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|October 30, 2014|
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – About one-fourth of all children in Riverside and San Bernardino counties live in poverty. In its annual scorecard issued Wednesday, ‘Children Now’ said that only 41 percent of families in San Bernardino County can afford basic living expenses.
Hackers thought to be working for the Russian government breached the unclassified White House computer networks in recent weeks, sources said, resulting in temporary disruptions to some services while cybersecurity teams worked to contain the intrusion.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Right on the heels of a report that home ownership has fallen to a 20-year low comes word that rates for residential rents are accelerating.
Top U.S. and British counterterrorism officials said Tuesday that the growing number and variety of foreign fighters streaming into Syria is unprecedented in recent history.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Vice-President Joe Biden will sound a familiar get-out-the-vote theme when he headlines a public rally in San Bernardino County Saturday.
SAN JACINTO – (INT) – A man paragliding was killed in a mountainside crash Tuesday above the Soboba Indian Reservation.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – County health officials are monitoring two low-risk individuals who recently returned after traveling to Ebola-impacted countries in West Africa.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Another measure of job growth puts Riverside and San Bernardino counties in the nation’s Top 10 metropolitan areas.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Record high fall enrollments have been reached at UC Riverside and Cal State-San Bernardino. UCR hit 21,602 including more than 4200 new freshmen.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - A former officer with the San Bernardino Police Department was sentenced Monday to 300 months in federal prison for violating the civil rights of two women.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Candidates are getting in their final licks as campaigning for next week’s election enters its last days.
A U.S. Marine from Riverside has died in Iraq from a non-combat related incident. Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal, 19, died in Baghdad in an incident currently under investigation.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – It’s beginning to feel more like autumn. And, Riverside is rising to the occasion. A ‘Wine Walk’ is planned November 8th at the Canyon Crest Towne Centre.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – In its last report before Tuesday’s election, the California Field Poll found that Democrats lead in most partisan statewide election contests.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – An incoming weather front will officially launch South California’s so-called rainy season.
KANSAS CITY - Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Spooks and goblins are becoming big business. Halloween is the fastest-growing consumer holiday.
PALM SPRINGS – (INT) – Elvis would be pleased to know that his one-time home in the Las Palmas district is in good hands. It’s not going on the auction block, but will clear escrow in the next few weeks.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California’s business tax climate is among the worst in the nation. California ranks 48th according to the latest edition of the State Business Tax Climate Index.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) – The Internet continues to gain on television and newspapers as a primary news source. With local newspapers on the decline, Los Angeles television stations have been making a grab for more viewers in the Inland Empire.
TUSTIN - While big-box stores still have a few more weeks to prep for their busiest time of the year, Goodwill Industries is already in the midst of its holiday peak season.
HOLLYWOOD – (INT) – Folk singing icon John Denver has finally got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The singer’s star is number 2,531.
HOLLYWOOD - The pre-Halloween horror pic 'Ouija' easily won the box office race this week. It cost under $5 million to make and is based on the classic Hasbro board game.
CARLSBAD - Welders and pipefitters nearly outnumber the surfers and sunbathers here. Within sight of the crashing waves, the laborers are assembling what some hope will make water scarcity a thing of the past.
Don Bell, a preeminent researcher in the egg and poultry industry at the University of California, has died in Riverside. He was 81. A memorial service will be held Saturday at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Riverside. (INT)
Three years’ probation has been handed to a young Moreno Valley woman in the first Riverside County case to be prosecuted under California’s new human trafficking law. Kayla Jackson, 19, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday. She served 102 days in jail. Prosecutors said that a 14-year-old girl was working as a prostitute under Jackson’s direction. Voters approved the human trafficking law 2-years ago.
Witnesses say a wrong-way driver caused a deadly crash on Interstate 10 near Coachella. Three other people were hurt in the Wednesday morning incident east of Dillon Road. In Corona, the California Highway Patrol says that Jerad Oviedo, 22, of Garden Grove perished when his car hit a light pole at the 91-15 interchange. (INT)
Voters are being advised not to mail their completed ballots because they may not reach election offices in time to be counted in Tuesday’s election. Instead, they can be taken to Registrar of Voters offices in Riverside or San Bernardino – or taken to any polling place on election day. (INT)
Negotiators with the city of Redlands have reached a tentative labor agreement with the Redlands Police Officers Association. It would result in an estimated $436,000 in savings to the city. The tentative agreement goes before the City Council November 4th. (INT)
A break in a gas line forced the evacuation of Valley View High School and eight nearby Moreno Valley homes Tuesday. There was no fire or explosion. (INT)
Traffic mishaps at opposite ends of San Bernardino County have claimed two lives. An Arizona woman was killed in a fiery collision on Highway 95 near Parker Dam. The coroner has identified a motorist who perished when his car plunged off Mt. Baldy Road into Ice House Canyon as Hugh Hartman, 50, of Chino. (INT)
Caltrans is seeking ideas from the public on how to improve transportation between regions of the state. Workshops open in Fresno and wind up November 19th in Fontana. (INT)
Aviation enthusiasts are invited to Thursday’s Parade of Planes in Palm Springs. Eighty planes will taxi under their own power from the airport to the convention center and back again. It’s the prelude to the Flying Aviation Expo opening Friday. (INT)
Kobe Bryant poured in 31 points, but the Lakers still got blown out by Phoenix 119-99 Wednesday night. The Clippers host Oklahoma City tonight for their season opener. (INT)
The Moreno Valley Unified School District is stepping up its classroom technology. The Amazon Fulfillment Center has donated 50 Kindle Fire devices. They will assist students with learning differences. (INT)
The condition of Orange County’s streets and roads is ranked the best in the state, according to a report released by SaveCaliforniaStreets.org. The next closest ranking was San Joaquin County. The Save California Streets report has been compiled every two years since 2008. This is the second consecutive time Orange County’s streets have ranked as the best in the state. (INT)
The dangers inherent in law enforcement have been exemplified with a pair of incidents. A Pomona SWAT officer died early Wednesday after being shot while serving a search warrant in San Gabriel. He was identified as Shaun Diamond. In Camarillo, a Ventura County sheriff’s deputy has been struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver. Suspects in both incidents are under arrest. (INT)
Montclair police have found a shooting victim dead in a vehicle. They say that two suspects wearing bandanas over their faces opened fire from another vehicle after a verbal confrontation. A witness is being questioned. (INT)
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon is expanding the department’s crime lab. A groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday marked start-up of a 20,000 square foot laboratory annex building. It’s situated adjacent to the existing crime lab on Lena Road in San Bernardino. It will be completed in a year at a cost of $17 million. (INT)
Riverside County prosecutors say a Hemet man could be eligible for the death penalty if he is convicted of killing his stepfather and half-brother. Quilik Walton, 23, was captured after the victims were stabbed at their home last Wednesday night. Hemet police called the incident ‘domestic homicide’. (INT)
Early voting centers are being added in San Bernardino County. Centers are open at branch libraries in Montclair and Hesperia. Mail-in ballots can also be dropped off at the libraries or the county election headquarters on East Rialto Avenue in San Bernardino. (INT)
Portions of the Cleveland National Forest around the Silverado fire zone in the Santa Ana Mountains have been closed for rehabilitation. Maple Springs Road, the Silverado Motorway Trail and a portion of the North Main Divide are also closed to the public until next September. The Silverado fire burned nearly 1,000 acres on the Orange County side of the Santa Ana Mountains last month. (INT)