What you need to know: Nov. 18

Good morning, North State! Here's what you need to know to start your day on Nov. 18.

Posted: Nov 18, 2019 8:45 AM

PG&E blackout possibly underway for this week

PG&E announced another possible blackout that would take place this week. The power outage would go into effect on Wednesday, Nov. 20. PG&E said affected areas include Butte, El Dorado, Glenn, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, and Yuba counties. Up to 250,000 people could be impacted in the Nov. 20 blackout. Make sure you are prepared, CLICK HERE.

PG&E CEO scheduled to testify in Sacramento

PG&E's CEO Bill Johnson is scheduled to testify on Monday during a legislative oversight hearing at the state capitol. Johnson has defended the company's decision to turn off power as well as planned and executed. Johnson has said the power shutoffs have saved lives during high fire danger. State lawmakers have criticized PG&E's actions as being too broad and ill-planned. Last week, the public utility commission launched a formal investigation.

Motive, suspects sought in California shooting

Police said at least nine people were shot at a party in Fresno in what appears to be a “mass casualty shooting,” local media report. Fresno police said the shooting took place about 6 p.m. on Sunday in the city southeast side. Three died at the scene of the shooting, and the fourth died in the hospital. Police said the six other injured are expected to survive and are recovering at the hospital.

Plumas County Sheriff's Office searching for 58-year-old woman

A call for help is going out this morning from the Plumas County Sheriff's Office. The search is on for a woman who never returned home after a walk. Identified as 58-year-old Cheryl Johnson. Deputies said she left her meadow valley home around 11:30 a.m. Sunday. She is considered at-risk due to medical conditions. 

The latest: Impeachment hearings

Lawmakers are gearing up for week two of public testimony in the impeachment inquiry. Eight witnesses are expected to testify over three days beginning Tuesday morning. The open testimony includes for the first time those with "first-hand knowledge" of the call between President Trump and the president of Ukraine. David Hale, the undersecretary of state for political affairs at the State Department is set to testify on Wednesday. Monday morning the president also offered to make a written testimony for the investigation.

Protesters try to escape Hong Kong university after violent all-night clashes with police

Protests in Hong Kong have escalated over the weekend. Police moved on a campus where students were barricaded firing tear gas. Fiery explosions erupted during the assault. Anti-government protesters launched firebombs at police who roughed up some protesters as they made arrests.

Venice Italy slammed with high tide flooding

Venice, Italy, is trying to recover after another period of extreme high tide hit the city over the weekend. City officials shut down the St. Mark's Square on Sunday as a nearly five-foot surge of water poured through the lagoon city. This was the third period of the extreme high tides in less than a week. Elsewhere in Italy, the rain-swollen Arno river caused flooding in Florence and Pisa. The surging water was the highest in two decades. 

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The last two days saw quite a bit of rain in Northern California. Today we could see more but the showers look to be more isolated today than in previous days. Highs today are expected to reach the upper 50s to lower 60s.
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