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|December 8, 2013|
SACRAMENTO - The California health exchange has launched a campaign that urges people to give the “gift of health” this holiday season by pledging money to help them get insured under Obamacare.
With the holiday season going into full swing, it can be challenging to stay motivated at work and balance the extra demands on your time as you try to juggle the parties, school events, traveling and family outings all within a short period of time.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – A fast-moving cold front will exit Southern California tonight leaving behind a little rain and some mountain snow.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Cold weather shelters are opening around the Inland Empire just in time for the first bone-chilling weather of the season. Leonard Jarman directs the shelter for Path of Life Ministries in Riverside.
SANTA ANA - (INT) - The former leader of the Fontana-based Old Quest Foundation was ordered Friday to pay $2,925,620 in restitution for a tax fraud.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) –Everyone likes a parade especially at Christmastime. 80,000 spectators will line Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs for Saturday’s Festival of Lights.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The wheels are in motion to elect a successor to State Senator Bill Emmerson. Governor Brown has called for a special primary election March 25th.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – There’s progress to report on two major highway projects in Riverside County, but a third is lagging. Change orders have delayed completion of the revamped 60-215 interchange at the top of the Box Springs Grade until February.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – New mayors have been appointed to serve 1-year terms. Berwin Hanna is Norco’s new mayor and in Canyon Lake, it’s Randy Bonner.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The magic of Christmas is alive as the Festival of Lights transforms the Mission Inn into a holiday wonderland.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Bell ringers are presiding over their Red Kettles as the Salvation Army launches its century-old tradition of gathering money for the poor.
TUSTIN - Police discovered about 12 tons of marijuana worth more than $7 million hidden inside a tractor-trailer.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Two months of gasoline prices decreases may have run their course. he Auto Club’s Fuel Gauge Survey shows a slight increase since Thanksgiving.
LOS ANGELES - (INT) - The year 2016 remains the best-case scenario for the inland region’s economy to return to pre-recession levels. That’s the prediction issued Thursday at an annual summit of the Southern California Association of Governments in Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES - Production on "Fast & Furious 7" has been put on hold following the death of star Paul Walker. Shooting on the film had been scheduled to resume this week.
FOUNTAIN VALLEY – (INT) – Dick Dodd, who lead the Standells into the garage-rock era, has died in Orange County at the age of 68. Complications of cancer were listed.
SAN FRANCISCO - Just because California Democrats hold every statewide office and a supermajority in the Legislature doesn't mean they're not worried about 2014.
LONDON - (INT) – Christie McVie left Fleetwood Mac in 1998. But, now the singer, songwriter and keyboardist is no longer interested in going her own way.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Many elected officials are getting pay raises. California’s 120 legislators will see their annual salaries rise by about $5,000 to just over $95,000. Governor Jerry Brown is also getting a boost.
Those who didn’t get swept up in the Black Friday madness now have a chance to go online. There are plenty of great deals on the Internet.
More than 1,500 Cal State San Bernardino students got an early Christmas gift they earned. Saturday marked Cal State’s 13th December graduation. Two ceremonies were held at Coussoulis Arena. (INT)
A San Jacinto woman is jailed on suspicion of murdering her husband. A 24-hour investigation led sheriff’s detectives to Kendra Smith, age 54. Matthew Smith, 64, was found lying in the street in front of the couple’s home early Wednesday. (INT)
In Chino, a coach at Don Lugo High School has been arrested on suspicion of sexual misconduct with a student. Police suspect Valerie Segura, 20, of sending and receiving child pornography and annoying or molesting a child. (INT)
Two women are among those getting judgeship appointments. Governor Brown has named Khymberli Apaloo of Rancho Cucamonga to the San Bernardino Superior Court bench. She has been a Superior Court commissioner. Sunshine Sykes, a deputy Riverside County counsel, fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Randall White. Ms. Sykes is the first Native American judge ever appointed to the Riverside County Superior Court bench. (INT)
A grant-signing ceremony Monday will signal the start of construction of new track for the Perris Valley Metrolink extension. The Federal Transportation Administration approved $75 million for the project. The 24-mile commuter rail project will link downtown Riverside with South Perris. (INT)
The City of Lake Elsinore has launched its new City Home Improvement Program which offers low income residents up to $5,000 to improve the exterior of their home. CHIP was created as a pilot program to provide housing rehabilitation grants. (INT)
The Inland Empire 66ers and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to extend their Player Development Contract through the end of the 2016 baseball season, team officials announced Friday. The two-year extension will make the Inland Empire the home of future Halos stars until September 30, 2016. (INT)
Twelve people have escaped injury in the latest chimney fire at homes on the High Desert. Damages at a Victorville home were estimated at $30,000. There have been three such fires in recent days. (INT)
Pathologists at UC Riverside have discovered a beetle-fungus that’s affecting trees in Riverside, Los Angeles and San Diego counties. It’s causing a dieback and mortality to some agricultural and landscape ornamental trees. (INT)
The District Attorney announced Thursday that the shooting of a Riverside man by a female sheriff’s deputy in Yucaipa last March was justified. Brian Forrett was wounded in a shootout with the deputy and was later found dead of a self-inflicted bullet wound. Forrett’s body was found in his car parked in a turnout on Highway 38 at Angelus Oaks. (INT)
Areas of Riverside County closed last summer because of the wildfire danger were reopened Tuesday. They include:
• Avery Canyon (Gibbel Road east of State Street in Hemet)
• North Mountain and Indian Canyon (San Jacinto area)
• Whitewater Canyon (Cabazon, north of Palm Springs)
• Nuevo/Lakeview (east of Menifee Road and San Jacinto Avenue)
• Minto (Sage)
• Reinhardt Canyon (north of Highway 74 and California Avenue in Hemet)
• Ramona Bowl and Bautista Canyon (southeast Hemet)