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PG&E charged with manslaughter | Chico State’s presidential search | Concealed carry laws

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Thursday, Feb. 2.

PG&E to face trial for manslaughter for role in Zogg Fire

A Shasta County judge ruled Wednesday that PG&E will face trial for 11 felony and misdemeanor charges over its role in the Zogg Fire in 2020, according to the Associated Press. The company has pleaded not guilty. The nation’s largest utility was scheduled for arraignment on Feb. 15.

— Jamie Jiang, NSPR

Chico State to hold open forum on its search for a new president

Chico State is holding an open forum today to allow students, staff, and community members to weigh in on the search for a new university president.

Current university president Gayle Hutchinson will be retiring at the end of this academic year. The forum will be held at Bell Memorial Union Auditorium from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. It will also be livestreamed.

— Alec Stutson, NSPR

Newsom backs measure to restrict concealed carry weapons in some public places

The bill is an attempt to bring California’s concealed carry law into compliance after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled New York’s, which was similar, was too restrictive. It would drop requirements for concealed carry applicants to prove good moral character. But it would also ban concealed firearms in most public places unless a property owner says otherwise.

— CapRadio Staff

Sierra snowpack double the average after recent winter storms

Researchers at Phillips Station near Lake Tahoe recorded a snow depth of 85.5 inches Wednesday. The depth is almost double the average of what’s typically recorded there in February. However, researchers say the state needs consistent precipitation throughout the rest of the winter to avoid a return to drier conditions.

— CapRadio Staff

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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.
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.