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Hundreds of dry wells in the state | Another Mill Fire lawsuit | Lassen Park restoration

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The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Thursday, Oct. 6. 

California wells are running dry, low-income and rural communities are hit the hardest

More than 1,200 wells in California have run dry this year, according to state data. The Associated Press reports that’s a nearly 50% increase from what the state reported at this time last year. The groundwater crisis is another symptom of the severe or extreme drought afflicting California for its three driest years on record, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Jamie Jiang, NSPR

Another lawsuit against Roseburg Forest Co. for negligence leading to the Mill Fire

Another Mill Fire victim is suing the woods product company Roseburg Forest Products Co. According to The Associated Press, Robert Davies, a resident of the city of Weed who lost his home in the fire, alleged that the company’s negligence created dangerous conditions for fire. At least 100 others have also sued the company. The Mill Fire killed two people, injured three, and destroyed more than 118 structures.

— Jamie Jiang, NSPR 

Dixie Fire restoration work continues in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Restoration efforts after the 2021 Dixie Fire are still underway at Lassen Volcanic National Park, according to a press release from park officials. The fire burned through more than 73,000 acres of parkland last summer. Some of the restoration projects underway this fall include the removal of hazardous trees along the park highway in the Warner Valley area.

— Ken Devol, NSPR

Proposition 27 would allow online sports betting

Most sports betting isn’t legal in California, but voters will weigh in on two initiatives in November that could change that. One of them is Proposition 27, which would allow online sports betting. The proposition is funded by large gambling companies. Experts say Prop. 27 could generate hundreds of millions of dollars a year for California. Opponents say online sports betting could increase the risk of gambling addiction. Read more about all seven of the state’s propositions.

Grace Gedye, CalMatters

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.
Ken came to NSPR through the back door as a volunteer, doing all the things that volunteers do. Almost nothing – nothing -- in his previous work experience suggests that he would ever be on public radio.
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.