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Insurance hike concerns | Weekend storm outlook | Holiday culinary traditions

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Friday, Dec. 30. NSPR Headlines will be on break Monday, Jan. 2, and it will return Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Butte County residents worry fire station closures could affect insurance rates

For the next four months, fire stations will temporarily close in the Butte County communities of Concow and Yankee Hill, Stirling City and Berry Creek as part of a cost-saving measure. But some residents worry the closures could mean skyrocketing insurance premiums. A spokesperson for the Insurance Information Institute told NSPR that temporary fire station closures are only one of many variables that insurance risk managers use to determine premium rates, making it difficult to predict the fallout.

— Jamie Jiang, NSPR

Rain, snow to continue through the weekend

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a winter storm will bring a few inches of precipitation to the Sacramento Valley and 6 to 8 inches to some areas of the northern Sierra. Forecasters from the NWS predict the storm will not bring enough rainfall to wash debris out from burn scars in the area. They urge anyone traveling this weekend to have alternate routes or plans in case roadways are flooded.

— Alec Stutson, NSPR

Ending the ‘school-to-prison pipeline’

High suspension rates in schools are linked to increased likelihood of students being incarcerated as adults. A new California law aims to help dismantle this “school-to-prison pipeline,” which disproportionately affects Black students.

— CapRadio Staff

Celebrating mochi and other holiday culinary traditions

During the holidays, many people spend time with their loved ones and enjoy food that is celebrated in their cultures. Think tamales for Latin American families or the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Japanese American families often celebrate the New Year with mochi. Mochi is often eaten as part of ozoni, a Japanese soup. It’s also traditionally used as a good luck charm in Japanese households.

— Keith Mizuguchi (KQED), The California Report

Stories from NPR partner stations are edited by NSPR Staff for digital presentation and credited as requested.

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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.
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.
Alec Stutson grew up in Colorado and graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in Radio Journalism, 20th/21st Century Literature, and a minor in Film Studies. He is a huge podcast junkie, as well as a movie nerd and musician.
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.