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Dick Gregory, the comedian and civil rights crusader, died Saturday. He was 84.

His family announced the news on his public Facebook page.

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We talk with the talented troupe of teen thespians at Chico's Blue Room Theatre. They're writing, directing and performing a collection of original short plays under the overall title "I'm Dead . . . What's Your Story?" These funny/frightening plays (presented this weekend only) are based on urban legends. We also talk with Erin Wells from the Chico Art Center about the current project which invites people of all ages and levels of art-experience to put paint, clay or wood-carvings on 12X12 inch canvases to create artwork which will be exhibited at the Center in September.

Redding author Deborah Gilson has been writing since she was 7 years old when her mother typed her dictated stories. She continues to write true stories of her animals, her family, her loves and losses. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of Born to Write.

Covered California

You would have to be pretty dedicated to keep up with the national healthcare debate. While repeal and replace efforts seem to have stalled for now, proposals that may go nowhere are nevertheless having impacts across the North State. 

Wayne Hsieh

We head up the road today and in coming weeks to revisit the legacies of John and Annie E.K. Bidwell, official founders of Chico, though of course the place they most loved, with its rich, marshy bottomlands and tangled riparian forests, had been here practically forever. Just ask Mechoopda people. The tribe’s website offers some thoughtful history and cross-cultural perspective.

Dave has a last preview of the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21 as he talks with his eclipse buddy, Tyler Nordgren. Dave and Tyler will be near John Day Fossil Beds National Monument for the big event. Nordgren is an astronomy professor at Redlands College in Southern California and the author of Sun Moon Earth: Solar Eclipses From Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets. When he was nine years old he was in Portland for the last total eclipse that touched America in 1979. Frightened by news reports about the dangers of looking at the eclipse, he hid indoors and missed the spectacle. He's been making up for it ever since, chasing eclipses around the world. Nordgren was one of the featured astronomers in the CuriosityStream documentary Eclipse Across America.

In my experience, no home and garden are just perfect. And yet, they are just right if we bring the right perspective. Author and gardener Marianne Willburn shares this belief and she joins Cultivating Place this week to share more about her own gardening journey, and lessons learned from her book Big Dreams, Small Gardens. In this life, we might be tempted to wait to plant our garden until we think we are in just the right space, Marianne urges us to reconsider this and to just get out there and do it. Now. Plant your garden now, no matter where you are. Join us for this lively conversation about the human impulse to garden. 

Redding’s new city manager has given the City Council a list of his priorities for the next 6 to 12 months.

One of the things that was brought to the attention of the City Council was that Barry Tippin had no goals to measure his performance in his employment contract. 

So Tippin, the former assistant city manager and director of the Redding Electric Utility, came up with a list of 42 items he'd like to complete within the next year.

To help with that plan, he asked a 15-member citizens panel to help.

Eight vintage Butte County school buses will be retired by the end of the year in an effort to improve air quality, officials said.  

According to county air regulators, the buses can’t be retrofitted to us particulate-capturing filters.    

Grant money, available through a state clean air program, will pay out nearly $85,000 per bus to retire and replace them. 

The buses are all owned by the Chico Unified School District.

In a conclusion likely to displease both sides, owners of a Tehama County property have agreed to pay over a million dollars to the federal government over alleged violations of the Clean Water Act.  

The case was perceived as a legal showdown between federal officials and Libertarian property rights groups over the limits of environmental regulations. Some observers predicted the case would wind up at the Supreme Court.  

CA Sues Trump Admin Over Sanctuary City Funding

Aug 15, 2017

California is launching a new lawsuit against the Trump administration, in an ongoing dispute over sanctuary cities and immigration enforcement.

Monday’s court filing challenges new limits placed on federal crime-fighting grants. The Department of Justice said last month it would only provide the grants if cities, counties and states work with federal immigration agents.

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra says that’s not the job of local police.

We’re in the public safety business,” he said. “We’re not in the deportation business.”

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