Judge Rules Walgreens Contributed To Opioid Crisis In San Francisco

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Customers leave a Walgreens store on Gough Street in San Francisco on Oct. 13, 2021. This store closed in mid-November. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Walgreens Found To Have Contributed To Opioid Epidemic In San Francisco

San Francisco has won a landmark lawsuit against Walgreens pharmacy over its role in fueling the opioid epidemic in the city. A federal judge found that Walgreens filled hundreds of thousands of suspicious prescriptions for powerful painkillers over 15 years, without taking steps to prevent their misuse.

Governor Newsom Announces Historic Supreme Court Nomination

California’s Supreme Court may soon get its first Latina Chief Justice. Patricia Guerrero currently sits on the state’s supreme court as an associate justice and she’s held that role since March.
Reporter: Amanda Stupi, KQED

Delays For Thousands Of Californians Seeking Disability Payment

This year, potentially tens of thousands of Californians who couldn’t work because of health reasons, including pregnancy, have been forced to wait weeks — or even months ― to get their “State Disability Insurance” payments.
Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED   

Lawmakers Urge Governor Newsom To Sign Bill For Safe Injection Sites

Supporters of a bill to create safe injection sites are urging Governor Gavin Newsom to sign SB 57. The idea behind SB 57 is to address the growing toll on city streets, where people are dying in record numbers from overdoses of drugs like fentanyl.
Reporter: Scott Shafer, KQED

Hearing Held On Sports Gambling Bills

The backers of dueling ballot campaigns to legalize sports betting in California sparred during a hearing at the Capitol Wednesday. Proposition 27 is backed by gambling companies like DraftKings and unlike Prop 26, would allow bets to be made on phones and computers.
Reporter: Guy Marzorati, KQED  

Offshore Wind Goals Put California On Ambitious Path

California has adopted the nation’s most ambitious offshore wind targets. The new goals put the state on course to meet a quarter of its electricity needs — enough to power about 25 million homes — from offshore wind by midcentury. 
Reporter: Ezra David Romero, KQED

Deadline Approaches For Bills In Sacramento

On Thursday, California lawmakers will advance – or quietly kill – hundreds of bills in rapid-fire succession. The bills have been stuck in a legislative limbo known as “the suspense file.”  
Reporter: Ben Christopher, CalMatters

Bill Aims To Protect Wildlife From Drivers

In recent years, lots of California mountain lions have been struck and killed by California drivers. But collisions have also killed many other kinds of animals, from deer to bobcats to desert tortoises. Legislation aimed at making roads safer for wildlife is being heard in Sacramento on Thursday.
Reporter: Saul Gonzalez, The California Report