April 24, 2014
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SACRAMENTO – (INT) – A special session of the state Legislature convenes Thursday to take up Governor Brown’s plan to strengthen California's rainy day fund.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Surging prices are forcing more families away from homeownership and into rentals. And, the change is not coming cheap.
LLIJAY, Ga.--It's legal for licensed gun owners in Georgia to pack heat in bars, schools, churches and some government buildings. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, on Wednesday signed the state's "Safe Carry Protection Act."
Representatives from Fatah and Hamas have reached a reconciliation deal that would unite the rival factions into one government, but that could threaten the sputtering U.S.-backed peace talks between Israel and the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority.
INDIO – Police are investigating a complaint that District Attorney Paul Zellerbach tampered with a campaign sign Wednesday.
INDIO - (INT) – 'Stagecoach' makes a weekend stop at the Empire Polo Grounds. The 3-day lineup brings together some of the hottest stars in country music.
SAN BERNARDINO - (INT) - The Department of Housing and Urban Development is considering a realignment of the process to fund community grants.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) – The rate of home foreclosures in California changed little the first quarter of the year and mirrors a level last seen in early 2006. Los Angeles County had a 5.2 percent increase.
GRAND TERRACE – (INT) – A quartet of train trestles crossing over the 215 freeway is about in place. The last goes into position Friday night when the freeway will be closed in both directions.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Final touches are clearing the way for Monday’s start of the sbX bus transit service. Spokesman Dave Rutherford says there’s been special attention to safety issues.
BARSTOW – (INT) – San Bernardino County has signed on to a Freeway Agreement with Caltrans to realign 7-miles of Highway 58 through the Hinkley area.
BOSTON – (INT) – UC Riverside’s director of the student-wellness center overcame a pair of medical set-backs and fulfilled her dream of competing in the Boston Marathon.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Supporters of solar power and preservationists of historic Route 66 clashed Tuesday before the County Board of Supervisors.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Calfire claims it’s beefing up fire prevention thanks to a controversial fee that’s entering its third year. Property owners in rural areas are paying an average of $150 annually.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - Surplus government food is being distributed free to the public during April. Several additional locations have been set up.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – It’s mid-spring, but we can’t put winter behind us. Forecaster Rob Krohn in Riverside is tracking a strong, cold late season storm.
SAN CLEMENTE - Consumer watchdog groups plan to fight a proposed settlement over the closure of the San Onofre nuclear plant that could cost utility users in South Orange County and San Diego more than $3.3 billion.
SAN JOSE - Experts were at a loss Monday as to how a 16-year-old boy from Santa Clara managed to survive a five-hour flight to Hawaii in the wheel well of a jetliner.
HOLLYWOOD - (INT) - The faith-based film 'Heaven Is for Real' is soaring at the Box Office. It is Number 3 in the weekly top 10 movies and clearly benefiting from the Easter holiday.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) – A growing number of city governments are concerned about the potential health effects of E-cigarettes. Los Angeles has joined them.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California is entering the hot, dry summer months with the lowest allocation – ever – of State Water Project supplies. Department of Water Resources Director Mark Corwin says the 5 percent is better than nothing.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Southern California motorists are paying for some of the most expensive gasoline in the nation. The Automobile Club places blame on a familiar source.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – There’s no debate among Californians that there’s a water shortage. But, the Field Poll found there is no clear consensus about what to do about it.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A specialized rescue team has returned to Riverside after spending nearly three weeks at the scene of the Washington state landslide.
Traffic mishaps Wednesday in widely separated areas of the Inland Empire claimed two lives. An SUV ran off a rural road in Menifee and killed the driver. An elderly motorcyclist, Lonnie Larson, 76, of Sacramento, lost his life in a crash on Cima Road in the middle of the Mojave Desert. (INT)

Dodger bats came alive with 12 hits as LA beat the Phillies 5-2. (INT)

A murder investigation has been launched into the discovery of a woman’s body in an abandoned mine shaft. Searchers found the body Monday near Red Mountain off Highway 395 in extreme northwest San Bernardino County. Authorities identified the body Wednesday as that of Sandra McKinney, 71. She’d been reported missing from her home at Red Mountain last weekend. (INT)

The Riverside City Council has agreed to extend the 1.5 percent water conservation surcharge through the year 2024. The charge is about 70 cents per month for an average residential water customer. (INT)

Another death penalty case is moving closer to trial. A Riverside judge says there is enough evidence against Drew Stelp to put him on trial for the slayings of his mother and his ex-wife. They were found dead last year in their home at Moreno Valley. Stelp, 52, was the caretaker of both women. (INT)

William Foley has been hired to run the Arrowhead County Medical Center at Colton. His contract calls for an annual salary of just over $301,000 plus benefits worth another $152,000. Foley takes over no later than June 23rd. He is a veteran healthcare executive. (INT)

As many as five public hearings have been scheduled next month on the proposed San Bernardino city budget. It will reflect the bankrupt city’s direction for the next fiscal year. (INT)

Online voter registration in California is being expanded to cover eight additional languages. Would-be voters need their California driver license or California identification card number, the last four digits of their Social Security number and their date of birth. Online registration in English and Spanish was launched 2-years ago. (INT)

William Carnegie has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the Riverside-based Second Harvest Food Bank. Carnegie was president of Community Food Bank Inc. in Tucson, Ariz. for the past eight years, (INT)

The Washington Nationals turned the tables on the Angels and came from behind in the 9th inning to win 5-4 Wednesday and avoid a sweep. (INT)

Sheriff’s deputies checking on the welfare of residents in a Menifee home Monday night were confronted in a garage by a man pointing a handgun at them. When Mickey Larragoitiy, 54, refused to drop the weapon, he was shot dead. None of the officers were hurt. An investigation into the situation at the home on Winged Foot Drive continues. (INT)

Sheriff’s Captain Jason Horton has been appointed police chief for Jurupa Valley. Horton attended school in Jurupa Valley and has spent his entire 20-year law enforcement career with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. His appointment is effective May 1st. (INT)

The University of Redlands is getting a jump start on the graduation season. The U of R’s 105th commencement ceremonies will be held Thursday and Saturday. More than 1,600 students will pickup their diplomas. (INT)

Local election officials are gearing up for the June 3rd primary. 880,000 sample ballots and information pamphlets are going out to voters in Riverside County. All will be in the mail by next week. (INT)

A Fontana gang member has been handed a reservation in the ‘Graybar Hotel’. Daniel Chavira, 23, was sentenced this week to 52 years in prison for his role in takeover robbery of a Farmer’s Boy restaurant in Ontario. Chavira—who uses the moniker “Demon”—was convicted of 10 felony counts. (INT)

Governor Brown has overturned a state parole board ruling that would have granted the release of a convicted murderer who killed his wife in San Bernardino County in 1985. Samuel Dubyak, 71, is held at Soledad State Prison. He was sentenced to 27 years to life in prison after being convicted of first degree murder. His wife’s body has never been found. (INT)

The University of California expects a big increase in freshman enrollment this fall. The record high number includes more Californians, more Latinos, and a broad range of out-of-state and international residents. (INT)

Applicants have begun seeking permits to operate food trucks in Riverside County. An ordinance adopted by the county supervisors last December cleared the way. (INT)

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