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Songs From Studio C: Rita Hosking

I first saw Rita Hosking perform back in 2010 at the Live Oak Music Festival and I was impressed by her songwriting and the musicianship of her backing band, Cousin Jack. In 2008, Rita won the Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest. A year later she was a finalist in the Telluride Music Festival Troubadour Contest, and she’s even received honors from the West Coast Songwriters Association and the International Songwriting Contest.
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There will be a significant California presence at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris this week. In addition to Governor Jerry Brown, the state’s legislative leaders are each taking delegations.

Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins are among eight California lawmakers making the trip.

Two investigations are underway after a horrific vehicle accident left the passenger, a young mother, dead and the driver fighting for his life after being shot by a Paradise police officer.

Authorities, including the California Department of Justice, highway patrol and the Butte County District Attorney’s office are trying to piece together exactly what transpired at the scene of a fatal roll-over accident around midnight Thanksgiving morning.

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey summed up the initial results.

A 30-year-old Chico man was attacked, robbed and pistol whipped Sunday evening by a man who was later arrested after fleeing on a bicycle.

The suspect demanded the victim’s backpack before repeatedly slamming him in the head with a semi-automatic handgun. Fleeing with the victim’s cash, the suspect led police on a brief chase before his arrest. Police identified the suspect as Eric Gaines. He was booked for armed robbery.

The incident occurred at 6 p.m. near the intersection of the Esplanade and Panama Avenue. The victim was not seriously injured. 

A man suspected of robbing a Wells Fargo Bank branch on Chico’s East Avenue Sunday afternoon was arrested after fleeing the scene.

Witnesses provided both a physical description and pointed police the direction the man fled on a bicycle.

The man, who allegedly provided a series of names to authorities, has not been identified. 

It’s the last weekend of the month folks and that means it’s time for The Rock-a-Barry Weekend Show. This month I concentrate on 1957 through 1959 with a few tunes from other years. Do you remember the top selling record in 1958? It wasn’t recorded in the USA, and has sold over 22 million copies. We’ll also hear form Andy Williams, The Shields, Patsy Cline, LaVern Baker, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Rick Nelson and many more. Sit back and relax with Rock n’ Roll, R&B, Country, Folk and pop music from the 40’s to the 70’s. Or, roll up that rug and burn some off that Turkey off!   

This week on Weekend Showcase, we talk with conceptual artist Danica Phelps about her current exhibit at Chico State's University Art Gallery. In her work, Phelps documents her everyday experiences in ways lyrical, literal, even ritualistic.

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Paradise resident Garth Nielsen, author of The Odyssey of a Spiritual Nomad, put together a collection of short stories, thoughts, observations, and impressions about traditional Native Americans that he has known and the landscapes they inhabit. He is a member of the newly chartered North State Writers Club which meets monthly 6-8PM on the third Monday at the Chico library.

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Small farmers in Butte County are banding together this weekend, hoping the bounty of their harvests can outshine the latest big box store gewgaws. 

Virtually all of the growers who opened their fields, vineyards and orchards as part of the Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend in October are readying for a reprise Saturday – with holiday gift-givers in mind.

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There’s no doubt that the turkey is the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving table. It’s also the part of the meal that has the greatest ability to make you sick.   

According to Stephanie Bianco, assistant director at the Center for Healthy Communities and an assistant professor of Nutrition and Food Sciences at Chico State, if mishandled a turkey has a huge potential to create foodborne illness. The most common mistake happens before the turkey is even cooked, she said. 

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Certain economic realities may keep airlines off the tarmac at the Chico Municipal Airport, but it’s hardly a white elephant. 

By recently rejecting a contract turning the facility over to a private operator, Chico’s city council put the whole thing back in the lap of their city manager, Mark Orme.

 “It’s a great spot,” Orme said. “There’s a lot of space to grow.”


Winter Shelter

Safe Space Winter Shelter, a low-barrier program of the Chico Housing Action Team, will run this winter from Nov. 29, 2015, through Feb. 28, 2016.

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Songs From Studio C is a radio and video series that brings local and national musicians into NSPR's own Studio C for intimate, live performances.

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Women who have an abnormal mammogram should stay vigilant for cancer for for the next decade, even when follow-up tests fail to detect cancer, a study released Wednesday finds.

That's because there's a "modest" risk that cancer will develop during the next decade, says lead author Louise M. Henderson of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill.

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Craig Ferris begins his morning with an unscheduled stop in his black suburban.

"I usually have to come get these guys at least once a week," Ferris says, honking his horn.

Ferris is best known around here as the basketball coach who's led Wyoming Indian High School to four state championships. But he also works for the elementary school as what's called a 'home-school coordinator.'

The job seems to be equal parts mailman, social worker and taxi driver.

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