Home & Heart | Monkeypox vaccines hard to find | College savings for kids
The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Thursday, Aug. 18.
Interview: Chico nonprofit helps unhoused older adults find a place to live
People ages 65 and older are the fastest growing homeless population in the United States, and by 2030 their numbers are expected to triple. That's according to a study cited by the American Society on Aging. In Chico, housing aid nonprofit, Home and Heart, hopes to help decrease those numbers. NSPR's Alec Stutson spoke with Founder Sierra Schmidt and Executive Director Cathryn Carkhuff about how the nonprofit helps older unhoused residents find a place to live.
— Alec Stutson, NSPR
Smoke not the only air pollutant of concern in Butte County
Air quality has been unhealthy in Chico over the past few days due to smoke drifting into the area from the Six Rivers Lightning Complex that’s been burning in Trinity and Humboldt counties since Aug. 5. While smoke is often the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about poor air quality, the Butte County Air Quality Management District says air pollutants like particulates and ozone are also concerning.
— Ken Devol, NSPR
Monkeypox vaccines are hard to find in the Central Valley
Monkeypox cases have tripled in California over the past month. The virus has disproportionately impacted the LGBTQ community, and vaccine supply remains limited. Most vaccines have been sent to San Francisco and Los Angeles where case numbers are highest, leaving many other communities across the state feeling like they’ve been forgotten. Read the full story.
— Kristen Hwang, CalMatters
State program gives college savings to California kids
Millions of kids in California now have up to $1,500 to put toward college or career education, thanks to a new state program. The program, called CalKIDS, launched earlier this month. Read more about the program.
— CapRadio Staff
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- Q&A: How lightning from dry thunderstorms can spark wildfires — NSPR
- Tehama County environmental health director says many residents can’t afford to drill new wells amid third year of drought — NSPR
- Widespread haze, patchy smoke in Chico is due to Six Rivers Lightning Complex — NSPR