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Grief in Half Moon Bay | Bills target encampments | Reducing fentanyl deaths

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Thursday, Jan. 26.

Suspect in Half Moon Bay mass shooting faces murder charges

The suspect in Monday’s deadly mass shooting in the city of Half Moon Bay has been charged with seven counts of murder. The victims were of Asian and Latino descent, and officials say some were migrants. The shooting has left a tightly knit community shaken.

— Madi Bolaños (KQED), The California Report

Lawmakers introduce bills targeting locations of homeless encampments

Republican state lawmakers have introduced bills that would ban homeless encampments near schools, daycare centers, parks and libraries across California. The cities of Sacramento, Elk Grove and Los Angeles have passed similar enforcement measures. Punishments under the bill would range from a $25 fine to a misdemeanor charge.

— CapRadio Staff

New bills aim to reduce fentanyl deaths in California

With fentanyl deaths on the rise, two bills have been introduced in the California Legislature to make an overdose reversal drug accessible in high-risk locations. The bill expands Assembly Bill 19, mandating two doses of Narcan to be available in California’s public schools. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded a sharp spike in fentanyl-related adolescent deaths, which more than doubled from 500 in 2019 to over 1,100 in 2021.

— CapRadio Staff

Voters to decide on law aimed at improving conditions for fast-food workers

California voters will weigh in next year on a law to improve working conditions for fast-food employees. The measure passed the Legislature, but opponents launched a referendum. The law would create a fast-food council within a state agency, where labor and company representatives would negotiate wages and working conditions.

— 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.
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