January 17, 2017
The wife of the gunman who killed 49 people in an attack at an Orlando nightclub in June was arrested in the Bay Area on Monday morning, officials said. Noor Zahi Salman faces charges of obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting.
WASHINGTON - Civil rights leaders and activists gathered at sites across the country Monday to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. On the same day that Americans celebrate King's legacy, his son met with President-elect Donald Trump.
The last man to walk on the moon died Monday at age 82 in Houston. The family of Eugene "Gene" Cernan said he had ongoing health issues, but his cause of death was not immediately known.
The main suspect in the New Year's Eve attack on an exclusive nightclub in Istanbul has been arrested in the Turkish city. Abdulkadir Masharipov is believed to have mounted the assault on the Reina club which left 39 people dead.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - The Inland Empire’s largest city is among the nation’s least-recession recovered.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Violence did not take a holiday during the 3-day Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend observance.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - A period of quiet weather is expected to be interrupted later in the week.
PALM SPRINGS – (INT) - Three years before his death in 1965, Walt Disney and his wife, Lillian, built a vacation home.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - Reaction to Governor Brown's proposed budget from Inland Empire lawmakers runs the gamut.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The downtown bus terminal has closed.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - The past, present and future uses of “big data” can be used to improve health care.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Surplus government food is being distributed throughout the month. The food is provided without cost.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Consumers in the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario Metro area could learn a lot about credit from folks in Mankato, Minnesota.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – A new survey has found nearly half of all motorists who responded admit to sometimes littering along streets and highways.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) - Hilda Maldonado is an evangelist for bilingual education.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Southern California gasoline prices are making a steady rise, up for four consecutive weeks.
HOLLYWOOD - ”Hidden Figures” has retained its box office crown.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) - Nearly two-thirds of Californians say global warming’s effects have already begun.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – A wet and snowy December has segued into January and may set the stage for what’s ahead this winter – or not.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Urban Californians’ monthly water conservation was 18.8 percent in November, a slight decrease from October.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - The water content of the Sierra snowpack is 70 percent of the early January average.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Some Californians may eventually be drinking recycled water.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California motorists now have another tool to help them get from here to there.
RIVERSIDE - (INT) - A team of researchers has found a long-sought-after mechanism in human cells that creates immunity to influenza.
Damage is estimated at $2 million in an early Monday morning fire at the Andalusia Golf Clubhouse in La Quinta. The 3-alarm fire was contained in two hours, but losses were extensive. (INT)

Adelanto Mayor Rich Kerr is recovering after being thrown from his motorcycle near the Adelanto Grand Prix. Kerr suffered a broken left collarbone, several broken ribs and a partial collapsed lung. (INT)

A suspected Mead Valley mail thief has been taken off the road. Kenny Alford, 53, has been busy helping himself to over 800 pieces of mail belonging to over 267 victims from Mead Valley, Menifee, Moreno Valley, Riverside and several other nearby surrounding cities. Over 100 “personal profiles,” which contained the victims’ personal information such as names, date of birth, address, social security numbers, and credit card numbers, were recovered. (INT)

The San Bernardino School Board has unanimously approved a resolution declaring schools to be safe zones for all students and families. The resolution reaffirms the Board of Education’s commitment to provide the best education in the safest learning environment to all SBCUSD students, regardless of immigration status, ethnicity, race, religion, or sexual orientation, among other categories. (INT)

Governor Brown is crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s for his State of the State address. It will be delivered before a joint session of the California Legislature on Tuesday, January 24th. (INT)

An autopsy may explain what happened to a man whose body was found floating in a run-off pond at Lake Evans in Riverside’s Fairmount Park over the weekend. Police said there were no obvious signs of foul play.

The Freeway 91 project is now 91 percent complete. The $1.4 billion project will extend the 91 express lanes from Interstate 15 to the Orange County line, add general purpose lanes, improve interchanges bridges, ramps and local streets. Completion is expected this spring. (INT)

The call is out for volunteers to help count Riverside County’s homeless. The Point-In-Time Homeless Count on January 24th is a one-day street and service-based count and population survey of Riverside County’s sheltered and unsheltered homeless population. (INT)

An 8-year-old autistic boy is safe after being rescued from a sink hole in Victorville. A sheriff’s deputy lowered a rope into the 10-foot-deep hole and help bring the boy to the surface. (INT)

At Lake Elsinore, detectives are saying little about a 17-year-old boy suspected of carrying out a multiple stabbing. A man died, a woman and a young female survived. Sheriff’s detectives said the suspect lived in the same home on Renwick Lane where the bloodshed occurred. (INT)

Investigators in Moreno Valley have concluded that two men found dead of gunshot wounds were victims of a murder-suicide. Their bodies were found Friday in as residence on Flint Drive. (INT)

The Inland Empire’s fastest-growing city will be getting bigger. RSI Communities, a California-and Texas-based homebuilder has purchased 228 acres of land in Beaumont. It will develop a 981-unit master-planned community of energy-efficient homes. The new community, which will be called Olivewood. (INT)

Southwest Airlines is expanding its service at Ontario International Airport. It has added a non-stop flight to Dallas-Love Field. Southwest now operates 31 daily departures from Ontario to nine destinations. (INT)

Fontana police found gang-related overtones in a stabbing that left one teen dead and another under arrest. The 15-year-old victim was found outside a theater. The accused 14-year-old assailant was picked up minutes later in possession of the weapon. Names of those involved were not immediately released. (INT)

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey will emphasize the power of partnerships in the annual State of the City address at the Riverside Convention Center on January 19th.
The speech will be the mayor’s first of his second term. (INT)

The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has begun accepting 2016 state tax returns for a filing season that extends through April 18, 2017. That’s three days beyond the traditional deadline because of a federal holiday. Free filing help is available for many taxpayers with limited incomes. (INT)