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CDC Confirms Calif Monkeypox Case

The CDC is confirming the first case of monkeypox in California. Health officials say the patient from Sacramento County recently traveled in Europe. A health provider alerted the county of the suspected case earlier this week. The California Department of Public Health lab also received a test sample to confirm the case. The person is isolated at home. Health officials believe the risk to the general public is "extremely low."

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True Alliance/Torres Shelter Seeks Donations

Chico's True North Housing Alliance is asking the community for donations to help keep its services running. They are hoping to raise $400,000 within the next 100 days. An official says they have been placing more people than ever before into the Torres Community Shelter since Chico began re-enforcing its anti-camping ordinances, and they expect the demand to increase. Donations can be made on their website at truenorthbutte.org/donate.

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More of State Extreme Drought

Twelve-percent of California is now in the highest drought stage. For the first time since the record storms back in December, a portion of the State has fallen into exceptional drought, the worst level on the drought scale. Twelve-percent of California, mostly in the Central Valley, is in the highest drought level, and another 48-percent is in the second highest category, extreme drought. Only two counties, covering two and a half percent of the State, are in moderate drought status, Del Norte and San Diego Counties.

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State Assembly Bill to Protect Abortion Providers

Lawmakers in the state Assembly have voted to stop courts in other states from penalizing abortion providers and volunteers in California. The bill is part of Democrats' plan to make California a sanctuary for women seeking abortions should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade. A Texas law lets people sue people who provide or aid in abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Monday, lawmakers voted to ban enforcing those judgements in California courts. Abortion opponents say the bill is illegal because the U.S. Constitution requires states to recognize the laws of other states. But Democrats believe the bill would be allowed under an exception.

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Shasta Co Man Guilty of Arson Charges In National Forests

A man is pleading guilty to setting multiple fires in a Shasta Co Natioanl forest. Forty-one-year-old Eric Smith pled guilty to four counts of setting fire to federal land Monday after officials said he ignited eleven fires in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in 2019 and 2020. The U-S Forest Service says most of the fires were put out before growing more than an acre, but one blaze in July 2020 forced part of Interstate Five to shut down. Smith is facing up to twenty years in prison and a one-million-dollar fine.

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Newsome HInts at Water Restrictions

(AP) Gov. Gavin Newsom says he may impose mandatory water restrictions if people don't start using less as a drought drags on. He raised the possibility Monday in a meeting with local water agencies that supply major urban centers like Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Democratic governor has called for a 15% voluntary reduction in water use but has so far avoided mandatory, sweeping cuts to water use. He may be changing his approach after water use went up dramatically in March. He's urging the local water agencies to ramp up their conservation messaging to avoid the need for mandatory restrictions.

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BIden Admin Invokes Defense Production Act

President Biden is also launching Operation Fly Formula to use federal planes to bring formula in from abroad. Biden said he understands parents are worried about finding formula for their babies and added his team is doing everything they can to make sure everyone has access to formula. It has been reported that over 40-percent of the supply of baby formula nationwide is out of stock because of this shortage.

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Senate Confirms Calif Native American Federal Judge

The Senate is confirming California's first ever Native American federal judge. On Wednesday, Sunshine Suzanne Sykes was confirmed to a lifetime seat on the U.S. District Court for California's central district. The vote was 51-to-45. Sykes is also just the fifth Indigenous woman to serve on a federal court in U.S. history.

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Red Flag Warnings through Weekend

Fire danger in Northern California is going up. Due to high heat, northerly winds and dry grass, a Red Flag Warning is going into effect Thursday. This is an alert for everyone to refrain from outdoor burning and be cognizant of activities that can produce sparks. Some areas that received normal rainfall are better off, but places like Redding are thirteen inches below normal. National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Rowe explains the northerly winds combined with low humidity has caused the serious conditions. The fire risk is expected to last through early next week.

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Gov Newsome Proposes Pot Tax Break

Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing a temporary tax cut for California's ailing marijuana industry, but businesses say it falls short of what's needed to revive the shaky pot economy. Broad legal sales began in 2018, but the industry has struggled with hefty taxes, regulation and competition from a vast illegal marketplace. The administration will recommend eliminating the cultivation tax. But a later increase would come in the retail excise tax to make up for those funds, possibly as soon as 2024. Jerred Kiloh of the United Cannabis Business Association says the plan would not cut consumer prices or lure buyers back from the underground market.

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Overdose Deaths at Community Park

Chico police are investigating two suspected drug overdose deaths at Community Park after several people were found unconscious and not breathing. The incident was reported Sunday just before 1:30 p.m. Police found four people in distress at Community Park on Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Parkway. Emergency personnel performed CPR and administered several doses of Narcan, the drug used to reverse the effects of opioids. Police said two people died at the scene and two other people were rushed to the hospital.

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Chico Shelter Site Opens

Chico's long awaited homeless shelter is open The homeless pallet shelter was born out of a years-long fight both between the City of Chico and homeless advocates. It is the compromise that was deemed necessary by the federal courts and today the city's homeless will have a place to stay. Hahn Says that walkups are not welcome as Social Workers and Target Team Members have been actively working with the homeless to invite those who want to move to the shelter Hahn also says until the Federal Judge oks the Shelter site as adequate, the City's No Camping Ordinance can not be enforced.

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Oroville Council will move forward with Transition to Cal Fire

The Oroville City Council decided to not consult voters on the plan to turn fire protection over the CAL FIRE. The council decided last summer to dissolve the Oroville Fire Department and instead contract with CAL FIRE. Oroville Fire Department emergency calls are now routed to CAL FIRE dispatch. Tuesday night the city council considered a proposal to delay the move and After lengthy discussion, the council then voted 4-3 to move forward with the original plan and not put the issue on the ballot.

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Gov Newsome Visits Butte County to talk Drought

Gov. Gavin Newsom visited and toured the Hyatt Power Plant at Lake Oroville on Tuesday, Newsom talked about his administration dealing with the Drought and said he will ask the legislature for $750 million to help with drought conditions. Newsom already invested $5.2 billion in the past three years for water security for all Californians.

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Chico Native Sailor of the Year

The US Navy Reports that A Former Chico HIgh Grad as been named Naval Medical Forces Sailor of the Year..Petty Officer First Class David Lay graduated Chico High in 2006 and has been servivng for the last 15 years... He currently serves as a Corpsman at th Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command in Pearl Harbor

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PG&E announces Taxes paid to North State Counties

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), which serves more than 16 million Californians, is paying property taxes and franchise fees of over $464 million this spring to the 50 counties, 246 local cities and one district where it owns and operates gas and electric infrastructure. In the North State, PG&E paid more than $28 million in property taxes to 12 counties: Butte County received $6,415,167.22 (up 13% from a year ago)

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Papini Pleads Guilty For Kidnap Hoax

Sherri Papini has pleaded guilty to mail fraud and lying to the FBI. Papini, of Redding, set off a three-week search until she resurfaced on Thanksgiving Day in 2016. She offered no explanation for her elaborate hoax during the half-hour court hearing Monday. Papini is scheduled to be sentenced July 11. Prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence on the low end of the sentencing range, estimated to be between eight and 14 months in custody. She also agreed to pay restitution topping $300,000.

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Chico Man Guilty Camp Fire FEMA Fraud

Authorities in Northern California say a suspect is pleading guilty to theft of government property, specifically, FEMA benefits. Court documents allege 44-year-old Andrew Keffer of Chico falsely claimed that his primary residence had been destroyed in the 2018 Camp Fire. Prosecutors say he cashed the two checks issued to him knowing he was not a victim of the Camp Fire. Keffer is scheduled to be sentenced in August and could face up to ten years in prison and a fine of 250-thousand dollars. The federal government established a multi-agency anti-fraud unit after Hurricane Katrina. They now look into claims of fraud after any natural or man-made disaster.

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Chico & Butte Co Offer Small Biz Grants

Butte County and the City of Chico set aside more funding for small local businesses impacted by the pandemic. The county and Chico are providing a combined total of $2.5 million via the Butte Business Stabilization Small Business Grant Program II. Businesses can apply to receive up to $10,000. The money can be used towards expenses like rent, utilities, and fixed costs related to creating new jobs and retaining existing ones. Businesses with 20 employees or fewer are eligible to apply. In Chico, because the city added $1-million to the program, businesses with 100 employees or fewer are eligible to apply. Applicants will be selected by a lottery system. The county will begin accepting grants starting May 2, and the application period will end on May 20 at 5 p.m

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19 year Old Stabbed Near Bidwell park

Chico police said the 19-year-old man was found around 9 p.m. Monday at East Fifth Street and Woodland Avenue, just outside Bidwell Park. The victim suffered several stab wounds. Police said he was not cooperative and there is conflicting information about who stabbed him and why. The victim was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive his injuries. No one has been arrested.

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Tehama County Man Sentenced Prison for DUI that Killed 2

(Action News) A man has been sentenced to 22 years in state prison for driving under the influence of drugs and killing two people, according to the Tehama County District Attorney. The charges stem from a crash on Highway 36 in Tehama County in December of 2020. Authorities say Ryan Cantrell was speeding and driving under the influence of methamphetamine. His car drifted off the road, jumped off of a driveway and traveled about 100 feet before striking a tree. The crash killed two passengers.

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Man Arrested for DUI Accident Tues Am

A man was arrested for drunk driving in Chico early Tuesday morning after crashing into a parked vehicle. The crash happened just after 1:30 a.m. Tuesday at East 7th and Pine Streets. Chico police said the driver, 25-year-old Webster Moore, crashed into a parked pickup. He was taken to the hospital to be checked out and was later booked for DUI.

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Greyhound Bus Shooter Finally Appears in Court

— The man accused of shooting five people on Greyhound bus in Oroville last month appeared in Butte County Superior Court on Wednesday. Asaahdi Coleman, 21, had refused to leave his cell March 2 when he was schedule to appear in court. Judge Corie Caraway ordered Coleman to see a doctor to determine whether or not he is competent to stand trial. The Judge Set a date of April 6 to again review the case..

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Chico Man Charged in Fatal Hit Run

A Chico man was charged Wednesday for driving while intoxicated and killing a moped driver last weekend. 24-year-old Chase Jacobsen was charged in Butte County Superior Court with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a collision. The collision occurred on March 6 around 12:30 a.m. near the Mud Creek Bridge on the Esplanade north of Shasta Elementrary School He's accused of driving away with the moped wedged under his F-150 truck for nearly two miles, The case will continue on March 16 at 8:30 a.m. for further arraignment and possible entry of plea. Jacobsen faces up to 15 years in prison.

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Gov Newsome Proposes rebates to Taxpayers

Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposal to send people another round of government checks could help him balance the state's budget. The California Constitution limits how much money the Legislature can spend each year. This year, Newsom expects the state to be at least $2.6 billion past the limit. But that number will likely grow much larger. To get back under the limit, the state can do things like cut taxes, spend more money on infrastructure and public education or return money to taxpayers During his State of the State Addres Tuesday, Newsom proposed sending rebates to taxpayers to help with the high cost of fuel.

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