August 11, 2020
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WASHINGTON – (INT) – President Trump’s latest coronavirus briefing was interrupted Monday by a shooting near the White House.
California leads the nation in coronavirus cases, more than 550,000 on Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins data, and state officials aren't ready to let theme parks reopen. That means Disneyland, in Anaheim, won't reopen anytime soon.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's executive order suggesting states pay $100 of a $400 unemployment benefits boost has been questioned by governors concerned over accounting for such a cost.
SAN FRANCISCO - Uber and Lyft have to treat their California drivers as employees rather than independent contractors, a California judge ruled Monday.
WASHINGTON - Transportation Security Administration screeners found guns in air travelers’ carry-on bags at three times the usual rate this past July as compared to last year, the agency says.
BANNING – (INT) – Only a few wisps of smoke are drifting upward from the remnants of the Apple Fire that scarred 32,905 acres mostly in the San Gorgonio Wilderness.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – In the first tally in 3-days, the number of new COVID-19 infections in Riverside County has soared by 1,531.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Weather watchers are wondering if the summer monsoon season has gone AWOL.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Riverside County Supervisors are joining a growing number of cities proclaiming that racism is a public health crisis.
SAN BERNARDINO - (INT) - With the pandemic shows no sign of abating, education has taken on a whole new experience.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Area purchasing managers doubt the region will see a quick economic recovery from the pandemic-induced recession.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – COVID-19 testing locations have been expended to ten locations across San Bernardino County.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Riverside County will be getting 330 state prison inmates under an early release plan.
ONTARIO – (INT) - Some airlines are pushing ahead to return more service to Ontario International Airport (ONT).
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Preliminary results from a COVID-19 antibody testing study show that up to five-times more people contracted the virus than was previously known.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Pandemic safety measures are in place allowing ‘cooling centers’ to remain open during the current heat wave.
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SALTON SEA – (INT) – A series of light earthquakes centered beneath the Salton Sea, California’s largest Lake, rattled the Imperial Valley Monday morning.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - A muted warm-up is not likely to get serious until later in the week.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California has 561,911 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date.
MALIBU - Simon Cowell is recovering from a back surgery following a bike accident at his home.
SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND - The remains of seven Marines and a sailor lost when their amphibious vehicle sank near San Clemente Island have been recovered.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California’s colleges and universities (IHE) are getting interim guidelines to resume in-person instruction.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – County election officials may be required to provide polling places in the November presidential election in spite of a push to vote by mail.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – The California Department of Education (CDE) is collaborating with Apple and T-Mobile to connect up to 1 million students in need.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) - Almost seven in ten Californians strongly or somewhat support the Black Lives Matter movement.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Californians may be living up to their reputation of being the hardest to count in the nation.
OROVILLE – (INT) - Caltrans is repaving a section of Highway 162 in Oroville using recycled asphalt pavement and liquid plastic made with single-use, plastic bottles.
HOLLYWOOD – (INT) - A statistical report places global box office revenue losses at $10 billion for 2020, while demand for streaming services has spiked.
OAKLAND – (INT) - The University of California released results from a new survey of California youth Tuesday that provides insights into their political and civic engagement.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Food insecurity—either concerns around having enough food or outright hunger—has increased sharply across California.
Motorcycle accidents have claimed two lives. San Bernardino police say a 27-year-old motorcyclist sped through a red light on Highland Avenue and collided with an automobile. On Sunday, CalFire reported that two motorcyclists crashed on Highway 74 west of Mountain Center. Donald Van Riper, 69, of Hemet died and two other people were hurt. (INT)

The California Highway Patrol is investigating a traffic mishap that killed three men in a Blythe irrigation canal. The mishap occurred Sunday in irrigation C-Canal. The Riverside County coroner identified the victims Monday as David Vasquez, 43; Luis Camou, 56, and Eduardo Uribe, age 54, all of Blythe. (INT)

Investigators are probing the intentions of a San Bernardino man who carried two loaded handguns when he drove up to the West Valley Detention Center to pick-up an inmate about to be released. A search of Harold Nickelberry’s vehicle turned up two boxes of ammunition, a baggie of marijuana and his two children, aged 1 and 9. Nickelberry, 38, was jailed and the children turned over to their mother. (INT)

A mask-up campaign against the coronavirus is opening in Moreno Valley. 175,000 masks will be given away at supermarkets and will also be distributed by police, fire, Code Enforcement, and park ranger personnel at various city events. (INT)

Two people are dead in the wake of a fiery head-on collision of a car and an SUV on the Ramona Expressway near San Jacinto. It happened early Saturday when one vehicle drifted across the center line near Bridge Street. There were no survivors. The coroner identified one of the victims Sunday as Carlos Rodriguez, 74, of Perris. (INT)

Riverside police have connected a registered sex offender to a pair of sexual assaults the past two months. Ricardo Cabrera, 27, was wearing an ankle bracelet when arrested Thursday. Cabrera is accused of attacking a female jogger June 7th in La Sierra and a shopper at the Riverside Plaza earlier Thursday. Cabrera fled in a vehicle but evidence left at the scene led police to him. (INT)

Potential candidates who want to appear on the November 3rd ballot had until Friday to file. If an incumbent fails to file, the deadline is extended for that office, for non-incumbents only, to 5 p.m. on August 12th. (INT)

Lifeline is the latest to offer Covid-19 virus tests. A so-called testing ‘supercenter’ opens August 14th at SilverLakes in Norco. The facility is capable of testing up to 3,000 people per day and offers results in 60-minutes or less. Same-day results mean a reduced risk of infection and faster returns to life and work. (INT)

The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) is trying to boost sagging ridership. Any youth under the age of 18 may ride the bus - free. It’s designed to attract students at Cal Baptist University, La Sierra University, Moreno Valley College, Mt. San Jacinto College, Norco College, Riverside City College and UC Riverside. Ridership on RTA busses is down 67 percent because of the coronavirus pandemic. Student free rides will be offered until next July. (INT)

The City of Riverside is encouraging residents to attend a September 2nd meeting and recommend amendments to the city’s Code of Ethics and Conduct. As required by an amendment to the City Charter approved by voters in 2004, the city adopted a code of ethics and conduct. The Mayor, City Council, and members of city boards, commissions, and committees are subject to the code. (INT)

New court closures have come to Riverside County as Californians strive to reverse the expanding number of COVID-19 infections. Effective Monday, August 10th, courts in Moreno Valley, Corona, Temecula, Hemet and the Riverside Self-Help Center, and the Riverside Records Center were closed until further notice. (INT)

As the nation battles the coronavirus, the Riverside County Vector Control Program has mosquitoes and the West Nile virus in its sights. Truck-mounted sprayers will be on the streets of Nuevo Wednesday morning to apply mosquito-control Zenivex to a 50-acre area around Mystic Field. (INT)

Prosecutors have concluded that Ontario police officers acted within their rights of self-defense when a woman wielding a handgun and a lead pipe was shot and killed when she rushed toward them. An investigation concluded that Araceli Arias was angry, under the influence of drugs and possibly bent on suicide at the time of the incident in her father’s backyard in May, 2019. (INT)

Another terse statement from San Bernardino police offers little information about the city’s latest homicide. It says that Dalia Avelina Camacho-Palomera, 22, was shot early Sunday in the 2600 Block of South Copper Lane. As in several previous homicides, no additional information was released. Thirty-three people have been murdered in the city so far this year. Thirty were killed by gunfire. Police routinely do not disclose circumstances, motives or arrests. (INT)

A car-to-car shooting killed not only one driver but an innocent pedestrian who was struck by his out-of-control vehicle. Identities of those involved in the Friday night incident at Coachella were not immediately released. Another pedestrian survived with minor injuries. (INT)

It’s not only drug-smugglers Border Patrol agents are looking for, but also folks carrying a lot of cold cash. In Escondido, a 26-year-old Mexican national was pulled over on the I-15. Stuffed in the gas tank of his SUV were 65 plastic-wrapped bundles of U.S. currency that totaled $967,460. The man is undergoing questioning. (INT)

Riverside’s Social Security Office business operation will soon be on the move. The existing office on Mission Grove Parkway will close August 28th and reopen the following Monday at 10000 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside. Social Security employees continue to work remotely. (INT)

A temporary walk-up COVID-19 testing site is scheduled to operate on August 12-13th at the Arlanza Community Center in the Bryant Park located at 7950 Philbin Avenue in Riverside. Tests are provided at no cost. No insurance is required. (INT)

Local health officials are urging residents to seek emergency care when they have potentially serious symptoms such as chest pains, shortness of breath or signs of a stroke, and not wait to call 9-1-1 out of fear of catching coronavirus. Some residents are afraid of contracting COVID-19 at the hospital or during transport to a medical facility. By waiting, the patients may come into the hospital in more serious condition then they would have otherwise. (INT)

Although the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway has been closed since March because of the coronavirus pandemic, officials have stepped up the attraction’s annual maintenance in hopes of reopening by Labor Day. “Our new safety protocols are in place and we are ready to open” says General Manager Nancy Nichols, “But we certainly understand that this is a time when the health and safety of our guests and staff must take precedence.” (INT)

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