January 27, 2023
MEMPHIS, TN - Five former Memphis Police Department officers who were fired following the arrest of Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man who died days after a forceful traffic stop, have been charged with second-degree murder.
WASHINGTON - Vehicle thefts and carjackings have spiked dramatically in 30 major US cities since the start of the pandemic, a new report says.
A U.S. military operation in northern Somalia killed a senior leader of the Islamic State terrorist group and 10 other ISIS fighters on Wednesday night, according to two senior administration officials.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy powered through high inflation, rising interest rates and an energy shock to grow at a solid pace over the course of 2022, according to data released Thursday by the Commerce Department.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A renewed focus on economic development was the accent in Riverside’s annual State of the City message.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - A collaborative public outreach education campaign to address the ongoing fentanyl crisis in the Inland Empire was launched Thursday.
MOUNT BALDY – (INT) – The search on Mt. Baldy for missing British actor Julian Sands continues.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - Another blast of Santa Ana winds is overhauling Southern California but should fade by Friday.
CORONA – (INT) – The first phase of an 88-million-dollar renovation of The Shops at Los Lagos has been completed.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Registered nurses at Dignity Health Community Hospital of San Bernardino will join a National Day of Action.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) – A Victorville woman admitted Monday to fraudulently obtaining more than $500,000 in pandemic-related unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.
TEMECULA – (INT) – Smugglers crossing the border may have more than illegal drugs in their vehicles.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – A pair of unrelated aviation accidents in rural areas of Riverside County Sunday are being investigated.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – California’s series of Pacific storms resulted in some impressive rainfall figures.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Unemployment across Riverside and San Bernardino counties dipped to 3-point-6 percent.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) - There is plenty of evidence to suggest that the Inland Empire has emerged as one of America’s premier innovation centers.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – San Bernardino City leaders will consider declaring a Homeless State of Emergency on February 1st.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - The bite of inflation is being felt throughout the nation but even more so in the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – The city of San Bernardino issued more than 6-thousand building permits in 2022.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California has 11,016,379 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - The Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced Thursday January 26th that recent storms will allow the State Water Project (SWP) to boost deliveries.
WASHINGTON — Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, announced Thursday he's running for Senate in 2024.
MONTEREY PARK - In the days since 72-year-old Huu Can Tran opened fire at a Monterey Park dance studio, fragments of his life and possible motives for the attack have slowly emerged.
BEVERLY HILLS - “Everything Everywhere All At Once” led with 11 nods as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its nominations for the 95th Oscars.
Thirty million dollars in emergency funding is coming from the Federal Highway Administration is the wake of January’s storms.
OAKLAND – (INT) - California has joined eight states in a lawsuit charging Google LLC (Google) with operating an unfair monopoly scheme in markets for advertising technology (ad tech).
HOLLYWOOD - Disney’s “Avatar: The Way of Water” has topped $2 billion at the global box office.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California’s transition to zero-emission vehicles is accelerating.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - The State Department of Water Resources (DWR) is launching an offensive against future rainfall deficits.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – The state’s economy and Californian’s perception of it are headed in different directions.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – It won’t come as a surprise that California is one of the nations’ ten worst states to drive in.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – As parts of California are overflowing with generous rains, state officials are stepping up ways to better capture the run-off.
SOUTHLAND – (INT)- The California exodus continued in 2022, at least according to new data recently released from U-Haul.
The Federal EPA is proposing to strengthen the primary health-based air quality standard for fine particulate pollution.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - It will take more than one wet month to end the multi-year drought.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – One of the first bills to hit the hopper in Sacramento as the new Legislative year opens is aimed at reducing the cost of living.
Deploi, an Australian tech company, has announced its first U.S. location in Temecula. Deploi’s mission is to revolutionize healthcare for military veterans and their families. The military-focused health-tech platform that was built by military veterans using technology to reduce complexity when navigating veteran services. (INT)

The California Department of Education (CDE) is stepping up its teacher recruitment efforts. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond has elevated the educator crisis as a key challenge and made the support of local educational agencies a priority. (INT)

Truck traffic is filling the streets of Perris reflecting the boom in warehouse construction. Ninety trucks were inspected during a 4-hour long enforcement Tuesday. Twenty-two citations were issued and five trucks were sidelined for safety violations. (INT)

Felicia Alexander has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the San Bernardino city school board. As a provisional appointee, she will serve on the Board until the general election in November 2024. The provisional appointment will become effective in 30 days unless voters submit a petition calling for a special election. (INT)

Corona is the sixth Riverside County community to participate in Blue Zones Activate, a health and well-being assessment to create a plan to help residents live better and longer. The readiness and feasibility assessment is the first step for Blue Zones to come together with the communities and figure out how to make them healthier places to live, work, grow up, and grow older. (INT)

Menifee police say a Sunday morning fire in the Target department store was a case of arson. The fire triggered a sprinkler suppression system which damaged a section of the store, police said. Employees extinguished the fire before evacuating. There were no injuries. No suspect information had been released at last report. (INT)

The I-10/Cedar Avenue Interchange Project is starting to take shape. The project will improve Cedar Avenue between Bloomington Avenue and Orange Street in Bloomington. It’s designed to relieve congestion, enhance safety, and improve traffic operations at the I-10/Cedar Avenue Interchange. (INT)

A break in the winter rains should enable construction to resume on the Freeway 91 in Corona. A full weekend closure of westbound lanes from the I-15 to Lincoln Avenue starts Friday, January 27 at 10 p.m. until early Monday January 30th. Crews will complete repaving for the 91 Refresh project and remove temporary support structures. (INT)

Mark Prestwich signs on February 21st as Hemet City Manager. Prestwich says “It has always been my dream to return to my hometown and serve the community that I have fond memories of.” A five-year agreement approved by the Hemet City Council “was intended to reinforce the Council’s desire for organizational stability,” according to a statement from City Hall. (INT)

Californians can visit a COVID-19 testing site to get a no-cost flu test. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is expanding its no-cost testing program. (INT)

Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-Colton) has introduced a way to help individuals and families find, research and apply to available local affordable housing. She has proposed establishing the State Partnership for Affordable Housing Registries in California (SPAHRC) Grant Program. (INT)

CalFire reports one fatality in a Wednesday night fire that engulfed a 5th wheel trailer. The incident occurred on Pecan Street in Wildomar. The victim’s identity was not immediately released. (INT)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) is announcing $490 million to reduce the wildfire risk in 11 high risk landscapes across the western US. Five of the new projects funded are in California, covering nearly 19 million acres. (INT)

‘Strep zoo’ has struck Riverside County’s animal shelter in Jurupa Valley. Streptococcus zooepidemicus is a bacterial respiratory infection that has stricken thirteen dogs. Five have died. Animal Services Director Erin Gettis said she knows that other shelters that are also dealing with strep zoo. (INT)

Riverside police apprehended a carjacking parolee on an assortment of charges after staging two brazen attacks within 40 minutes. Ronald Rafeek Legardy Jr., 42, carjacked a female motorist at gunpoint and later beat an elderly man in his home and shoved him into a closet where police found him. Legardy is being held without bail. (INT)

Pieces of debris found at the scene of a fatal, hit-and-run mishap in Nuevo have led to an arrest. CHP investigators announced Tuesday January 24th the arrest of Rita Quintana, age 47. She is accused of running down a pedestrian January 12th without stopping to render aid. Her vehicle was eventually located and her arrest followed. (INT)

San Bernardino will receive $1.4 million in federal funds to renovate and upgrade the historic, 1800-seat Roosevelt Bowl at Perris Hill Park. Improvements are expected to take a year to complete. A summer concert series will return to the Bowl in June. (INT)

Inmates at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside who might become homeless when released will be connected to programs and services that can help them stay self-sufficient when they no longer are in custody. The Riverside City Council approved an agreement January 17th with Victory Outreach Church to provide the services. Project Connect reaches out to inmates who describe themselves as homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. (INT)

Moreno Valley has secured an additional $2 million for the city’s Homeless to Work Program. It will be divided between Community Project Funding and the MoVal Emergency Shelter/Rapid Rehousing Program. Both programs are in partnership with the Salvation Army. (INT)


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