State lawmakers Monday approved a bill to let some local governments set up so-called safe consumption sites for illegal drugs. The bill would allow San Francisco, Oakland, the city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County to set up sites where people could use drugs under medical supervision and without fear of prosecution. It’s up to Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign or veto the measure.

CapRadio Staff

State AG announces $15M settlement against Rent-A-Center

California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced Tuesday a $15.5 million settlement against Rent-A-Center. Bonta says the company — one of the nation's largest rent-to-own businesses — violated state consumer protection laws with deceptive marketing and unlawful leasing practices.

CapRadio Staff

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