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Homelessness funds | Grizzly Flats probe | Diablo Canyon aid

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Newsom backtracks on threat to withhold homelessness funds

Two weeks afterwithholding $1 billion in homelessness funding over lackluster local plans, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday that most cities and counties would get the funds as early as next week as long as they commit to more aggressive plans to reduce homelessness. Read the full story.

— Manuela Tobias, CalMatters

Lawmakers demand answers from Forest Service after CapRadio/California Newsroom wildfire investigation

A recent investigation from CapRadio and the California Newsroom revealed the U.S. Forest Service predicted that a wildfire could wipe out Grizzly Flats in El Dorado County. But a project intended to help protect the town was not completed before the Caldor Fire burned through the community. Lawmakers have asked for a list of other communities at high risk of wildfire where the Forest Service may also be struggling to complete projects. Read the full story.

— CapRadio Staff

Biden administration approves $1 billion to keep Diablo Canyon nuclear plant open

The Biden administration has granted PG&E over $1 billion to help keep the state’s only still operating nuclear power plant online. In a written statement, PG&E said Diablo Canyon is focused on providing low-cost, carbon-free energy. Environmental groups, which have worked for decades to shut down nuclear power plants like Diablo Canyon, are voicing their displeasure.

— CapRadio Staff

Mentally ill prisoners more likely to get moved around

New reporting shows that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation moves prisoners with serious mental illnesses three times more often than other prisoners. Read the full story.

— Byrhonda Lyons, CalMatters

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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.