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Dixie Fire settlement | Storm aid | Gas car transition

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Thursday, Jan. 19.

PG&E settles with public entities over Dixie Fire damages

Ten public entities in the North State announced a $24 million settlement agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric Tuesday for damages incurred in the 2021 Dixie Fire. The suit was brought by Shasta, Plumas, Lassen, Butte, and Tehama counties as well as five other public entities to seek reimbursement for the costs associated with fire recovery.

— Ken Devol, NSPR

Paradise Town Council backs bill for tax relief on Camp Fire settlements

In a discussion that turned heated, the Town Council in Paradise voted Tuesday to sponsor a council member’s trip to Washington, D.C., to advocate for a bill to waive federal taxes on settlement money Camp Fire survivors receive from the Fire Victim Trust.

— Jamie Jiang, NSPR

More California counties added to major disaster declaration

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has added Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties to its major disaster declaration, which was initially approved for Sacramento, Santa Cruz and Merced counties. More counties are expected to be added after President Biden visits the state today.

— CapRadio Staff

Interview: Experts skeptical California’s grid can handle plan to phase out gas cars

California’s plan to phase out the sale of new gas cars by 2035 could put unprecedented demand on the state’s electric grid. While state officials say the grid won’t be strained, many experts are skeptical. Listen to an interview with CalMatters reporter Nadia Lopez in today’s episode of Headlines.

— CapRadio Staff

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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.
Jamie was NSPR’s wildfire reporter and Report For America corps member. She covered all things fire, but her main focus was wildfire recovery in the North State. Before NSPR, Jamie was at UCLA, where she dabbled in college radio and briefly worked as a 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.