June 27, 2016
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Gov. Jerry Brown signed the budget bill Monday for the coming fiscal year, fully embracing a package his office played a major role in shaping and making no blue-pencil reductions to individual spending items in the plan.
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Supreme Court upheld abortion rights Monday, ruling that states across the country had no right to curb the constitutional right of women to end their pregnancies by imposing an "undue burden" on them to limit their access to abortion clinics.
Threats of migrant abuse and hate crimes surfaced in the United Kingdom on Monday, just days after voters angry about a growing immigrant population approved a referendum for leaving the European Union. London Mayor asked police to be on heightened alert to deal with hate crimes against minorities or immigrants.
Locked hand-in-hand in front of a rapturous Ohio crowd, Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren sealed a powerful alliance Monday that could help unify the Democratic Party and give Donald Trump nightmares.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Investigators said Monday that two gang members are prime suspects in a pair of weekend homicides.
PALM SPRINGS – (INT) - The Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market is in its final days.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - Motorcycle accidents are taking a heavy toll of life across the Inland Empire this month.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – There’s more evidence that marijuana dispensaries are a prime target for violence.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – More nightly fireworks are being seen and heard in local neighborhoods as Fourth of July celebrations draw closer.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Effective July 1st, the city-operated fire department will be no more.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - Consumer and business spending in the Inland Empire have been gaining traction, particularly in San Bernardino County.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The heat wave is having an impact on our avian friends.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – A new survey has found nearly half of all motorists who responded admit to sometimes littering along streets and highways.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Surplus government food is being distributed throughout the month. The food is provided without cost.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - The current warming trend should max out Tuesday before the high pressure begins to relax going forward into the Fourth of July holiday.
California’s early summer fire fight is expanding as new blazes break out amid a new heat wave.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is about to get a dose of accountability, transparency and oversight.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) - Paul Tanaka, who was the second-in-command of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, was sentenced Monday to federal prison.
HOLLYWOOD - 'Independence Day: Resurgence' failed to ignite big fireworks at the box office this week.
AVALON - Three people died, but four others are recovering after their small boat capsized.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Gasoline prices are edging closer to $3 a gallon partly because of a refinery issue.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Some consumer products and home appliances can emit ozone, a reactive gas, at high levels that may result in potential health effects.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Cell phone usage behind the wheel and texting while driving (TWD) has become a worsening distraction.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California is not so golden when it comes to business friendliness.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Los Angeles and Orange counties hold the third-most travel interest for the nation’s summertime vacationers.
San Bernardino’s homicide count for the year has risen to 33. Police say they have arrested two young men for the fatal June 10th stabbing of Jose Verdinez, Jr. The suspects were riding bicycles when they stopped and began arguing with the victim as he stood on the sidewalk on North Fairfax Drive. (INT)

An autopsy is planned to determine if a hiker fell victim to the summer heat. Another hiker found the victim Sunday on the Pacific Crest Trail, near the West Fork Mojave River, near Hesperia. The man had no obvious injuries. (INT)

A 2-vehicle collision Sunday at the extreme north end of Riverside killed one driver, a 68-year-old Beaumont woman, and seriously injured the other. The crash closed Main Street at the Colton-Riverside city limits. (INT)

One person was burned in an early Sunday fire at Navigator Yachts in Perris. Calfire estimated damages to a pair of trailers at $50,000. The cause of the fire was not disclosed. (INT)

Bankrupt San Bernardino is ending the fiscal year in the black as revenues for 2015-16 topped expenses. City Council budget discussions for next year are winding down. The city declared bankruptcy in 2012. (INT)

One person suffered serious burns and another smoke inhalation in an early Friday morning house fire in Perris. The blaze on Benedetto Point destroyed the 2-story home. Three adults and a child were displaced. (INT)

Public comments on the proposed expansion of the Bear Mountain Resort at Big Bear are being sought by the Forest Service. The owners are planning new trails, jump lines, expanded mountain biking, a free-standing rock climbing wall and a viewing area for the zip line. Deadline for the comments is July 6th. Comment at http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49669&exp=overview. (INT)

Riverside is scaling back its summer events and recreation program because of a city budget shortfall. But, the annual 4th of July fireworks show at La Sierra Park will go forward after all thanks to City Council members Jim Perry and John Burnard who offered to donate money from their respective council budgets. Cancelled is the Family Fishing Derby at Fairmount Park and closure of the Arlington swimming pool on July 1st. (INT)

The shooting of two people at their apartment in Highland last April has landed a suspect in jail. Jovan Meeks, 21, has been picked up in Las Vegas. San Bernardino County authorities have been looking for him since Kirk and Donna Savala were hit by gunfire. Kirk, age 52, later died. (INT)

More wildlife is on the move in search of food and water as Southern California’s summer heat intensifies. Bear and deer sightings in the mountains and foothills are becoming more frequent. The animals sometimes come up on the losing end especially on the more heavily-traveled mountain roads. A bear died early Monday on Highway 18 in Upper Waterman Canyon north of San Bernardino. Last week, a deer died on Highway 38 in the San Bernardino Mountains. (INT)

A pedestrian killed at a street intersection in Corona early Sunday has been identified. The coroner says that Hugo Guzman, 34, of Montebello died on West 6th Street at Smith Avenue. In Yucaipa, a weekend crash killed a motorist when his car ran off Bryant Street and impacted a tree. (INT)

In San Jacinto, a nearly 3-year-long murder investigation has led to an arrest. Michael Allan Diaz, 47, is behind bars on suspicion of shooting Jason Wasson, 38. Wasson was killed in October, 2013 at a woman’s home. Sheriff’s investigators did not offer a motive for the incident nor what gave them a break in the case. (INT)

A reorganization of the executive staff of the Air Quality Management Agency (AQMD) has been announced. Wayne Nastri, acting executive officer for the AQMD, said the changes will improve the agency’s operational efficiency as well as its responsiveness to community interests. (INT)

The much-anticipated opening of the on-ramp to the eastbound 91 freeway from Main Street in Corona is just ahead. It was closed early last year and has since been redesigned. It is part of the 91 widening project that should wrap up next year. (INT)

The Valley Generating Station located between Menifee and Romoland is being allowed to switch to diesel fuel rather than natural gas to avoid electrical blackouts this summer. It’s the latest consequence stemming from the depletion of natural gas storage from the massive leak at SoCalGas’s Aliso Canyon in Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power sought the 90-dasy variance from the Air Quality Management District. (INT)

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