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What you need to know: June 15

Good morning, North State. Here's what you need to know to start your day on June 15.

Posted: Jun 15, 2020 8:45 AM
Updated: Jun 15, 2020 8:57 AM

Construction on Esplanade continues

Overnight work on the Esplanade has wrapped up but will resume tonight. The work is taking place between East Avenue and Eaton Avenue. Traffic controls took effect at 7 p.m. and are set to finish at 6 a.m. The project started Sunday night and is expected to last at least a week. If that's your route, give yourself a little extra time, or take another route.

Serial arsonist arrested for lighting several fires in Chico

A man local police describe as a serial arsonist is waking up behind bars Chico police arrested Justin Zillyette, early Sunday morning. Investigators say he is responsible for several small fires around the Chico area including one at the post office Saturday night. Some may recall the face and name, officers say he also is the person behind the fire at an auditorium on Chico State's campus. No one was hurt in any of the fires.

Cal Fire: Residential burn permits to be suspended June 15 in Butte County

Starting today, Cal Fire is reminding everyone that the season for residential burn permits is over! The suspension of burn permits went into effect June 15 - at 6 a.m. for Butte County. That means no residential outdoor burning of landscape debris.

California lawmakers take up budget in tense economic times

Happening today, the California legislature is expected to pass a state budget. Lawmakers will be making a budget decision based on an estimated $54.3 billion shortfall. Schools, social services, and public safety programs could all be impacted. State law requires the legislature to pass a balanced budget by midnight on June 15, that's tonight - or lose their salaries.

Gov. Gavin Newsom to hold press conference discussing COVID-19 battle

Gov. Gavin Newsom is set to give another press conference providing new information on how the fight against the coronavirus is progressing. That meeting will kick off around noon, and it will be streamed on the governor’s social media. Click Here to watch on Action News Now.

A community seeks answers after a young black man is found hanging from a tree in Los Angeles

California's attorney general is being asked to investigate the death of a young black man who was found hanging from a tree. At a contentious press briefing, residents in the LA County, city of Palmdale demanded an independent investigation into the death of Robert Fuller. The 24-year-old was found hanging from a tall tree branch early Wednesday morning in a public square across from city hall. Investigators did not say if a ladder was found nearby.

Atlanta mayor vows 'we will get to the other side of this' after latest police-involved shooting

Angry demonstrators took to the streets in Atlanta over the fatal officer-involved shooting of, Rayshard Brooks, 27. Officers shot brooks in a Wendy’s parking lot Friday night. Police were initially called to the scene for reports of a man sleeping in his car in the drive-thru Saturday night, that same restaurant went up in flames.

Coronavirus cases begin to spike in several states

A surge in coronavirus cases around the country is once again overwhelming some hospitals. At least 16 states are now seeing a new spike in infections. The numbers are concerning healthcare representatives, who say the recent protests, reopenings, and even the president's upcoming rally could spark even more outbreaks.

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