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North State student test scores | Paradise long-term recovery plan | Water shutoff protections

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Thursday, Oct. 27.

Test scores drop across the North State during pandemic; some counties fare better than others

The California Department of Education released scores from the Smarter Balanced standardized test across the state Monday. They show a statewide decline from pre-pandemic levels. Some North State counties saw their scores drop even further than the state average.

Alec Stutson, NSPR

Paradise Town Council hears update on long-term recovery plan

At its meeting earlier this month, the Paradise Town Council heard an update on the draft of the town’s long-term recovery plan. The plan was recently updated based on results from a survey circulated to residents between March and April this year.

Jamie Jiang, NSPR

More than 1 million California households are late on their water bill, state estimates

California's moratorium on water shutoffs during the pandemic expired earlier this year. But Wednesday, the state Department of Justice issued a legal alert reminding urban and community water providers of requirements under the Water Shutoff Protection Act. Under the act, most water providers cannot discontinue your services unless your bill is 60 days overdue. State officials estimate around 1.5 million California households are late on their water bills.

CapRadio Staff

State air board to consider proposal to reduce emissions in trucking industry

The California Air Resources Board is set to meet this morning to consider a new proposal that could transform the state’s trucking industry. The proposal would ban manufacturers from selling any new gas or diesel-powered trucks by 2040. And trucking companies and their existing fleets would have to be converted gradually to all electric by 2042. This will be the first of two public hearings before the board votes on the proposal early next year.

Nadia Lopez, 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.
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.
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.