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March snow survey | Drought conditions | Public health funding

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Monday, March 6. 

March snow survey shows depth at almost double the average

Historic winter storms hit California this past week, bringing much-needed precipitation. Researchers at Phillips Station near Lake Tahoe recorded a snow depth of 116.5 inches, which is 170% of the April average for the area.

CapRadio Staff

More than half the state is now out of a drought

According to new numbers from the U.S. Drought Monitor, 17% of the state is now officially out of a drought, and an additional 34% is classified as abnormally dry but not in a drought. A statewide drought emergency issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom in October 2021 still remains in place.

— Saul Gonzalez (KQED), The California Report

State proposes cuts to health program to balance budget

Public health officials in California say they’re disappointed by the governor’s plan to slash funding for a program that would bring people into epidemiology, microbiology and lab technician roles. The proposed $50 million cut comes as the state tries to close a multi-billion dollar gap in its budget.

— CapRadio Staff

Diablo Canyon nuclear plant gets go-ahead to keep operating

Pacific Gas & Electric has gotten the green light to keep operating California’s last remaining commercial nuclear power plant beyond the year 2025. The Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in San Luis Obispo County had been slated for closure because of longtime safety concerns.

Saul Gonzalez (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.
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