Good morning, North State. Here's what you need to know to start your day on Oct. 12.
A Chico businessman accused of unlawfully transporting and disposing of hazardous material is due in court again. A judge will hold a preliminary hearing for Richard Parks. Prosecutors say Parks dumped environmentally harmful asbestos back in February. So far, Parks has pleaded not guilty to the dumping charges.
Lassen County confirmed its first death from the coronavirus. The Lassen County health department released that information Sunday night. Department reps say the person was in their 70s but the department says they will not be releasing the victim’s name or identity. Lassen County has had 113 cases in total, seven of those are still active.
Happening today, Gov Gavin Newsom is set to update the public on firefighting efforts across the state and the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. A press conference will kick off at noon on the governor’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Are you registered to vote? If not: time is running out. October 19 is the deadline to register for the November election. Not too sure if you're registered? Click here, to check online. If you know you haven't yet registered, you can do that online too. If you can't access these sites online - visit or give your county registrar a call and they can help you with these steps.
More than 7.3 million Americans have already voted in the general election, according to a CNN and Edison Research survey of election officials in 36 states reporting voting data. And Democrats lead Republicans in all six of those states reporting returns by party.
President Trump pushes for debate with Joe Biden this week
President Trump wants to debate democratic challenger Joe Biden this week and he wants to do it in person. That is the message from White House Deputy Communications Director, Brian Morgenstern, on Sunday. He says Trump is urging the commission on presidential debates to put the second matchup back on the schedule. Biden’s campaign says it already booked him for a town hall Thursday.
Senate begins Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation hearings
The Senate Judiciary Committee has opened the first of four days of confirmation hearings for President Trump's choice to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Click here to watch.