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Fire Victim Trust attorney fees | Tax relief advocacy | Winter storm impacts

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Letter to PG&E Fire Victim Trust asks for lower attorney fees for vulnerable clients

The Butte County Board of Supervisors approved sending a letter to the PG&E Fire Victim Trust last week asking for it to lower the upper limit of attorney’s fees for minors and adults with disabilities who survived the 2018 Camp Fire.

— Jamie Jiang, NSPR

Correction: The audio version of this story inaccurately stated that the board had asked the trust to respond to the letter within a week. That timeframe was only given in a draft version of the letter. The final version did not provide a timeframe for a response.

Plumas County supervisor advocates for tax relief bill for fire survivors

Politicians in the North State are lobbying for a federal bill that would provide tax relief for victims of wildfires. Plumas County Supervisor Kevin Goss said he stumped for the bill, H.R. 176, on a recent trip to Washington, D.C. The bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code to exclude wildfire settlement payments from a taxpayer’s gross income.

Andre Byik, NSPR

Winter storm could cause low elevation snow, dangerous driving conditions

Wet weather is returning to the North State this week. The National Weather Service in Sacramento is forecasting the northern Sacramento Valley could see snowfall at elevations between 1,000 and 2,000 feet today, and as low as 500 feet overnight Thursday and Friday. High winds and snow may also cause dangerous driving conditions.

Adia White, NSPR

Recent human trafficking sting spotlights sexual exploitation in the state

A human trafficking task force made up of various law enforcement agencies detained 48 people in an investigation in the San Diego area. The recent sting spotlights the high number of human trafficking cases in the state. The most recent data on human trafficking show California had the most cases in the country in 2021.

CapRadio Staff

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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.
Jamie is NSPR’s wildfire reporter and Report For America corps member. She covers all things fire, but her main focus is wildfire recovery in the North State. Before NSPR, Jamie was at UCLA, where she dabbled in college radio and briefly worked as podcast editor at the Daily Bruin.
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.