October 25, 2016
SACRAMENTO--Roughly a decade ago the military put an offer on the table for thousands of California National Guard soldiers: Re-enlist for six years and go fight in Iraq and Afghanistan in exchange for bonuses of $15,000 or more.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – A federal court has approved the $14.7 billion settlement with Volkswagen over its “defeat device” software.
Federal regulators opened the federal exchange Healthcare.gov for consumers to browse for plans on Monday, as they announced that rates will be up 25% for the plans for which the tax subsidies are calculated.
Early in-person voting for the U.S. presidential election is underway in several states, including the battleground states of Florida and Colorado. Polling places opened Monday in 50 counties in Florida, including the state’s largest counties.
NORTH PALM SPRINGS - (INT) - The National Transportation Safety Board has entered the investigation into Sunday's deadly tour bus crash.
RIVERSIDE - (INT) - People are being warned not to eat catfish taken from Lake Evans.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - Southern California is on storm break, but it could be only temporary.
TEMECULA – (INT) – Investigators have concluded that an August fire at a residential care facility for adults with developmental disabilities where five men died was arson.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Early voting ahead of the November 8th election is underway.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - A palm tree-killing insect that is already established in San Diego County and likely to spread.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Riverside County sheriff’s deputies are getting an extra measure of protection.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - Residents of Riverside and San Bernardino counties have been arming themselves with guns at an unprecedented rate.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Another flu season is bearing down and vaccination clinics are in full operation this month.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Surplus government food is being distributed throughout the month. The food is provided without cost.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – A new survey has found nearly half of all motorists who responded admit to sometimes littering along streets and highways.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Officials are raising the chance of flash flooding this winter.
ST. JOSEPH, MN - Bobby Vee's storied music career involved a who's who of rock 'n' roll heroes.
SANTA MONICA--Tom Hayden, the anti-Vietnam War activist, “Chicago 7” member and former husband of the actress Jane Fonda has died at the age of 76.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - The California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff estimated the leak was equivalent to the annual natural gas usage of 190,000 homes.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – One third of Californians consider their communities unhealthy places to live.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Gasoline prices have shifted into neutral, at least for the time being.
Residents all across the southern U.S. should expect winter to be warmer and drier than usual.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - Grants have been awarded to keep more used tires out of California landfills.
FRESNO – (INT) - The California Air Resources Board adopted a revised funding plan for proceeds from the cap-and-trade program.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Southern California water suppliers are bracing for a possible sixth year of drought.
SAN FRANCISCO - (INT) - Millennials are less likely to vote than older Californians, but more likely to identify as liberal.
A San Jacinto man affiliated with the Riverside San Jacinto First Street gang has been sentenced to a decade in prison for his role in methamphetamine trafficking. Luis Miguel Castro, aka “Fat Boy,” 27, was sentenced in a Los Angeles federal court. (INT)

Vandals are suspected of dumping a flammable fluid inside Dillon’s Restaurant & Irish Pub in Chino Hills. A cleaning crew fell ill upon entering the restaurant early last Friday. (INT)

An Inland Empire man who allegedly posed as an immigration attorney and two female accomplices face a federal indictment charging them with operating an immigration fraud scheme. The indictment alleges they created phony employment visas and other bogus documents for foreign nationals who were seeking a way to legally remain in the United States. Alexander Smirnoff, who also went by the name “Alex Scott,” 48, and his “legal assistants” – Ekaterina Vladimirovna Zamurueva, 28, and Anna Kirillovna Solodovnikova, 29 – were arrested at the residence they shared in Corona. (INT)

San Bernardino County’s latest push against marijuana growers has netted 3,700 plants and one arrest. It was the culmination of eight search warrants in the Daggett-Newberry Springs area east of Barstow. (INT)

The Forest Service has reached a decision on the May Valley Non-Motorized Trails Project near Idyllwild.
The project area encompasses approximately 5,500 acres in the May Valley area that contains approximately 40 miles of both unauthorized and authorized roads and trails that are popular with mountain bikers, equestrians, and hikers. The May Valley Project will adopt about 22 miles of unauthorized trails and add about 2.5 miles of newly constructed t non-motorized trails, add 2 trailheads and rehabilitate about 10.5 miles of unauthorized trails. (INT)

Proposition 55 on the November 8th ballot asks California voters to extend a major component of Prop. 30 of 2012: personal income tax rate increases that affect very high-income Californians and are scheduled to expire at the end of 2018. Prop. 30's boost to state revenues has shown that the measure has helped narrow the gap between California and the rest of the US. (INT)

UC Riverside’s iconic Bell Tower is marking its fiftieth year. A carillon concert series begins October 17th and is performed each noon through November 7th. Admission is free and open to the public. (INT)

Fontana police said Tuesday there was ‘significant evidence of neglect and abuse’ in the death of a 2-year-old girl. The child’s mother, Cheyenne Cobb, 20, and her step-father, Jon Palechek, 47, have been arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse causing death. The girl died Monday at a residence on Slover Avenue. (INT)

In Perris, a bicyclist struck by a hit-and-run motorist has died. Authorities were trying to find a dark-colored sedan involved in the early Monday morning incident. Sheriff’s deputies say the driver apparently ran a red light on Highway 74 and struck the victim as he rode into the intersection at Navajo Road. The coroner identified the bicyclist as Steven Marsh, 62, of Perris. (INT)

The Riverside Community College District has named its new chief of police. Robert Gunzel is a 30-year law enforcement veteran most recently with the Orange County Sheriff's Department where he was chief of police services for the city of Villa Park. (INT)

UC Riverside’s Center for Advanced Neuroimaging got its centerpiece Saturday when a 13-ton imaging scanner was lowered into place. The “3 Tesla Siemens Prisma” Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine is a high-end, research-grade system, the first of its kind in the Inland Empire. (INT)

It’s now up to a Riverside County jury to recommend whether Johnny Lopez should suffer the death penalty or spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering his estranged wife and 5-year-old daughter and stabbing his girlfriend. The jury returned its verdicts Wednesday. The two murder victims were found in their Hemet home in 2013. The penalty phase of Lopez’ trial begins Monday. (INT)

Warehousing jobs seems to be everywhere as more local facilities are built to accommodate vast inventories of products brought to the Inland Empire. Moreno Valley has partnered with Amazon to fill up to 10,000 jobs in Inland Southern California. Amazon job fairs are planned at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreational Center and the Moreno Valley Employment Resource Center. Ten hiring events are planned in MoVal through November 23rd. (INT)


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