June 17, 2021
TOP STORIES
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has turned back a major challenge to the Affordable Care Act.
WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden Thursday signed legislation marking Juneteenth, a day commemorating the end of slavery in Confederate states, a federal holiday.
WASHINGTON - The Biden administration will invest $3.2 billion to foster the development of antiviral pills to help fight against COVID-19, the Health and Human Services department announced Thursday.
A federal agency has released a comprehensive online map clearly depicting what experts have long warned: Many parts of America — largely in poor, rural and tribal areas — lack quality and affordable broadband internet access.
Israeli fighter jets have launched a series of air raids on the Gaza Strip for the second time since a shaky ceasefire ended last month’s 11-day war.
Widespread extreme heat continues to engulf nearly 40 million Americans.
MENIFEE – (INT) – Riverside County authorities have disclosed some details of the region’s latest freeway shooting and the death of a motorist,
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Landlords --- and renters alike --- have financially suffered through the pandemic.
INLAND EMPIRE - With just days before the official start of summer, Southern California is wilting under a heat wave that won’t ease until the weekend.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Firefighters pounced on two weekend wildfires in the San Bernardino National Forest limiting their spread.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - The planners and researchers project significant population and job growth for San Bernardino County.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Housing is a mixed bag, but one factor is turning more positive.
SAN BERNARDINO - (INT) – Local health officials are echoing CDC requirements on those who must still wear a mask now that California has reopened. And, de-masking may be a slow process.
PALM SPRINGS – (INT) – “Forever Marilyn” is back and here to stay.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Riverside County’s 2021-22 budget is a done deal after Tuesday’s approval by the Board of Supervisors.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Ridership on Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) busses dropped 70 percent during the pandemic. But, things are getting back to normal.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Health warnings are being issued as the region bakes in the hottest weather since last year.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - Three Inland Empire women have pleaded guilty in US District Court to using other people's information to file for pandemic-related unemployment benefits.
JOSHUA TREE – (INT) – A body found Sunday was the third recovered this year in the Joshua Tree National Park.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The City’s new main library has an official opening date.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – This one-time All American city has been listed among the ten worst in the nation to raise a family.
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California’s first FlexAlert is being imposed Thursday as an intense heat wave grips the state.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California has 3,698,626 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date.
California, the first state that ‘locked down’ after the coronavirus struck, is now free of most of its Covid-19 restrictions.
LOS ANGELES - 23-year-old poet Amanda Gorman was honored by the group that she credits with getting her career started.
HOLLYWOOD - “In the Heights,” the acclaimed adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway show, didn’t reach the high notes notes in its box office debut.
NILAND – (INT) – A renewed outbreak of earthquakes is rippling through the Imperial Valley.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – State health officials are clarifying the future use of face masks beginning Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - Executive actions taken since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 are being gradually lifted.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – The U.S. Department of Transportation and the State of California finalized settlement negotiations to restore federal grant funding to California’s High-Speed Rail project.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) - California is moving ahead on its announced intention to appeal a recent decision by a federal judge which declared California's assault weapons laws unconstitutional.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Gasoline prices keep outdoing themselves, but industry observers believe the run-up has about run its course.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) – Federal criminal charges were filed Tuesday against a now-retired nun.
One ‘silver lining’ in the pandemic is a financial one.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – The future of driverless vehicles is taking a step forward in California.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) - An estimated 500,000 working families in California are still eligible to apply for $220 million in tax credits.
Two hikers were hurt, one fatally, in a mishap Wednesday on the Pacific Crest Trail near Anza. The survivor was rescued from the scene west of the Table Mountain Truck Trail and taken to an ambulance, according to Calfire. (INT)

Negotiating the westbound Route 91 freeway through the upper Santa Ana Canyon may be more time consuming at night. Construction of an additional lane will require closing three lanes Monday through Friday nights until as late as 5am the following morning. Green River Rd. may be closed from the Green River Village Mobile Home Park entrance to the Green River Golf Club. (INT)

A Lynwood man was found guilty Wednesday of federal robbery charges for organizing and leading a crew that committed 15 armed robberies of independent, “mom-and-pop” pharmacies across Southern California, including Riverside, with the intent of illegally selling the stolen prescription medication. Dubbed the “Oxy Bandits, the crew struck from May 2018 to July 2019. (INT)

San Bernardino’s latest homicide investigation was initiated Sunday night when a man’s body was found in an alley. The coroner reported that Gregory Jaroz, 46, of San Bernardino died near the intersection of East 13th Street and North Wall Avenue. (INT)

An early Monday morning explosion in Montclair was traced to an unoccupied vehicle parked on Kingsley Street. The blast of undetermined cause extensively damaged the vehicle and briefly interrupted electrical power. There were no known injuries. The FBI has joined local police in the investigation. (INT)

Brad Jensen joined the San Bernardino County team Monday as Director of Government and Legislative Affairs. Jensen comes from the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership, where he served for eight years as Director of Public Policy. (INT)

You know it’s almost summer when Riverside County’s cool centers open. Currently there 39 cool centers open to the public in partnership with local organizations such as libraries and community centers, with the plan to expand to 60 by mid-season. The centers are available to residents at no cost and will be open through October. (INT)

The California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) has announced the first round of grants to promote the arts, science, history and culture available at museums. The nearly $1 million in grant funding will support 25 projects for museums that have been severely affected by COVID-19 and that serve historically underserved communities. The San Bernardino County Museum and The Riverside Art Museum will split $80,000. (INT)

Fines of $1,000 for illegal fireworks are becoming widespread across the Inland Empire. It’s an effort to stem a growing tide of pyrotechnics. Law enforcement agencies are encouraging citizens to report the use and sale of illegal fireworks anonymously by phone or online. That will lead to follow-up investigations. (INT)

Californians will now know when and where prescribed fires are planned and the projected impact of the smoke on air quality. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has launched an online app with the appropriate information. (INT)

San Bernardino County is winding its school coronavirus vaccination initiative. Ninety-nine events were held at fifty schools. While primarily focused on vaccinating people between the ages of 12 and 15, the program was open to any student, family member or community member. Over 6,050 persons were vaccinated through the initiative. (INT)

Riverside police have capped a 4-month investigation with the arrest of a motorist for the hit-run death of a pedestrian. Jeffrey Scott Carey, 52, has been arrested in Jurupa Valley where investigators found hidden the vehicle he was allegedly driving when a homeless man was struck on February 15th. Witnesses said they saw the victim lying on Jurupa Avenue before he was run over. (INT)

Fire hit Riverside’s oldest lived-in residence Monday. Flames caused by an electrical malfunction in a casita spread to some trees and the main house on Victoria Avenue near Maude Street. Damage was estimated at $300,000 and one firefighter suffered minor injuries. The home was built in 1892. (INT)

A Jurupa Valley man was arraigned Monday on five felony counts of recording fraudulent grant deeds. Timothy Grant McBride, 41, was arrested by DA investigators at his home on June 10th. McBride entered not guilty pleas to all counts. He had falsely represented himself as the owner/president of MSC Development, INC. The investigation showed that McBride had deeded several of the company’s properties to himself. (INT)

Joshua Tree National Park has become a strong economic engine for the Inland Empire. In 2019, almost 3 million visitors to Joshua Tree National Park spent over $150 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,860 jobs in the local area. In the past five years, camp night stays have increased 23% and campgrounds are full almost half the year. (INT)

More improvements are slated to begin next month on the Pomona Freeway in Ontario. Two auxiliary lanes will be constructed between the Cucamonga Creek Bridge and Milliken Avenue. Caltrans says the project weighs in at $42.5 million. (INT)

It’s happening a year late, but an in-person graduation ceremony for all high school students in San Bernardino’s Class of 2020 will be held Friday, June 18th. The event at the Glen Helen Pavilion was a promise of the Board of Education. (INT)

The Internal Revenue Service is sending more than 2.8 million refunds this week to taxpayers who paid taxes on unemployment compensation that new legislation now excludes as income. So far, the IRS has identified 13 million taxpayers that may be eligible for the adjustment. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) excluded up to $10,200 in unemployment compensation per taxpayer paid in 2020. (INT)

Work is starting on a project to replace the Washington Street bridge across the I-215 in Colton. The $34.4 million project will raise the vertical clearance of the bridge to current standards and re-pave East Washington St. and South Mt. Vernon Ave., adding sidewalks, guardrail upgrades, and safety fencing in the immediate area. (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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