April 1, 2023
Hospitals across the Little Rock, Arkansas, area are reportedly dealing with a surge of injured patients after what appeared to be a powerful tornado tore through central Arkansas on Friday afternoon, leaving extensive damage in the latest devastating storm to strike the South.
NEW YORK - Former President Donald Trump is facing about 30 charges in New York City related to document fraud connected to hush money he allegedly paid to cover up affairs, two sources familiar with the matter told NBC News after he was indicted Thursday.
U.S. states on Saturday will start to kick as many as 15 million people off Medicaid insurance, as an emergency safety net put in place during the Covid-19 pandemic comes to a gradual end.
Medicare recipients will face automatic benefit cuts starting in 2031 and Social Security won’t be able to make full retirement payments starting in 2033 unless Congress intervenes, according to a new government report.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - The dawning of April should bring declining chances of rain but temperatures will be slow to warm.
CRESTLINE - (INT) – Mountain residents and county officials are getting their first detailed assessment of the damage inflicted on the Rim Communities by the epic February and March blizzard.
HIGHLAND – (INT) – Patton State Hospital could become a valuable asset toward resolving the region’s homeless problem.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – UC Riverside is taking a new approach to campus law enforcement.
KELSO – (INT) – Union Pacific says it has reopened the main line where one of its freight trains derailed.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - Riverside County supervisors unanimously agreed Tuesday to join an effort to advocate for statewide homeless legislation.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Businesses in the San Bernardino Mountains impacted by the crippling winter storms are being offered financial assistance.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - Fontana man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for defrauding eight women.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Housing affordability could become a negative growth factor for the Inland Empire.
HEMET – (INT) - Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet, Southern California’s largest reservoir, is being refilled.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Two days after it was reopened, there is a partial closure of the San Bernardino National Forest.
LAKEVIEW – (INT) – The National Transportation Safety Board has taken over the investigation into Friday’s crash of a helicopter in a rural area east of Perris.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Figures on the Inland Empire’s job growth so far this year have been freshened up.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Spring blooms eternal, but could that signal a thawing real estate market?
HEMET – (INT) – The Wildflower Trail at Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet is open.
MOUNT BALDY – (INT) - A 71-year-old man is the latest hiker to be rescued from the treacherous, icy slopes of Mt. Baldy.
The EPA will allow California to impose stronger emission standards for heavy-duty trucks.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – In response to a plentiful supply of gasoline, prices around the Southland have leveled off.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California has 11-point-2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) – The illustrious political career of former Los Angeles City Councilman and county supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas appears to be over.
CAPE MENDOCINO – A strange-shaped, 3,300-foot-tall underwater volcano has been discovered just 184 miles off the Northern California coast.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California legislation to increase accountability and transparency in the gasoline industry is a done deal.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California’s immediate water supply future took a dramatic turn Friday March 24th when state officials eased drought emergency provisions that are no longer needed.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Forty-three counties, including San Bernardino, remain under a state of emergency since the onslaught of severe storms began in late February.
California has weathered the so-called “Great Resignation” better than most other states.
The primary driver of California’s population loss over the past few years has been its residents moving to other states.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - The amount of water that’s set to be rerouted under a plan is more than the annual supply for the city of Los Angeles.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – La Nina’s influence on California’s climate and drought the past 3-years is ending.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - State School Superintendent Tony Thurmond is addressing the rise of disproportionate discipline.
BLYTHE – (INT) – Construction has started on the Desert Quartzite solar project.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) - Recent immigrants to California are among the most educated residents of the state.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – One of the first bills to hit the hopper in Sacramento as the new Legislative year opens is aimed at reducing the cost of living.
A weak M4.2 earthquake centered beneath the Riverside-San Diego County line closed out the work week Friday. The temblor struck shortly after 6pm Friday about 3 miles northwest of Mt. Palomar. The USGS puts its depth at 9-miles. There was no reported damage. Residents of southwest Riverside County reported doors and windows rattling. (INT)

A Redlands car jacking suspect is behind bars after leading San Bernardino police on a chase that ended in Colton Monday March 27th. It turned out that Manuel Jose Delgado, 42, was on probation for a carjacking in Los Angeles County. A female accomplice was still being sought at last report. (INT)

Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that $736 million in Homekey funding is available for local governments to build or purchase housing for the homeless. Homekey has created 210 projects across the state for thousands of individuals. (INT)

New City Council ward boundaries have been approved in Riverside. Councilman Chuck Conder cast the only dissenting vote saying he preferred a map that didn’t divide neighborhoods. A dozen possible maps had been proposed. The favored one will be used for City Council elections next year in wards 1,3, 5 and 7. (INT)

A Colton man has died of injuries he suffered in a Riverside County traffic incident. Cesar Acosta, 39, was taken from the scene on Jurupa Avenue in Crestmore to the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center where he died on Tuesday. (INT)

In Jurupa Valley, a fiery collision Tuesday March 28th killed one person. Sheriff’s investigators determined that a pick-up truck crashed into a parked truck on Felspar Street. When the flames were extinguished, one person was found dead in the charred wreckage. (INT)

The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) says ridership on its buses is the highest since the pandemic struck 3-years ago but still lags prior levels. Because where, when and how people travel has since changed, the RTA is planning a response. It will upgrade service to popular destinations, increase frequency and improve connections between bus routes and Metrolink trains. (INT)

Highland Assemblyman James Ramos, San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon Dicus, local police chiefs and other law enforcement officials have unveiled two public safety initiatives. They involve Proposition 47 and a new law enforcement tool—the Feather Alert—to help reduce the disproportionate number of missing and murdered Native Americans, especially women and girls. (INT)

With inflation making life more expensive and Californians finding it more difficult to make ends meet, tax refunds will provide a much-needed financial cushion. The latest IRS tax data finds Californians can expect to receive the 10th-largest refunds averaging $4,030. (INT)

Verizon said Thursday March 30th it has completed a multi-year redesign of its network in Riverside. Verizon reports to have more cell sites and added capacity to its 5G fiber network. (INT)

Victorville’s revolving door for fire chiefs may have stopped. It was announced Wednesday March 29th that David Foster will assume command of the city’s fire department on April 3rd. Foster most recently was in charge of a suburban fire department in the Houston, Texas area. (INT)

A motorist who drove his pick-up truck through a red light caused a crash in Corona that killed another driver. The at-fault driver survived with minor injuries, but a 43-year-old man in a Tesla perished. It was the second deadly street wreck in Corona this week. (INT)

Although most storm-related travel issues have been cleared in the San Bernardino Mountains, a long-playing project begins Monday April 3rd on Highway 18. The center guardrail is being replaced with concrete k-rail between 48th Street in San Bernardino to the Crestline Interchange at Route 138. Caltrans says the project won’t be finished until August. (INT)

A special flag-raising ceremony to honor children impacted by violence, abuse, and neglect was held Tuesday March 28th at the County Administrative Center in downtown Riverside. There were 5,805 substantiated reports of alleged child abuse in Riverside County in 2021. One in four children experience abuse or neglect in their lifetime. (INT)

Improved medical services are coming to Southwest Riverside County. A beam signing ceremony Tuesday marked initial construction of a Kaiser Permanente, outpatient medical office building in Wildomar. Space will accommodate sixty-one providers, 79 exam rooms and an array of services. It will be located on Wildomar Trail and the I-15. (INT)

165 acres of scrub brush, wetland and riparian habitats south of Hemet will be protected under a $1 million grant. It comes from the California Natural Resources Agency to the Oswit Land Trust for the purchase of the land. (INT)

A pandemic of potholes has descended on the Inland Empire, a sidebar of the winter rains. Caltrans has joined street crews throughout the Metro area to patch-up the worst of the pot holes until a more permanent fix when the weather warms and the roads dry out. (INT)


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