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Dec 3, 2019 State Regulators' Report: PG&E's Maintenance Backlog Led to Camp Fire Investigators for the state's Public Utilities Commission have published a 700-page report on the cause of the Camp Fire The report finds that PG&E didn't do enough inspections or keep up its transmission lines in the years leading up to the fire that was sparked by one of those high-powered lines. Guest: Russell Gold, Wall Street Journal reporter The Political Implications of Rep. Duncan Hunter's Guilty Plea Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter of San Diego is expected to plead guilty to illegally using his campaign fund as a personal piggy bank. At first, he said the 60 criminal charges amounted to a "witch hunt." Then his wife was prepared to testify against him. Some of that campaign cash was allegedly spent on extramarital affairs. Guest: Scott Shafer, KQED Politics Editor Lawmakers Call on Trump to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes A bipartisan group of national lawmakers, including seven from California, are calling on President Trump to ban all flavored e-cigarettes. Reporter: Laura Klivans, KQED Bloomberg to Campaign on Facebook with Key Hire Ex-New York Mayor turned Democratic presidential contender Mike Bloomberg has hired a former Facebook executive to oversee the digital advertising part of his campaign. Reporter: Alice Woelfle, KQED LAUSD Considers Ambitious Clean Energy Goals The Los Angeles Unified School District is looking to go green. The board of the nation’s second-largest school district will vote on whether to set far-reaching clean energy goals. Reporter: Avishay Artsy, KCRW Research Shows "At-Large" Elections Help Minority Candidates In recent years, a lot of California cities have changed how they elect their council representatives. A law from 2002 called the California Voting Rights Act made it easier for cities to switch from what's called “at-large” to “district-based” elections. New research from UC Riverside looks at the impact as more California cities make the change. Reporter: Libby Denkmann, KPCC

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