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Sounding the Alarm: Part II | Wildfire smoke impacts | Ballot count continues

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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

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.
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.