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Rural incarceration rates | Court mandated treatment | Mill Fire victims named

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The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Thursday, Sept. 15. 

Shasta County has one of the highest incarceration rates in the state

Many rural counties have incarceration rates that are well above the state average of 310 per 100,000 people. That’s according to data recently released from the nonprofit think tank, Prison Policy Initiative and analyzed by the non-profit news outlet, CalMatters. The data show Shasta County has one of the highest incarceration rates in the state, with 663 imprisoned for every 100,000 people. Read the story from CalMatters.

— Alec Stutson, NSPR

Siskiyou County Sheriff releases names of those killed in the Mill Fire

Cal Fire says the nearly 4,000-acre Mill Fire, burning in Siskiyou County since early September, was fully contained on Tuesday. The fire killed two people, injured three and destroyed more than 100 structures. Wednesday, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office released the names of the two civilians who died in the fire. They were Marilyn Hilliard, 73, and Lorenza Glover, 65. Both lived in the city of Weed.

Jamie Jiang, NSPR

New legislation allows for judges to order treatment for addiction, mental illness

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Wednesday that will allow county judges to order treatment for people suffering from addiction and severe mental illness. Newsom says the program, called CARE Court, is aimed at addressing the state’s homelessness crisis. Read the full story.

CapRadio Staff

State initiative aims to bring more tourism to native communities

The Visit Native California initiative aims to bring more tourism to museums and cultural centers important to native communities, according to the Associated Press. The initiative is funded by a $1 million federal grant intended, in part, to alleviate the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

— Adia White, NSPR

Stories from NPR partner stations are edited by NSPR Staff for digital presentation and credited as requested.

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Sarah is an award-winning reporter, producer and editor. She’s worked at North State Public Radio for six years and was previously the station’s News Director before leaving to study at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
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.