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|March 7, 2014|
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The inland region’s latest jobs report is a study in contrasts. While the Inland Empire posted a healthy 3.1 percent gain in job growth in 2013, unemployment lunged ahead 8-tenths-of-a-percent in January.
The White House on Friday appeared to downplay the possibility of changing U.S. policy on exporting natural gas to address the situation in Ukraine.
U.S. Border Patrol agents can still use deadly force to respond to rock-throwing attacks along the border, even though they must take care in assessing whether their lives are in danger, Border Patrol Chief Michael J. Fisher said in a new directive Friday.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – A Superior Court jury returned a not guilty verdict Friday in a deadly dog mauling case. The panel exonerated Marco Zamudio of willful cruelty in the death of his 2-year-old nephew.
PALM DESERT – (INT) - A swarm of 70,000 Africanized bees descended on a Palm Desert gated community Thursday. Calfire Battalion Chief Mark Williams said one woman survived hundreds of stings.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Clock watchers take center stage this weekend leading everyone through a annual ritual. It’s the return to Daylight Saving Time.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Drier air blowing into Southern California will enhance a warming trend that should peak on Sunday. The recent storm was only a pause in Southern California’s prolonged dry spell.
FONTANA – (INT) – The search for a killer mountain lion that invaded a foothill neighborhood this week has ended.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Recent rain has suppressed the fire danger. But, it’s likely to return. Calfire is honoring burning permits in San Bernardino County.
WRIGHTWOOD – (INT) – Route 2 was a victim of the recent storm. And, Caltrans says it will need at least 10-days to get it reopened. The storm unleashed avalanches, fallen rocks and trees, and mud flows down the mountain slopes.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Police are trying to determine if a series of three shootings in as many hours Wednesday were related.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Mardi Gras has fallen silent. Fat Tuesday is over. Lent is here.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A survey has found that Riverside and San Bernardino counties have an unusually high density of stores – especially near schools - that sell tobacco and junk food.
SAN BERNARDINO - (INT) - Surplus government food will be distributed throughout San Bernardino County during March.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Government scientists have posted an ‘El Nino Watch’. But, it doesn’t guarantee that it will rain. Warmer sea surface temperatures have been detected in the equatorial Pacific.
LOS ANGELES - (INT) - Another election year in California is officially underway. Voters will be besieged the next 8-months with political rhetoric, campaign mailers and get-out-the vote messages.
PASADENA - (INT) - Scientists have observed that a human-induced earthquake in Oklahoma may have triggered a larger earthquake less than a day later.
Staples said Thursday it will close 225 stores by the end of next year as sales increasingly shift online. Half of Staples sales are now online.
SANTA MONICA – (INT) – Game show host and Los Angeles radio personality Geoff Edwards has died.
POMONA - Newsweek claims to have tracked down the secretive and mysterious inventor of Bitcoin.
CHICAGO – (INT) – Not everyone who moves from high poverty neighborhoods benefit.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Gasoline is teasing the $4 a gallon mark for the first time since last spring.
HOLLYWOOD – (INT) – ‘Frozen’ is melting the Box Office. The animated movie has crossed the billion dollar mark in domestic and international ticket sales.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – If finding a job in the Inland Empire is tough, it’s not that much better elsewhere in California. Seven of the nation’s 14 worst metropolitan areas to land a job are here in the Golden State.
A woman fatally injured when an SUV crashed into a light pole in Riverside March 1st has been identified. Veronica Hernandez, 39, of Riverside was a passenger in the vehicle that ran off California Avenue. (INT)
Wind advisories are being lifted after high winds raked the deserts early Friday. In Palm Springs, police have reopened portions of Vista Chino and Gene Autry Trail that were hit with blowing sand and poor visibility early Friday. (INT)
A 7-year-old girl was struck and fatally injured Thursday while trying to cross a street in Hesperia. Taylor Chriswell died a shot time later at the Loma Linda University Medical Center. Sheriff’s investigators said the girl was on her way to a school bus stop (INT)
Rancho Cucamonga is aiming to install 175,000 watts of solar power, the most in the city’s history. Sullivan Solar Power is administering the program with special incentives. A Solar Program Seminar will be held March 15, at the Goldy S. Lewis Community Center. (INT)
Four families were displaced after a 2-alarm fire roared through a Highland apartment. Two dozen firefighters controlled the flames in a little over an hour. No one was hurt in the Wednesday night fire on Ninth Street. (INT)
Governor Brown and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu signed a broad agreement Wednesday to develop joint projects and conduct mutually beneficial research in California and Israel. The agreement will boost economic, cultural and academic cooperation between California and Israel, with an emphasis on water conservation and alternative energy. (INT)
Corona Republican Ken Calvert, the senior member of the Inland Empire delegation to Congress, is criticizing President Obama’s budget. Calvert says the budget ‘lacks leadership and fails to seriously address the mounting and obvious sources of our national debt.’ Calvert is a member of the House Budget Committee. (INT)
Probation has been handed to a motorist whose car crashed into a Riverside bus stop killing two people in 2012. Joe D. Williams pleaded guilty Thursday to two misdemeanor counts of vehicular manslaughter. Williams was placed on probation for three years and ordered to serve 179 days in a work release program. Williams’ car hit a bus bench near the Galleria at Tyler killing Melissa Bernal and 7-year-old Aniya Mitchell. Williams had been diagnosed with a seizure condition. (INT)
A 2-car collision at an intersection near Chino claimed the life of an elderly woman Thursday. The coroner said that Roberta Briones, 77, of Chino was a passenger in one of the vehicles. (INT)
The June ballot is taking shape. Candidates have until Friday at 5pm to file their nomination papers. If an incumbent isn’t running, the deadline is extended until next Wednesday. (INT)
Water temperatures will be around 42 degrees when several fearless folks dive into the frigid waters of Big Bear Lake Saturday. It’s the annual Polar Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics. The fundraising goal is $50,000. (INT)
A 5-year-old boy from Los Angeles accidentally shot and killed himself in Nuevo. Sheriff’s homicide investigators are investigating the incident at a house, but there have been no arrests. Two-hundred marijuana plants were found at the house. (INT)
It’s been announced that all campuses in the San Bernardino City Unified School District will operate on a modified traditional calendar for the 2014–2015 school year. The only exception will be Middle College High School. (INT)