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Tracking unhoused deaths | COVID-19 test site closures | College athlete protections

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Monday, Jan. 23.

Storms' toll on Chico’s unhoused residents remains unknown

On Jan. 2, Chico police officers responded to a deceased person in the parking lot of the public library in Chico. A spokesperson for the Police Department said the individual was believed to be unhoused. The Butte County Coroner's Office, Department of Public Health and Chico Police Department all told NSPR they do not track the number of unhoused deaths, making it difficult to know how deadly this winter has been.

— Alec Stutson, NSPR

State identifies nearly 100 COVID-19 testing sites for early closure

California will close nearly 100 COVID-19 testing and treatment sites more than a month earlier than expected. The sites the California Department of Public Health has identified for early closure are those operating under 50% capacity.

— CapRadio Staff

Teens trained to do community health outreach

Community health groups are training teens to do COVID outreach and education in regions where fear of getting the vaccine lingers. Many of these newly deputized teen educators are Hispanic or Latino. Health providers and advocates believe young people are well-positioned to help increase vaccination rates in their communities because many already help Spanish-speaking relatives navigate the health care system.

— Stephanie O’Neill, Kaiser Health News 

New bill seeks to give college athletes more protections

A new bill would give California college athletes more protections and require Division I schools to share revenue with athletes whose market value exceeds the amount of their scholarship. The money would be paid after an athlete graduates.

— Amanda Stupi (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.
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.