November 1, 2014
One person is dead and another has suffered a "major injury" after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, designed for suborbital commercial flights above the Earth, went down Friday during a test flight over the Mojave Desert in Southern California.
An arctic blast is giving millions of people a real reason to shiver on Halloween. Trick-or-treaters from the Midwest to the Mississippi Valley to the East Coast face a deep chill Friday, and strong, freezing winds.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – In a late pre-election, telephone poll, would-be California voters have voiced their preferences for some of the propositions on Tuesday’s ballot.
INLAND EMPIRE - Halloween will set the stage as a potent Pacific weather system ushers in November. The first measurable rain in several weeks is a certainty.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – A long-running criminal case against seven former San Bernardino County sheriff’s employees is over.
COLTON - (INT) – Vice-President Joe Biden will sound a familiar get-out-the-vote theme when he headlines a public rally in Colton Saturday.
MURRIETA – (INT) – Prosecutors have filed a felony DUI case against former mayor Alan Long. It stems from an October 16th incident in which his full-sized truck rear-ended a vehicle that had stopped to make a left turn.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Another measure of job growth puts Riverside and San Bernardino counties in the nation’s Top 10 metropolitan areas.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – It’s about that time. Daylight Saving Time runs out this weekend. We’re winding up our eighth year of extended ‘fast time’ which runs from March to November.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Halloween celebrations will segue into El Dia de los Muertos. The Day of the Dead is gaining more attention at schools, art galleries and other public venues.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – About one-fourth of all children in Riverside and San Bernardino counties live in poverty. In its annual scorecard issued Wednesday, ‘Children Now’ said that only 41 percent of families in San Bernardino County can afford basic living expenses.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Right on the heels of a report that home ownership has fallen to a 20-year low comes word that rates for residential rents are accelerating.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – County health officials are monitoring two low-risk individuals who recently returned after traveling to Ebola-impacted countries in West Africa.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Record high fall enrollments have been reached at UC Riverside and Cal State-San Bernardino. UCR hit 21,602 including more than 4200 new freshmen.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – It’s beginning to feel more like autumn. And, Riverside is rising to the occasion. A ‘Wine Walk’ is planned November 8th at the Canyon Crest Towne Centre.
New estimates suggest that homelessness is on the decline.
The Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development says it declined 7 percent in California the past four years.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – An incoming weather front will officially launch South California’s so-called rainy season. Showers should arrive after trick-or-treaters clear the streets Halloween night.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Spooks and goblins are becoming big business. Halloween is the fastest-growing consumer holiday. The average person is spending more than $77, according to the National Retail Federation.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – In its last report before Tuesday’s election, the California Field Poll found that Democrats lead in most partisan statewide election contests.
KANSAS CITY - Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series.
PALM SPRINGS – (INT) – Elvis would be pleased to know that his one-time home in the Las Palmas district is in good hands. It’s not going on the auction block, but will clear escrow in the next few weeks.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California’s business tax climate is among the worst in the nation. California ranks 48th according to the latest edition of the State Business Tax Climate Index.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) – The Internet continues to gain on television and newspapers as a primary news source. With local newspapers on the decline, Los Angeles television stations have been making a grab for more viewers in the Inland Empire.
TUSTIN - While big-box stores still have a few more weeks to prep for their busiest time of the year, Goodwill Industries is already in the midst of its holiday peak season.
HOLLYWOOD – (INT) – Folk singing icon John Denver has finally got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The singer’s star is number 2,531.
HOLLYWOOD - The pre-Halloween horror pic 'Ouija' easily won the box office race this week. It cost under $5 million to make and is based on the classic Hasbro board game.
CARLSBAD - Welders and pipefitters nearly outnumber the surfers and sunbathers here. Within sight of the crashing waves, the laborers are assembling what some hope will make water scarcity a thing of the past.
Another small gain in passenger volume at the Ontario International Airport is being reported. Figures issued Friday showed a nearly 4 percent increase the first 9-months of the year to just over 3 million passengers. Traffic to and from Mexico posted the biggest gain. Airport manager Jess Romo said that puts the facility on a ‘good path’ the rest of the year. (INT)

Californians are being warned about deceptive mailings that claim to be bills, invoices or renewal notices for newspaper subscriptions. They appear to be legitimate renewal notices from a local newspaper. But, the state Attorney General’s office they most likely are a scam and should be ignored and reported. (INT)

Riverside police have arrested a motorist in the death early Thursday of a bicyclist. Officers say the driver was under the influence of prescription medication. Killed was Ronald Williams, 61, of Riverside. (INT)

Two guns and a pair of bandanas are among the evidence that has implicated two men in a gangland-style killing in Montclair. Both are under arrest. Gunfire from one vehicle into another killed a man identified as Nestor Miranda. (INT)

Don Bell, a preeminent researcher in the egg and poultry industry at the University of California, has died in Riverside. He was 81. A memorial service will be held Saturday at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Riverside. (INT)

The condition of Orange County’s streets and roads is ranked the best in the state, according to a report released by The next closest ranking was San Joaquin County. The Save California Streets report has been compiled every two years since 2008. This is the second consecutive time Orange County’s streets have ranked as the best in the state. (INT)

Portions of the Cleveland National Forest around the Silverado fire zone in the Santa Ana Mountains have been closed for rehabilitation. Maple Springs Road, the Silverado Motorway Trail and a portion of the North Main Divide are also closed to the public until next September. The Silverado fire burned nearly 1,000 acres on the Orange County side of the Santa Ana Mountains last month. (INT)

About 26 percent of the more than one-half-million vote-by-mail ballots issued in Riverside County ahead of Tuesday’s election have been returned. That accounts for more than half of the predicted 43 percent total voter turnout. (INT)

A young woman killed in an early Wednesday morning collision on Interstate 10 in Coachella has been identified. She was Courtney Campbell, 23, of Cathedral City. Three other people were hurt. She was driving a vehicle that was going the wrong way when it collided head-on with a truck. (INT)

A woman badly hurt when a mini-van crashed into some boulders near Aguanga has given birth to a stillborn child. The driver from Temecula also suffered major injuries. (INT)

Jim Woodridge has resigned as UC Riverside’s athletic director effective Thursday. Veteran athletics administrator Janet Lucas will lead the UCR Division I Athletics program on an interim basis. Lucas has been the executive associate AD since 2006. (INT)

Three years’ probation has been handed to a young Moreno Valley woman in the first Riverside County case to be prosecuted under California’s new human trafficking law. Kayla Jackson, 19, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday. She served 102 days in jail. Prosecutors said that a 14-year-old girl was working as a prostitute under Jackson’s direction. Voters approved the human trafficking law 2-years ago.

Voters are being advised not to mail their completed ballots because they may not reach election offices in time to be counted in Tuesday’s election. Instead, they can be taken to Registrar of Voters offices in Riverside or San Bernardino – or taken to any polling place on election day. (INT)


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