Good morning, North State. Here's what you need to know to start your day on Nov. 19.
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At a meeting Wednesday night, the Chico School Board decided to continue with in-person learning. Despite purple tier restrictions in Butte County. Under Public Health guidelines, schools that already reopened for in-person instruction can continue to do so even if the county is in purple. School board members will be able to make decisions for next semester at the next meeting on Dec. 2.
The Chico Food Locker’s Holiday giveaway is now underway. They will be giving out bags full of holiday food including potatoes, stuffing mix, cranberries, and gift certificates for meat. The program runs through Nov. 25. They also have regular food bags available every business day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Chico Food Locker is located at 1386 Longfellow Ave. in Chico.
Remains of WWII Marine return to Northern California
Happening today, the remains of a World War II Marine are on their way back to Northern California. Investigators recovered the remains of Thomas Frank Johnson, lost November 22, 1943, during the Battle of Tarawa in the Pacific Ocean. This comes 77 years following Johnson's death. The remains will depart Sacramento around 3 p.m. Thursday and make their way to the Hoyt-Cole Chapel of the Flowers in Red Bluff.
Paradise Town Council to discuss roadway improvements
Paradise Town Council set to hold a virtual meeting today and on the agenda are changes to one stretch of roadway. The council will consider approving planned improvements for Almond Street and the Paradise Gap Closure Complex. Potential improvements include new bike lanes and crosswalks and undergrounding all overhead utilities.
Budget 'windfall' in California as economy weathers virus
A report Wednesday by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office says the state's anticipated $54.3 billion budget deficit will be lower. That gives the state some one-time money to spend next year. But the report warns that California's recurring spending commitments are still higher than the state's projected revenue. That gives the state a small operating deficit of $2.6 billion in 2021-22 that could grow to $17 billion by 2024-25.
Georgia to release report on presidential race hand tally
President-elect Joe Biden is pressuring the White House to begin the transition process. President Trump has not yet conceded - tweeting about election challenges. One is already underway in Georgia, where three counties have discovered thousands of uncounted ballots, narrowing Biden’s lead to 12,000 votes, still not enough to sway the outcome of that state.
Pfizer representatives say they anticipate applying for FDA approval in just days. The state has looked at seven hospitals to pre-position the vaccine. Shasta County Public Health says one of those, is the Mercy Medical Center in Redding because the first sets of the vaccine will be limited phase 1 includes health care workers and first responders.