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COVID emergency to end | Chico testing site closure | Chico State’s net-zero building

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Monday, Feb. 13.

California’s COVID-19 state of emergency to end

California’s COVID-19 state of emergency is being phased out at the end of this month. The declaration has been in place for almost three years and enabled the state to put about 600 provisions in place, including allowing for more flexibility in who could provide care. Read the full story.

— CapRadio Staff

State-run coronavirus testing site to close in Chico

The state-run OptumServe COVID-19 test site on the Chico State campus will close on Feb. 24. The closure comes as the state prepares to end its COVID-19 emergency declaration at the end of the month.

— Alec Stutson, NSPR

Chico State breaks ground on first net-zero building

Chico State broke ground on its newest building last week. It will house the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and will generate all of its own energy. It’s expected to be ready for use in the fall of 2024.

— Alec Stutson, NSPR

California AG targets workplace heat protections

California’s attorney general has petitioned federal regulators to issue an emergency rule to protect workers from extreme heat. Heat is the leading cause of death among all weather-related workplace hazards, and the dangers for workers in jobs like agriculture are rising with climate change.

— Farida Jhabvala Romero (KQED), The California Report

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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.
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.