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Community college enrollment | Papini sentencing | Climate legislation

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The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Monday, Sept. 19. 

Some North State community colleges adopt new strategies to attract more students 

Only 17 of California's 116 community colleges have seen enrollment increase since 2020. That’s according to a data analysis by the nonprofit news outlet CalMatters. Administrators at Butte College say the school has had to use new strategies to attract students, including ads on social media and increasing the number of scholarships.

— Alec Stutson, NSPR

Sherri Papini to be sentenced for faking kidnapping in 2016

Sherri Papini of Shasta County is scheduled to be sentenced today after pleading guilty in April to faking her own kidnapping, according to The Associated Press (AP). The AP reports prosecutors say Papini should be sentenced to eight months in prison. Her attorney says one month should be served in custody and seven months should be served in home confinement. Read the full story.

Adia White, NSPR

Newsom signs legislation to phase out fossil fuels

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a package of bills Friday that he and environmental advocates describe as the most aggressive climate agenda in the nation. The new laws are meant to speed up the state’s plan to phase out fossil fuels and ramp up new clean energy development.

— CapRadio Staff 

New bill would bar those under 18 from buying diet pills without prescription

A bill awaiting Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature would ban the sale of over-the-counter diet pills to anyone under 18 without a prescription. It would also require kids to show identification. Health advocates want better protections for youth exposed to weight-loss products and advertising on social media.

Stephanie O’Neill, Kaiser Health News

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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.
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.
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.