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The State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announcing Tobacco use rates down in schools that educate about tobacco use. Schools funded by the Department of Education’s (CDE) Tobacco-Use Prevention Education Office are at lower tobacco usage rates. This is according to a new study by the University of California, San Diego. Torlakson says it proves the state’s efforts to promote tobacco-free schools are paying off. The work being done on campuses since 1989. The study shows students smoke less, and most public schools have signed up as tobacco free. He says they need to keep encouraging vaping bans in tobacco-free school policies too.

A federal judge who’s supervising PG&E’s San Bruno explosion felony trial is now interested in knowing if the large utility company committed crimes from its operations or maintenance of electricity lines near where several Northern California wildfires broke out, including the deadliest, the Camp Fire. A request for more information after a slew of wildfires broke out in PG&E’s service territory, including the October 2017 firestorm and the November 8th Camp Fire. The judge asking the Calif. attorney general to hand over information about whether some PG&E actions were reckless and therefore be considered criminal. PG&E has until Dec. 31st to come up with answers for various questions in an order from U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup and Attorney General Xavier Becerra also has until the same date to file a brief on the issue.

Pentz Road, the main thoroughfare in Paradise has reopened, therefore hundreds of cars drove thru town into the parking lot of the Paradise Evangelical Free Church. Paradise police and Butte County deputies looked up addresses for returning evacuees as the County Health Department handed out safety kits including free booties and hazmat suits so folks could dig thru the dangerous ruins that once were their homes. There was also an 8 PM curfew put in place for those returning.

Drugs getting into death row at San Quentin have corrections officials investigating where the gap is. Two inmates died in their cells this week, Joseph Perez and Herminio Serna. They’ve not linked their deaths to drug use because they’re waiting on autopsies. Serna found unresponsive in his cell alone this past Monday, then the same thing with Perez on Tuesday. A spokesperson for the Corrections Dept. would not say if drugs were brought into the prison or how they may have gotten there. Perez got the death sentence in 1998 for a strangling and stabbing of a woman during a robbery and Serna was a gang member sentenced to death in a drug trade in San Jose.

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