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Klamath dams decision | Power outage & health | Guaranteed income program

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Monday, Nov. 28.

Local tribes, environmentalists cheer Klamath dams decision

Local tribes and environmentalists are commending a historic decision to tear down four dams along the Klamath River. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave final approval to remove the dams Nov. 17.

— Ken Devol, NSPR

Researcher: Power outages related to adverse health outcomes

Public health experts say more frequent power outages will pose health risks for residents of the North State and, more broadly, the nation. Dr. Joan Casey, a researcher at Columbia University, published a survey showing power outages can correlate with increases in emergency room visits and even deaths.

— Jamie Jiang, NSPR

California readies guaranteed income program

California is ready to launch the nation’s first state-funded guaranteed income program. The state Department of Social Services announced the pilot program two years ago. The plan is to give about $25 million to seven nonprofits around the state that will administer the program. Payments between $600 and $1,200 would then go to Californians who are pregnant or about to age out of foster care for 18 months with no restrictions on its use. As many as 2,000 people could benefit.

— CapRadio Staff

California holds on to health insurance opt-out penalty money

If you opt out of health insurance in California, the state will fine you. The penalties it collects are intended to help people struggling to pay for insurance coverage. But, so far, that money has yet to be distributed.

Stephanie O’Neill, Kaiser Health News

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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.
Ken came to NSPR through the back door as a volunteer, doing all the things that volunteers do. Almost nothing – nothing -- in his previous work experience suggests that he would ever be on public radio.
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.
Jamie was NSPR’s wildfire reporter and Report For America corps member. She covered all things fire, but her main focus was wildfire recovery in the North State. Before NSPR, Jamie was at UCLA, where she dabbled in college radio and briefly worked as a podcast editor at the Daily Bruin.
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.