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‘Point-in-Time’ count | Wildfire resilience | Addressing gun safety

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Friday, Jan. 27.

Volunteers survey unhoused residents in Butte County

Volunteers for the “Point-in-Time” count set out in Butte County Wednesday to collect demographic information on people experiencing homelessness. The survey is required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and helps local agencies apply for federal funding.

— Alec Stutson, NSPR

Residents in one Shasta County town take wildfire safety into their own hands

Palo Cedro’s community wildfire resilience group, called BURN, met for the first time this year last week. Organizers say they hope BURN can help make Palo Cedro a “Firewise Community.” Experts say community-wide mitigation and preparation efforts are crucial to surviving in high-fire-risk areas.

— Jamie Jiang, NSPR

Padilla, other Democrats take on gun laws in wake of mass shootings

In Washington, D.C., Thursday, California U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla joined other Senate Democrats in calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate JR-15 assault rifles marketed to kids. They say the gun industry is advertising the weapon as a child-sized version of the AR-15. Padilla says Americans are demanding Congress take action on gun safety following the mass shootings in Half Moon Bay and Monterey Park.

— CapRadio Staff

Mass shootings highlight workplace violence in U.S.

Authorities investigating the mass shooting in Half Moon Bay say the evidence points to it as an incident of workplace violence. Acts of violence are a leading cause of occupational death in the U.S., but mass shootings are still relatively rare on the job.

— Farida Jhabvala Romero (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.
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.
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.