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Oroville Dam Spillway releases | Infrastructure needs | State to buy tiny homes

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Friday, March 17. 

Department of Water Resources to increases releases at Oroville Dam Spillway

The California Department of Water Resources will be increasing releases from the main spillway at the Oroville Dam today for flood protection to downstream communities. In an update Thursday, the DWR announced it would increase releases from 25,000 cubic feet per second to 30,000 cubic feet per second. It will also be closing Oro Dam Blvd. E. between Rusty Dusty Road and Canyon Drive starting at 9 a.m. today due to poor visibility from the spray.

— Adia White, NSPR

Interview: Author Katherine Blunt on aging utility infrastructure

Nationwide, concerns about the safety and viability of our aging power grid have taken center stage. Katherine Blunt reports for the Wall Street Journal on utilities. Her book, “California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas & Electric — and What it Means for America’s Power Grid,” addresses infrastructure concerns in the North State. Listen to an interview with Blunt in today’s headlines.

— Ken Devol, NSPR

California to build 1,200 tiny homes to reduce homelessness

The state is purchasing and delivering 1,200 units to Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Jose and San Diego counties. Those jurisdictions will be responsible for providing mental health and other services for those who will be living in them. The units are expected to cost around $30 million.

CapRadio Staff

New bill would hold colleges liable for hazing incidents

A bill intended to end hazing in California is moving through the state Legislature. It would hold colleges and universities civilly liable if one or more students were involved in hazing, and if that educational institution knew or should have known of the dangerous hazing practices.

— CapRadio Staff

Stories from NPR partner stations are edited by NSPR Staff for digital presentation and credited as requested.

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Ken came to NSPR through the back door as a volunteer, doing all the things that volunteers do. Almost nothing – nothing -- in his previous work experience suggests that he would ever be on public radio.
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.