July 28, 2015
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RIVERSIDE - (INT) - The pilot of a crippled airplane tried desperately to reach the Riverside Municipal Airport.
WASHINGTON - The State Department says widespread human trafficking is helping fuel vast fortunes in the world economy.
AMSTERDAM - A mobile factory, the size of two shipping containers, ingests rubble at one end, liquifies it into cement, and spurts out Lego-shaped building blocks.
WASHINGTON - The first deadline for most of the candidates to report to the Federal Election Commission details of how they are raising and spending their money has passed.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Residents of Riverside and San Bernardino counties are in debt and a lot of it.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - Residential housing rents have been steadily climbing for almost five years and there's nothing on the horizon to suggest a change.
MURRIETA – (INT) – Former Menifee city councilman Thomas Fuhrman will await sentencing for a year on charges of misusing his authority.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Two people were killed Monday when their car swerved to avoid some debris, veered out of control and collided with an oncoming cement truck.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - Approximately 61,000 vote-by-mail ballots are being mailed to voters for the Special District Mail Ballot Election on August 25.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – At least five persons perished in weekend accidents on the streets and highways of the Inland Empire.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Crime rose 6 percent the first-half of the year in the city. It was the first increase in two years.
HEMET – (INT) – Two search warrants served on the Cahuilla Indian Reservation have turned up the region’s biggest marijuana cultivation of the year.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The Inland Empire’s two largest law enforcement agencies account for most of this year’s fatal officer-involved shootings.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Surplus government food is being distributed throughout the month. The food is provided without cost during the following times and locations:
SANTA CRUZ - Police said they have found the body of a young girl at the Tannery Arts Center where she was last seen riding her scooter.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Mother Nature will peel away the marine layer and replace it with expanding high pressure. That will bring some heat followed by chances of showers.
ATLANTA - Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of the late Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, died Sunday at the age of 22.
HOLLYWOOD - The video-game adaptation 'Pixels' was nudged out by 'Ant-Man', which won the box office for a second week.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) - State Superintendent of Public Instruction unveiled a new action plan to guide California’s efforts as the state continues to transform its schools over the next four years.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) - Southern California gas prices marched downward by about a penny a day in the last week as imports began arriving to alleviate supply issues that caused a 76-cent spike in less than two weeks.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Giving up the keys may improve highway safety for elderly drivers, but it also impacts their general well-being.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - California's prison population is being downsized and may reach a low point next year.
DAVIS - (INT) - As farmers pump groundwater to keep their crops alive during the California drought, many of the state's aquifers are being drained rapidly.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California Department of Public Health announced the first confirmed death in California due to West Nile virus.
A 50-year-old hiker has collapsed and died on the Devil’s Backbone Trail near Mt. Baldy. Other hikers stopped to assist with CPR, but to no avail. The man was flown to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, but he could not be revived after suffering an apparent heart attack. (INT)

San Bernardino police say a donut shop customer will survive a shooting by a gunman who fled and has not been captured, at last report. The 18-year-old victim was seated inside Howard’s Donuts (on West Foothill Boulevard) Monday when the assailant approached him and began shooting. No one else was injured. (INT)

On a local sports note, Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver is scheduled to appear at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino on Thursday as part of a Major League injury-rehabilitation assignment. The Angels ace will start for the Inland Empire 66ers as they host the Bakersfield Blaze. (INT)

Fire fighters are finishing off the last of a 167 acre brushfire in the Cleveland National Forest. The fire broke out Friday of unknown cause in steep and inaccessible terrain east of Cutca Valley, 2 miles north of the Palomar Observatory along the Riverside-San Diego County line. (INT)

Volunteers spent the day Saturday cleaning up litter and other debris from one of the Inland Empire’s most polluted creeks. Mill Creek runs along Chino Corona Road in the Corona area. The organization Inland Empire Waterkeeper has removed over 15,500 pounds of debris from the Santa Ana River and its tributaries. (INT)

San Bernardino County election officials are about to begin downsizing the voter registration rolls and purging names of those who have moved or didn’t vote the past 4-years. Residency confirmation postcards are being sent to approximately 134,000 voters. (INT)

Riverside County investigators are not saying why they suspect a man of killing another and leaving his body on Tripp Flats near Anza. Detectives announced Monday the arrest of Craig Falconer, 35, during a vehicle stop in Hemet. The victim has not been publicly identified. (INT)

The Riverside Transit Agency is touting a new ridership record for the fiscal year that ended in June. The RTA recorded 9.6 million boardings on its buses, the most in its 38-year history. Records were set for six of the past 12 months. Over the past 10-years, ridership has jumped 30 percent. (INT)

5,000 firefighters are currently battling 9 large and major wildfires, mostly in Northern California. Calfire responded to over 270 new wildfires. Temperatures are expected to rise before monsoon storms and their lightning return later this week. (INT)

The City of Beaumont has been granted approval to continue discharging treated wastewater into Cooper’s Creek. The 5-year permit by the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control District also approves distribution of recycled water to various users. Mayor Brenda Knight said the permit is
“a major step in ensuring that water is used for the maximum benefit of the citizens of Beaumont and our surrounding communities.” (INT)

An awareness campaign dubbed California ReLeaf has been launched to raise awareness of the importance of proper tree care during the state’s drought. Tips are being offered on how to water and care for trees so that they not only survive the drought, but thrive to provide shade, beauty and habitat and clean the air. (INT)

Authorities in Redlands have identified a woman fatally burned at a homeless encampment. Investigators have not said what caused the July 19th fire that claimed the life of Sherry Ann Gilkey, age 50. (INT)

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