April 22, 2018
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HOUSTON - The US drilling rig count is rising.
HOUSTON – Four former presidents were among the hundreds of mourners to pay their respects Saturday to former first lady Barbara Bush, who died at the age of 92.
Humans have steadily driven the world's biggest land mammals into extinction for thousands of years, and we're not done.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said he will suspend all missile tests and shut down a nuclear test site with immediate effect. The decision is aimed at pursuing economic growth and peace on the Korean peninsular, state media report.
The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday ordered airlines to inspect the fan blades of some engines of the same type that exploded on a Southwest Airlines flight earlier this week.
JURUPA VALLEY – (INT) – Riverside County authorities have taken over an investigation into the deaths of three men.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – More than ever the past 11-years, anyone looking for work in Riverside and San Bernardino counties can find it.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Former interim Riverside city manager Lee McDougal returns to the post Monday in the wake of the recent dismissal of John Russo.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - One in five residents of the Inland Empire is an immigrant, a new report has found.
INDIO - (INT) - Winds and a few dark clouds threatened to put a damper on the opening of the second-half of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
HESPERIA – (INT) – Witnesses have led sheriff’s investigators to a vehicle whose driver struck and killed a pedestrian.
MORENO VALLEY – (INT) – Sheriff’s investigators fear there may be more victims who were allegedly sexually abused by the principal of the March Mountain High School.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The latest survey of Riverside County’s homeless is a study in contrast.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Riverside County Supervisors are about to get their first preview of the county’s 2018-19 budget.
BEAUMONT – (INT) – If you’ve never visited a working landfill, here’s your chance.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - Research led by a psychologist at UC Riverside shows that bilinguals regulate, or suppress, their native language when reading in a second language.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Surplus government food will be given out during April.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – ‘Slow’ earthquakes being detected deep in the San Jacinto Fault could be the forerunners to a large damaging earthquake.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - A weak weather system off the Baja California coast is helping to stream high clouds across Southern California.
LOS ANGELES - Verne Troyer, the actor best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Power films and one of the shortest men in the world, has died.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) – Although gasoline prices are their highest in 2-and-a-half-years, putting the springtime run-up in prospective is not that big a deal.
SAN FRANCISCO - (INT) – Californians are weighing in on whether public schools should be declared ‘sanctuary safe zones’.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - Governor Brown Jr. clarifies that the state will mobilize up to 400 California National Guard personnel to combat criminal gangs, human traffickers and illegal firearm and drug smugglers.
SAN FRANCISCO--The report, called the HayWired Scenario, is not a prediction, it’s a model, or hypothetical depiction
LOS ANGELES--Eight of the USA's 10 most-polluted cities, in terms of ozone pollution, are in California
With another Earth Day just ahead, the personal finance website WalletHub compared the states on their environmental initiatives.
PAHRUMP, NEVADA - He was awake when most of the country was asleep.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) - The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is pushing ahead with its study of toxic air pollutants and related health risks.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – Autonomous vehicles may be step closer to acceptance.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) – California matters when it comes to its agricultural output.
Colton police say they’ve solved a nearly year-old homicide with the arrest of two suspects. Arturo Flores, 36, and Deborah Daniel, 38, both of San Bernardino are suspected of gunning down Oscar Hernandez, a transient who frequented the Colton area. Police did not give a motive for the shooting nor how the suspects were implicated. (INT)

Promoters of the High Times Cannabis Cup say they are going ahead with this weekend’s concert at the National Orange Show Events Center in spite of the San Bernardino City Council’s denial of a marijuana permit. Police say they will public safety in accordance with the original plan. (INT)

Two fatal traffic mishaps were reported Wednesday in western Riverside County. A head-on collision on the Ramona Expressway in Lakeview claimed the life of a young San Jacinto woman and injured another person. Killed was Kayla Castro, age 19. Earlier in Jurupa Valley, the coroner reported that Brian Smith, 49, of Riverside died in a motorcycle mishap at an intersection on Mission Boulevard. (INT)

Hemet police continue their campaign against jaywalking pedestrians. Thirteen plus three bicyclists were issued citations for failing to use the pedestrian signal or crossing busy Florida Avenue unsafely. Another man was stopped for a pedestrian violation, and then arrested on an unrelated felony warrant. (INT)

A Fontana man is facing a 100-year prison sentence for killing two men. Prosecutors said the incident involved a drug deal and Roberto Colon’s girlfriend. Colon, 22, was convicted last Friday in the 2016 slayings. He'll be sentenced May 11th. (INT)

The San Bernardino Superior Court will introduce enhanced security procedures requiring all visitors, including private attorneys, to submit to lobby weapons screening when entering the Fontana Courthouse effective June 1st. The enhanced weapons screening mirrors protocols currently in place at the San Bernardino Justice Center. (INT)

A task force that will spend the next 15 months studying Riverside’s agricultural water rates to determine if changes are merited. In the meantime, the WA-3 and WA-9 rates will be frozen at current levels. The task force will begin its work on April 26th. (INT)

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is advising its 17 contract cities that the hourly contract rate may increase by 6.65% if approved by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors next month. The increase is due primarily from the County labor contract imposition on one of four bargaining units within the Sheriff’s Department last October. (INT)

Passenger volume at Ontario International Airport surged ahead by 10 percent the first quarter of the year compared to the same period last year. Cargo volume was up by more than 16 percent. (INT

The 16th Riverside International Film Festival continues through Sunday. Organizers added a day to the festival this year because so many films were submitted. A special event devoted to raising awareness of human trafficking in Southern California. (INT)

Assistant City Manager Keith C. Metzler, a Victorville native with more than 22 years of service to the city, has been appointed City Manager. Metzler, who has been serving as interim city manager, signed to a three-year contract approved by the Victorville City Council on Tuesday. Metzler first joined the City of Victorville as an intern in 1996. (INT)

A new effort to protect Medicare beneficiaries’ personal information will remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. To better safeguard the personal information of 5.7 million California seniors and people with disabilities, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will begin issuing new Medicare cards that assign each beneficiary a new 11-digit Medicare identification number. (INT)

Nearly 1 million consumers from La Verne to Fontana are being asked to reduce their water use—including refraining from outdoor irrigation—for six days beginning April 23rd as a major pipeline for imported water is taken out of service for repairs. The outage is scheduled to last until April 28th. The affected communities are in eastern Los Angeles and western San Bernardino counties (INT)

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