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What you need to know: July 17

Good morning, North State! Here's what you need to know to start your day on July 17, 2019.

Posted: Jul 17, 2019 8:22 AM

California Public Utilities Commission to host meetings on proposed rate hikes

Facing blame for the Camp Fire and other 2017 fires, PG&E wants to raise customers rates on gas and electricity. The California Public Utilities Commission is holding two meetings Thursday to hear public opinion on the proposed rate hikes. The meetings will be held on Thursday at 326 Huss Lane, Suite 100 in Chico. The first meeting is at 1 p.m. and the second is at 6 p.m.

Crews knock down fire caused by grill in Happy Valley

Fire crews got the upper hand on two fires burning in Shasta County on Tuesday. CAL FIRE says a barbecue grill caused the first one in Happy Valley in the area of Lorina Drive and Nippy Lane. The second fire was in Mountain Gate, in the area of Fawndale Road. 

Red Bluff community speaks out against placement of violent, sexual predator

Wednesday, members of the Red Bluff community are coming together to speak out against the placement of a violent sexual predator in the county. Authorities are attempting to relocate Joshua Cooley from Humboldt County to Tehama County. Wednesday night, concerned community members along with the Tehama County district attorney, plan to meet at the Dibble Creek Volunteer Fire Station at 6:30 p.m. Those opposed to Cooley's placement hope to convince a Humboldt County judge to reconsider the decision.

Yuba County to hold simulated mass shooting drill 

A simulated mass shooting will be taking place in Yuba County Wednesday with the goal of preparing first responders for a what-if scenario. Volunteers - many in make-up indicating shooting wounds - will simulate a concert crowd. Regional law enforcement, emergency services, rescue teams, and state agencies will all take part. Action News Now will have a reporter on scene. The event runs from 9 - 11 a.m. this morning at the Live Nation Toyota Amphitheater near Wheatland. 

Portion of I-5 closed at Jellys Ferry Road due to pipe bomb in roadway

The CHP is investigating a pipe bomb found on the side of Jellys Ferry Road Tuesday. Officers out of Tehama County say a man reported the device after pulling off the roadway to fix something on his truck. For safety reasons, officers closed the freeway on-ramps in Red Bluff for two hours. A bomb squad detonated the device. Officers say the situation could have been much more serious.

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