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Fire Victim Trust update | Redding City Council seated | River Bend Park trail

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Friday, Dec. 9.

Congressmen aim to exempt fire survivors from federal tax payments on PG&E settlement

For the past several years, fire survivors receiving payments from the PG&E Fire Victim Trust have had to pay federal taxes on their settlement payments. But some legislators are trying to change that. Congressmen Doug LaMalfa and Mike Thompson addressed the House Wednesday, urging their colleagues to pass a bill relieving Fire Victim Trust payees of federal taxes.

— Jamie Jiang, NSPR

Redding City Council approves $3.5 million grant application to revamp South City Park

New Redding City councilmembers Tenessa Audette and Jack Munns were sworn into office Tuesday. The council also took up the issue of South City Park and whether or not to apply for a $3.5 million state and federal grant to revamp it. Following almost three hours of public comment and discussion, they did approve by a 3-2 vote a conceptual design for the park that would include a new playground, community center, walking trails, and a dog park.

— Kelly Frost, NSPR

Fit-trail installed at Riverbend Park in Oroville

Butte County Public Health in partnership with the Feather River Recreation and Park District has installed a new fit-trail at Riverbend Park in Oroville. The circuit includes six exercise stations along a one-mile loop and is geared to all fitness levels.

— Ken Devol, NSPR

Graduate students at UC campuses continue strike as finals week ends

Striking graduate student instructors and teaching assistants won’t be submitting grades or grading papers. Meanwhile, UC and bargaining teams for student researchers and academic student employees continue to negotiate a contract.

— CapRadio Staff

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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 is NSPR’s wildfire reporter and Report For America corps member. She covers all things fire, but her main focus is wildfire recovery in the North State. Before NSPR, Jamie was at UCLA, where she dabbled in college radio and briefly worked as 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.