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Bobcat dies from avian flu | Patient privacy bill | Targeting ‘ghost guns’

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Bobcat dies of avian flu in Butte County

A bobcat found dead in Butte County this winter was confirmed to have died from avian flu. California officials said in a press release Wednesday that this is the first death from the virus in a wild mammal in the state.

— Jamie Jiang, NSPR

Privacy bill aims to shield patients seeking abortion care

A bill introduced in the California State Assembly could prohibit law enforcement from asking tech companies to hand over large amounts of location or search data. Privacy rights and reproductive care advocates worry warrants for this information could hurt people crossing state lines to receive abortion and gender-affirming care.

— CapRadio Staff

Lawmaker pushes to restrict untraceable ‘ghost guns’

A state lawmaker unveiled legislation aimed at further restricting “ghost guns.” These firearms are assembled out of components and don’t have serial numbers that can be used by law enforcement to trace them.

— Saul Gonzalez (KQED), The California Report

California asks for federal funds to test, vaccinate asylum seekers

The state of California says it can no longer afford to provide COVID-19 testing and vaccines to asylum seekers. Gov. Gavin Newsom wants the Biden administration to contribute more funding to three medical screening centers at the border with Mexico.

— Stephanie O’Neill, Kaiser Health News

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.
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.