Good morning, North State. Here's what you need to know to start your day on Oct. 27.
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Redding Police arrested a homeless woman they say started a structure fire overnight. Police say she started a fire that burned down a vacant home on at the 2000 block of Victor Avenue. Later in the morning, police say she tried to burn a stretch of sidewalk near the rescue mission on south market street. Redding Fire crews say no injuries were reported.
PG&E: Nearly 200,000 Californians still without power
PG&E says 189,000 Californians impacted by the public safety power shutoff that started Sunday morning are still without power. The utility has hopes of restoring all power by 10 p.m. Tuesday. To fully restore service, PG&E crews will have to complete their patrols of over 17,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines for damage or hazards. Some schools have also been forced to close due to the shutoffs. For a list of school closures this morning, Click Here.
Inspector says lax prison enforcement increased virus risk
California’s Inspector General says state prison representatives did a poor job requiring inmates and staff to wear masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The I.G. says many locations even loosened their policies, just as cases were spiking. More than 15,000 inmates, statewide, have been infected and 76 have died in outbreaks.
Across the U.S. there is a surge in coronavirus cases, the most since the start of the pandemic. Nationwide, coronavirus cases are on the rise in 44 states with more than 41,000 Covid-19 patients hospitalized - that is a 40% increase in the past month. No states are seeing declines.
Today, Justice Amy Coney Barrett will take her seat on the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed her, and she was sworn in - unofficially - at a white house ceremony Monday night. Justice Barrett is promising to be impartial after a bitter, partisan fight over her confirmation. Legal experts predict this will be the most conservative court since before world war II.