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Gov. Brown signs bill raising smoking age to 21

Gov. Brown signs bill raising smoking age to 21

Amelia Storm

May 7, 2016


Filed under Breaking News, News

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

California bands: 2016 record releases

Matthew Manfredi

May 4, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

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

California primary election includes Senate seat

Elizabeth Helmer

April 28, 2016


Filed under Breaking News, Community, News

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

California ranks last for transparency in government spending

Kayla Fitzgerald

April 15, 2016


Filed under Breaking News, News

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

Pharmacies stall implementation of birth control law

Amelia Storm

April 14, 2016


Filed under Breaking News, News

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

California’s tobacco measure will have negative results

Sean Daly

March 29, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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

Drought conditions improve

Michael Catelli

March 29, 2016


Filed under Community, News

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

Students evacuate University Village due to fire initiated by a vape

Michelle Zhu

March 25, 2016


Filed under Breaking News, News

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

Realize the possibilities of California

Sean Daly

March 9, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

"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...

Strikers further plans in Kendall Hall

Strikers further plans in Kendall Hall

Michelle Zhu

February 10, 2016


Filed under Breaking News, News

The California Faculty Association held an open meeting in Kendall Hall on Feb. 10 to answer questions and discuss the upcoming faculty strike with Chico State faculty and students. The CFA held the meeting in response to their claims of stagnant wages since 2008. "If you're making less than you di...

Woman hit in head with wood

Woman hit in head with wood

Kayla Fitzgerald

February 5, 2016


Filed under News, Police Blotter

Chico Police Call type: Resist a Peace Officer, 10:02 a.m., 454 E. 4th St.Male subject "exposed himself" to someone on the street. He was taken into custody.Call type: Family Dispute, 1:37 p.m., 2165 Ceres Ave.Female hit in the back of the head with a 2X4. She was treated for minor injury.Call type: ...

Vicious dog becomes nuisance to neighborhood

Vicious dog becomes nuisance to neighborhood

February 3, 2016


Filed under News, Police Blotter

Chico Police Call Type: Domestic Dispute, 6:26 a.m., Pomona AvenueMale named "AJ" and unknown female were heard having a 30 minute verbal dispute from the apartment next to unit 21.Call Type: 415 Subject, 9:38 a.m., Normal AvenueSubject found sleeping in parking lot. When asked to leave, subject threatened to retu...

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