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tv   KRON 4 News at 6  KRON  March 19, 2019 6:00pm-6:30pm PDT

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(pam) tonight at 6 ... another weather system is making its way into the bay area. and with it... more rain. this is a live look from our sutro tower cam in san francisco. the rain is expected to be heavy at times.. especially after midnight tonight. (ken) rain is not yet hitting the bay area. you can see on our network of traffic cameras... tonight's commute might not be heavily impacted by weather tonight... (ken) but tomorrow morning could be another story. thank you for joining us, i'm ken wayne. (pam) and i'm pam moore. and there is more rain on the way towards the end of this week ... áand next week as well. (pam) joining us now is chief meteorologist now is chief joining us now is chief meteorologist lawrence karnow. lawrence karnow: the clouds returned to our skies today with cooler temperatures. highs were in the 60s and low 70s. you can see some rain showing up on the doppler as the storm creeps closer. on the satellite you can see the
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storm off the coast. rain will pick up especially after midnight and be heavy into early morning. showers will continue during the day with a slight chance of isolated thunderstorms. highs will be much cooler in the 50s and 60s for the first day of spring. another storm will bring rain late on friday and into the weekend.
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(pam) p-g-and-e has long been blamed for november's destructive camp fire.. you will likely remember... that wildfire tore through butte county, charring more than 153-thouasnd acres, destroying nearly 14-thousand homes and killing 86- people. now attorneys for wildfire victims say, they have uncovered internal documents which they say, show the utility knew about
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the risk and chose to ignore it. (ken) kron 4's dan kerman is live at p,g&e headquarters in san francisco with details.... what did pg&e know about the quality of the transmission line and towers that are believed to have caused butte county's camp fire. attorneys for fire victims say a lot more than the utility has let on.sot mike danko/attorney for wildfire victims :12we know that pg&e knew that its equipment was dangerous should have been fixed and they didnt fix it. attorneys have discovered this internal pg&e email from 2014 indicating the company knew the towers on the suspect transmission line were likely to fail, but the company took no action. the email says the "caribou palermo: reliability score is not that high because although the likelihood of failed structures happening is high, the affected customers are likely in the order of >1k."sot its typical of pge run to failure mentality which is they have a piece of equip,ment instead of replacing it they leave it in service ,let it fail and deal
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with the consequences.attorney mike danko says even worse is a 2016 document indicating on the same transmission line "j hook hardware ... broke...( because it) "had been compromised through corrosion." and instead of recomending replacement the company says the lessons learned was to take "special care to inspect the condition of the hardware prior to applying force."sot it was so dangerous they had to handle it gingerly so it wouldnt break off in their hand. and they didnt care about the people they dont care about the ratepayers, they dont care about the customoers they dont care about human life and they dont care about property damage in a statement pg&e does not address their past actions or details in either document instead saying "the 56-mile caribou-palermo electric transmission line has been de-energized since december 2018. they also say they are enhancing vegetation management, conducting accelerated safety inspections and expanding our public safety power shutoff program 159/power shutoff program standup dan kerman/sf 159
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(pam) the san francisco district attorney's office announced today .... that giants c-e-o and part-owner- larry baer - will not be charged for his role in a public altercation with his wife. this is video of the incident from t-m-z. it happened earlier this month... at a park in
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san francisco. you can see baer's wife pam sitting, when he reaches over to grab a cellphone erand -- she topples over onto the ground. the couple released a statement saying... they were embarrassed by the situation. just days later-- baer announced he was taking a leave of absence from the giants organization. while criminal charges will not be filed against baer -- it is still possible major league baseball.. or the giants ... will take punitive action against baer. (ken) developing news tonight.... a jury in san francisco federal court says roundup weed killer was a substantial factor in a sonoma county man's cancer. the unanimous verdict was reached today-- and it could help determine the fate of hundreds of similar lawsuits against roundup's manufacturer "monsanto". the jury says the weed killer played a significant factor in 70- year-old edwin hardeman's non-hodgkin's lymphoma. it's not clear how much money he will be awarded-- as the trial now moves to the damages phase. this is the second jury verdict to find that
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roundup caused non-hodgkin's lymphoma. last year-- dewayne johnson was awarded 289-million dollars. he worked as a groundskeeper for the benicia unified school district-- and frequently used roundup while on the job. (pam) in the east bay... a health advisory regarding opiod overdoses nationally .. prescription narcotics result in more deadly overdoses that heroin and cocaine combined ... according to contra costa health services... and they agency also says, locally, the problem remains out of control. kron four's philippe djegal spoke with a mother who knows all too well the harmful effects of overdosing on prescription opiods. (philippe)april rovero/mother- "joey was a senior at arizona state university, when he passed away tragically from a prescription drug overdose." that was nearly ten years ago. april rovero says her 21-year-old son joey had been legally prescribed xanax and oxycodone. but that he lost his life by combining the drugs with alcohol.april
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rovero/mother- "as young and healthy as he was, 21 years old, and you know, just completely healthy, uh, that's all it took to shutdown his breathing the night after being out with his friends. he went to sleep that night and he did not wake up. and, left his family just absolutely devestated." addiction wasn't the root cause of his death... though neglegence played a role. the doctor who prescribed joey the medicine was eventually found guilty of second degree murder and is now serving time in prison.daniel peddycord/public health director- "opiods are really only effective for about a two to three week window, and then you begin to develop a physical dependency, meaning you need higher and higher doses to achieve the same effect, and then roughly around a month, addiction can begin to set in. so, it's a real dangerous curve." one that daniel peddycord is carefully trying to navigate through. he's the public health director of contra costa health services. on tuesday, health services issued a health advisory... warning that prescription opiod overdoses are rising. in fact, the number of opiod overdose deaths doubled
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countywide from 33 in 2010 to 66 last year.daniel peddycord/public health director- "the idea here is really connecting individuals who are ready to try to beat their addiction to get into a treatment program, that both offers a substitute, um, opiod, called buprenorphine. it's much more ephicatious for folks trying to quit their addiction. um, as well as therapy." peddycord says purchasing the over-the- counter anti-overdose medication naloxone is also a good idea. in contra costa county, philippe djegal, kron four news.kron four news. (ken) more 9-1-1 emergency dispatchers would mean faster response times, less overtime and better morale. those are among the findings of an audit of response times for police and fire in san jose. kron four's rob fladeboe reports. san jose police and fire 911 emergency dispatchers are putting in lots of costly overtime but while they have improved considerably in
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recent years, response times are still not what they should be. a 65 page city audit finds that the money spent on overtime would be enough to hire more than a dozen new dispatchers says city auditor sharon erickson.sharon erickson/san jose city auditor "....we need a lot more boots on the ground, we need aggressive hiring of call takers but itdoes take a lot of time to train them..."the audit makes several recommendations for improving the response to emergency calls, 95-percent of which are supposed to be answered within 15 seconds. san jose is at roughly 90-percent. the audit recommends the city improve it's system for dealing with the estimated 40 percent of calls handled by dispatchers each day that are not true emergences.mayor sam liccardo/san jose "....we need technology and there are steps in the process that could be eliminated with technology that is readily available so it's just a matter of investment..."the audit calls for aggressive hiring and recruiting in an
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effort to relieve stress in what is an already stressfull job of sending police and firefighters to emergencies. the audit references dispatchers who are said to be suffering from exaustion, lack of time with their families and low morale...sharon erickson/san jose city auditor "....emergency response times when you think about it is one of the most critical services the city provides, dialing 911, that is how you get help...." a conservative california lawmaker is slamming a social media giant .. with claims which giant .. with claims which are now leading to a lawsuit... and one big voice is ready to support him. details ahead.
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also .. teachers in one east bay school district are inching closer to a strike.. details ahead on what they are now telling parents about the issues at stake. plus, a stolen car and an intentional crash caught on video.. police in southern california have a pretty good idea about why this happened .. details next.
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(pam) a car crashed into a busy gym in los angeles county .... narrowly missing an employee. and authorities say, the
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crash... was not an accident. it was all caught on surveillance video. reporter kandiss crone has the story. dramatic moments as a stolen car careens right into a gym the employee narrowly escapes injury. -sot- rubi ayala/ gym member 1637 i can't believe that it's like in a movie sheriff deputies were called to crunch fitness in la mirada around 2 this morning. witnesses say the driver was revving the engine of this hondaand then -sot- adrian nolasco / witness 744 after that he puts it on drive and he slams, he lets the car go right in through the glass and he actually rolled out after it started moving and he started running out adrian nolasco says the suspect jumped from the moving vehicle before it crashed then ran off deputies say afterwards, he got into another car that was waiting nearby. authorities eventually arrested 32 yo sergio reyes of whittier and booked him on attempted murder. -standup- the entire front window was busted out glass scattered on the floor the word "closed" was scribbled on the front crews estimate the damage to be around 65-thousand dollars.
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no one was seriously injured. a gym employee told us off camera the suspect was a member of the gym but they cancelled his membership after receiving complaints about him. detectives are looking into a motive. people who showed up hoping to work out say they've never had a problem here before and were stunned by what happened. -sot- 1552 they're super nice its comfortable.... no idea why this happen (pam) (pam) that was kandiss crone reporting.the driver of the vehicle is being held on one- million dollars bail. (ken)taking a live look at stormtracker 4 radar... (adlib) outside right now... outside right now... you can see.... chief meteorologist lawrence karnow
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joins us now with a look at where the rain is falling. lawrence karnow: the clouds returned to our skies today with cooler temperatures. highs were in the 60s and low 70s. you can see some rain showing up on the doppler as the storm creeps closer. on the satellite you can see the storm off the coast. rain will pick up especially after midnight and be heavy into early morning. showers will continue during the day with a slight chance of isolated thunderstorms. highs will be much cooler in the 50s and 60s for the first day of spring. another storm will bring rain late on friday and into the weekend.
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(ken) california congressman devin nunes is suing twitter and several twitter users. (pam) the california republican claims, the social media site is censoring conservatives ... and failed to take action against accounts that were libeling him. grant lodes joins us now with more. (grant)nunes isn't just suing twitter here... he's also going after gop operative liz mair, mair strategies, and two parody accounts -- "devin nunes' mom" and "devin nunes' cow." (grant)nunes accuses mair of defaming him when she mentioned him in conjunction with a winery that is caught up in drugs and prostitution scandal.nunes says the two parody accounts made libelous
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statements about him and twitter refused to remove them. nunes' lawsuit is asking for $250-million in compensatory damages and another $350- thousand dollars in punitive damages.today... president trump said áhe would be open to taking action against social media companies himself.
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(grant) some legal experts say nunes doesn't have much of a case here... and that this lawsuit is simply laying the groundwork for the government to step in and regulate social media. and that has free speech advocates up in arms. the supreme court is expected to hear a case on social media and first amendment protections sometime this spring. coming up tonight at 6:45... gaming is big business and gaining in popularity.. now google says, it has a new and simpler way to bring those games directly into your home. and next.. new pressure on the makers of e-cigarettes .. coming from local lawmakers who say, the epidemic of smoking by kids is over the top. (pam) ♪ [baby crib musical mobile]
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millions are still exposed to the dangers of secondhand smoke. and some of them can't do anything about it. but you can. protect your family. visit tobaccofreeca.com. tto harrison, the wine tcollection.. to craig, this rock. the redwoods to the redheads. the rainbows to the proud. i leave these things to my heirs, all 39 million of you, on one condition. that you do everything in your power to preserve and protect them. with love, california. (pam)
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some san francisco officials are looking to crackdown on e-cigarettes and the companies which make them, kron4's maureen kelly was at a news conference today, where the city attorney and one city supervisor both say, their goal is stopping what they consider an epidemic among young people. the use of e cigarettes shot up 80% amoung high schoolers nationwide.....while the number of middle schoolers who vape increased 50%.those are the 2018 statistics cited by the san francisco city attorney ....has he explained to reporters why he...along
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with officals from new york city and chicago sent this letter to the fda....calling on them to do what he says they should have already done.....conducted a public health review of the popular vaping products."the fda has given the e-cigarette industry a pass. for no clear reason, the fda has given these nicotine companies until 2022 to apply for what was supposed to be a pre-market review. the result is that millions of children are already addicted to e-cigarettes and millions more will follow if we don't act,"he's says he's considering taking legal action if they don't comply. district ten supervisor shamann walton is joining the fight by introducing legislation that would prohibit the popular vaping product from being sold in city stores or even bought online and shipped to san francisco addresses if they have not been reviewed by the fda. e-cigarettes have been targeting our young people with their colors and their flavors and enticing our adolescents and this is predatorily pulling them toward nicotine addiction, walton is introducing another piece of legistlation that would prohibit e cigarette companies like juul.....whthich in a statement juul labs say they have taken aggressive action to curb young people from using their products
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including stopping the sale of flavored products nationwide.....and support regulation keeping e cigarettes out of kid's hands...."but this proposed legislation's primary impact will be to limit adult smokers' access to products that can help them switch away from combustible cigarettes. maureen kelly kron4 news coming up next at 6:30 .. the federal government shutdown may be long over, lost wages... now i coming up in sports... the oakland raiders just signed one of the league's most 'fined' players. jason dumas has more on the one- year deal.
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(lawrence)and i'm tracking your weeknight forcast... that's just ahead. if you're watching us on the 'kron on' app - our news coverage continues during the commercial break. visit kron-on- dot-tv to subscribe."
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(ken) the costs of the most recent government shutdown have hit mostly low wage workers the hardest. while government employees got back pay, the contract
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workers like food service and janitorial employees did not. (pam) washington correspondent morgan wright reports, a number of democratic lawmakers want their colleagues to take action to compensate those people who are still struggling to make ends meet.. even though the shutdown is over. it impacted my life extremely - no money coming in. the record long government shutdown created a hard ship for 71 year old lila johnson. 2 months without any money coming in, except my retirement and my social security so it was very very hard on me. johnson is a janitor for the department of agriculture. she says she's still catching up on payments for her bills, and loans following the shutdown. she's one of many federal contract workers who hasn't received any back pay from the government. i need the extra money to make ends meet for my family. i don't think it's surprising that we're still talking about the impacts of a shutdown.

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