Wolf protections lawsuit | Hate crime penalties | Earthquake warning system
The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Wednesday, Dec. 28.
Lawsuit aims to improve protections for gray wolves
A lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity alleges the federal government needs to do more to protect gray wolves. California has its own protection plan for gray wolves, but advocates say a comprehensive federal plan could provide more resources to the state. A representative for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told NSPR the agency declined to comment on the case.
— Ken Devol, NSPR
New law to penalize hate symbols equally
A law going into effect in 2023 equalizes the penalty on hate symbols like swastikas, nooses and burned crosses. It also expands restricted locations to include schools and colleges. Authors say the bill was prompted by discrepancies in the existing law and the uptick in hate crimes and nooses in school settings.
— CapRadio Staff
Humboldt earthquake tests early warning system
The earthquake warning system known as ShakeAlert was tested last week when a 6.4-magnitude quake hit the North Coast of California. An estimated 3 million cellphones received the alert in the state. The system was developed by university researchers and is operated by the U.S. Geological Survey.
— CapRadio Staff
Biden signs legislation to study salt lakes in US West
President Joe Biden Tuesday signed legislation that creates and funds monitoring efforts into the American West’s saline lakes, according to The Associated Press. The legislation allocates $25 million for the U.S. Geological Survey to monitor saltwater lakes, including California’s Mono Lake, Utah’s Great Salt Lake and Oregon’s Lake Abert.
— Andre Byik, NSPR
In case you missed it
- Interview: EdSource investigative reporter Thomas Peele — NSPR
- Pay bump set for minimum-wage workers in 2023 — CapRadio
- California law aims to increase access to abortions — CapRadio
- Stormy weather expected in the North State this week — NSPR
- Chico City Council confirms police chief appointment — NSPR
- Redding City Council again opposes casino proposal — NSPR
- ACLU settles lawsuit against Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office — CapRadio
- Newsom proclaims emergency for Humboldt County — NSPR
- Why the North Coast is so seismically active — NSPR
- Benefit raises funds for community devastated in Mill Fire — NSPR