News Minute: Here is the latest California news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. PDT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a measure allowing utilities to bill their customers to pay for future legal settlements stemming from devastating 2017 wildfires. Brown announced Friday he'd signed the bill, which is aimed at preventing bankruptcy for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. The nation's largest utility faces billions of dollars in liability if investigators determine its equipment caused the Tubbs Fire that destroyed thousands of homes and killed 22 people in Santa Rosa last year.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's unemployment rate remained at 4.2 percent in August. The state Employment Development Department says Friday the rate has held at that rate for five months. The department says California adds 44,800 nonfarm payroll jobs in August, for a total gain of more than 3 million jobs since economic expansion began in February 2010.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - California State University, Long Beach, will be ousting its "Prospector Pete" statue because of the impact the 1849 gold rush had on indigenous people. A statement on the university website says the gold rush was "a time in history when the indigenous peoples of California endured subjugation, violence and threats of genocide." The statue stemmed from the creation of the college in 1949 and founding President Pete Peterson's references to having "struck the gold of education."
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new exhibition in San Francisco aims to show the diversity and creativity of modern fashion for Muslim women. The designs are vibrant, elegant and playful, ranging from high-end couture to sassy streetwear. Exhibit organizers say it shows Muslim women as independent people who know what they want to wear, whether covered up or not. "Contemporary Muslim Fashions" is the first major museum exhibition of its kind and opens Saturday at the de Young Museum.
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