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Post-wildfire mental health | Stopping drunken driving | Legalizing human composting

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The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Wednesday, Sept. 21. 

Mental health support during fall fire anniversaries 

Summer and fall contain the North State’s major fire anniversaries. While these markers can be a time for reflection, they can also be triggering. Survivors seeking mental health support can call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Disaster Distress Helpline 24 hours a day at 1-800-985-5990.

— Sarah Bohannon, NSPR

Human composting to be legal in 2027

Starting in 2027, human composting will be legal in California due to a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed over the weekend. California is the fifth state in the country to legalize human composting.

Amanda Stupi (KQED), The California Report

Five state properties could soon become new affordable housing sites

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration Monday identified five excess state properties it hopes will become affordable housing sites. The sites include a commercial building in Midtown Sacramento; former state office buildings in Fresno and Covina; a Caltrans property in Oceanside and land near the Atascadero State Hospital.

CapRadio Staff

New recommendation aims to reduce deaths from drunken driving

A new recommendation would require all new cars be equipped with monitoring systems that would stop a person from driving if their blood alcohol content was too high, according to The Associated Press (AP). The recommendation, according to The AP, comes from the National Transportation Safety Board and is aimed at reducing the number of deaths due to intoxicated driving.

— Adia White, NSPR

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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.
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.