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California's recreational pot law doesn't offer the complete freedom to buy, smoke or transport weed anywhere you please.

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From the looks of the “bathtub ring” around Lake Oroville, the vise of drought is quickly tightening around California’s neck. Fortunately, those looks are quite deceiving.

If you’ve had a gander recently at the largest state-owned reservoir in California, you’d might have a feeling of deja vu. It’s looking much like it did during the depths of the state’s recent drought.

No longer working and a part of what she calls the “movers and shakers” of society, Melissa Reid says she’s been putting a lot of her focus on plants.

“I’ve been doing a lot of gardening,” she says, laughing.

It’s obvious by her back porch.

Lacking lures found elsewhere, the North State has long viewed itself as distinct. A sort of under-the-radar California. Sure, our surf breaks are behind boats, and we lack movie moguls and high-tech business parks, but we’re not choking on traffic, and most are winning the struggle to keep a roof over their head. Though some of that may be changing.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (or HUD), a household is defined as rent burdened when tenants pay more than 30 percent of their gross income on rent, and across California it’s pretty common. Data collected in 2016 by the U.S. Census Bureau showed a little over half of the households across California were experiencing rent burden, and 29 percent were experiencing severe rent burden, which means they were paying more than half of their income on rent.

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As rent prices rise across California, many struggle to find safe and affordable housing. But students face additional difficulties when they come to a new town, have little rental history and the additional burden of paying for their education.  

For Chico State students on a budget, affordable housing exists, but it often comes with other costs. Finding a cheap place to rent often means having more roommates than you’d prefer, signing a fixed-term lease, or living in a location that isn’t ideal.

Agriculture is a major industry in a number of counties in the North State. In Yuba, Sutter, Glenn, Colusa and Butte counties agriculture brings in millions of dollars each year, as well as thousands of migrant and seasonal workers. But while the industry is a huge boon for the North State’s economy, it often struggles to sustain those arriving to help bring in the harvest. Rosa and Jesus Vargas are a young Orland couple, both in their 20s, who are building their lives together, in part, on farmworker wages.

A Chico police sergeant who retired as an investigation got underway is facing a misdemeanor assault charge after allegedly choking a suspect who was retrained by handcuffs.

The charge was filed Wednesday against Sgt. Scott Ruppel by Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey. Ruppel served for 20 years on the force, prior to his abrupt retirement Sept. 14. Ruppel was scheduled to appear before internal affairs investigators the same day.

What Does 'Containing A Fire' Really Mean?

Dec 21, 2017

If you live in a place that's prone to massive wildfires, there's one phrase you always listen for: "the fire is (x) percent contained." A 95 percent contained fire sounds a lot less scary than a 25 percent contained fire, and if you're debating whether or not to evacuate your house, that number might make all the difference.

Bus riders in Tehama County have something to look forward to. Authorities announced Wednesday that they’ll commence Saturday service on three routes beginning with the new year.

The service will link Red Bluff, Gerber, Tehama, Los Molinos and Corning. Buses will run between 8 a.m. and 3:45 pm on lines 1 and 2 and a special, Saturday only route 6. The Saturday bus service is being subsidized by a one-year grant from funds raised through the state’s cap and trade program.

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