July 19, 2018
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ONTARIO--Covered California said it expects to increase its health insurance premiums by an average of 8.7 percent in 2019, double what it would have been if Congress had not dropped the Affordable Care Act individual mandate.
WASHINGTON--Discussions are underway for Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Washington this fall, the White House said Thursday, even as it continued to face a backlash on Capitol Hill for its handling of the summit with Putin in Helsinki this week.
ANN ARBOR, Michigan--Deaths from liver disease have risen sharply in the U.S., and doctors say the biggest factor is drinking, especially among young adults.
WASHINGTON--A decades-old environmental law credited with saving the American bald eagle from extinction would be reworked under a proposal the Trump administration announced Thursday.
CORONA – (INT) – About fifty homes remain under a mandatory evacuation order following a now-smoldering wildfire.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – San Bernardino County filed a lawsuit Thursday over the aggressive and fraudulent marketing of prescription opioid painkillers.
REDLANDS – (INT) – A police corporal is being honored for pulling two children from a locked, overheated vehicle.
SAN BERNARDINO - (INT) – A long-running investigation into the murder of a gang member’s wife demonstrates the reach of the Mexican Mafia.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Stress is a fact of life, but how much – or how little - may depend on where you live.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – A San Bernardino County infant has become California’s first whooping cough fatality in two years.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Property tax bills for the 2018-19 fiscal year will hit the mail in a few weeks. But, county leaders are trying to soften the impact.
FOREST FALLS – (INT) – The number of firefighters trying to round-up the remnants of the Valley Fire has been scaled back to 100.
BIG BEAR – (INT) – Fire restrictions are being ramped up in the San Bernardino National Forest.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Civil rights leaders are stepping up their call for the dismissal of Deputy District Attorney Michael Selyem.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Surplus government food will be given out this month.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – ‘Slow’ earthquakes being detected deep in the San Jacinto Fault could be the forerunners to a large damaging earthquake.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Summer could be on its worst behavior next week. Excessive heat is the main concern, but that’s not all.
OAKLAND - (INT) – It’s not much, but the University of California Regents have approved a tuition decrease, the first in years.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - A combination of lower oil prices and increased local supply are pushing down Southern California pump prices.
SAN DIEGO - Comic-Con International 2018 is upon us.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Governor Brown is using his final months in office to sign or veto bills passed by the Legislature.
BIG SUR - The forces of nature that have shaped the Big Sur coast have also been relentless in tearing it down.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Final figures on voter turnout in the June Primary suggest that Californians are primed for the November run-offs.
CERRO GORDO - The 19th-century mining town of Cerro Gordo, tucked in the Inyo Mountains outside Lone Pine, Calif., has been listed for $925,000.
HOLLYWOOD - It turns out, Dwayne Johnson was no match for Dracula and company.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Climatologists are boosting to 70 percent chances of an El Nino this winter.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California smog fighters are cheering the latest figures on greenhouse gas pollution.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) has become the major investor in the California WaterFix project.
SALTON SEA--A new study points to a type of rock on the San Andreas Fault that may signal where the "Big One" could hit, and it's in Southern California.
Walmart is expanding its Online Grocery Delivery service across the Inland Empire. The discount retailer is now bringing deliveries to doorsteps in Riverside and outlying areas like La Quinta, Ontario, Moreno Valley, Palm Desert and Perris. (INT)

Police in Murrieta have arrested a coach for a local travel water polo team for a sexual relationship with an underage female. Eric Schleuniger, 19, was held on suspicion of unlawful sex with a minor. (INT)

Corona is seeking to become a local leader in government transparency. The city’s new online open data dashboard, called “Corona Open Performance,” provides 91 data sets covering a variety of city operations, such as library and recreation patronage, social media, SeeClickFix, finance, business licenses, police and fire department activity. (INT)

A murder victim whose skeletal remains were found in a cement-filled trash can at Victorville has been identified. Four suspects, one-time friends of Judith Ornelas, are jailed but sheriff’s investigators have not disclosed a motive for the murder believed to have occurred more than a year ago. (INT)

A former staffer for a member of Congress was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison for bribery and attempted extortion. Michael Kimbrew, 45, of Santa Clarita, demanded and accepted $5,000 to prevent the closure of a marijuana shop in the City of Compton. Kimbrew attempted to extort a marijuana dispensary in Compton and threatened to shut down the shop if the owners did not pay him a $5,000 bribe. (INT)

Riverside County election officials are calling for candidates to round out the November ballot. Candidates for school board seats in 28 districts and 22 special service and water districts have until August 10th to file their nomination papers. (INT)

The San Bernardino County Museum’s five museum and historic branch sites experienced a 14 percent increase in attendance during the past year. At the main museum in Redlands, attendance increased 66 percent over a four year period from 2014 to 2018. That trend reversed a long slide in attendance the previous 13 years. (INT)

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) is offering residents and businesses $1 for every square foot of thirsty grass they replace with more water-efficient native plants and irrigation systems. The MWD’s turf removal program in 2014-2015 was the largest anywhere in the country and spurred the replacement of 160 million square feet of grass. (INT)

A federal grand jury has returned a 16-count indictment charging three companies, including the company that produces bottled water under the name “Crystal Geyser,” with violating resource conservation and transportation laws. The indictment focuses on the alleged failure of the defendants to disclose information regarding arsenic in wastewater transported from Crystal Geyser’s Olancha, California, facility in 2015. (INT)

Riverside County has received a grant to fund an effort to ease the burden of housing costs on Coachella Valley families. Nearly 55 percent of Coachella Valley rental households are considered “rent-burdened,” paying over 30 percent of income on rent. The 30 percent threshold is widely recognized as a crucial tipping point after which residents lack enough money for food, energy, education and healthcare expenses. (INT)

A sheriff’s marijuana enforcement team continues to focus on commercial cultivations in the High Desert. Lawmen armed with search warrants have swooped down on six locations in Helendale, north of Victorville. Over 9,100 marijuana plants, 32 pounds of processed marijuana and several firearms were seized. One suspect was arrested at each location. Investigators do not believe the operations were linked. (INT)

Hemet police have scored an arrest for a Friday the 13th homicide. Investigators did not say Tuesday why they suspect Vincent Calderon, 22, of shooting Sequoyah Gavin, age 18. (INT)

Work has started to replace and repair 149 lane miles on Interstate 10, and State Routes 111 and 86 in Riverside County in the lower Coachella Valley damaged by trucks. Funding comes from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1). Of the 105,000 trucks and vehicles that use I-10 daily, nearly one-fifth of them are carrying freight, the weight of which contributes to rapid road surface deterioration. (INT)

A draft environmental statement has been released on the proposed expansion of two quarries on the north slope of the San Bernardino Mountains, above Lucerne Valley. Three corporations are mining limestone and other calcium carbonate minerals. One quarry would be expanded by nearly 31 acres and the other by 64 acres over a period of 40 years. (INT)

Doctors and pharmacists at Riverside University Health System (RUHS) have developed an electronic toolkit to help decrease the risk of opioid addiction among patients with chronic pain. The “Chronic Pain Toolkit” for doctors was rolled out over the past several months at the RUHS Medical Center in Moreno Valley and at the system’s 10 Community Health Center locations countywide. (INT)

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