July 13, 2024
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SANTE FE, New Mexico — In a stunning turn of events, the judge in Alec Baldwin’s involuntary manslaughter trial dismissed the case Friday.
The call and text message records of nearly all of AT&T's cellular customers were exposed in a massive breach.
NEW YORK - Rudy Giuliani's bankruptcy case was dismissed Friday, paving the way for two election workers to start collecting on the $148 million judgment they won against him in a defamation case.
The U.S. military has failed to re-anchor its humanitarian pier to Gaza, the Pentagon said Thursday, and soon will “cease operations” on an aid-delivery mission plagued by setbacks from almost the moment President Biden announced it four months ago.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The threat of dry lightning is posing a new wildfire threat.
LYTLE CREEK - The Vista Fire near Lytle Creek is putting up some resistance as firefighters struggle to get a line around it.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Most of Southern California is due for some heat relief.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) - North America’s first self-powered, zero-emission passenger train is poised to begin service.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) - Californians are divided on allowing public schools to accommodate a student’s request to use pronouns that differ from their biological sex.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Riverside County Supervisors have approved a funding agreement to expand behavioral health services.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Health warnings are being upgraded amid the most intense heat of early summer.
SAN BERNARDINO - A new mural entitled “Welcome to San Bernardino” is being unveiled.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Student housing at UC Riverside will become more available.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Remains of two county buildings that have stood in downtown San Bernardino for sixty years are coming down.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Three Inland Empire cities are getting high marks for their economic growth.
MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE – (INT) – A new bird will be coming to roost at March Air Reserve Base.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – New data reinforces what has been known that the Inland Empire is magnet for many leaving Los Angeles.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Eighteen years after a School of Medicine was proposed at UC Riverside, the 2024 class of graduates will find themselves in much demand.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – After two months of declines, gasoline prices seem to be holding steady.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – Californians are getting connected as never before.
BLANCO, TX - Shelley Duvall has died, just days after her 75th birthday.
SAN FRANCISCO — It’s a common sight across the state: rows of suburban homes topped with solar panels.
HOLLYWOOD - Gru and the Minions are setting off fireworks at the box office.
Southern California Congressman Adam Schiff on Sunday said Vice President Kamala Harris could “overwhelmingly” win against former President Donald Trump.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California’s community college instructors must be able to prove they are human beings.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Californians are getting an updated snapshot of crime in the state.
OAKLAND – (INT) – Some reported hate crimes in California have declined while others are increasing.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California is close to becoming the 26th state in the union to require personal finance as a high school graduation requirement.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – Poverty in California is taking a hit.
Californians can claim a lot of ‘firsts’ and, here’s another.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – The latest 3-year run of El Nino is about over and the return of La Nina is on deck.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - California ranks 2nd among the most expensive states to retire in 2024.
SAN FRANCISCO - Two new COVID variants are rapidly spreading across the United States - including in California.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - Population estimates show that for the first time since 2020, California has grown and the Inland Empire contributed to much of the increase.
In an unusual move, a popular hiking trail in the Mount San Jacinto State Park has been closed because of dangerously high temperatures. Park officials explain there have been multiple rescues of hikers suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration even at the higher elevations. Triple digit temperatures are being recorded in nearby Idyllwild. The closure of Skyline Trail will protect hikers and first responders and will continue until further notice. (INT)

California’s wildfire risk has taken a hit after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approved seven herbicide active ingredients to control noxious weeds and invasive species. The herbicides will be applied on public lands managed by the BLM. (INT)

Banning police broke their silence Thursday (July 11th) on the gunshots deaths 7-weeks ago of three people. It was determined to be a double-murder and suicide. The victims were members of the same family who lived at the same address on Holly Street. A police statement did not disclose their identities or any other details. (INT)

In Apple Valley, a Fullerton woman is jailed on suspicion of killing her ex-boyfriend. April Green, 46, fled from the victim’s home on Sunday (July 7th) but was later arrested without incident. Dead is Shaun Griffith, age 45. (INT)

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department contends it’s “staying vigilant to keep our jails drug-free”. A search on June 29th of the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center turned up an assortment of weapons and dangerous contraband. (INT)

Menifee’s newest school is about to open its doors. A July 31st ribbon-cutting has been set for the Sally Buselt Elementary School on Wickerd Road. (INT)

Moreno Valley is playing hard ball with those bent on firing off illegal fireworks. Last year, eighty-three citations were issued that resulted in fines of 138-thousand-dollars. This Fourth of July, sheriff’s deputies are expanding both air and ground patrols. Fireworks have become MoVal’s number-1 non-emergency priority. (INT)

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has approved another round of allocations for Inland Empire projects. In the most expensive, 14-point-5 million dollars will be spent to rehabilitate the I-15 through Hesperia and Victorville. In Riverside County, 5-point-7 million dollars were allocated to widen existing lanes of Route 79 in the Lake Elsinore area. (INT)

A bevy of leaders has celebrated the grand opening of the Inland Empire LGBTQ+ Resource Center in Riverside. Co-founder Sabrina Cervantes declared “The center is what we can accomplish when we meet the moment with bold ideas and when we dream big for the next generation.” (INT)

As the graduation season winds down, more than 100 alternative education students in San Bernardino County picked-up their diplomas Thursday (June 13th). Some have faced homelessness while others are the first in their family to earn a high school diploma. A commencement ceremony was held at Chaffey High School in Ontario. (INT)

A failed release valve caused the leak of thousands of gallons of anhydrous ammonia at Riverside’s Airgas facility. An ammonia cloud drifted over the Manheim auto storage area early Wednesday as aerial drones helped identify the leak from a tanker truck. Manheim employees evacuated to a safe location. (INT)

Twenty dogs died but dozens others were rescued from a vacant Riverside County home Thursday (July 11th). Animal control officers found dogs in crates, some confined to rooms and others roaming freely about the property in Thermal where temperatures had soared past 100 degrees. Dogs that survived were taken to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms. There was no word on the whereabouts of the owner. (INT)

Redlands police say that three suspects in a home invasion robbery were members of a coordinated burglary crew that has been targeting upscale residences throughout Southern California. Two were arrested in Victorville and another in San Bernardino. (INT)

Warnings about possession and use of illegal fireworks got some results over the long Fourth of July holiday at Lake Elsinore. Sheriff’s officials issued 56 citations. There is one criminal violation for possession with intent to distribute fireworks. (INT)

Credit card debt is becoming a financial issue for older Californians. Retired workers 65 and older have the seventh highest credit card debt in the nation, according to LendingTree's most recent data. Their average debt is $8,186. They put an average of 14.1% of their Social Security benefits toward minimum credit card payments. (INT)

Two Inland Empire men have drawn stiff prison terms for dealing in fentanyl. George Anthony Manzo, 37, of Redlands utilized Snapchat to arrange drug transactions and communicate with customers. He will serve 10 years behind bars. And, Ignacio Alcala, 38, of Hemet got 19 years for mailing pound-quantities of fentanyl and marijuana and for possession of firearms and a so-called ‘ghost’ machinegun. (INT)

Two Inland Empire cases are making their way through the federal courts. 6-time convicted felon Rafeal Yanni of Colton has been handed a 10-year prison sentence for shooting two people outside a San Bernardino sports bar. And, a former soldier pleaded guilty Friday (June 28th) to posting online videos of himself threatening to kill multiple military personnel at the Fort Irwin army base near Barstow. (INT)

Hemet’s 8-year housing plan has been approved. It is designed to meet current and future housing needs for affordable housing, emergency shelters, and supportive housing. (INT)

The Riverside Transit Agency’s new budget has reaffirmed the RTA’s commitment to the community and its employees. The agency says that includes service enhancements, frequency improvements and other adjustments to meet demand. Dial-A-Ride bus service availability remains unchanged and the RTA’s micro-transit service, GoMicro, will continue to serve the Hemet-San Jacinto area. (INT)

More affordable housing is coming to Riverside. The Mulberry Gardens Senior Apartments, a four-story building with 59 units, will replace a set of office buildings at 2520 Mulberry St. in downtown Riverside. A second phase will share common spaces with the 150-unit Mulberry Gardens Family Apartments. (INT)

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