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Federal emergency declaration | State budget cuts | Drought relief

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Wednesday, Jan. 11.

North State counties added to federal emergency declaration

The White House announced an expanded emergency declarationTuesday to include more California counties for federal aid due to ongoing winter storms. The amendment was expanded to include Colusa, Glenn, Humboldt, Marin, Orange, San Diego, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Solano, Sutter, Tehama, Yolo, and Yuba counties.

— Adia White, NSPR

State budget proposal includes billions in spending cuts

California Gov. Gavin Newsom laid out his plan to address a projected deficit in the state budget this year. The governor’s budget proposal includes a mix of cuts and spending delays to offset a nearly $23 billion deficit. Newsom’s spending plan also includes nearly $4 billion in trigger cuts, or money that would be restored next year if state finances don’t worsen.

— CapRadio Staff

Environmentalists criticize proposed budget cuts

Environmentalists are slamming Gov. Gavin Newsom for proposing $6 billion in budget cuts for state climate initiatives in the spending plan he unveiled Tuesday. More than half of the climate budget cuts come from the state's clean transportation initiatives, like building out charging stations for electric vehicles and other infrastructure projects.

— Nadia Lopez, CalMatters

Rainfall to help relieve statewide drought

Experts say the series of winter storms hitting California will partially help relieve the drought. The Associated Press reports that some areas of the state will benefit more from recent rainfall. It remains to be seen how much winter rainfall will help replenish the state’s reservoirs. According to the state Department of Water Resources, Lake Oroville is at 88% of the historical average for this date. Lake Shasta is at 70% of the historical average.

— Adia White, 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.
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.