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|September 2, 2014|
SAN FRANCISCO - (INT) – The California Public Utilities Commission has levied its biggest safety-related penalty. It’s ordered Pacific Gas and Electric to pay $1.4 billion for the San Bruno gas pipeline rupture.
A new video attributed to the Islamic State terrorist organization purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, marking the second such execution in recent weeks by a group that has threatened to kill other captives.
MOSCOW--President Vladimir V. Putin reportedly told a European official that he could “take Kiev in two weeks” if he wanted to, adding a new dimension to the tensions building in Ukraine as Russian forces become more involved in the fighting there.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Sixty-thousand households in Riverside and San Bernardino counties are getting some form of public assistance or about 4.7 percent.
HEMET – (INT) – A light earthquake centered in the San Jacinto Fault Zone caused no reported damage Tuesday evening.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – There’s been a slowing in the region’s economic recovery. The monthly Purchasing Manager’s Index issued Tuesday showed a 4-point decline in August.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – In spite of intense maximum law enforcement, seven people lost their lives during the Labor Day holiday weekend.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Water wasters are coming under greater pressure to do their part as the drought drags on. The EMWD has established Stage 3-A mandatory water use restrictions.
GRAND TERRACE – (INT) – Dates are being announced for Part 2 of a project to install new train trestles across Interstate 215.
COLTON – (INT) – Caltrans activated a series of new ramp meters along Interstate 10 Tuesday. They are at various locations in Colton and Bloomington.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - The Labor Day holiday finished up on the dry, toasty side as September debuts. The inland heat should back down a few more degrees by Wednesday as the marine layer reforms and deepens.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Riders on Omnitrans buses can expect some changes. Fares are going up and while some service is being down-shifted, it’s being ramped up elsewhere.
CHINO – (INT) – A bank robber dubbed the ‘AK-47 bandit’ is now wanted in four states. Chino police have connected the thief to hold-ups in California, Washington, Idaho and Nebraska.
NAPA – (INT) – New damage estimates to private property in the city in the wake of last month’s earthquake have hit $300 million.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – A developing El Nino is still on target. Climatologist Alex Tardy at the National Weather Service says it can change the jet stream.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California’s proposed ban on plastic bags is nearing reality. State legislators have given final approval to a bill that would phase out single-use plastic bags.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Summer is winding down on a mild-mannered note. Monsoon storms made their mark on the Inland Empire the past two months.
HOLLYWOOD - 'Guardians of the Galaxy' easily rules at the movies closing out a troubled summer at the box office.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – President Obama is falling out of favor with California voters. A California Field Poll issued Tuesday showed his approval rating has dropped to 45 percent.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - The California Senate finished its two-year legislative session well ahead of its Sunday Constitutional deadline.
California leads the nation in the output of renewable energy. The Inland Empire is a major contributor of solar power. Wind energy isn’t far behind.
HOLLYWOOD - 'Guardians of the Galaxy' reclaimed the top spot at the box office this week as it became the top grossing film of the season. The holdover flick 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' narrowly beat the tearjerker 'If I Stay' to take the No. 2 spot.
An autopsy may determine what happened to a woman found dead at San Jacinto Monday evening. The body and a vehicle were in a dirt field. Homicide detectives are withholding her name. (INT)
More than a hundred fire fighters pounced on a wildfire Monday near Corona that was started by a pickup truck towing a trailer near Interstate 15 and Temescal Canyon Road. A burning pile of corrugated plastic pipe ignited a brushfire that covered about 25 acres. Fallen power lines slowed the containment effort. One person suffered minor injuries. (INT)
A ribbon cutting in Riverside Tuesday marks the opening of a half-mile Downtown Walking Path. It offers resident, visitors and office workers a new opportunity to improve their health. (INT)
The San Bernardino 66ers enter the playoffs Wednesday after clinching a berth in the season finals. San Bernardino is defending its 2013 Cal League championship. (INT)
Investigators are striving to learn circumstances in a man’s shooting death at Highland. Michael Martinez, 19, was found dead Saturday on Paloma Road. (INT)
The Dodgers fell to the Washington Nationals Monday 6-4 in as match-up of division leaders. Los Angeles still leads the NL West in spite of losing three of their last four games. (INT)
Riverside police are warning about fake alarm company employees. Individuals dressed in ADT Alarm Company uniforms are showing up at some homes claiming to update alarm systems. In reality, they may be checking out homes for future burglaries. Police say alarm companies usually make prior contact to set up an appointment. (INT)
About 100 animals go up for adoption Tuesday at the Devore Animal Shelter. Animal control officials say the dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, hamsters and turtles have been well cared for and are socialized. (INT)
In Lucerne Valley, authorities say that living conditions were deplorable when they found six children and over 60 dogs, rabbits and birds in a residence on Chickasaw Trail. Cruelty charges are pending against Ronald and Venus Mills. Custody of their children was taken over by the Department of Children and Family Services. (INT)
Three educators have been chosen as San Bernardino County’s teachers of the year. They are Christopher Brunette, a social studies teacher at Green Valley High School in the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District; Cari Gibson, a sixth-grade teacher at Cucamonga Middle School in the Central School District and Mary Rivers, a fourth-grader teacher at the Krystal School of Science, Math and Technology in the Hesperia Unified School District. They will be honored at an October 6th ceremony. (INT)