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Chico journalist wins police records | North Complex recovery | PG&E power outage

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Wednesday, Aug. 24. 

Chico journalist wins access to records in Chico police shootings

An investigative journalist in Chico is celebrating what he calls a “win” for local government transparency. The journalist Dave Waddell announced in July he settled a lawsuit he filed against the city of Chico that claimed the city failed to comply with California public records laws. The city agreed to pay Waddell’s attorney’s fees and costs — more than $43,000 — and release hundreds of records in fatal police shootings.

Waddell recently spoke with NSPR about his case against the city, his reporting on deadly police shootings for the news nonprofit ChicoSol and his hopes for government transparency going forward.

Andre Byik, NSPR 

Chico journalist Dave Waddell was recognized for his reporting at a memorial for people killed by police in Butte County held July 23 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Chico.
Andre Byik
Chico journalist Dave Waddell was recognized for his reporting at a memorial for people killed by police in Butte County held July 23 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Chico.

Fire insurance a barrier to recovery in North Complex burn scar

The North Complex — which is also known in Butte County as the Bear Fire — devastated Berry Creek and its surrounding communities nearly two years ago. The fire destroyed more than 1,200 structures, including homes and businesses. Butte County Supervisor Bill Connelly says some survivors won’t rebuild because of the cost of fire insurance.

Andre Byik, NSPR 

PG&E plans power outage in parts of Yuba, Butte and Plumas counties

About 2,500 Pacific Gas & Electric Co. customers in parts of northeast Yuba County, Clipper Mills in Butte County and La Porte in Plumas County will be without power from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today. PG&E said in a press release power is being shut off to improve the safety and reliability of its lines.

— Alec Stutson, NSPR

Majority of California voters say state is on the wrong track

California voters think the state is headed in the wrong direction. That's according to a new poll from the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies. But they're not taking it out on Gov. Gavin Newsom as he runs for reelection.

— Guy Marzorati (KQED), The California Report 

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Sarah has worked at North State Public Radio since 2015 and is currently the station’s Director of Operations. 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 was NSPR’s wildfire reporter and Report For America corps member. She covered all things fire, but her main focus was wildfire recovery in the North State. Before NSPR, Jamie was at UCLA, where she dabbled in college radio and briefly worked as a 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.