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‘Memorial for the Fallen’ | Police violence | Scott and Paula Rushing

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Tuesday, Aug. 23. 

*Today’s Headlines audio focuses solely on ‘The Memorial of the Fallen.’ Links to audio of other news stories aired on NSPR today can be found below.

‘Memorial for the Fallen’: Parents organize tribute to people killed by Butte County law enforcement

Five years ago, Scott and Paula Rushing lost their son to police violence. Tyler Rushing, 34, was fatally shot by a private security guard and Chico police July 23, 2017. Last month, on the “angelversary” of Tyler’s death, the Rushings organized what they called a “Memorial for the Fallen,” honoring the memories of seven people killed by law enforcement in Butte County since 2013.

Family members and supporters of Breanne Sharpe, Eddie “Gabe” Sanchez, Andrew Thomas, Desmond Phillips, Myra Micalizio and Stephen Vest attended. Also in attendance was the family of Marc Thompson, a Black Chico State student and activist who was found slain in a burned car outside Oroville in 2014. His killing remains unsolved.

Scott and Paula Rushing sat down with NSPR to talk about the memorial, fatal police shootings in Butte County and what they’re seeking in a lawsuit against the city of Chico.

Andre Byik, NSPR 

Families of people killed by law enforcement in Butte County gathered July 23, 2022, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Chico.
Andre Byik
Families of people killed by law enforcement in Butte County gathered July 23 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Chico.

Millions in federal grant funding to go to wildfire recovery

More than $317 million in federal grant funding will go to wildfire recovery in California. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday that the funding will be dedicated to helping those affected by 2018 wildfires, including the Carr, Camp and Woolsey fires. According to a press release, the money was awarded to rebuild “critical infrastructure,” especially housing for low- and moderate-income Californians. Listen to the story.

Jamie Jiang, NSPR 

Most Chico State students experience food insecurity, official says

A little over half of all Chico State students experience food insecurity. That’s according to Emma Jewett, a case manager at the university’s Basic Needs Project. She told NSPR the project encompasses several student-aid programs on campus, including a food pantry. Listen to the story.

Alec Stutson, NSPR  

Newsom vetoes safe drug-injection bill

Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a controversial bill Monday that would have allowed some cities to set up sites for people to consume illegal drugs under medical supervision. In a veto message for the bill, Newsom said the risk of unintended consequences outweighed the potential benefits in urban areas. Listen to the story.

— CapRadio Staff 

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Sarah is an award-winning host, reporter, producer and editor. She’s worked at North State Public Radio since 2015 and is currently the station’s Assistant Program Director. She’s responsible for the “sound of the station" and works to create the richest public radio experience possible for NSPR listeners.
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.
Jamie is NSPR’s wildfire reporter and Report For America corps member. She covers all things fire, but her main focus is wildfire recovery in the North State. Before NSPR, Jamie was at UCLA, where she dabbled in college radio and briefly worked as podcast editor at the Daily Bruin.
Alec Stutson grew up in Colorado and graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in Radio Journalism, 20th/21st Century Literature, and a minor in Film Studies. He is a huge podcast junkie, as well as a movie nerd and musician.