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Bill Johnson. Photo: PG&E

Bill Johnson, the outgoing CEO of government-owned utility Tennessee Valley Authority, will step in as the new CEO of PG&E, the company said on Wednesday. The California utility will also appoint 10 new board members, while 7 others will step down.

Why it matters: PG&E filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, anticipating hefty liability costs for its potential role in the deadly 2018 Camp Fire. The company's troubles have caught the attention of activist hedge fund BlueMountain Capital, which proposed its own slate of board members, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who slammed an earlier proposal of new board members as primed with "hedge fund financiers, out-of-state executives and others with little or no experience in California and inadequate expertise in utility operations, regulation and safety."

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  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York coronavirus restrictions.
  3. World: Expert says COVID vaccine likely won't be available in Africa until Q2 of 2021 — Europeans extend lockdowns.
  4. Economy: The winners and losers of the COVID holiday season.
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National standardized reading and math tests have been pushed from next year to 2022, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: There’s mounting national evidence that students are suffering major setbacks this year, with a surge in the number of failing grades.

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European countries extend lockdowns

A medical worker takes a COVID-19 throat swab sample at the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport. Photo by Maja Hitij via Getty

Recent spikes in COVID-19 infections across Europe have led authorities to extend restrictions ahead of the holiday season.

Why it matters: "Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.