Published annually since 1972, the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the World. Each volume pairs 60 to 70 original background narratives with over 100 documents to chronicle the major events. Various records may include:  • official reports  • surveys  • speeches from leaders and opinion makers  • court cases  • legislation  • testimony  • and much more Historic Documents is renowned for the well-written and informative background, history, and context it provides for each document. Organized chronologically, each volume covers the same wide range of topics:  • business  • the economy and labor  • energy, environment, science, technology, and transportation  • government and politics  • health and social services  • international affairs  • national security and terrorism  • rights and justice Each volume begins with an insightful essay that sets the year’s events in context, and each document or group of documents include:  • a comprehensive introduction  • background information on the event  • full-source citations  • easy access to material  • detailed and thematic table of contents  • references to related coverage  • documents from the last ten editions of the series

Settlement Reached with PG&E Wildfire Victims : December 9 and 17, 2019

Settlement Reached with PG&E Wildfire Victims
Heather Kerrigan

In 2017 and 2018, devastating wildfires swept through parts of California, forcing residents from their homes, destroying tens of thousands of structures, and killing dozens of people. According to state investigators, poorly maintained equipment owned by utility company Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) was to blame in some of the worst blazes. In December, PG&E announced that it reached a $13.5 billion settlement to compensate the victims of these fires. The announcement came on the heels of two earlier, smaller settlements with insurance providers and municipal governments, all of which were vital for the company to stay on track to emerge from ...

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