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Hutchinson to retire | ‘Women’s Wave’ rally | State cannabis enforcement

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The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Wednesday, Oct. 12. 

Chico State president announces retirement

Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson announced her retirement Tuesday. In a video announcement sent to the campus community, she said she will retire in June 2023 to focus on her health. Hutchinson was inaugurated as president in 2016 and previously held various instructional and leadership roles at the university.

Alec Stutson, NSPR

'Women’s Wave’ rally held in Chico for reproductive rights

About 100 people gathered at Chico City Hall Saturday to rally for reproductive rights and other issues. The event was one of more than 400 rallies — dubbed “Women’s Wave” — held across the country one month ahead of the midterm elections.

Ken Devol, NSPR

California escalates fight against illegal marijuana operations

The largest marijuana eradication program of any state is about to get much bigger. California Attorney General Rob Bonta said the state’s seasonal Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) program is being replaced by the year-round Eradication and Prevention of Illicit Cannabis (EPIC) task force.

— CapRadio Staff

Environmental group sues U.S. Forest Service over fire retardant drops

An Oregon-based environmental group filed a lawsuit Tuesday against U.S. Forest Service officials, alleging “they polluted waterways during their campaigns against wildfires by inadvertently dropping large volumes of chemical flame retardant into streams,” according to The Associated Press.

— Andre Byik, NSPR

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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.
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.
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.