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Butte County jail escape | Heat wave | Bill bolsters defensible space inspections

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Thursday, Sept. 1.

Search underway for inmate who escaped Butte County Jail

A search is underway for an inmate who escaped Wednesday from the Butte County Jail in Oroville. The Sheriff’s Office says it believes 34-year-old Miles Michael Kenneth Bondley escaped an exercise yard and should be considered dangerous.

Andre Byik, NSPR 

Arraignment scheduled for man charged in Oroville bus shooting

Sacramento resident Asaahdi Coleman is accused of shooting five people on a Greyhound bus in Oroville in February and is facing multiple charges, including murder and attempted murder. Tuesday, Butte County Judge Michael Candela held Coleman to answer the charges after Coleman waived his right to a preliminary hearing, according to court documents. An arraignment is scheduled for Sept.14.

Andre Byik, NSPR 

Upcoming heat wave prompts energy concerns

Operators of California’s power grid expect to issue calls for voluntary conservation of electricity during a prolonged heat wave building over the holiday weekend. Temperatures are expected to be 10-20 degrees above normal.

— CapRadio Staff

Newsom signs bill aimed at protecting homes from wildfire

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill designed to bolster the state’s defensible space inspections. The legislation was sponsored by state Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, and is a response to a report from last year that found Cal Fire was falling far short of its goals in checking defensible space around homes and buildings.

Danielle Venton (KQED), The California Report

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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.
Adia White is a broadcast journalist and producer with nearly 10 years of experience. Her work has appeared on WNYC, This American Life, Capital Public Radio and other local and national programs. She started at North State Public Radio as a freelance reporter in 2017 before leaving for a stint at Northern California Public Media in Santa Rosa.