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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

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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.
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.