Butte County added 118 new cases coronavirus cases Monday and a fifth coronavirus related death. The California Department of Public Health is now warning Butte County if it doesn't improve case counts before Wednesday, it will be added to the state's coronavirus watchlist.
Action News Now is on fire watch with several fires burning across the North State. In Lassen County, the Hog and Gold fires have burned over 14,000 acres in total. In Butte County, the Feather Fire has burned 30 acres, in Siskiyou County the Badger Fire has taken 490 acres so far. In Shasta County, the Platina Fire has burned 340 acres. Action News Now will continue to update you with new numbers throughout the day latest on these fires.
Midway near Durham closed for construction
Drivers who are taking the midway today should make sure to avoid going south of Durham. The midway will be closed Tuesday between White Drive and Esquon Road. Crews will be replacing two bridges, those bridges date back to the early 20th century. This project will cost nearly $20 million - most of it will be paid off by the federal highway bridge program.
Stimulus negotiations continue
Happening today, talks with democrats and republicans on a trillion-dollar stimulus package - potentially extending extra unemployment benefits, is set to expire next week. That plan faced pushback from the president, he says he wants to cut payroll taxes and funds to the CDC for testing and tracing the virus. Opponents say cuts to payroll won't help people who aren’t getting a paycheck.
The results are in for one of the most closely watched early vaccine trials out of Oxford University. The bottom line: researchers say the initial results look promising. There are some side effects however and researchers say they are not sure how long the vaccine would remain effective or if it will be safe for vulnerable patients.
House to vote on annual defense bill Tuesday
The house is expected to vote on a $740-billion defense bill Tuesday. The house measure would take action to change the names of military facilities named after confederate leaders within a year. President Trump is threatening to veto the bill if it includes plans to remove the names of Confederate leaders from bases.
Minneapolis city charter commission to discuss new options
The Minneapolis city charter commission will discuss the creation of a new charter department, removing the operating charter of its police department. It would provide community safety and violence prevention operations. The Minneapolis Police Department has been under scrutiny since the police killing of George Floyd in May.