January 24, 2017
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SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Governor Brown, a one-time presidential candidate, put California in the driver’s seat for the nation’s future in his State of the State address Tuesday.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Southland is about to get a breather from the record-setting storms that have pounded the region and put the state on a course to end the drought. Six identifiable storms have overhauled the Southland this month including three in just four days.
The White House doubled down on President Donald Trump's widely debunked claim that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election, costing Trump the popular vote.
WASHINGTON--President Trump signed five more executive actions Tuesday in a blitz of executive power meant to speed approvals of high-profile energy and infrastructure projects, including two controversial pipeline projects in the upper Midwest.
BIG BEAR - (INT) - California's mountain snowpack is being welcomed and is likely to be sustained for many weeks.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - The inland region added more jobs in December, bringing the total jobs gained last year to 41,200.
ONTARIO – (INT) - A locally-based coalition staged a Saturday march and rally to express opposition to what it says is President Trump’s divisive agenda.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Security is being ramped up at the County Administrative Center.
SAN BERNARDINO - (INT) – San Bernardino County is asking for assistance to reallocate more than $1 million in a federal anti-terrorism grant.
PALM SPRINGS – (INT) - Three years before his death in 1965, Walt Disney and his wife, Lillian, built a vacation home.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Surplus government food is being distributed throughout the month. The food is provided without cost.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Consumers in the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario Metro area could learn a lot about credit from folks in Mankato, Minnesota.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – A new survey has found nearly half of all motorists who responded admit to sometimes littering along streets and highways.
HOLLYWOOD - “La La Land” beat out all other films, with a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations.
SACRAMENTO – Governor Brown has issued two emergency proclamations to secure funding to help recover from severe winter storms.
SACRAMENTO - California's groundbreaking effort to fight climate change has taken another big step forward.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – A 4-week run-up in gasoline prices appears to be easing.
SAN DIEGO – (INT) - The Border Patrol will focus on Otay Mountain as its top enforcement priority in the San Diego Sector.
RIVERSIDE – One respected climatologist is predicting an end to the 6-year-old California drought.
HOLLYWOOD - ”Hidden Figures” has retained its box office crown.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) - Nearly two-thirds of Californians say global warming’s effects have already begun.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – A wet and snowy December has segued into January and may set the stage for what’s ahead this winter – or not.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California motorists now have another tool to help them get from here to there.
RIVERSIDE - (INT) - A team of researchers has found a long-sought-after mechanism in human cells that creates immunity to influenza.
The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has adopted 49 projects, valued at more than $127 million, to support needed upkeep on California’s aging roads and bridges, make upgrades to transit and rail systems and encourage use of alternative forms of transportation, including biking and walking. (INT)

An Upland man implicated in a triple murder in Ontario in 2012 was sentenced Friday to 25-years-to-life in prison. A jury convicted Steven Carter for only one of the deaths that occurred in a barrage of gunfire that erupted during a botched home invasion robbery. Carter’s accomplice, Michael Hall, is scheduled to be sentenced March 6th. (INT)

The driver of a stolen vehicle was killed Friday when he lost control on Waterman Avenue in San Bernardino and was hit by a truck and another vehicle. Police said excessive speed caused the deadly crash. (INT)

Over 2.5 million people visited Joshua Tree National Park during 2016. That’s up a whopping 500,000 from 2015. It has translated into long entrance lines, full campgrounds and congested parking. (INT)

The Inland Empire’s fastest-growing city will be getting bigger. RSI Communities, a California-and Texas-based homebuilder has purchased 228 acres of land in Beaumont. It will develop a 981-unit master-planned community of energy-efficient homes. The new community, which will be called Olivewood. (INT)

The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has begun accepting 2016 state tax returns for a filing season that extends through April 18, 2017. That’s three days beyond the traditional deadline because of a federal holiday. Free filing help is available for many taxpayers with limited incomes. (INT)

Corona Congressman Ken Calvert hopes his new bill will slow the wave of mail thefts. It would double the maximum jail sentence. Currently, the maximum federal jail sentence for anyone convicted of mail theft is five years. (INT)

A suspected burglar has been linked to a January 4th fire at a Riverside strip mall. Arson investigators accuse Juan Carlos Duran, 35, of setting the fire to cover-up a break-in at a pharmacy on Arlington Avenue. A stolen car was also involved in the fire that caused damages of $1 million. (INT)

Costco Wholesale will pay $11.75 million to settle allegations that its pharmacies violated the Controlled Substances Act when it improperly filled prescriptions for controlled substances. The settlement announced resolves allegations that Costco pharmacies filled prescriptions that were incomplete, lacked valid DEA numbers or were for substances beyond various doctors’ scope of practice. (INT)

The business manager for singer Alanis Morissette and other entertainment and sports figures admitted in court papers filed Wednesday that he embezzled more than $6.5 million from his clients. Jonathan Todd Schwartz, 48, was charged with wire fraud and subscribing to a false tax return for failing to disclose the embezzled funds to the Internal Revenue Service. (INT)

Governor Brown is crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s for his State of the State address. It will be delivered before a joint session of the California Legislature on Tuesday, January 24th. (INT)

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