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Redding riverfront concerns | Zogg Fire arraignment | Health care wages

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Friday, Feb. 17. NSPR Headlines will be off Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of Presidents Day.

PG&E pleads not guilty to charges in 2020 Zogg Fire

In an arraignment hearing Wednesday in Shasta County, Pacific Gas & Electric pleaded not guilty in response to multiple felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from the utility’s involvement in starting the Zogg Fire in 2020.

— Saul Gonzalez (KQED), The California Report

Native community members voice concern over Redding riverfront development

The Redding City Council last week awarded a $1.25 million contract to a consulting group to create a development plan for a city-owned riverfront parcel. But some Native community members say their voices have been ignored in the process.

— Ken Devol, NSPR

Bill would increase minimum wage for health care workers

A new bill introduced in the state Senate would set the minimum wage for health care workers at $25 an hour. Advocates say low wages cause high turnover in a workforce already stressed by the pandemic.

— Saul Gonzalez (KQED), The California Report

Some state lawmakers want to ban involuntary prison labor

Slavery and involuntary servitude are illegal in California, but the state’s constitution has an exception to that rule involving the prison system. Some state lawmakers want to change that.

— Guy Marzorati (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.
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.
Ken came to NSPR through the back door as a volunteer, doing all the things that volunteers do. Almost nothing – nothing -- in his previous work experience suggests that he would ever be on public radio.