Eric Westervelt Eric Westervelt is a San Francisco-based correspondent for NPR's National Desk.
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Bottaro recognizes that the trees around her house pose a potential fire risk. She says that maintaining the vegetation in the backyard and creating defensible space around the house is one more step toward fire mitigation. Next to her house, the city hired goats to clear away overgrown raspberry bushes in a park. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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After Paradise, Living With Fire Means Redefining Resilience

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In Massachusetts last July, several Franklin County Jail inmates were watched by a nurse and a corrections officer after receiving their daily doses of buprenorphine, a drug that helps control opioid cravings. By some estimates, at least half to two-thirds of today's U.S. jail population has a substance use or dependence problem. Elise Amendola/AP hide caption

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County Jails Struggle With A New Role As America's Prime Centers For Opioid Detox

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A view of Pikes Peak from the Carroll Lakes, circa 1925. Katharine Lee Bates' trip up the Colorado mountain inspired her poem "America," later to become the song "America the Beautiful." Harry L. Standley/Courtesy of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum hide caption

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Greatness Is Not A Given: 'America The Beautiful' Asks How We Can Do Better

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California's Governor Says The State Will No Longer Execute People

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2nd Crash Of Boeing 737 Max 8 Leaves Flying Public Concerned

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Jay Jordan, 33, is the director of the #TimeDone/Second Chances project for the nonprofit Californians for Safety and Justice. The clinic involves public defenders who volunteer to help people get their criminal charges or records reduced or expunged. Philip Cheung for NPR hide caption

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Scrubbing The Past To Give Those With A Criminal Record A Second Chance

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Chico Housing Action Team organizers Leslie Johnson, left, Charles Withuhn, center, and Bill Kurnizki, right, in the field in south Chico where they plan to soon break ground on a 33-unit tiny home community for homeless adults called Simplicity Village. Eric Westervelt/NPR hide caption

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Tiny Homes For Homeless Get The Go-Ahead In The Wake of California's Worst Wildfire

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California's PG&E Power Utility Files For Bankruptcy After Wildfire Lawsuits

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Firefighters battle flames at a burning apartment complex in Paradise, Calif., in November. State fire officials say power lines coming into contact with trees have sparked multiple Northern California wildfires in recent years. PG&E filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday. Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Jason Jones (left) with his roommates Joe Klein and Tamiko Panzella in their Oakland, Calif., apartment. Panzella and Klein are participating in a new program to provide housing to former inmates. Jones was released recently after nearly 14 years in prison. Courtesy of Tamiko Panzella hide caption

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From A Cell To A Home: Newly Released Inmates Matched With Welcoming Hosts

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Facing Potential Liabilities From Wildfires, California's PG&E To File For Bankruptcy

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California utility PG&E Corp. said Monday that it plans to file for bankruptcy over what it estimates could be $30 billion in potential liability costs from recent wildfires. Here, transmission towers in a valley near Paradise, Calif., as the Camp Fire burns in November 2018. David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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The Camp Fire leveled homes in the Ridgewood Mobile Home Park retirement community late last year in Paradise, Calif. The state's largest utility, PG&E, may face billions in liability costs if its equipment is found to be responsible for igniting the fire. Noah Berger/AP hide caption

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Devastating Wildfires Force California's Largest Utility To Plan Sale Of Gas Assets

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Housing Crisis Concerns Grow As Camp Fire Continues To Burn

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