July 23, 2014
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SOUTHLAND - (INT) – A 4 percent jump in electricity last month led an increase in the cost of living in the greater Los Angeles area. BLS said living expenses rose 1.5 percent the last 12 months or slightly less than the national average.
The Obama administration, detailing what it called evidence of Russian complicity in the downing of a Malaysian airliner, on Tuesday released satellite images and other sensitive intelligence that officials say show Moscow had trained and equipped rebels in Ukraine responsible for the attack.
TAIPEI, Taiwan--Dozens of people aboard a plane flying to a Taiwanese island were killed on Wednesday when the aircraft crashed in bad weather during an emergency landing, Taiwan’s Transportation Ministry said.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Plans for a solar power generating plant at Phelan are moving ahead. The White Road Property Owners Association appealed the County Planning Commission’s approval before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Summer has arrived and it certainly feels like it. But, Mother Nature has treated us kindly so far.

MORENO VALLEY – (INT) – Sheriff’s investigators are connecting the dots in a series of Tuesday afternoon shootings that left two people dead and a sheriff’s deputy wounded.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – A young mother is the city’s 27th murder victim of the year.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – City Attorney Gary Saenz is proposing an offensive against two issues perpetuating gang-related crime – slumlord housing and illegal marijuana dispensaries.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A fourth defendant accused in the murder of a Marine Corps sergeant and his wife has gone on trial. Kesaun Sykes, himself a former Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton, has denied involvement in the slayings.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Law enforcement continues to wage an intense campaign against DUI drivers. But, a study released Monday suggests it’s not having much impact in the region’s two largest cities.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Local job growth is slowly returning to pre-recession levels. The State Employment Development Department put the rate at 2.8 percent the past 12-months.
SAN BERNARDINO - (INT) - Groundwater levels in the Bunker Hill Basin are now at their lowest levels in recorded history, even lower than the previous low point in 1964, which took place at the end of the 20-year drought.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – County residents are taking a ‘selfie’ and most like what they see. About two-thirds say it’s a very good or fairly good place to live.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The boating season is peaking and water safety is at the forefront. New statistics show the number of registered vessels in the Inland Empire is second only to Los Angeles County.
RANCHO MIRAGE – (INT) – The Coachella Valley has been home for past US presidents. Now it’s been disclosed that President Obama and the First Lady may be house shopping in Rancho Mirage.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - Governor Brown has signed 10 bills. AB 834 by Assemblymember Das G. Williams (D-Santa Barbara) –Private postsecondary education: School Performance Fact Sheets.
SAN LUIS – (INT) – While the State Water Project has become a trickle, run-off along another key water resource has been fully up to par.
OAKLAND – (INT) - California ranks 40th out of the 50 states in children’s overall well-being. That’s according to The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest edition of the KIDS COUNT® Data Book.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Governor Brown is making an appointment to the State Supreme Court. His choice is Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – An updated outlook for an impending El Nino this winter keeps California in the window for some rain. A moderate El Nino is likely to arrive this fall and early winter.
LOS ANGELES - James Garner, a master of light comedy who shot to fame in the 1950s as the charming and dry-witted gambler on the hit TV western "Maverick" has died.
HOLLYWOOD - The sequel 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' narrowly beat 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' to remain the top movie this week.
New maps are out reflecting areas most likely to have earthquakes, how often they will occur and how hard the ground will shake. The US Geological Survey says California is among 16 states at high risk.
BAKER – (INT) – The world’s tallest thermometer is again measuring some of the planet’s hottest temperatures. At 134-feet, the thermometer invites travelers on busy Interstate 15 to take a break from the searing desert heat.
The summer heat has landed a Fontana man in jail. A witness called police after seeing Jose Gonzalez, 60, place his dog in the trunk of his car and then walk into a supermarket. The temperature in the trunk has risen to 141 degrees when police arrived as found the poodle suffering from heat stroke. Gonzalez was arrested on suspicion of felony animal cruelty. (INT)

The Inland Empire’s latest motorcycle fatality is a 20-year-old man. Riverside police say he ran off Madison Avenue Tuesday and hit a tree. (INT)

Colton police have re-opened the 16-year-old case of a missing waitress. Gabriela Escobar was 21 when she vanished from Taco’s Puebla where she worked in 1998. (INT)

The iEfficient water conservation campaign was launched Tuesday. It’s the effort of the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District. It comes as groundwater aquifers sink to all-times lows. (INT)

A woman is San Bernardino’s 27th murder victim of the year. Michelle Miers, 26, was fatally stabbed late Monday night at an apartment on West 43rd Street. She had used a cell phone seeking help. (INT)

For the fifth year in a row, Loma Linda University Medical Center has been ranked the Number 1 hospital in the Inland Empire by U.S. News & World Report. It was ranked 14th best in California. (INT)

Two shootings at Indio less than an hour apart have killed two men. Police are trying to determine if the Sunday night incidents are related. (INT)

Riverside Congressman Mark Takano has introduced a bill that would close several loopholes in the Social Security Act and guarantee that all married couples, traditional and same-sex, receive the Social Security and Medicare spouse and survivor benefits that they have earned. Takano’s bill is known as the Social Security and Medicare Parity Act. (INT)

A Colton police officer is recovering after being hit with a piece of asphalt during a scuffle with a suspected drug abuser. The incident Tuesday in an alley resulted in the arrest of Luis Coronado, 22, of Colton. (INT)

There will be no action against Riverside City Councilman Mike Soubirous who allegedly interfered in the duties of Police Chief Sergio Diaz and City Manager Scott Barber. That was the decision Tuesday of the City Council. Soubirous had called the accusations a ‘witch hunt’. (INT)

A new law will allow graduates of accelerated and fully accredited medical education programs to become licensed physicians in California by as early as January. There is a shortage of medical doctors in California and it is estimated that the state will need an additional 8,000 primary care physicians by 2030. The UC Davis School of Medicine is the first UC campus to offer an accelerated program. (INT)

An assault suspect was believed to have been under the influence of PCP when he collapsed while being restrained by loss prevention personnel outside a business in Moreno Valley. The man stopped breathing as paramedics arrived on scene and died. (INT)

A man accused of being Riverside County’s most prolific robber has gone on trial. Sergio Lopez is facing 69 charges stemming from 19 robberies at small businesses dating back to 2010. (INT)

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