February 27, 2021
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WASHINGTON – (INT) – It’s now up to the Senate to decide the fate of a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package the House of Representatives approved earlier Saturday.
LOS ANGELES - Tiger Woods is at the beginning of a long road to recovery.
An independent advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration voted Friday to recommend that the agency authorize Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine.
WASHINGTON - The Labor Department expanded unemployment eligibility on Thursday, opening it to workers who didn't return to work or accept a new position over COVID safety fears.
WASHINGTON - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation to capture or kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, according to a U.S. intelligence report.
Doctors recommend patients schedule their mammogram before receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, or space out the two appointments, after some women have been mistaking swollen lymph nodes for breast lumps.
WASHINGTON – (INT) – The Inland Empire’s representatives in Congress were outspoken on the house approval of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Drive-by shootings have taken two lives in as many days.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Politics in this financially-strapped city is nearing a boiling point.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Riverside County may be nearing a stalemate in trying to rise above its purple tier (widespread) status.
INLAND EMPRIE – (INT) - Riverside County’s adjusted case rate for new COVID-19 cases have dropped below a threshold that will allow transitional kindergarten through sixth grade education to reopen.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – The San Bernardino City Unified School District has mounted its most ambitious attempt yet to get absentee students into distance learning during the pandemic.
PHELAN – (INT) – This High Desert community is the Inland Empire’s newest hot spot for those bent on illegally growing large amounts of marijuana.
CALIMESA – (INT) – A 15-month-long investigation into a wildfire that burned through a mobile home park killing two people has resulted in a criminal case.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - Public health officials are cautioning residents who receive a COVID-19 vaccine to continue to follow COVID-19 safety protocol.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – The first Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) of 2021 is less than enthusiastic about the Inland Empire’s economy.
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SACRAMENTO – (INT) – State officials said Friday they are on track to create the capacity to administer 3 million coronavirus vaccinations per week by March 1.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California has 3,465,726 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Mother Nature is prepping for another round of Santa Ana winds.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – President Biden is getting high marks in one of the first polls since he took office in January.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Beginning March 1, at least 10 percent of California’s COVID-19 vaccine supply will be reserved for education workers.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – State educators are coming to realize the limits the pandemic has put on student achievement.
SAN JOSE - Fry's Electronics has suddenly closed all of its stores, ending a nearly four-decade business run.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California is stepping up its contribution of COVID relief help.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Southern California motorists are suddenly paying the highest gasoline prices since the pandemic struck.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) – Two of the nation’s first community vaccination sites opened Monday in Oakland and Los Angeles.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – State officials are touting California’s COVID eviction protections as the strongest in the nation.
SAN DIEGO - The FBI is warning the public about scammers who are using the COVID-19 vaccine to try and steal.
SAN DIEGO – (INT) – Robots could be taking ‘telehealth’ to a new level.
San Bernardino County sheriff’s homicide detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a Corona man in the desert community of Trona. Killed at a residence Thursday evening was Clarence Jerry Leabres, age 56. Details of the incident and any suspect information was not released. (INT)

The reopening of city halls in Fontana and Beaumont is set for Monday. Beaumont was shut down in December. City officials are announcing the re-openings as the number of new coronavirus infections is declining throughout the Inland Empire. (INT)

Parts of the Eastern Coachella Valley are recovering from Thursday’s windstorm. An estimated 1,300 homes and businesses have been without power since the powerful gusts toppled 14 power poles. The Imperial Irrigation District reports it may be not until late Saturday before power is restored. (INT)

The Fentanyl overdose death of a 16-year-old girl at a Riverside County residence is being investigated as a homicide. The victim and an unresponsive adult male were found Wednesday at the home in French Valley. Identities of those involved were not released. (INT)

Riverside County homicide investigators are playing it close to the vest about how they linked a North Palm Springs man to the disappearance of a 65-year-old woman. David Williams, Jr., 27, is being held on suspicion of murdering Robin Barr. She disappeared under suspicious circumstances February 18th. Her remains were recovered Wednesday from an isolated desert area north of Varner Road near Desert Hot Springs. Authorities are not listing the cause of her death. (INT)

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has partnered with San Bernardino County to host a super COVID vaccination site. The clinic will be held at IEHP's headquarters at 10801 Sixth Street in Rancho Cucamonga. Regular hours of operation will be Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The vaccination clinic is scheduled to run for approximately six months. Appointments are required and can be made at SBCovid19.com/vaccine. Nurses will administer approximately 500 vaccines per day and plan to work up to administering 1,000 vaccines per day, based on availability. (INT)

Record-breaking cold and winter storms across much of the U.S. has forced the cancellation of hundreds of American Red Cross blood drives in about 30 states and caused more than 15,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. Red Cross chapters across the Inland Empire are urging healthy individuals, especially those with type O blood, to give now to ensure blood products are available for patient emergencies. There are dozens of donation opportunities across Riverside and San Bernardino counties between now and March 15th. (INT)

Applications are encouraged from Redlands residents interested in serving on the Measure T Oversight Committee. It is an independent committee established to serve in an advisory capacity to the City Council, providing independent advisory review of the proposed expenditure of revenues generated by the City’s transactions and use tax, Measure T, which was passed by voters in November 2020. (INT)

Prosecutors in Riverside and three other California counties have settled a consumer protection action against Best Buy Stores over misrepresented item prices, both in stores and in advertisements and failed to accurately disclose material aspects of it’s return policy. Best Buy also violated a previous injunction. Best Buy is required to make changes in its business practices agreed to pay $558,570 in civil costs and penalties and $75,000 in restitution. (INT)

Etiwanda High School secured a 5th San Bernardino County Academic Decathlon title. Etiwanda beat defending champion Redlands High School and advances to the state championships which will be held March 25-28 in Sacramento. (INT)

San Bernardino County at the top of the leaderboard toward becoming the first Southern California home of Topgolf, an internationally renowned technology-enabled entertainment experience. The county and Topgolf, a hugely popular sports and entertainment attraction with locations around the globe, entered into a 20-year lease agreement in 2019. Delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the deal is now set to go forward with construction beginning this month and completion in early 2022. The development is on 13.7 acres of undeveloped county-owned land adjacent to Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario. (INT)

A San Bernardino motorist has been identified as the victim of a fatal desert traffic collision. The coroner says that Siotame Manako, 32, died Friday inside his vehicle on Interstate 15 east of Barstow. (INT)

A speeding motorcyclist was killed Thursday when he lost control on the Ortega Highway above Lake Elsinore and crashed into a guardrail. The 23-year-old Nuevo man, Ahkin Inniss, was ejected from his motorcycle and died at the scene. (INT)

A plan to increase bus fares this summer has been sidelined. RTA had planned to increase general fares by 25 cents this July, but that move will be delayed at least until at least July 2022 as the region recovers from the pandemic. Nearly one year after the pandemic began, ridership levels remain anchored as more people are working and attending school from home. (INT)

Victorville’s new fire chief is Jeff Armstrong. He has served in a similar role at Rio Vista in Northern California the past 8-years. Armstrong was chosen after a nationwide search. He assumes his new job with the Victorville Fire Department March 29th. (INT)

Prosecutors are considering felony charges against a 19-year-old Victorville youth who allegedly went on a 2-hour robbery spree in San Bernardino Monday night. Joseph Cosetta-Jenkins was arrested after leading police on a chase in his get-away vehicle. A firearm believed used in the stick-ups was recovered at a local motel. (INT)

A Sunday night hold-up at the Outpost Market in Cathedral City has become a case of murder. Police say the clerk-owner was fatally shot. He was later identified as Chris Sgouromitis, age 61. Investigators did not release any details or suspect information. (INT)

Chaffey High School, Chino High School, Rancho Cucamonga High School and Redlands High School will join county champion Etiwanda High School at the State Academic Decathlon Championship, March 25-28th. Seventy-eight high school teams are in the race to secure the coveted state title. (INT)

The Ocean Protection Council (OPC) has approved 15 grants totaling more than $8 million in Proposition 68 funds for projects that will build coastal resilience in the face of sea-level rise. These projects, which include planning, research and construction, will help safeguard public health and safety, preserve biodiversity and cultural resources, and protect public access to and along the coast. The projects span the length of the California coast. (INT)

City planners are gearing up for 18,000 homes to be built in Riverside over the next eight years. Input is sought on how housing, safety and equity needs will be met. A third and final virtual public workshop will be held February 25th at 6pm. (INT)

More emergency CalFresh benefits are on the way to Riverside County residents and families hit hard by the pandemic. The state is scheduled to add the allotment onto customers’ benefits cards on Feb. 14th. California has issued emergency food benefits to 75,000 households in Riverside County each month since the onset of the pandemic nearly a year ago. (INT)

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