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Rebuilding in Greenville | Interview: Lightning and wildfires | Affordable housing bill

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The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Monday, Aug. 15. 

Greenville resident rebuilds with grief and optimism

Recovery is coming slower than expected for many in the Dixie Fire burn scar. Earlier this month — Aug. 4 — marked one year since the fire destroyed much of Greenville and its surrounding communities. NSPR’s Jamie Jiang was in Plumas County on the day of the anniversary. One of the people she spoke with was longtime resident Ken Donnell, who is working to rebuild his home.

Jamie Jiang, NSPR

Interview: How lightning from dry thunderstorms can spark fires 

Isolated mountain thunderstorms will return to the North State Tuesday through Thursday. The confidence is currently low for these storms, but if they do occur, they could produce hazardous lightning, gusty winds and hail. New fire starts could also be possible due to lightning strikes. NSPR’s Ken Devol recently spoke to Scott Rowe, lead meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento, about this type of weather and its dangers.

Ken Devol, NSPR

State Senate to vote on affordable housing bill

One of the most closely watched housing bills has cleared a key legislative hurdle and now heads to the state Senate for a vote. Supporters say it could help developers build millions of housing units across the state.

— Adhiti Bandlamudi (KQED), The California Report 

New judge will lead California’s highest court next year

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye announced last month she would not seek a second 12-year term in November. Cantil-Sakauye sat down with Vicki Gonzalez, CapRadio’s host of Insight, to talk about her time leading the California Supreme Court. The chief justice says there isn't any one case that she'll remember, as to reach the high court they're all important. Instead, she says it's the court itself that stands out.

— CapRadio Staff 

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