What you need to know: Oct. 8

Good morning, North State! Here's what you need to know to start your day on Oct. 8.

Posted: Oct 8, 2019 8:48 AM

PG&E warns counties about Public Safety Power Shut-off

As many as 30 counties and 600,000 customers could be affected by an emergency power shutoff, starting Wednesday morning, running through Thursday afternoon. Shasta, Butte, Tehama, Plumas and Yuba counties are included. PG&E says the dry, windy weather pattern will start in the Sacramento valley and end in the north bay.

How to prepare for a PG&E Public Safety Power Shut-off

Now is the time to make sure you know what to do if your power is shut off. PG&E is urging customers to be prepared.
The utility recommends, to update your contact information with PG&E.

  • Review your family's emergency plan. Don't forget friends and neighbors who may also need help.
  • Be sure you have enough food, ice, and water, and not to mention cash on hand.
  • Know how to manually open your garage door. Also, if you have a generator, make sure it works and you know how to use it.

Glenn County Sheriff's Office also shared ways to be prepared,

  • If you are in the outage area: fill bathtubs with water. Freeze bottles of water to put in the fridge. Ensure enough food and water for 5 days for you and pets. Fuel cars now. Charge cell phones and minimize use (battery saver mode). Flashlights and batteries.

Paradise moves forward to require utilities be placed underground

Paradise is moving forward with a plan to require all utilities to be placed underground. The plan is called the "dig once" ordinance.
This is on the town's agenda for Tuesday's meeting at 6 p.m. The last time it went before the council, AT&T expressed concern about PG&E's time frame to put lines underground. Cutting trenches will require coordination between the town, public utilities, and telecommunication companies. 

California OKs pharmacists to dispense HIV prevention meds

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed legislation to block pharmaceutical companies from keeping less expensive generic drugs off the market. California has now become the first state to tackle the so-called "pay-for-delay" deals between drug manufacturers.

More about this, HERE

Impeachment inquiry latest

The U.S. ambassador to the European Union will not be testifying before a joint house committee on Tuesday. An attorney for Ambassador Gordon Sondland says the state department directed Sondland not to appear for his scheduled interview
Democrats want him to explain text messages which they say offers Ukraine a white house visit in exchange for investigating Joe Biden. Investigators are still trying to determine if the original whistleblower will testify about President Trump's phone call with Ukraine's leader.

Supreme Court will hear LGBT community cases on workplace

The Supreme Court is set to hear three cases from individuals who were fired after outing themselves as a member of the LGBT community on Tuesday. The outcome of the case could determine whether the 1964 civil rights law that outlawed discrimination extends workplace protections to employees' sexual orientation.

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