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PG&E undergrounding | Honey Run Road update | Student test scores

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Tuesday, Oct. 25. 

PG&E begins undergrounding power lines in Greenville

PG&E is advancing its goal of undergrounding power lines in fire-prone areas of Plumas County in the aftermath of the Dixie Fire. PG&E spokesperson Paul Moreno said the company began work last week along Highway 89 between Canyon Dam and Greenville and along Greenville’s Main Street.

— Ken Devol, NSPR

Paradise Town Council votes to fully reopen Honey Run Road after repairs

The town of Paradise voted at its meeting this month to repair and reopen a portion of Honey Run Road that had been damaged in the Camp Fire. The town plans to begin repaving the road in 2023. It could open as late as 2025 or as soon as repaving is done. The town also plans to temporarily reopen Honey Run Road for the 2023 Chico Velo Wildflower Century ride.

Jamie Jiang, NSPR

California student test scores dropped during the pandemic

The California Department of Education says the percentage of all students meeting state math standards dropped seven percentage points, to 33%. Those meeting English language standards dropped four points, to 47%. The results represent the first complete measurement of student progress since the 2018-19 school year.

CapRadio Staff 

Gas rebates started going out to California taxpayers this month

California is sending money directly to millions of residents to help them cope with rising costs and high gas prices. The payments started going out Oct. 7 and range from $200 to $1,050, depending on income and other factors. To be eligible, you need to have filed a 2020 California tax return by Oct. 15, 2021. Read the full story.

Grace Gedye, CalMatters

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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.
Jamie was NSPR’s wildfire reporter and Report For America corps member. She covered all things fire, but her main focus was wildfire recovery in the North State. Before NSPR, Jamie was at UCLA, where she dabbled in college radio and briefly worked as a 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.