What you need to know: April 21

Good morning, North State. Here's what you need to know to start your day on April 21.

Posted: Apr 21, 2020 8:33 AM

Small businesses still waiting to receive financial support

Democrat leaders say they have reached an agreement on a nearly $500 billion aid package for small businesses. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer says the package will include additional funding for hospitals and virus testing. Senator Schumer says they could vote on the package as soon as Tuesday afternoon.

Trump claims he will temporarily suspend immigration into US due to coronavirus fears

In a late-night tweet, President Trump said he would sign an executive order to temporarily stop immigration to the U.S. In the tweet, the president said the suspension was to fight the coronavirus. The immigration shutdown comes after the president banned some travelers to and from China and Europe in January and March, respectively.

Gas prices plummet

An unprecedented drop! Coronavirus causing falling demand in oil prices. Oil futures dipped below zero - falling as low as negative $40 on Monday. Traders essentially offered to pay someone else to deal with the oil they were due to have delivered next month the high amount of oil production, and a lack of places to store it also contributed to the drop.

Mendocino man arrested for burglarizing 2 businesses, deputies say

New this morning, a northern California man could be facing hefty jail time. He's charged with looting during a state of emergency. Mendocino Sheriff's Deputies Friday arrested 51-year-old Neal Waldron of Covelo. Deputies say he burglarized at least two businesses, a clothing and grocery store; and possibly a third business. Because the crimes happened under the "state of emergency" - the charges face enhanced sentencing of up to three years in prison and $10,000 in fines, as well as a mandatory minimum sentence of six months in county jail.

Chico Doctor shares advice on managing COVID-19 anxiety and stress

If you find yourself feeling a bit more stressed and anxious than usual – you’re not alone. One Butte County health care provider says he is seeing more patients come in asking for help coping with anxiety.
Much of which attributed to the coronavirus pandemic. The owner of Chico Immediate Care says when patients are struggling with anxiety or depression for a reason as specific as a global pandemic -- it's quite normal to feel stressed out he cautions that medications are a short-term solution.

Durham community celebrates graduating seniors

Graduation ceremonies this season are taking on a different look and feel. But not how communities are honoring students from the class of 2020. Members of the Durham Safe and Sober Committee coordinated the effort to line the midway Monday evening with signs for each senior of the graduating class, featuring the students' senior picture. Community members paid for the project, it was a way to recognize graduating seniors who have had the end of their high school career altered.

Local organization distributing essential worker kits

Community members have come together to create and distribute what is being called "essential worker kits." The organization "Tiny Homes for Camp Fire Survivors" coordinated this effort. Volunteers put together and gave out around 200 kits Monday in Oroville, to grocery store employees, postal service workers, and gas station employees. The kits - mostly from donated items contained 2 pairs of gloves, a mask, sanitizer, tissues, and a cliff bar.

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Grab your jacket and and give yourself extra time to get where you're going Friday morning. We have brisk temperatures and areas of dense fog across northern California early today. Sunny skies and warm temperatures are ahead for the rest of your Friday and this weekend. Cooling down with the chance for showers early next week.
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