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Two killed in Mill Fire | Fire weather conditions | Student loan forgiveness

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Tuesday, Sept. 6

Mill Fire kills 2 women, destroys over 100 homes in Siskiyou County

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Monday provided more information on the two people killed in the Mill Fire. The victims were both women, were 66 and 73 years old and were found in the city of Weed on Friday afternoon. Their names have not yet been released. The fire has also injured three people and destroyed 115 buildings, according to Cal Fire’s incident report Monday evening.

Adia White, NSPR 

Yuba County fire prevention officer warns against accidental fire starts

The National Weather Service in Sacramento is forecasting hot, dry weather and elevated fire weather conditions through Friday. Frank DeNatale, fire prevention officer for Yuba County, said many fires are accidentally started by catalytic converter failures and the use of machinery during fire weather conditions. He urged residents to be cautious.

— Jamie Jiang, NSPR

Applications for student loan forgiveness open in Oct.; many CA students expected to benefit

Pell Grant recipients who made less than $125,000 in either of the past two years can get up to $20,000 forgiven. Borrowers who didn’t receive a Pell Grant can get up to $10,000 forgiven if they meet the income threshold. But some advocates say there’s a lot more work to do to combat rising education costs, including student financial aid reform.

— CapRadio Staff

California voters to decide on removing barriers to public housing development

Last week, state lawmakers voted to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to make it easier to build public housing by removing Article 34 of the state’s constitution. Since 1950, that article required local officials to get voters’ approval to build public housing.

— Vanessa Rancaño (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.
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.
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.