August 1, 2014
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GAZA CITY - Israel and Islamist militant group Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire in their conflict in the Gaza Strip.
WESTWOOD – (INT) – The damaging water main break near UCLA is giving officials a better idea of how vulnerable the city’s aging water delivery system is becoming.
International investigators were allowed access to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, two weeks after the plane came down and after days of being turned back by pro-Russian rebels.
SAN BERNARDINO - (INT) – Cal State University Trustees have agreed to settle a lawsuit stemming from the death of a graduate student at the hands of police.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – As the local economy gets back on track, apartment rents are surging higher.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Forecasters are ramping up chances of showers and thunderstorms this weekend. Increasing humidity will replace a few lost degrees.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Riverside County’s elected officials see some better days ahead and their compensation may reflect that. County supervisors meet Tuesday to consider raising their salaries and those of elected county officials.
LAKE PERRIS – (INT) – Upgrades on the Lake Perris Dam are imminent. Program Manager Dave Sampson at the Department of Water Resources says a contract to upgrade the dam with a stability berm has just been awarded to a San Diego firm.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Opposition is building to a statewide initiative on the November ballot that would reduce most non-violent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – County Supervisors are putting commercial marijuana growers on notice. Three communities have been singled out.
ONTARIO - (INT) – Passenger volume at Ontario International Airport has made its first, 6-month gain in nearly nine years. Figures issued Monday show that just over 2 million passengers used the local air terminal the first half of the year.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Reported crime in the city took a double-digit drop during the first 6-months of the year. It was down nearly 16 percent as compared to the first-half of last year.
WASHINGTON – (INT) – Corona Congressman Ken Calvert has put a stronger spin on immigration reform demanding that President Obama enforce existing laws.
MORENO VALLEY - (INT) – Recent shootings have heightened the perception of rampant crime in the city. But, officials say it isn’t so. Councilman Richard Stewart represents an upscale area where a gunman recently killed two people and – apparently – himself.
HINKLEY - (INT) – Pacific Gas and Electric is notifying residents that it’s winding down a water filtration program now that California has established a drinking water standard for chromium-6.
MEXICO CITY – (INT) - Governor Brown has signed a broad agreement with Mexico’s Ministry of Economy to expand trade between businesses in Mexico and California.
INGLEWOOD – (INT) – Byron Scott has a game plan for the Los Angeles Lakers. “When you’re winning, it’s contagious. If you’re losing, it’s contagious. We have to change (the player’s) their mindset.
PLYMOUTH - Firefighters battling the Sand fire in Amador County’s wine country continue to make good progress despite hot weather. Containment went to 80 percent Tuesday, according to Cal Fire.
LOS ANGELES - A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Clippers.
VENICE BEACH - (INT) – Sunday’s lightning strike came without warning, and some are asking if lifeguards should take on that responsibility. A flagging system for water conditions has long been in place.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Average gasoline prices have finally eclipsed the $4 a gallon mark in most of Southern California. Oil industry analyst Trilby Lundberg in Camarillo says the usual culprit in keeping prices high was not the primary factor for the decrease.
HOLLYWOOD - Scarlett Johansson's 'Lucy' has an impressive start for an action film featuring a female heroine.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – The summer smog season is at the half-way point and some people aren’t breathing too deeply. There have been 53 days of unhealthy air so far this year.
SAN LUIS – (INT) – While the State Water Project has become a trickle, run-off along another key water resource has been fully up to par.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) – A 4 percent jump in electricity last month led an increase in the cost of living in the greater Los Angeles area. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said living expenses rose 1.5 percent the last 12 months.
The Dodgers have opened a 3½ game lead over San Francisco in the NL West. LA won its sixth straight game Thursday, 2-1 over Atlanta. (INT)

The City of Redlands has imposed Stage 2 water conservation measures which will be in effect for at least the next 270 days. Residents with even numbered addresses can irrigate their lawns only on even numbered days and the others on odd numbered days. (INT)

A 50-year-old man is recovering from moderate injuries he suffered Wednesday when his hang glider crashed into a mountainside above the Cal State San Bernardino campus. A sheriff’s helicopter airlifted the victim to safety. (INT)

The coroner is trying to identify a motorist killed in a fiery crash Wednesday on Interstate 15 in Fontana. The driver and only occupant perished when the Nissan Pathfinder hit a bridge pillar at Duncan Canyon Road and burst into flames. (INT)

Investigators say a speeding motorist caused a collision near Perris in which he and a passenger were killed. The car with Ruben Bailon and Omar Bolanos, both of Perris, was passing an SUV on Nuevo Road when it veered out of control and overturned several times. Two other people were hurt. (INT)

Another full closure of the Route 91 freeway in downtown Riverside is coming. Beginning Saturday night, the Ivy Street bridge will be demolished. The freeway will be closed between 14th Street and Central Avenue until Sunday morning. The bridge is being replaced, but the new one won’t be in place until next summer. (INT)

Yxstian Gutierrez will fight his ouster from the Moreno Valley City Council. Gutierrez contends that a judge misinterpreted the law about whether he lives in the district he represents. Gutierrez argues that the old district boundaries were repealed by the City Council in 2011. He was sworn in 2-years later. (INT)

The last of three people who died in a shooting spree last Tuesday in Moreno Valley has been identified. Derek Hardy, 58, was found dead in a home on Delphinium Avenue. Alex Anderson, 34, is suspected of killing Hardy and Wilma Patterson, 74. Anderson was found dead several hours later with the murder weapon. Anderson was also suspected of wounding a sheriff’s deputy who is recovering. (INT)

Again, the margin was only 1-run. But, this time the Angels prevailed over Baltimore 1-0. It was Albert Pujols' RBI single in 13th that did it. (INT)

San Diego police are downplaying an incident at Comic-Con in which a Riverside County girl was injured. They said Thursday the costumed girl fell and had not been assaulted. (INT)

Quigley the horse is okay after surviving a 3-hour ordeal trapped upside down in a ravine at Hesperia. Quigley had to be sedated while firefighters struggled to get a sling around the horse. But, other than some scrapes and bruises, Quigley is okay. (INT)

A marijuana plot in the San Bernardino Mountains containing nearly 2800 plants has been uprooted. The caretakers had fled before the sheriff’s Marijuana Eradication Team moved into the area below Highway 18 at Panorama Point Wednesday. The plants ranged in height from 4-to-6 feet. (INT)

Chino police have arrested the boyfriend of a teenage bank robber. Douglas Taylor, 22, of Moreno Valley drove the car that Rafella Benoit, 18, used to make good her get away from the Bank of the West on July 14th. Taylor is also accused of robbing another bank the next day in West Covina. (INT)

The Palm Springs Walk of Stars got an addition Wednesday. Actress and restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump was honored. She stars on the ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’. (INT)

Walmart is hiring 300 people to work at a new storm to open this fall at Indio. A temporary hiring center has been opened. Military veterans are encouraged to apply. (INT)

Serial rapist Melbrough Williams, Jr. was given a 100-year-to-life prison term Monday. The 46-year-old Murrieta man was convicted of raping four women who’d all been working as prostitutes. Temecula investigators arrested Williams 2-years ago in Costa Mesa. Williams had met his most recent victims through an Internet website. (INT)

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