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Blizzard & storm warnings | State prison closures | High-severity fire risks

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Monday, Feb. 27. 

Blizzard warning in effect for parts of the Sierra

Powerful winter storms will continue to hit the region into Wednesday. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for parts of the northern Sierra and a winter storm warning for foothill and mountain regions until Wednesday morning.

Dave Schlom, NSPR

Newsom moves to shut down more correctional institutions

California spends more than $15 billion a year on its prison system. Now, with the number of people behind bars plummeting, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration is moving to shut down more correctional institutions. Read the full story.

— Nigel Duara, CalMatters

Interview: Proportion of high-severity fire is rising in the Sierra Nevada

A study from researchers at the University of California, Davis found Sierra Nevada forests are facing more extreme wildfires, which could be bringing changes to ecosystems. Listen to an interview with John Williams, coordinator for the California Prescribed Fire Monitoring Program and the lead author of the report, in today’s Headlines.

CapRadio Staff

California to provide additional payments to nursing homes working to improve conditions

California will begin providing additional Medicaid payments to nursing homes — including low-rated ones — that hire more workers, reduce staff turnover or improve patient care. The state will score facilities on their performance in these areas under a new system to begin next year, and those that do more will earn larger bonuses.

Stephanie O’Neill, Kaiser Health News

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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.
Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.
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.