February 22, 2017
TOP STORIES
The Department of Homeland Security issued a sweeping set of orders Tuesday that implement President Trump's plan to increase immigration enforcement, placing the vast majority of the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday denounced the recent rise in bomb threats against Jewish community centers across the country, saying the anti-Semitism and racism that continue to afflict America must be addressed.
Three news organizations have asked a US judge to force the government to reveal the amount it paid for technology to unlock an iPhone used by the San Bernardino gunman. In the court filings, the organizations said that there was "no adequate justification" for the FBI to continue to withhold the information.
Life expectancy is expected to rise in many countries around the world, but in the United States, that increase is predicted to be smaller than in other countries, a new study finds.
RIVERSIDE - (INT) – A man suspected of exchanging gunfire with police has died in a home where he’d barricaded himself.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Southern California’s string of five, consecutive rainy days should be at an end. But, the respite will be short-lived.
RIVERSIDE - (INT) - Scientists at UC Riverside will play a greater role at stopping a disease that is taking a heavy toll on the citrus industry.
MURRIETA – (INT) – The death penalty will be at stake when opening statements are presented Tuesday as David Contreras stands trial for killing three people at random.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Crime in the Inland Empire’s largest city in 2016 soared more than 8 percent.
CAJON PASS – (INT) – Caltrans has awarded a $3 million contract to begin immediate repairs on a section of Interstate 15.
PALM SPRINGS – (INT) – Prosecutors are naming names in a public corruption scandal that dates back to the administration of former mayor Steve Pougnet.
LAKE ELSINORE – (INT) – Storm repairs on the Ortega Highway (Route 74) are complete and the vital commuter route over the Santa Ana Mountains is open.
CORONA – (INT) – It’s the beginning of the end for the 91 Project. Caltrans and the Riverside County Transportation Commission have set a March 31st dedication of the massive project.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Surplus government food is being distributed throughout the month. The food is provided without cost.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - Jail release laws are being questioned following the slaying of a Whittier police officer.
LOS ANGELES - A decision may drastically reshape the leadership structure of one of the NBA's most illustrious franchises.
SAN JOSE - The rampaging Coyote Creek submerged a San Jose neighborhood, forcing emergency crews in rescue boats to save 246 shocked and frantic people.
WHITTIER - A 25-year veteran police officer was killed, and another officer and a gunman were wounded, in a shootout.
LOS ANGELES - The City of Los Angeles had the worst traffic in the world among the 1,064 cities studied by transportation analytics firm INRIX.
LAKE OROVILLE – (INT) - The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has stepped up the outflow from the Oroville Dam flood control spillway, from 55,000cfs to 60,000cfs.
HOLLYWOOD - “The Lego Batman Movie” is dominating the box office.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Identity theft and tax refund fraud schemes are off to a rampant start this filing season.
SAN FRANCISCO - (INT) – Californians have weighed in on several issues in the latest poll by the Public Policy Institute of California.
A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 88 percent of young millennials engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Mother Nature continues to defy predictions of climatologists based on the El Niño-La Niña cycle.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Caltrans is testing an innovative safety system that may help keep wrong-way drivers off the state’s freeways.
A couple of Rancho Cucamonga guitar pickers with sticky fingers are accused of possessing over 30 stolen ukuleles, banjos, mandolins, Gibson Les Paul electric and acoustic guitars. The pair denied ownership of the guitars and were arrested. Sheriff’s investigators are trying to identify the victims. (INT)

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) announced that applications for the California Dream Act are down significantly and urged all eligible students to apply for the program. It allows undocumented students to receive state financial aid for college. The deadline is March 2nd. (INT)

DUI has figured in a fatal early Monday morning vehicle crash in Riverside. Police say a vehicle veered off University Avenue striking two trees and a light pole. The driver from Desert Hot Springs survived, but a passenger, 31-year-old Christopher Davidson of Moreno Valley, was fatally injured. (INT)

An arrest warrant has been issued for a suspect in the gunshot slaying of an Apple Valley man in Victorville. Sheriff’s investigators did not say in their news release why they suspect Austin Lembecke, 22, of killing Roman Clemente. Clemente, 43, was found fatally wounded on Victoria Drive in front of a residence early Sunday. (INT)

State Senator Connie Leyva of Chino says it’s time to criminalize ‘sextortion’. She says her bill clarifies that extortion includes not only coercing the victim to hand over money or property, but also to coercion involving sexual acts and sexually explicit images. This policy change does not replace other laws that might apply. (INT)

Moreno Valley city officials say construction is planned to start in May on a storm drain project designed to protect an area near Ironwood Avenue and Hubbard Street from a 100-year storm. A series of catch basins will be installed along a half-mile stretch of the project. (INT)

A Fontana man is facing sentencing in April for strangling his estranged wife and then dumping her body in Chino. In 2013, Lorna Lopez told her husband, Victor, she was planning to seek a divorce. Lopez eventually admitted that there had been an argument and told investigators where his wife's body could be found. (INT)

Several riders were stranded Monday night when the power on their ski lift at Mountain High near Wrightwood failed. The San Bernardino County Fire Department tweeted that an auxiliary generator got the lift re-started. The outage was blamed on a downed power line east of the resort. (INT)

Homicide investigators are saying little about a weekend shooting in Moreno Valley involving three victims. One died when bullets flew in a neighborhood on Merrygrove Circle. There have been no arrests at last report. (INT)

The Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival at Indio is underway for its 71st year. With several headline performances, organizers are promising ‘new and exciting experiences’ through February 26th. (INT)

Moreno Valley is going ahead with a special June 6th election rather than make an appointment to fill the vacant District 4 seat on the City Council. It became vacant when then-councilman Yxstian Gutierrez became the city's first directly-elected mayor last November. The term for the winner in District 4 ends in November 2018. (INT)

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