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Moves slowly inland. Debbie Elliot NPR NEWS GULF SHORES Alabama stocks opened higher this morning as the Commerce Department reported a modest uptick in retail sales last month. NPR Scott Horsley reports, The Dow Jones industrial Average rose about the 50 points in early trading. Retail sales rose just 6/10 of a percent in August that slower growth in the month before Spending in restaurants and bars jumped nearly 5% but remains well below last year's levels back to school. Clothing sales were also muted. Grocery sales were down a bit in August, but still up about 9% from this time last year. Some of the government relief payments that helped to prop up spending early in the pandemic have now expired. Federal Reserve officials will likely take note of the slowing recovery as they wrap up a two day policy meeting today. The Fed is expected to leave interest rates near zero for an extended period. Scott Horsley NPR NEWS Washington One of California's main utility providers, may have contributed to a series of rolling blackouts across the state last month during an extreme heat wave. Lily Jamali from member station KGO Edie reports PG and E has admitted to an error that temporarily shut down a power plant in the Central Valley. When hundreds of thousands of Californians lost power for a second day last month, one major power plant ramped down production. It was unexpected, according to a recent report from the state grid operator not stated was that P Jeannie personnel caused the error, which came just his energy demand was peaking during an intense heat wave. The genie says it doesn't know if it caused the blackouts. But energy expert Steven Weisman says any loss of power on the grid would have played a role in comfort of the customers who had their power shut off. Unnecessarily because his power had been accidentally taken off the grid. P Jeannie says it took immediate steps to correct the error for NPR news. I'm Lily Jamali. This is NPR news from the David Burnett Foundation newsroom A K C R w I'm Cherry Glaser exhausted. Fire crews continue to fight more than two dozen large wildfires across California, but now they're getting some more help from or cooperative weather. Containment is up to 34% on the north, complex fire and beauty implements counties. At least 15 people have been killed in the blaze and several others are still missing. Thousands of homes remain threatened. Read rank and his chief of the volunteer fire department in Very Creek. A community hit hard by the fire, he told Kay RCR TV. He lost his own home. My house my shop. My business is completely gone. I have. I have totally nothing right now. But you know what? I'm still working on the fire and I'm still supporting my community. More than three million acres have burned in California in the past month, and 25 people have been killed yesterday, Senator Kamala Harris returned her home state for the first time is the Democratic vice presidential nominee to meet with Governor Gavin Newsom and emergency officials. Paris praise the work of firefighters and said the fire show the need to take action to fight climate change, while the other fires burning in Northern California right now is the August complex fire, the largest in the states recorded history. It's chewed through about 800,000 acres, and his only 30% surrounded among the areas that threatening is the Emerald Triangle, the country's largest marijuana growing region. Case here. W's Matt Gillom has that story. The massive August complex fires charring the sprawling force north of the Bay Area in Mendocino humbled in Trinity counties. The blaze comes at one of the busiest times of the year for the remote region. The cannabis harvest. Every fall. People from around the country descend on the emerald Triangle grow operations to pick marijuana buds in the isolated forests that has authorities worried, Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendell tells the Santa Rosa Press Democrat the official population of the town of Koval. Oh, is 1500. However, he believes there are more than 10,000 people in the community living and working on marijuana farms connected to the outside world by small, winding roads. Sheriff here's a fast moving fire could decimate the area before people have time to evacuate KCIA W's Matt Gillom. A bill that would provide emergency food assistance to low income Californians affected by coded 19 passed the state legislature last month, but it still hasn't been signed into law. Is case here. W. Zana, Scott reports, local mayors and the bill's author, L Assembly member Miguel Santiago are now calling on the governor to hurry up. Santiago, whose district encompasses parts of the city and county, including Koreatown and Huntington Park, said the need is simple. I think the most critical and vital services anybody could provide basically this food people gotta eat. The bill would provide qualified households with $600 prepaid grocery cards Exactly how many cards would be up to the Legislature? It's similar to California's existing food stamp program, Cal fresh. But unlike Cal fresh, this would be open toe undocumented immigrants who have seen high rates of job loss and aren't eligible for unemployment benefits. Bill hasn't faced any public opposition. Newsome's office says they evaluate every bill on its merits before taking action and that they don't comment on legislation before the governor signs. Support for NPR comes from Webroot, offering the home antivirus solutions for protecting personal devices against fishing and other cyber attacks. While working remotely Learn more about Webroot and open text company at webroot dot com. It's 707. This is morning edition from NPR News. I'm David Greene in Los Angeles. And I'm Rachel.