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|August 18, 2019|
NEW YORK - Concerns over civil liberties have been reignited after the Trump administration applied to reauthorize a National Security Agency (NSA) spying program that had gathered millions of U.S. citizens’ call records.
WASHINGTON - A third of U.S. adults are so stressed by the prospect of mass shootings that they avoid visiting certain places or attending certain events, according to a new survey.
NEW YORK - Americans are passing up everything from ballgames to brunch, citing high prices and the burden of everyday bills. A new survey found that roughly two-thirds of Americans say they’ve skipped out on a recreational activity.
WASHINGTON - The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has withdrawn support for so-called cyanide bombs, which are used to kill predators of livestock.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Gun violence has figured in the deaths of at least six persons.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – A school administrator is being accused of possessing and distributing child pornography.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - Temperatures are backing down for some weekend fun in the sun.
JURUPA VALLEY – (INT) – The 60 Swarm rehab project on the Route 60 freeway is gaining traction as the weekend closures continue.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Prosecutors are skipping a long-delayed preliminary and have obtained a criminal indictment against the former mayor of Palm Springs and two local developers.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Two California Highway Patrol officers who survived last Monday’s gun fight that claimed a third officer’s life are said to be recovering.
MORENO VALLEY – (INT) – Two people who survived Thursday's crash and burn police chase have been identified.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – It was announced late Thursday that Police Chief Jarrod Burguan is retiring.
JURUPA VALLEY – (INT) – A section of the Santa Ana River where two people became ill after coming in contact with the water has been reopened.
BIG BEAR – (INT) - The invasive goldspotted oak borer (GSOB) has been detected in dying California black oaks.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – While some talk about chances of a mild recession in 2020, local economists are trumpeting the region’s comeback from the Great Recession.
REDLANDS - (INT) - Youth volunteers have completed their clean-up of Sylvan Park and results of their efforts have been counted.
RIDGECREST – (INT) – The earth is still moving in a 3-county area following the Ridgecrest earthquakes.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The signs are everywhere from placards on utility poles to HGTV.
LOS ANGELES - Peter Fonda, a scion of Hollywood royalty who starred as a hippie biker in the 1960s generational touchstone film “Easy Rider,” died Friday at his home in Los Angeles.
SACRAMENTO - California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said Friday they were taking legal action in a bid to block President Trump's new “public charge rule".
OAKLAND, CA - California’s legal cannabis market is currently on track to becoming the world’s largest market.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – The Automobile Club of Southern California has counted six consecutive weeks of declines in gasoline prices.
LOS ANGELES - The ShakeAlertLA app was first released just 8 months ago, to serve as an early warning system, giving people a heads-up when a big earthquake is about to hit.
SACRAMENTO - San Francisco Assemblyman Phil Ting has never been arrested, but facial recognition technology developed by Amazon links his image to a jailhouse mugshot.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - California filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the Trump Administration’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in California continued to fall ahead of schedule.
ENCINITAS - Days after a cliff collapse killed three people in Leucadia, there are new concerns about beach bluff failures.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) - Governor Gavin Newsom announced a proposal Wednesday to create a new permanent fund to help struggling renters and homeowners.
TRONA – (INT) – As the aftershocks from the Ridgecrest Earthquake sequence weaken, repair and recovery efforts continue.
SAN DIEGO – (INT) – California may be dealing with a lot of weather in the coming years and it could test the extremes.
Passing lanes, a median buffer and wider shoulders are a few of the new safety improvements just added to Highway 395 in the Victorville-Adelanto area. About 7,000 vehicles and 1,300 trucks travel that segment of Highway 395 daily. (INT)
A 4-acre residential property in Temecula’s Wine Country has given up more than 2,800 marijuana plants that were in various stages of growth. Twelve people were detained. (INT)
4,200 high and low pressure sodium streetlights in Hemet are being replaced with energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) fixtures. The project is expected to be complete within the next 60 days. (INT)
An Ontario man was arrested Thursday on a federal grand jury indictment alleging he blackmailed young women on Facebook. Jorge Esteban Sanchez Ramos threatened to publish nude photographs and videos unless his victims sent him additional sexually explicit images. Ramos, 23, used a series of online aliases, including “Nathan Ramirez,” “Juan Romero” and “George Sanchez”. (INT)
Motorists are being warned to expect delays on winding Route 60 through the Badlands between Moreno Valley and Beaumont. Beginning August 22nd, one westbound lane will be closed for six months for the Route 60 Truck Lanes Widening Project. A detour along Interstate 10 is recommended. (INT)
Illegal marijuana cultivation continues to flourish in Riverside County. Search warrants served Tuesday in Cherry Valley and Cabazon turned up 3,230 plants and 120 pounds of processed marijuana. Authorities made no mention of any arrests. (INT)
Members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) open a 3-day meeting in San Francisco August 22nd. The DNC has invited all the Democratic presidential candidates to speak. DNC caucus meeting and the general session will be open to the public. (INT)
A major credit agency has upgraded the state’s credit rating to ‘double A’. Fitch Ratings writes that California has improved its ability to weather an economic downturn. “The state eliminated the overhang of budgetary borrowing that had accumulated through two recessions and continues to set-aside funds in the budget stabilization account,” the agency wrote. (INT)
Three suspects have been linked to a series of crimes in Banning and Beaumont. The crimes occurred over a one-month period and included multiple shootings. (INT)
A Coachella woman accused of trashing puppies in a dumpster has pleaded guilty to the allegations. She admitted all seven counts of felony animal cruelty and seven misdemeanor counts of cruelty related to the willful abandonment of an animal. A Riverside County Superior Court judge in Indio sentenced Deborah Sue Culwell, 55, to one year in jail for her plea. (INT)
Arson investigators have arrested two men on suspicion of starting unrelated fires in Riverside County. One blackened about 20 acres and other flared on private property. Jailed were Sergio Padilla, 29, in Lake Elsinore and Jacob Scott, 32, in Beaumont. Calfire did not say when the fires occurred. (INT)
The quality of voice services provided by California’s two largest telecommunications utilities steadily declined from 2010-2017, according to the California Public Utilities Commission. The CPUC said AT&T California and Frontier California, both before and after Frontier’s acquisition from Verizon in 2016—were “in effect, disinvesting in infrastructure overall, and most pronounced in the more rural and low-income service areas.” (INT)
Ontario International Airport has surpassed the 3 million passenger mark for the year, a 7% increase over the first seven months of last year. In July, the increase was more than 10% compared to July 2018. (INT)
The Climate prediction center has dropped the curtain on the latest El Nino saying that conditions in the equatorial Pacific Ocean no longer support its existence. El Nino has long been associated with heavier rainfall in California although that is not always the case. Its drier counterpart La Nina is also not favored for the coming winter months. (INT)
Changes are coming for those who ride Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) busses. Beginning September 8th, the RTA says it’s making several schedule and route changes to boost performance. Connections will be enhanced and service expanded into new areas such as the Corona Hills Plaza and Mt. San Jacinto Community College. Some service will be eliminated because of low ridership. (INT)