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Student absenteeism spikes | State is mostly drought-free | Bill to make HIV medicine more accessible

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Friday, April 14.

In today’s episode:

  • A new study found schools have more absent students, lower test scores statewide in the wake of the pandemic — Alec Stutson, NSPR
  • U.S. Drought Monitor says California is 91% drought-free — CapRadio Staff
  • Proposed legislation aims to increase access to preventative HIV medicine 'PrEP' — CapRadio Staff
  • California state capitol evacuated after threats from armed suspect — CapRadio Staff

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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.
Jamie was NSPR’s wildfire reporter and Report For America corps member. She covered all things fire, but her main focus was wildfire recovery in the North State. Before NSPR, Jamie was at UCLA, where she dabbled in college radio and briefly worked as a podcast editor at the Daily Bruin.
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.