November 26, 2014
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What a difference a year makes. More than 460,000 people signed up for health insurance on the federal government’s website during the first week of open enrollment, officials said. And there were no outages or other technical glitches.
The soggy slog home has begun. A winter storm along the East Coast on Wednesday brought with it a mix of rain, sleet and snow, slowing traffic, grounding planes and forcing many people to change their Thanksgiving plans.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) - The finding by a grand jury not to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown will not likely affect a federal investigation.
ONTARIO - (INT) – Ontario International Airport officials say that passenger volume has been growing throughout the year and that October was the best month yet. The number has improved by more than 4 percent for the first 10 months of the year.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Black Friday is reserved for holiday shoppers. But for many others, it’s the second of the 4-day Thanksgiving holiday.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A young man is dead after stepping in front of an oncoming freight train. The coroner says the 24-year-old Riverside man was seen walking toward the BNSF tracks near Harrison Street Saturday night.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The Salvation Army will be serving up thousands of Thanksgiving dinners.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – County supervisors took initial steps Tuesday to beef up enforcement against marijuana cultivations while protecting those who grow pot for medicinal needs.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – County Supervisor Jeff Stone bid farewell Tuesday to the job he’s held the past 10-years. Stone won a seat in the State Senate in this month’s election.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) Mayor Carey Davis is denying assertions that there was a delay in responding to an apartment fire last week that killed two children because of budget reductions.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Riverside County is taking steps to cut claims and lawsuits against its agencies.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Holiday shoppers want to know who has the best markdowns. The personal finance analyst WalletHub scanned the ads of 21 of the biggest U.S. retailers.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Several local cities are celebrating birthdays. The biggest celebrations will be in Temecula and Yucaipa.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – It should come as no surprise that Riverside and San Bernardino are among the nation’s thirstiest counties. Figures issued by the U.S. Geological Survey put the two counties among the top 10.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The distribution of surplus government food is being expanded in San Bernardino County.
LOS ANGELES - (INT) – Reunited Fleetwood Mac brings its North American tour to the renovated Forum in Inglewood this Thanksgiving weekend.
LOS ANGELES - Police arrested 130 protesters overnight during a second round of demonstrations against a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of a black teenager.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The countdown is underway for Friday’s launch of the Festival of Lights. The Mission Inn will be ground zero for the switch-on ceremony.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Many Southern Californians are primed for their first big get-away of the holiday season. More people plan to get out of town for Thanksgiving – the most since before the recession.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Weather watchers will be shifting their attention from Indian Summer to a pre-winter event. Forecasters have moderate to high confidence for some significant precipitation early next week.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Justice Department official Leondra Kruger is Governor Brown’s choice to become an associate justice on the California Supreme Court.
HOLLYWOOD - At the movies,' The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1' blasted past 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' to post the top opening of the year.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) - The Farm Bureau’s annual price survey indicates the average cost of this year’s Thanksgiving feast for 10 is slightly more last year.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – It doesn’t take much to understand why California is so worried about drought. Reservoirs are ever-dwindling. Rainfall is sporadic at best.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) – Forecasters are downplaying chances of significant El Nino rains this winter. Climatologist Bill Patzert at JPL in Pasadena says El Nino’s have far-reaching impacts when they happen.
Victims of two deadly car crashes in the Riverside area were identified Wednesday. The California Highway Patrol says that Nidia Ramirez, 28, of Riverside had been speeding along Alessandro Boulevard before hitting an SUV. A head-on crash near Lake Mathews killed another motorist, Jesus Enriquez, 22, of Perris. (INT)

A collection of 152 cockfighting roosters were discovered near Desert Hot Springs Tuesday and the owner deported. All the birds were euthanized. Animal control officials said the birds were worth hundreds of dollars and would likely be sold for the illegal fights. (INT)

Charles Merritt has waived his right to a preliminary hearing in the slaying of the Joseph McStay family. That hearing was to determine if prosecutors have enough evidence to put Merritt on trial. He returns to court in San Bernardino January 30th to set a trial date. (INT)

More people rode Riverside Transit Agency buses in October than any month in the RTA’s 37-year history. There were more than 962,000 passenger boardings. (INT)

The State Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Thursday approved an agreement that provides refunds to customers of Southern California Edison because of the premature shut down of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating plant. The refunds and credits amount to approximately $1.45 billion. The plant was shut down nearly 3-years ago because of a leak in a steam generator tube. (INT)

Several weapons were found in a Redlands home where a man had fired off several shots during a barricade situation. A woman and several children had escaped before Daniel Perez, 39, surrendered Tuesday night. No one was injured. (INT)

Faulty electrical equipment set a large Rancho Mirage home on fire Tuesday causing damages of $600,000. Two elderly residents were displaced and the family dog was killed. (INT)

Volunteers at UC Riverside hoisted a 30-foot inflatable turtle Tuesday to show students how plastic bags are one of the largest sources of ocean pollution. Students are being encouraged to support the ban on plastic, reusable bags enacted by the state legislature. (INT)

The University of California UC will expand legal services to undocumented students at six campuses, including UC Riverside. The UC Davis School of Law will serve the immigration-related legal needs of students on UC campuses without law schools. (INT)

An independent study shows that demand for court reporters will exceed supply within five years. By 2018, there will be 5,500 new court reporter jobs available in the U.S. with the greatest demand occurring in California and three other states. New rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to improve the quality of broadcast captioning will result in a greater need for court reporters in the coming years. (INT)

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