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Shasta County voting systems | Federal tax extensions | COVID-19 funding rollbacks

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Thursday, March 2.

Shasta County left without voting system after supervisors cut ties with one provider without choosing another

The Shasta County Board of Supervisors in January voted to cancel its contract with electronic voting machine vendor Dominion. During its meeting Tuesday, the board voted instead to explore options for creating a pilot program voting system that uses hand-counted ballot tallies.

Alec Stutson, NSPR 

Tax extensions granted to Californians affected by storms

The federal government has granted people living in California counties hit hard by severe weather an extra six months to file their federal taxes. But a new deadline creates challenges for state budget writers.

— Scott Shafer (KQED), The California Report

End of California’s COVID-19 emergency means cuts to funding

California’s COVID-19 state of emergency officially ended Tuesday. Without additional state funding to fight the virus, mass vaccination and testing centers will become a thing of the past, and people will need to see a doctor for COVID care. This worries organizations that received emergency funding to help underserved communities.

Kristen Hwang, CalMatters 

California companies with connections to Ukraine reflect on a year since Russia’s invasion

Many Ukrainians working remotely for California companies have fled to safer places such as the U.S. Others have stayed or returned out of patriotism, or because they don't want to leave family behind.

Rachael Myrow (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.