July 9, 2020
TOP STORIES
More than three million people in the US have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. Despite the rise, the White House wants to press forward on some reopenings, including for schools.
WASHINGTON - The Army officer who testified in President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry announced Wednesday that he will retire from the military, citing intimidation from the White House.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the administration may exempt employers with a religious or moral objection from a federal mandate requiring them to provide free birth control coverage to their employees.
DEERFIELD, IL - Walgreens plans to open as many as 700 doctors’ offices in its drugstores over the next five years and invest $1 billion in primary-care provider VillageMD over the next three, the company said on Wednesday.
The United States has experienced 10 extreme weather events so far this year that each caused at least $1 billion in damages, according to new figures released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Latinos and Hispanics have now taken the lead for the highest number of coronavirus cases in Riverside County.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The surge in coronavirus infections is prompting Riverside County officials to impose their own lock-down on many government buildings.
INDIO – (INT) - Scam attempts related to COVID-19 have surfaced in recent days in the Coachella Valley.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Another layer has been added to an epidemic of complacency as health workers strive to turn back the COVID-19 pandemic.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Area police and fire agencies will be developing new strategy to deal with an overwhelming display of illegal fireworks that are sporadically continuing.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Traffic mishaps in Riverside Monday claimed two lives.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Federal prosecutors have charged eight people with creating nonexistent businesses to collect unemployment benefits.
RUNNING SPRINGS – (INT) – Some persons of interest are being sought in connection with the Mount ‘R’ fire in the San Bernardino National Forest.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – First-time home buyers may want to focus on Victorville and Murrieta for the best deals
UPLAND – (INT) - When 13-year-old Benjamin Wong found out his school had closed in mid-March, he immediately turned all his attention to his podcast.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – San Bernardino and Riverside counties had California’s 2nd and 3rd highest number of use of force incidents by police last year.
PALM DESERT – (INT) – Riverside County sheriff’s homicide investigators aren’t saying what links three men to a Coachella Valley couple missing for three years.
APPLE VALLEY – (INT) – A milestone has been reached in the proposed high-speed passenger train service between Apple Valley and Las Vegas.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – County officials said Tuesday that of the 200 employees in the County Administrative Center that were exposed to the COVID-19 virus, only three were confirmed to have the disease.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A Perris man on probation for evading police has been arrested in connection with a series of June 1st acts of vandalism and looting.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Anti-body testing for the coronavirus is shifting into overdrive in Riverside County.
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SOUTHLAND - (INT) - The hottest days of summer could be bearing down on Southern California.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California has 289,468 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date.
OAKLAND – (INT) – Former UC Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake, MD, was appointed Tuesday president of the University of California.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Scientists at UC Riverside have found the first substance capable of controlling Citrus Greening Disease, known as Huanglongbing (HLB).
SACRAMENTO – (INT – A coalition of attorneys general are accusing the US Department of Education of attempting to siphon away pandemic relief funds.
NASHVILLE – Charlie Daniels was the legendary country rocker known for the hit song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” has died.
LOS ANGELES - Broadway actor Nick Cordero, known for his roles in “Rock of Ages,” “Waitress,” “Bullets Over Broadway” and “A Bronx Tale The Musical,” has died.
RIDGECREST – (INT) – Aftershocks are continuing on a daily basis since a pair of strong earthquakes that became known as the ‘Ridgecrest Sequence’ struck a year ago.
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Hugh Downs, the omnipresent broadcaster whose career spanned more than half a century has died.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – In spite of a 3.2-cent increase in gasoline taxes July 1st, pump prices appear to have peaked.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – An assortment of postponements caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are being extended.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Many California school districts will be re-examining the role and impacts of police on their campuses.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California automobile insurance companies have agreed to provide $1.21 billion in savings to drivers because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law Thursday requiring elections officials to mail a ballot to every registered, active voter.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Food insecurity—either concerns around having enough food or outright hunger—has increased sharply across California.
The coroner has released the identities of two motorcyclists killed Tuesday in the Inland Empire. Marco Banuelos, 24, of Fontana crashed into traffic stopped for a traffic signal in Rancho Cucamonga. At Lake Elsinore, Timothy Collins, 52, perished in a mishap on Grand Avenue. Thirty-five motorcyclists have died across the Inland Empire since the beginning of the year. (INT)

Congressman Ken Calvert (R-Corona) says 8,499 businesses in his district have received loans under the Paycheck Protection Plan. Those loans totaled over $583 million and retained 91,688 jobs Calvert said. (INT)

The Inland Empire’s latest victim of a hit-run driver is a 32-year-old pedestrian. She was walking along north ‘E’ Street in the early morning darkness Tuesday and died at a local hospital. Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward. (INT)

Victims of two unrelated homicides in San Jacinto Sunday have been identified. Investigators say that Jaime Madrid, 25, and Humberto Kolb, 15, shot each other during a fight. Kolb died. Madrid is expected to recover. There were no arrests. A woman found slain in a home on Groveside Drive was identified as Marie Hannah, age 47. An arrest warrant for murder has been issued for Lawson Blanchett, 61, of San Jacinto. (INT)

Real estate brokers Hanley Investment has announced the sale of a single-tenant building occupied by the County of San Bernardino located at 265 East 4th Street in San Bernardino. The sale price was $13.4 million. The two-story, 50-thousand-square-foot building, built in 2009, sits on 4.62 acres at the southwest corner of 4th Street and Waterman Avenue. (INT)

San Bernardino police said Tuesday they don’t have a motive and apparently no suspects stemming from a July 3rd shooting. Gabriel Rodriguez, 34, was found mortally wounded in an alley off of West 17th Street. Rodriguez died a short time later. (INT)

Riverside County residents interested in getting screened for coronavirus at one of several county-operated testing sites can now make an appointment online. More than 240,000 covid-19 tests have been conducted in Riverside County, and health officials continue to encourage residents – those with and without symptoms -- to get screened for the virus. To make an appointment, click www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus/testing. (INT)

A woman has been appointed warden of the California Institute for Men at Chino. Mona Smith Houston, 52, of Fontana has been acting warden since 2019. She previously held several positions at the nearby California Rehabilitation Center including chief deputy warden. (INT)

The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) has a plan to boost sagging ridership. Beginning August 1st, any youth under the age of 18 may ride the bus - free. It’s designed to attract students at Cal Baptist University, La Sierra University, Moreno Valley College, Mt. San Jacinto College, Norco College, Riverside City College and UC Riverside. Ridership on RTA busses is down 67 percent because of the coronavirus pandemic. Student free rides will be offered until next July. (INT)

All students in the San Bernardino Unified School District are eligible for free grab and go meals through July 29th. The to-go meals are available for pick up Mondays and Wednesdays only from 9 to 11 a.m. The Summer Grab and Go Meal distribution sites are at ten San Bernardino locations. Information at (909) 381-1224. (INT)

The University of California plans to file suit against the federal government for violating the rights of the University and its students when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) directed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to bar international students from staying in the country if they attend U.S. universities that offer only online courses during the COVID-19 health crisis. The lawsuit will seek a temporary restraining order to bar ICE from enforcing an order that UC President Janet Napolitano called “mean-spirited, arbitrary and damaging to America.” (INT)

In a call for candidates, the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters will offer contact-free services to candidates with a new My Candidacy Gateway web application and video conference appointments. Citizens interested in running for school or special district offices in the November 3rd General Election can use the application to begin the candidate filing process. Candidate filing begins July 13th and continues through August 7th. (INT)

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) representing 191 cities and six counties in Southern California has declared racism a public health crisis and will work in partnership with others to meaningfully advance justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. (SCAG) also approved a partnership with the California Community Foundation and other nonprofits, and will provide $1 million in funding to promote community-driven equitable economic recovery and housing strategies throughout the six-county region. (INT)

An 8-day investigation in Highland has ended with the arrest of a motorist allegedly involved in the hit-run death of 11-year-old Annika Fullerton. A search warrant led to the arrest of Brian Petit, 40, and the suspect vehicle parked in a garage on Fire Oak Drive. Petit was being held on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and hit-run driving.

Redlands has closed seven ball fields located in Community Park. It comes in response to new restrictions on youth sports and social-distancing guidelines adopted by San Bernardino County and the State of California. Under the new restrictions, recreational team and youth sports of any kind, including for purposes of conditioning, drills and exercise activities, are not permitted in city parks until further notice. (INT)

In Fontana, a new permitting process allows restaurants to create temporary outdoor seating areas and/or curbside pick-up as quickly as possible. It also permits retail stores to create temporary curbside/storefront pick-up areas or outdoor waiting areas utilizing sidewalks and parking spaces. (INT)

Redlands will begin closing portions of East State Street and Fifth Street on weekends to facilitate outdoor dining, beginning July 9th. With new restrictions on indoor dining, restaurants have decided to move outdoors in Historic Downtown Redlands. (INT)

The number of commercial flights through Ontario International Airport (ONT) has been increasing. Officials expect that July will be the third straight month airlines will restore flights to their schedules at the local airport. Based on current airline schedules, ONT will have average daily departures of 44 in July, more than the 37 in June and 24 in May. The number of July flights at ONT is still approximately 38% lower than July last year. (INT)

Social services officials are encouraging qualified Riverside County households with children to apply for a one-time Pandemic-EBT food benefit. The application period closes on July 15th. (INT)

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