Sounding the Alarm: Part II | Wildfire smoke impacts | Ballot count continues
The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Tuesday, Nov. 15.
Sounding the Alarm: Butte County communities turn to sirens
In the second story of our Sounding the Alarm series, NSPR’s Andre Byik and Sarah Bohannon look at fire-prone communities in Butte County that are turning to sirens for wildfire evacuations. Read the full story.
— Andre Byik and Sarah Bohannon, NSPR
State releases report on impacts of wildfire smoke
A report from the office of California’s legislative analyst offered a summary of what the state has learned about wildfire smoke in the last few years. The report showed that large, high-severity fires emit a lot more unhealthy smoke than smaller fires — like those used for prescribed burning. The report offered suggestions for state legislators when crafting policy to protect residents.
— CapRadio Staff
Election: Why ballots take time to count in California
California — like a handful of states across the West — mostly sends every voter a ballot in the mail, which takes longer to count. Ballots also take longer to count in California because the state allows voters to register on Election Day and cast provisional ballots if they mess up the one they were sent. Also, if the signature on the ballot doesn’t match the one on file, counties reach out to the voter to verify it was actually the voter who voted.
— Ben Christopher, CalMatters
California Legislature on track to be most diverse in history
As votes continue to be tallied, it’s looking like voters are on track to elect a state Senate and Assembly that will look more like California than ever before. At least 43 female candidates out of 120 are on track for election. Eight openly LGBTQ candidates are also on track for election. If that happens, California will be the first state to achieve proportional LGBTQ representation in its Legislature. Read the full story.
— Ariel Gans, CalMatters
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- Poll shows California residents aren’t optimistic about the economy — CapRadio
- Nagar Kirtan celebrated in Yuba City — NSPR
- Mail-in ballots mean it will take longer to get election results — CapRadio
- Democrats retain control of the Senate after holding Nevada seat — NPR
- Camp Fire survivors share their motivation to vote — NSPR
- Gavin Newsom sails to reelection as California governor — CapRadio
- 2022 North State election updates and results — NSPR
- NSPR holds moment of silence to commemorate 2018 Camp Fire — NSPR
- At least 22,000 voters in Shasta County cast their ballots ahead of Election Day — NSPR
- Sounding the Alarm: Butte County fire survivors say emergency alerts are falling short — NSPR