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‘Peak’ fire season ends | Expanding access to health care | Detainee strike

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Monday, Nov. 21.

Newsom marks end of ‘peak’ fire season

Gov. Gavin Newsom is marking the end of so-called “peak” fire season in California. Speaking in Napa Thursday, Newsom said the state is pulling back firefighting resources this month while remaining mindful of 2018’s fire year, which saw deadly and destructive fires later in the fall.

Andre Byik, NSPR

Certain nurse practitioners to treat patients without physician supervision

Starting next year, nurse practitioners who meet certain requirements will be allowed to begin treating patients without physician supervision. This shift could expand access to care across the state at a time when California faces dire shortages of health care workers.

— CapRadio Staff 

Detainees at California immigration centers strike for minimum wage

Immigrant advocates say more than 90 detainees are striking at the Mesa Verde and Golden State Annex detention centers, which are operated by the private prison company The Geo Group. The protesters are demanding California minimum wage for jobs instead of the $1 per day they are paid.

— Farida Jhabvala Romero (KQED), The California Report

Farmworkers rally in support of citizenship legislation

Hundreds of California farmworkers and growers rallied in Washington last week. They’re supporting a bipartisan bill that would create a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s undocumented farmworkers.

— Joshua Yeager (KVPR), The California Report

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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.