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COVID-19’s effect on learning | Pandemic outlook | Prop. 1 explored

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Thursday, Nov. 4. 

Test results show North State schools were disproportionately affected by the pandemic 

The California Department of Education released the "Smarter Balanced" standardized test results last week. It surveyed grades 3 through 8 and 11th grade. It was the first time the test was required since the pandemic. The percentage of students meeting or exceeding language arts and math standards in Shasta County fell by 2 and 4 percentage points, respectively, from pre-pandemic levels. That was a smaller decline than the statewide average.

Alec Stutson, NSPR

Public health officials warn COVID cases could surge this holiday season

Top public health experts say people should be prepared for a COVID-19 surge with the arrival of cold weather and the upcoming holiday season. Experts say while the rate of COVID is low in California, new variants can be better at evading the immune system.

— CapRadio Staff

Advocates: California should do more to protect employees from workplace violations

Worker advocates with the National Employment Law Project Wednesday demanded California state lawmakers do more to stop employers from retaliating against employees who report wage theft, sexual harassment or other violations. The group released a survey showing nearly four out of 10 California workers have experienced a workplace violation.

— CapRadio Staff

Experts say it’s unlikely Prop. 1 would allow late-term abortions for any reason

Opponents of California’s Proposition 1 say it could expand state abortion law to allow late-term procedures for any reason. The language of the measure is broad and puts the right to abortion into the state constitution. But legal experts say a judge is most likely to interpret Proposition 1 as simply providing constitutional protections to the current system.

— Alexei Koseff, 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.
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.