May 16, 2021
The new government guidance that fully vaccinated Americans can return to life without masks marked a turning point for the nation's reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip entered its sixth consecutive day.
One of the stickiest relationship situations you'll ever encounter is the discovery of financial infidelity.
WASHINGTON - A joint report released Friday by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warns that lone wolf actors pose the greatest terror threat as incidents of domestic extremism steadily rise.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - County officials and many business owners are hesitant about dropping coronavirus mask mandates.
SAN BERNARDINO - (INT) – County health officials are launching “Operation Flip” to get more people vaccinated.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – March Air Reserve Air Base (MARB) is in the running as a main operating base for the KC-46A Pegasus air refueling tankers.
FONTANA – (INT) – In a preliminary report, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) says a Tesla Model 3 was on autopilot when the car crashed.
INLAND EMPIRE – Area colleges and universities will receive millions under the American Rescue Plan.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Appointments are no longer necessary to get a COVID-19 vaccination in San Bernardino County.
CORONA – (INT) - Two more shooting incidents have brought to six the reported number on the 91 freeway in the Riverside-Corona area.
SALTON SEA – (INT) – The Air Quality Management District (AQMD) is upgrading and expanding the monitoring and notification system for odors emanating from the Salton Sea.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – There’s another positive outlook for the region’s post-COVID economy.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Early voting has started to decide who will represent three wards on the city council.
SAN BERNARDINO - (INT) – Expect to hear a lot more about redistricting as results of the 2020 Census are released.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – What a difference a year makes!
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Those bent on firing off fireworks in Riverside County will be facing stiffer consequences.
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LOS ANGELES - Vanessa Bryant, the wife of the late Kobe Bryant, accepted her husband's admission into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers and future Hall of Fame first baseman Albert Pujols are in agreement on a major league contract.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Mother Nature is bringing some added features to Southern California’s weather scenario.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California has 3,663,539 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - The widely anticipated release of enrollment numbers for 2020–21 confirmed what California school districts have known for months.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) Federal authorities Thursday announced 11 criminal cases against alleged drug dealers.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Governor Newsom is proposing the highest level of state school funding in California history.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) – The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) says it can meet expected water demands even under drought conditions for the next quarter century.
HOLLYWOOD - The future of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has been in question for months.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Governor Newsom is setting forth a so-called ‘Comeback Plan’ as part of the state’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
DIAMOND BAR – (INT) – The Air Quality Management District is moving to limit the amount of pollutants trucks produce around warehouses in Southern California.
California is struggling to recover from new unemployment claims.
A new study shows California is the No. 8 Best state for older adults.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – State officials are touting California’s COVID eviction protections as the strongest in the nation.
Homicide detectives in Riverside are saying little about a fatal Friday afternoon shooting in the Wood Streets area. Officers who responded to reports of gunfire found the male victim in the 5500 Block of Olivewood Avenue. Investigators initially withheld the victim’s identity and circumstances of the incident. (INT)

County firefighters stopped a potentially large brushfire Thursday in Waterman Canyon above San Bernardino. Highway 18 was closed helping to stop the fire’s advance at 5-acres. Cause of the fire was not immediately known. (INT)

The crew and six passengers are okay after a windshield on their private jet cracked forcing an emergency landing Wednesday at the Riverside Municipal Airport. The aircraft was at 38,000 feet and immediately descended without losing pressurization. There was no immediate explanation for the windshield incident. (INT)

A 16-year-old boy on probation for carrying a concealed, stolen gun is now accused of killing a motorist who suspicioned the youth was casing his neighborhood. Andrew Flores, 32, of Rialto had followed the youth into San Bernardino before he was fatally shot on April 27th. Police say they developed several leads that took them to the teenager who is under arrest. (INT)

A new vaccine clinic is in operation at the Hemet Valley Mall, within the former Sears building. The clinic is open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. through Sunday. Additionally, the clinic site at Alessandro High School in Hemet has closed. More than 1.6 million vaccine doses have been administered to Riverside County residents between the county operated clinics and those run by the community partners and providers. (INT)

Riverside police say that a pedestrian was under the influence of drugs as he was rolling around in traffic lanes when he was struck and fatally injured on Magnolia Avenue Sunday night. The man, Michael Mackey, 57, described as a transient, died later at Riverside Community Hospital. (INT)

The former CEO of a Riverside County-based communication services company pleaded guilty Friday to federal criminal charges that he fraudulently obtained $5 million in bank loans by submitting sham financial documents that falsely stated his company’s net worth. Richard Loren Lewis, 67, of La Quinta, pleaded guilty to bank fraud and making a false statement to a financial institution. (INT)

Ontario is conducting a study to identify location(s) for a Multimodal Transportation Center (MTC). The Study’s vision is to create an iconic, convenient, and intuitively-designed multimodal transportation center at or near the Ontario International Airport. A community online workshop is scheduled for May 12th at 5 PM via Zoom. (INT)

Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Thursday extending authorization for local governments to halt evictions for commercial renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through June 30th. (INT)

The State of California has opened a new COVID-19 testing and vaccination center at Indio especially for immigrants seeking asylum. It operates 7-days a week. The immigrants are being dropped off by the Border Patrol before being reunited with other family members in the US. (INT)

A wildfire burning along the San Bernardino-Los Angeles County line west of Pinion Hills forced the evacuation of about 100 homes Wednesday. One was damaged before the evacuation was lifted. Dubbed the Pine Fire, the wind-fed flames have defied containment. (INT)

There’s a new municipal code in Riverside that now requires a permit for the sale and distribution of tobacco products within the city. This new permit is in addition to the state retailer’s license and seller’s permit already issued to local businesses. Tobacco retailers currently operating within the city will have until August 30, 2021 to submit an application for a Tobacco Retail Establishment Permit. (INT)

Caltrans is about to begin replacement of the Washington Street bridge across the I-215 in Colton. The height of the bridge will be raised with sidewalks, guardrail upgrades and safety fencing. The cost of the project is estimated at $34.4 million. (INT)

Governor Newsom visited Los Angeles County Tuesday to launch a new initiative in partnership with local governments to clean California’s streets and revitalize neighborhoods with public arts and cultural projects. (INT)

San Bernardino school officials are preparing to resume in-person instruction for summer school and the 2021–2022 school year that opens in August. Virtual information meetings about high schools will by on line between May 17–24. All SBCUSD middle schools will hold an informational meeting on May 19, and elementary school meetings will be on May 20th. There will be new safety routines for students including mask-wearing, temperature checks, and hand washing at every school. (INT)

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC), the world’s leading guitar manufacturer, marketer, and distributor is expanding its Corona-based operation. FMIC first arrived to Corona in 1985 with the mission to inspire every player at every stage of their musical journey. Currently located on Cessna Circle, the nearly 200,000 sq. ft. facility employs close to 1,000 employees. The new facility nearby will add hundreds of jobs, according to an announcement by the city Thursday. (INT)

Owners of residential or business property in Riverside County who have unclaimed property tax refunds may file to receive reimbursement through August 2nd. Almost 600 refunds totaling more than $540,000 remain unclaimed. Most refunds stem from valuation reductions by the county assessor and are related to corrections or cancellations to the tax roll after taxes were already paid. (INT)


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