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Broadband infrastructure funding | Winter storm warning | CalFresh food assistance

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Friday, Jan. 13. NSPR Headlines will be off Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It will return on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

New broadmap map to be used to distribute federal funding

The Federal Communications Commission released a new broadband map in December. The map will determine how the federal government awards over $40 billion of broadband infrastructure improvement funding. In the North State, where emergency communications are a top priority, funding for broadband is especially important.

— Jamie Jiang, NSPR

Winter storm warning, flood watch in effect for parts of the North State

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning in Lassen and Plumas counties, as well as Sierra County. Heavy snow Saturday through Monday could make mountain roads dangerous and impassable. A flood watch is in effect for parts of the North State Saturday through Sunday. Areas affected include the northern Sacramento Valley, southwestern Shasta County and western Colusa County.

— Adia White, NSPR

California still in drought despite torrential rainfall

Despite the torrential rains that have pummeled communities across the state, experts say almost half of California is still in a severe drought. While the rainfall has been very beneficial by helping refill some reservoirs, overall it’s fallen too quickly to efficiently capture and store.

— Alastair Bland, CalMatters

CalFresh food assistance available for families amid storms

As winter storms move through the state, power outages and flooding can make it hard for families to get and preserve food. For families on CalFresh, help is available.

— Carlos Cabrera-Lomelí (KQED), The California Report

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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.
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.