Randy Moore, Vicky Christiansen, Dan Brekke discussed on Fresh Air


Be the first African American to lead the agency. Randy Moore will take over as chief of the Forest Service next month, replacing current but retiring chief Vicky Christiansen. More is a career Forest Service employee and is currently the regional forester in an area that includes California, a state that's been walloped by wildfires year after year after year. Much of the U. S. Forest Service's budget now goes to fighting wildfires every year, which is sidelined other needed work, including efforts to lower fire risk. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says more will be taking charge at a critical time. Much of the West is parched and sweltering under record heat. Nathan Rott NPR news on Wall Street, the Dow was down 150 points to 34,023. The NASDAQ closed up 140 points today. You're listening to NPR. Live from KQED news. I'm Natalia Navarro at 4.2 magnitude earthquake shook many parts of the Bay Area a little over a half hour ago. The quake was centered on the Hayward fault in the East Bay Hills between San Leandro and Castro Valley. Data from the U. S Geological Survey shows that residents from Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties reported feeling the brief chic. In other news, Bart has hit a milestone in its effort to bring back writers during the pandemic. KQED S Dan Brackey explains. Local transit operators have suffered extreme ridership losses since March, 2020. Now passengers are starting to show up in greater numbers in Bart, in particular, is showing strong ridership growth. The rail system is on pace to carry two million riders in June. So that's just a small fraction of the nearly 10 million patrons Bart carried in June 2019. It's double the number of passengers the system carried a year ago. Current Bart Ridership is now running a little ahead of the agency's budget estimate for the fiscal year starting this Thursday. That budget projects the agency could regain between half and two thirds of his former daily writers by a year from now I'm Dan Brekke e KQED news. San Francisco, health officials say they're making significant strides and getting the Covid 19 vaccine to the city's Latin next population. KQED is Kate Wolf reports. The initial months of the pandemic hit San Francisco's Latin next communities Hard They had some of the city's highest infection rates. But new numbers from the city shows 70% of Latin X San Franciscans have received at least one dose of the vaccine. That's about 93,000 residents. State health officials say close to 28% of California's Latino population has received at least one shot. The city attributes the success to partnerships with community organizations and low barrier vaccine distribution in the Excelsior and Mission districts. I'm Kate Wolf.

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