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Chico Food Maxx murder | Sierra snow record | CalFresh benefits

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

Man accused of leaving body at Food Maxx scheduled for a hearing this week

A man accused of homicide and leaving the body at Food Maxx is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow. Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey reported in a press release Monday that evidence was found linking the suspect to the crime during an arrest for a separate incident.

— Ken Devol, NSPR

This winter season now the second snowiest on record

The UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab is recording a season total of 56.4 feet of snow on Donner Summit. That’s the second snowiest season on record. With more winter storms on the way, there’s still time yet for this season to break the record of 67.7 feet, which was documented in 1952.

Adia White, NSPR

Pandemic era rule that helped more students qualify for CalFresh to end in June

A pandemic-era rule that loosened restrictions on which students qualify for CalFresh is set to end this June. Students applying before June 10 will secure a full year of benefits before having to renew under the more restrictive pre-pandemic rules.

— Mikhail Zinshteyn, CalMatters

Voters could decide whether to abolish state agency that oversees taxation of utilities and railroads

Californians may soon be able to vote on whether to abolish the State Board of Equalization. Founded in 1879, it oversees taxation of utilities and railroads in the state. A group of Assembly Democrats says its duties could be assumed by two newer agencies, saving the state up to $35 million.

— CapRadio Staff

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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.