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Butte County flu deaths | Supporting Chico’s unhoused | Legislators condemn shooting

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Butte County reports first flu-related deaths in 2023

The Butte County Department of Public Health reported the first two flu-related deaths of the 2023 flu season Thursday. Both residents were over the age of 60 and died from complications of the virus. Public health officials are urging those who haven’t yet been vaccinated to get their flu shot now, as the season typically lasts into the spring.

— Alec Stutson, NSPR

Interview: North State Shelter Team donates pallets to keep unhoused residents dry

Unhoused residents in Chico were pummeled by the slate of winter storms that began the day after Christmas. Some members of the local nonprofit North State Shelter Team donated wooden pallets to help those staying at sanctioned encampments in the city get off the wet ground and reinforce their tents and structures. NSPR's Alec Stutson spoke with North State Shelter Team board member Charles Withuhn about the needs of those staying at the camps. Listen to the interview in today’s episode of Headlines.

— Alec Stutson, NSPR

Legislators call for stricter gun laws in wake of Lunar New Year shooting

Asian American legislators met at the California state Capitol on Monday to mourn the victims of a shooting that killed 11 over the Lunar New Year weekend and to call for stricter gun laws. The Asian and Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus said it will be introducing resolutions to impact gun safety laws in California, and to specifically look at ghost guns, though no specific legislation was mentioned.

— CapRadio Staff

Democrats propose new tax on residents worth more than $50 million

A group of progressive Democrats in the state Legislature is proposing a new wealth tax. It would apply to the assets, not just the income, of residents worth more than $50 million. If passed by two-thirds of lawmakers, it would go to voters for final approval.

— 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.
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.
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.