October 21, 2017
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COLLEGE STATION, TEX - All five living former U.S. presidents attended a fundraising concert Saturday night to benefit the victims of hurricanes.
SAN JUAN - News reports evaluating the island exactly a month after Hurricane Maria hit say most communities are still without power.
WASHINGTON--President Trump signed an executive order Friday allowing the Air Force to recall as many as 1,000 retired pilots to active duty to address a shortage in combat fliers, the White House and Pentagon announced.
New CAP analysis finds that if Salvadoran, Honduran, and Haitian workers with TPS were removed from the labor force, the United States would lose $164 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) over the next decade.
WASHINGTON--The U.S. government is urging the world airline community to ban large, personal electronic devices like laptops from checked luggage because of the potential for a catastrophic fire.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Beaumont’s public corruption case is unraveling with guilty pleas from two of the seven defendants.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - Assembly Bill 19 is modeled after the community-based College Promise.
JOSHUA TREE – (INT) - The case of two missing hikers found dead in the Joshua Tree National Park has ended with a conclusion of murder-suicide.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - Government recorded the largest employment increase across the region last month as schools and colleges got back into session.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - The County of Riverside wants Amazon to expand its presence in the region,
PALM SPRINGS – (INT) – A nearly year-long investigation into a bus-truck collision that killed 13 people has concluded with an arrest.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - It’s hardly unusual for law enforcement throughout the Inland Empire to find an illegal marijuana grow house in an otherwise quiet urbanized area.
PERRIS – (INT) – Riverside County transportation planners continue efforts to find a corridor linking Interstate 15 with the I-215.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Southern Californians can hope they weren’t breathing too deeply this past summer.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Surplus government food will be given out during October.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Scattered showers that dampened parts of the San Bernardino National Forest Friday were not sufficient to avert the anticipated extreme wildfire danger.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Fire agencies across the state are ramping up for another onslaught of fierce Santa Ana winds.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California has filed a lawsuit against Curacao, a retail store chain that ranks among the 50 largest electronics and appliance retailers in the United States.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California counties will soon see a significant influx of new revenue to invest in the local street and road system under SB1.
MT. WILSON – (INT) – A 50-acre fire smoldering on top of Mt. Wilson is more than half surrounded.
SAN DIEGO - SeaWorld, which has struggled with declining attendance, announced it is cutting 350 positions.
SACRAMENTO –The California Water Board adopted a new statewide policy Tuesday establishing strict environmental standards for cannabis cultivation.
ANAHEIM HILLS – (INT) – More than 600 firefighters are rounding up any embers still smoldering in the wake of the Canyon Fire-2.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - Drones may eventually grow a mind of their own.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - California is stepping up its effort to control the outbreak of hepatitis A.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – A wide-ranging weather pattern is setting up with a variety of events the rest of the month.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) - Halloween spending is headed over the top for retailers looking to cash in on what’s becoming the most bankable time of the year.
It’ll be the Dodgers and the Astros in the 2017 World Series. Dodger Stadium will be the venue for Game 1after the Astros clinched their appearance in the Fall Classic. They scored 4-0 victory over the New York Yankees in the 7th and deciding game of the NLCS Saturday. It’s only the Astros' second World Series in 56 seasons. (INT)

Gang enhancements are among the charges filed against three suspects in last June’s gunshot slaying behind a Riverside gas station. Police announced Friday the arrests of Gabriel Ortega, 37, Jeannette Garcia, 28, and Vincent Aguilar, 37, all residents of the nearby Casa Blanca area. A motive for the murder of Gabriel “Gabby” Cruz was not disclosed. (INT)

A fiery late Monday night car crash near Murrieta in the La Cresta area claimed two lives. The coroner identified the victims Thursday as Dennis and Lorraine Carver of Murrieta. Their Mercedes drifted off Avenida de Arboles on a curve, crashed into a pair of brick pillars and caught fire. (INT)

1500 plants have been seized in the Inland Empire’s latest indoor marijuana cultivation. Sheriff’s deputies at Victorville were checking on a suspicious circumstances call when they discovered the huge cultivation inside a home and a guest house on Desert Knoll Drive. Two men were arrested on cultivation charges. (INT)

A one-time sales representative for AFLAC from Redlands was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison after being convicted of federal fraud charges related to a scheme that used bogus disability claims to bilk the insurance company out of more than $4 million. Patricia Diane Smith Sledge, 61, of Redlands, was sentenced to pay to pay $4,166,063 in restitution. (INT)

Groundwater basins in the San Bernardino area have been recharged to their highest levels in five years. The San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District estimates that 16 billion gallons of water were added over the past 12 months. (INT)

Allegations of embezzlement have surfaced at Rancho Mirage City Hall. An employee, Sandra Johnson, surrendered to authorities Friday capping a 5-month investigation into allegations that she may have embezzled money. Named as a co-defendant was Brandi Lasela Perry, 40, of Desert Hot Springs. Investigators did not list the jobs of the two women, how the money was embezzled or how much. (INT)

The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) and Habitat for Humanity Riverside held a public ceremony Thursday to break ground on 26 new homes for low-income veteran families. The new community will be built on five acres at the end of Amarillo Street in the Glen Avon area. (INT)

Passenger volume at Ontario International Airport (ONT) rose again in September, continuing a trend of steady increases. The September figures represent the 13th straight month of growth, the longest period of consecutive months of higher passenger volumes at ONT since 2007. (INT)

Highland Fairview has announced plans to bring a second Skechers facility to Moreno Valley. The proposed expansion will be located in the World Logistics Center area and will complement the Skechers North American Distribution Headquarters. (INT)

Riverside County election officials are mailing out 75,000 vote-by-mail ballots ahead of the November 7th election. Early voting at the Registrar of Voters office in Riverside began Tuesday. Elections for school board, library and community service seats will be held. Municipal elections are scheduled in Perris, Palm Springs and Blythe. (INT)

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