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Changes to Medicaid | State Assembly leadership | Beavers improve water quality

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The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Monday, Nov. 14. 

*Tune in to Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Headlines on Tuesday, Nov. 15, for the second story in NSPR’s Sounding the Alarm series. We’ll be exploring fire-prone communities in Butte County that are turning to sirens for wildfire evacuations.

California poised to expand children’s Medicaid benefits

California is poised to join a handful of western states working to guarantee continuous Medicaid coverage for children. These plans are designed to keep kids covered even if their family’s household income rises above eligibility requirements. Lawmakers have approved a proposal for qualifying children to enroll at birth and stay enrolled until age 5, a policy shift to begin in 2025, pending federal approval. Read more.

Stephanie O’Neill, Kaiser Health News

Assembly Democrats decide on new leadership

Assembly Democrats decided on their new caucus leadership following the election. Los Angeles County leader Anthony Rendon will remain speaker through June 30, after which San Benito-area Assemblymember Robert Rivas will take over. Rivas is the son of farmworkers and will be the first rural representative to preside as speaker of the Assembly in decades.

— CapRadio Staff

Poll shows California residents aren’t optimistic about the economy

A new statewide survey by the non-partisan Public Policy Institute of California shows many residents expect the state’s economy to get worse within the next year. The majority of respondents also said they want governmental policies to increase affordable rental housing and boost housing production so more Californians can purchase a home.

— CapRadio Staff

Study shows beavers can help maintain clean, healthy rivers

New research from Stanford University found beavers play an important role in improving water quality. The study, published in the scientific journal Nature, took place along the Colorado River, which is an important water source for a number of states, including California.

— CapRadio Staff

Stories from NPR partner stations are edited by NSPR Staff for digital presentation and credited as requested.

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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.
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.