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Chico State open forum | COVID-19 grant funds | Solitary confinement opposition

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Friday, Feb. 3.

Chico State community shares input on the search for the next university president

Chico State held an open forum Thursday for community members to give their feedback on the search for a new university president. University officials said the forum was the only presidential committee meeting that will be open to the public. The university is continuing to take written comments on its website.

— Alec Stutson, NSPR

COVID-19 relief grants available to qualifying Shasta County businesses

Some businesses in Shasta County affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are now eligible for grant funding to relieve financial hardship. The funding is available through the Community Development Block Grant program under the CARES Act. Each business is eligible to receive up to $50,000.

— Adia White, NSPR

Group attempts to limit solitary confinement in California jails

A group of state lawmakers and advocacy organizations are trying to limit solitary confinement in California jails, prisons, and immigrant detention facilities, for the second year in a row. The group says no one who is pregnant, disabled, younger than 26, or older than 59 should be put in solitary due to the physical and mental strain it causes.

— CapRadio Staff

Senator introduces bill for the use of artificial intelligence

Napa State Senator Bill Dodd has introduced a so-called bill of rights for the use of artificial intelligence. With cutting-edge AI now able to approximate the writing of human beings, Dodd said he aims to embrace the potential benefits of the technology while also protecting against its dark side including potential bias and abuses of privacy.

— Scott Shafer (KQED), The California Report

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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.
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.