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KPAY News Archives for 2023-11

Meta shuts Fake china Political posts

Meta says it has found and disabled thousands of fake Facebook accounts linked to China that were used to spread politically partisan content in the United States before next year's election. The accounts disclosed Thursday were designed to look as though they were run by everyday Americans. The network reposted content from the right and the left in an apparent effort to inflame political tensions. Meta's executives said Thursday they're guarding against similar efforts to interfere with elections next year in the U.S. and elsewhere. Critics say Meta hasn't done enough to address its role in spreading misinformation and hate speech. California-based Meta says it couldn't definitively link the network to China's government.

Oregon Man Wanted for Murder Arrested in Redding

Authorities say that the suspect in a homicide that occurred in Riddle, Oregon has been arrested at a residence in Redding, California Wednesday. According to a press release issued by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of the United States Marshall's Office, took 19-year-old homicide suspect Gauge Main of Riddle, Oregon into custody. Main is suspected in the killing of 20-year-old Devonte Clark of Grants Pass, Oregon and the shooting of 29-year-old Killian Mavity of Grants Pass. Authorities say that a felony arrest warrant had been issued for Main's arrest in connection to the homicide.

Chico tackles Wayward Shopping Cart Issue

Chico's shopping cart ordinance was enacted last month, but code enforcement is still working on cracking down on the new rules. The ordinance is officially in effect but still in the early stages. What's happening is that code enforcement will send retailers letters when they find their carts littered in the community, If and when code enforcement finds any stolen carts, they will contact the store that needs to retrieve them. They let them know where the cart is, and its up to the store to go pick it up.

Naked Man Arrested at Disneyland

A Disneyland guest is facing charges after stripping naked on the It's A Small World attraction. Local authorities escorted the guest off the Anaheim, California property Sunday afternoon. Disneyland Resort officials told Deadline the guest got off the ride while it was in motion and park operators stopped it when they found out about the situation. Videos and photos on social media show the guest without clothes on walking through the sets. Anaheim police charged the man with indecent exposure and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Best Place to Buy a Home in California

It's getting a tad cheaper to live here in the Golden State. While 11 counties still have median home prices above one-million dollars, 25 others are under the 500-thousand mark. The latest sales data from the California Association of Realtors shows the far northern region is the cheapest with Lassen and Siskiyou counties under 300-thousand. For the next level under 400-thousand, there are options in Plumas, Shasta, Tehama, Trinity and Glenn counties. And in the southern area, the most affordable homes are in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

Salmonella Warning tied to Cantaloupe

Beware before slicing into a cantaloupe for breakfast this morning. California is now among 32 states dealing with a salmonella outbreak. So far, there's only one case of someone getting sick. Two brands have issued recalls here for the whole fruit, not packages of it cut up. Officials say to look for the labels "Malichita" or "Rudy" sold between October 10th and November 3rd. Also, "Malichita/X Farms" sold between October 31st and November 9th.

Body Discovered Oroville Riverfront Park

One person was found dead in Riverbend Park on Saturday, according to Oroville Police Department. Officers received a call reporting the discovery of a possibly deceased person and responded to the call around 11:26 a.m. When the officers arrived at the scene, the reporting party flagged them down and led them to bushes approximately 250 yards from the disc golf course where they located the deceased individual. Authorities believe the person had been there for a significant period of time there is no suspicion of foul play in the individual's death

CA Supreme Court rules in Favor of PG&E

The California Supreme Court is handing a win to Pacific Gas & Electric. Justices ruled that customers cannot sue the utility over safety-related power shutoffs. The unanimous decision cited the regulatory jurisdiction of the California Public Utilities Commission, adding that litigation would interfere with the agency's authority. PG&E recently emerged from bankruptcy after being saddled by billions of dollars in liabilities related to wildfires that were caused by company equipment.

CA Appeals Court Rules Gun owners info can be shared

A state appeals court has ruled that California can share personal information of gun owners with researchers to study gun violence. The ruling on Friday reverses a decision by a judge last year. In 2021, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law to allow the state to share information such as names and addresses of gun owners with researchers. Gun owners and firearms organizations sued the state, saying the law violates their privacy rights. A superior court judge ruled to temporarily block the law last October. The appeals court found the lower court failed to consider the state's interest in preventing gun violence and ordered the decision be reversed.

Chico Gets $43 Mill in Camp Fire Funding

The Chico City Council agreed to accept a $43 million dollar settlement in Camp Fire money from the Camp Fire Settlement Trust Tuesday. The money is compensation for the City of Chico including damage to city roads due to a dramatic increase in traffic post-Camp Fire. The City of Chico will receive approximately 60% of the funding in the coming weeks, and the remaining 40% will be distributed in future trust distributions. Chico Mayor Andrew Coolidge says much of the money will likely go towards road repairs in the city.

CSU Maintenance Workers Call for 1 Day Strike

All maintenance work at California State University including Chico State is about to be on hold. More than a thousand employees are going on a one-day strike tomorrow. Electricians, plumbers, mechanics, locksmiths, and others plan to walk out at 22 campuses. They're fighting for more money, saying a fair contract will make them feel appreciated and recognized. Their union calls its members the unsung heroes who keep the place running.

Chico Police Arrest Man DUI Hit & Run

Police responded to a DUI crash Friday afternoon at the intersection of State Highway 32 and Bruce Road. THe driver of 1 vehicle fled the scene and tried to run from the vehicle after driving away... police say the suspect Adrian Flores was arrested for hit-and-run causing injury, driving under the influence causing injury and violating the terms of a previous DUI conviction.

State Lawmakers send letter to Insurance Commissioner

Thirty-two lawmakers sent a letter to the state's insurance commissioner this week, saying the market is in chaos. They want him to use his power to "set it straight" and require the industry provide adequate and affordable coverage everywhere. So far, seven of the top 12 insurance companies, including State Farm and Allstate, have stopped or restricted new homeowner policies.

Chico Police arrest man with Gun at Chico Marketplace

A Chico Man was arrested Wednesday Evening with a loaded firearm in the Chico Marketplace parking lot At 6:25 p.m., police said they received a call regarding a man walking through the Chico Mall parking lot carrying a pistol in his hand. Anthony Jones, was intercepted by police before entering the business and arrested, police confirmed. They learned Jones was on parole and in possession of an unregistered, loaded pistol. He was arrested and booked into Butte County Jail

Farmers Not Writing New Insurance in CA

Another insurance company is ending coverage in California. Farmers Direct Property and Casualty stopped writing new policies in September, when it gave up its Certificate of Authority. That includes home, auto and renters. The company will continue serving existing customers but won't renew starting next month. This will leave tens of thousands looking for a new provider, though most are expected to get offers under the same parent company.

Newsome Pushes Sites Reservoir

Governor Gavin Newsom is taking action to accelerate the Sites Reservoir project with new tools from the infrastructure streamlining package signed last summer. One of those new laws allows the Governor to certify qualifying infrastructure projects for judicial streamlining under the California Environmental Quality Act or CEQA. [[ SEE-quh ]] Courts must decide environmental challenges within 270 days where feasible. The project is getting over 46-million dollars in early funding from the state

Israel continues Attacks in North Gaza

Israeli forces have severed northern Gaza from the rest of the besieged territory and pounded it with intense airstrikes overnight. That sets the stage for an expected push into the dense confines of Gaza City and an even bloodier phase of the month-old war. Palestinians held a mass funeral on Monday for dozens of people killed a day earlier in strikes in the south, where Israel has urged people to seek refuge. Troops are expected to enter the city soon, and militants who have prepared for years are expected to fight street by street using a vast network of tunnels.

Silicon Valley Tech more Layoffs

More tech layoffs are sending Californians to the unemployment line. Four more companies are cutting a combined 17-hundred jobs and had previously laid off many more. Google is laying off 20 data scientists in its voice assistant division. It was the third round of cuts at the Alphabet subsidiary. Cloud data company Informatica out of Redwood City is cutting ten-percent of the workforce, around 550 positions after recently cutting 450 others. SF-based e-commerce marketplace Faire is laying of 250 people and Viasat from Carlsbad will layoff 800 workers.

Chico Files Amicus Brief with SCOTUS

Chico City Officials say late Friday that legal counsel representing the City filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, . Attorney Eric Salbert filed the brief initiating a court process to seek judicial review of a decision of a lower court or government agency. In this case, the lower court is the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals; that body affirmed the 2019 Martin v. City of Boise decision.

LaMalfa Bill Clears First Hurdle

Northstate Congressman Doug LaMalfa is trying to lobby his fellow conservatives on a tax bill that will help fire victims. The measure passed the House Ways and Means Committee Thursday Morning by a vote of 38-0 Republican Doug LaMalfa along with Democrat Mike Thompson are pushing HR 4970 which exempts fire victims from paying federal taxes on their settlement monies. LaMalfa hopes to get a vote on the House Floor Next week

Jesus Center Awarded USDA Grant

The Jesus Center announced Thursday that it has been awarded a $250,000 grant award from the United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service through the agency's Farmers Market Promotion Program. The Jesus Center will receive grant funding to expand its Harvesting Hope Community Supported Agriculture program by launching a new retail location in South Chico to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables grown at the Jesus Center farm, as well as locally produced goods from partnering farms.

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