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Sounding the Alarm: Part 1 | Voter registration | Total lunar eclipse

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The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Monday, Nov. 7.

Sounding the Alarm: Butte County fire survivors say emergency alerts are falling short

In Butte County, more than 100 people have died in wildfires in the past four years. NSPR’s Sounding the Alarm series explores emergency communications in Butte County, and the first story in this series looks into how those who’ve lived through deadly wildfires in the region say the system is falling short. Read the story or listen in today’s Headlines.

Sarah Bohannon and Andre Byik, NSPR

Lack of early autumn storms could spell concern for drought 

When we get rain is critically important in terms of drought relief. Climatologists say autumn storms don’t usually drop much snow, but instead bring critical rain to higher elevations ahead of winter. Michael Anderson, climatologist for the state Department of Water Resources, says snowpack sitting on dry soil will generate less runoff. Thirsty soil underlying the snowpack absorbs water that would otherwise feed the streams that fill rivers and reservoirs later in the year.

— Ken Devol, NSPR

Around 82% of eligible CA residents registered to vote ahead of Election Day

The California Secretary of State's office has released its last voter registration numbers ahead of the midterm election. The report shows as of Oct. 24, there were just under 22 million Californians registered to vote. It's the highest percentage heading into a gubernatorial election in the last 72 years, according to Secretary of State Shirley Weber.

— CapRadio Staff

How to catch tomorrow’s total lunar eclipse

The November full moon, called the Beaver Moon, will begin entering the shadow of the Earth at 1:10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Totality, where the moon will turn reddish colors, will start at 2:17 a.m, and end at 3:42 a.m.

— Dave Schlom, NSPR

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.
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.
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.