The Orion

Prop 56 saves our lungs

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Sophia Robledo-Borowy

January 22, 2017

Growing up inhaling cigarette smoke on a daily basis definitely wasn’t a highlight of my childhood.With the recent passing of Proposition 56, there is hope for future generations to no longer be forced to endure the second-hand abuse to their lungs.This proposition increased the tax on tobacco in Ca...

Minimum wage on the rise

Minimum wage on the rise

Daniel Wright

January 22, 2017

Twenty-one states kicked off the new year with increases to their minimum wage laws. Some states poised to raise their minimums up to $15 an hour. California and New York have both committed to raise their minimum wage incrementally to $15, New York by 2019 and California by 2022. Seven of the...

Bernie Sanders draws crowd of 15,000 in last-minute Sacramento rally

Bernie Sanders supporters show support of their candidate with posters. Photo credit: Amelia Storm

Amelia Storm

May 11, 2016

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders held a rally in Sacramento on May 9 to a crowd of over 15,000 supporters. In his speech, Sen. Sanders stressed the importance on winning the primary in California. “With your help we are going to win the biggest prize yet, the California primary which has...

Gov. Brown signs bill raising smoking age to 21

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Amelia Storm

May 7, 2016

Gov. Brown has signed legislation that raises the smoking age from 18 to 21 for Californians. There is a stipulation that maintains the current age of 18 for active military personnel. The bill also restricts the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and expands the current no-smoking areas at pu...

California bands: 2016 record releases

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Matthew Manfredi

May 4, 2016

If someone wants to consider themselves a fan of heavier or alternative music and is sick of hearing about the Billboard top releases, Hollywood hits and the ongoing discussion of Kanye West, rest assured they're not alone. Much like Chico, cities all over the Golden State are riddled with an undergr...

California primary election includes Senate seat

2016 is shaping up to be a big election year both on the national scene and in California. Photo credit: George Johnston

Elizabeth Helmer

April 28, 2016

The stakes are higher than usually in the 2016 primary election. For the first time in 24 years, California is having an open Senate race. Next to Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, 34 names of Senate hopefuls will be listed on the California primary. Citizens registered...

California ranks last for transparency in government spending

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Kayla Fitzgerald

April 15, 2016

California received an "F" for its spending transparency access in a new report.The California Public Interest Research Group Education Fund is the seventh group to review the transparency of states' checkbook spending. Connecticut, Oregon, Michigan and Indiana are the states with the best transparency...

Pharmacies stall implementation of birth control law

Women will now be able to buy birth control from a pharmacist without a prescription. Photo credit: Amelia Storm

Amelia Storm

April 14, 2016

A California law passed in 2013 has determined that residents can now acquire birth control directly from a pharmacist without a prescription. The law was supposed to go into effect April 8, but has hit some delay, with many pharmacies slow to accept the change in policy. “It sucks, but it doesn...

California’s tobacco measure will have negative results

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Sean Daly

March 29, 2016

From 2011-2012 in California, adults aged 18-24formed the lowest demographic of cigarette smokers except for adults aged 65 and over. They also had lower rates of smoking than the national average, which have both been steadily dropping recently. So why is our California legislature trying to restrict...

Drought conditions improve

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Michael Catelli

March 29, 2016

On January 17, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown declared the extreme conditions of the drought a state of emergency and demanded water usage cutbacks in hopes to save this state from drying up. Since 2014, Californians have been cutting back on water use at home in ways such as not watering the lawn to taking...

Students evacuate University Village due to fire initiated by a vape

A fire at University Village's building two caused students to evacuate Thrudsay night. Photo credit: Michelle Zhu

Michelle Zhu

March 25, 2016

Shortly before midnight on Thursday, a fire alarm cued students to evacuate University Village. Resident Adviser Mitzi Felix immediately called for residents to enter the parking lot and subsequently initiated a phone call to the Chico Police Department. The area wreaked of a burning smell and...

Realize the possibilities of California

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Sean Daly

March 9, 2016

"Cali, great place to visit," said the famous East Coast rapper the Notorious B.I.G. It's difficult to measure the proportion of innovation, opportunity and excitement happening here in California to any other place or time.Chico State happens to be located in what many people call the "greatest state...

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