Tehama County authorities released more details yesterday about Friday night’s fatal gun fight between two apparent fugitives and a highway patrol officer.

Eighteen-year-old Austin Tyler Macon of Renton, Washington, was shot and killed by an unnamed highway patrol officer during a traffic stop on Interstate 5 just north of Red Bluff. The officer was returning fire after being struck in the thigh by a bullet, allegedly fired by Macon or his passenger.

The officer was treated for what were described as major injuries and released.

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Motorists using State Highway 113 near Knights Landing can expect delays Wednesday, when Caltrans conducts inspections and tests on a drawbridge. Officials plan on opening and closing the bridge repeatedly between 9 a.m. and noon. Drivers should use an alternate route or expect 15-minute delays.

The bridge, originally built in 1933, spans the Sacramento River at the Sutter/Yolo county line.

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Officials in charge of Lake Oroville said the crippled spillway will be repaired or replaced and ready for next winter. 

In an era when major construction jobs are best known for cost overruns and blown deadlines, Bill Croyle, acting director of the California Department of Water Resources, made a bold vow Monday.

“We will, if I have anything to do about it, we’ll have a spillway to use by Nov. 1” Croyle said. “Whether that is a permanent or a temporary structure is yet to be decided.”

This week we visit Chico's Blue Room Theatre to talk with the writer/director (as well as several cast-members) from "Good With Faces," the wildly absurdist dark mystery/comedy currently on stage in its world-premiere production. We also talk with painter Lenn Goldmann and historian Michele Shover. Golmann's landscape of upper Bidwell Park is featured on Shover's new book about early-California conflicts involving miners, native Americans and farmers.


Graham Nash and Shane Fontayne stopped by North State Public Radio to perform some new songs as well as a couple classics before their show at Laxson Auditorium on the Chico State campus.

North State author Jim Barrett retired after 30 years in law enforcement and wrote a book, Ma Duncan, about Ventura County's "Trial of the Century" from 1959. In this episode we explore the shocking true story of the last female executed in the state of California.

We are saddened to share the news that Barry Hazle Sr., former host of The Shasta Serenade, passed away unexpectedly this morning.

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Sometimes when you use the word garden – people immediately conjure up images of the ornamental perennial border, other people however conjure up colorful visions of the summer vegetable garden. In July of 2016, we were joined by Stefani Bittner of Homestead Design Collective discussing her work as ornamental edible landscape designer. Early in 2017, her most recent and beautiful book, Harvest, was published by  10 Speed Press. Stefani co-wrote Harvest – Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary garden Plants with Alethea Harampolis.

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Today is the 4th and — what is scheduled to be — final day of the confirmation hearing for Judge Neil Gorsuch. Testifying about the Supreme Court nominee will be experts and outside groups. Gorsuch himself will not be taking questions, or in the hearing room.

Those expected to speak on his behalf are judges and former law clerks he has worked with, along with some law school professors and other attorneys. Witnesses called by Democrats, who have concerns about Gorsuch, include other law professors, and representatives from women's and environmental groups.


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