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Paradise Holiday Market closes | Tyre Nichols vigil | EBT card thefts

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Holiday Market in Paradise opened its doors for the last time Friday

Paradise Holiday Market shuttered its doors for good on Friday. Brad Askeland, CEO and president of North State Grocery, said the location stopped being profitable after the Camp Fire. Until now, the company hadn’t had to close a store in 15 years.

— Jamie Jiang, NSPR

Vigil held in Sacramento for Tyre Nichols

Former Sacramento resident Tyre Nichols was remembered on Monday evening by family and friends at one of his favorite local skate parks. Nichols was beaten and killed by Memphis police officers in a high-profile incident. Many of the officers involved in the fatal beating of Nichols have been charged with second-degree murder.

— CapRadio Staff

Thieves steal EBT benefits due to debit card security issues

Thieves have stolen more than $35 million from some of the state’s most vulnerable residents because the debit cards California uses to send financial assistance are too easy to exploit. The main problem is that electronic benefits cards don’t have security chips, which have been a consumer protection standard for years.

— Jeanne Kuang, CalMatters

State takes steps to eliminate high-risk pesticides

California officials have announced a roadmap to eliminate high-risk pesticides and move toward healthier, more sustainable options. This plan has been years in the making. The state also convened a workgroup, including farmworkers and public health researchers, to look at safer alternatives to the harmful pesticide.

— CapRadio Staff

Stories from NPR partner stations are edited by NSPR Staff for digital presentation and credited as requested.

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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.