Charter Communications will remain Redding’s cable carrier following the scrapping of plans for a $45 million merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable.  

The deal, abandoned Friday morning, received intense scrutiny from regulators who said the new company would be too large. 

Last August, the city of Redding had given the authorization for Comcast to take over its 40,000 Charter subscribers. But the company would have owned nearly 30 percent of cable systems nationwide, and 55 percent of broadband subscribers. 

The death toll from this weekend’s massive earthquake in Nepal continues to rise.  A Redding man who heads a ministry in Kathmandu reports that his organization is in dire need of help.

Gyan Pantha runs the Children Rescue Mission, which rescues children from being sold into India by human trafficking. The group currently serves 196 children with food and clothing. Pantha says their only source of shelter was significantly damaged in the quake.

“They have a crack in the foundation, and a crack in the wall, and the neighbor’s wall fell down and landed on our wall.”

Even though the next congressional election isn’t until next November, one local candidate has already announced his intent to run for the office of U.S. representative in California's 1st District. Greg Cheadle of Anderson, a real estate broker who also makes luxury playhouses, is running for the third time. He admits that he has no political experience, but he says that is what makes him the clear choice for the office.

Chico police arrested two men in recent days in connection with alleged sexual abuse against two minors.

The two cases are separate and unrelated. Detectives arrested 33-year-old Jacob Duenas Thursday on charges of continuous sexual abuse of a minor. The 10-year-old victim was allegedly subjected to multiple assaults last spring.  

A convicted killer from Shasta County who was on death row at San Quentin has died while awaiting execution.

Corrections officials say 67-year-old Raymond Edward Steele was found unresponsive Wednesday night and was pronounced dead from unknown reasons.

Steele has been at San Quentin since July of 1990 after he was convicted of the 1988 stabbing death of Leann Thurman. Steele was also convicted in 1971 of murder and rape.

Fifty-two state employees received the highest honor the state can bestow on its public servants Thursday at a ceremony in Sacramento.

The Medal of Valor was presented by Gov. Brown’s Executive Secretary Nancy McFadden. Sixteen of the awards were for Caltrans employees, including Gary Hahn of Redding who descended down an embankment covered with poison oak to save a woman involved in a 2006 auto accident.

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An aura of distrust prevailed at a community meeting held in Durham Thursday evening as representatives of Pacific Gas & Electric attempted to explain the planned removal of 32 trees along a rural road connecting Chico with Durham.

Expect the unexpected and be ready. That was the theme Wednesday as members of 23 different agencies, private companies and utilities met in Quincy for the first in a series of drills preparing for a major train derailment and hazardous material spill.

Gold Nugget Days begins today in Paradise, but a core part of the event has mysteriously gone missing. Organizers told the Chico Enterprise-Record that someone has made off with the “calaboose,” which is a sort of jail on wheels, and is used by the High Sheriff and his deputies to sell Gold Nugget Days badges.

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Public meetings have been scheduled in the Chico area as Pacific Gas and Electric Company seeks input on plans to remove an undisclosed number of trees.

The firm has been removing trees it says present a potential hazard to its network of natural gas pipelines. The initiative was launched in the wake of a deadly explosion in San Bruno five years ago. The explosion was not blamed on trees. 

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