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Upcoming fire season | Salmon season disaster aid | HPV vaccinations

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Tuesday, April 11.

Record rainfall will delay the peak of fire season, but may cause more severe fires

California has received record-breaking precipitation this winter. Cal Fire officials expect the precipitation to delay the start of peak fire season. However, the rain will also cause vegetation to grow quickly and could make wildfires more severe once the season starts. Officials recommend that residents take advantage of the delayed onset of fire season to clear defensible space around their homes and make an evacuation plan.

— Ken Devol, NSPR

California representatives push for disaster relief for salmon fishing industry

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and other California officials are pledging to push for the Biden administration to act quickly on the state's request for disaster relief after the 2023 fishing season for fall-run Chinook was closed for much of the West Coast. The California governor's office stated that the projected loss of the 2023 season is more than $45 million.

— CapRadio Staff

New legislation would require proof of HPV vaccination for some students

Proposed legislation in California would require college students at public institutions to show proof of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination. The proposed measure calls for schools to inform parents that kids should be immunized by eighth grade, and the bill would require students under 26 attending public colleges and universities to show proof of HPV vaccination. Read the full story.

— Stephanie O’Neill, Kaiser Health News

New bill in California would protect consumers from fraud

A new consumer protection bill has been introduced in the state Legislation. It would create a "Victims of Consumer Fraud Restitution Fund" in the state Treasury. The fund would make victims of predatory companies whole. It would be subsidized by penalties paid by businesses that violate the law.

— 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.