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Power Outages, LAUSD Test Scores, Leigh Bardugo's "Ninth House"




Flames burn near power lines in Montecito, Calif. State fire officials say power lines coming into contact with trees have sparked multiple Northern California wildfires in recent years. PG&E filed for bankruptcy today.
Flames burn near power lines in Montecito, Calif. State fire officials say power lines coming into contact with trees have sparked multiple Northern California wildfires in recent years. PG&E filed for bankruptcy today.
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We look at how various entities are being affected by the power outages in Northern California. Plus what LAUSD standardized test scores say about statewide achievement gaps. And, a chat with bestselling, L.A.-based, young adult author Leigh Bardugo about her first novel for adults, "Ninth House." 

Power Shutoffs

As you may have heard on our air —the energy provider, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has shut off power Wednesday, to more than 140,000 Bay Area customers in the early hours of the morning. It's the first of a wave of blackouts to deter potential devastating wildfires similar to the Camp Fire of last year. But the shut-offs have caused their own issues on resources and agencies. 

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Sonoma County Shutoffs

 Staying with the power shutoffs, we now go to Sonoma County. The region has faced some of the largest shutoffs - A PG&E spokesperson told The San Francisco Chronicle that 67,000 residences and businesses in the county lost their power last night.

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Cali Lake RV Resort

The latest homeless count found about 8-thousand people live in campers and R-V's on L-A County streets. Dozens of residents of a low-cost RV park are faced with the possibility they may be evicted... adding to the number of camper-dwellers on local streets. KPCC's Sharon McNary bring you their story.

LAUSD Standardized Test Scores

California education officials released the latest round of statewide, standardized test scores this afternoon. These are the English and math tests every public school kid takes. The results?  A little better than last year.  Emphasis on the word "little." And a deeper dive into the numbers shows some vulnerable groups of kids aren't making as much progress compared with their peers.  

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Beyond the Schoolhouse

A UCLA report on black youth in LA County explores a range of challenges many K through 12 students face that negatively affect outcomes in school and beyond. Among them: environmental contamination -  asthma rates for black children in LA County are almost three times higher than for white children. Food insecurity and homelessness can factor in too. The report makes several policy suggestions to tackle the problems. 

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On the Lot

Ronan Farrow’s new book includes allegations again NBC, and how the network tried to block his reporting on Harvey Weinstein. Plus, after years of slow progress, Hollywood has finally hired significantly more women directors this year. 

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Leigh Bardugo on "Ninth House"

Leigh Bardugo is a bestselling author of various young adult fiction fantasy series, including "Shadow and Bone," which takes place in a made-up world known as the Grishaverse, with a young woman navigating among magical elites. Her books have sold more than 3 million copies, and her earliest titles are now being adapted for a Netflix series debuting next year. But this week, Bardugo released her first work of fiction for adults. It's called "Ninth House," so we asked her to come in studio and tell us about it.

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