‘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
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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In case you missed it
- Butte County supervisor says ‘sorry’ to families of seven people killed by local law enforcement — NSPR
- City of Chico funds nonprofit Safe Space to operate cooling center — NSPR
- Interview: California’s drought has put stress on fish; what anglers can do to minimize harm while fishing — NSPR
- Pfizer asks FDA to greenlight new omicron booster shots, which could arrive this fall — NPR
- California governor vetoes supervised drug injection sites — CapRadio
- Inflation makes recovery from California fires and other disasters more difficult — NPR
- California becomes the first state to break down Black employee data by lineage — NPR
- Glenn County creates new evacuation zone system — NSPR
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