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
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