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      1. May 5, 2020
        TOP STORIES
        SACRAMENTO ?(INT) ?Citing progress in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Newsom is moving toward Phase 2 in the gradual reopening of the state.
        With more than one million cases, the US has the highest number of confirmed infections in the world. The country has also recorded more than 68,000 deaths, and on Monday President Trump warned that the death toll may reach 100,000.
        WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department will borrow a record-breaking $3 trillion between April and June as it moves to dispense emergency relief for the coronavirus pandemic.
        WASHINGTON - If global warming continues unchecked, the heat that's coming later this century in some parts of the world will bring "nearly unlivable" conditions for up to 3 billion people, a study released Monday said.
        ATLANTA, GA - Plagued by itchy eyes, sneezing and a runny nose? You could be among the 24.4 million Americans with seasonal allergic rhinitis, more commonly called hay fever.
        RIVERSIDE ?(INT) ?Riverside County added another 174 cases of the coronavirus for the 24-hour reporting period ending Monday.
        INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - Drive-through testing is becoming more widely available as health officials try to identify local 'hot spots' where the coronavirus is lurking.
        INLAND EMPIRE ?(INT) ?Although another heat wave is bearing down, cool centers across the region will not be open.
        RIVERSIDE ?(INT) ?It appears that a majority of the Riverside County Supervisors will vote to begin lifting COVID-19 restrictions.
        REDLANDS (INT) ?Investigators have determined that water sprinklers failed to activate during Saturday’s 3-alarm fire at the vacant Splash Kingdom water park.
        VICTORVILLE ?(INT) ?An LAPD officer is facing attempted murder charges stemming from an early Sunday morning shooting.
        MEAD VALLEY ?(INT) ?A suspect in a hit and run traffic mishap was found dead Saturday.
        SAN BERNARDINO ?(INT) - A countywide COVID-19 Recovery Coalition will present a plan for a phased reopening Tuesday.
        INLAND EMPIRE ?(INT) ?Local purchasing managers are weighing in on the dismal economic situation stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.
        SOUTHLAND ?(INT) ?There are signs the gasoline price decline has about run its course.
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        INLAND EMPIRE ?(INT) ?Riverside County is offering several free food options to disabled and vulnerable adults.
        ONTARIO ?(INT) ?New figures testify to the impact COVID-19 is having on flights at Ontario International Airport (ONT).
        SACRAMENTO ?(INT) ?COVID-19 has spawned another danger, excessive speeding.
        RIVERSIDE ?(INT) ?A proposed ballot measure to fund transportation projects in Riverside County will not be on the November ballot.
        REDLANDS ?(INT) ?Sundays could get a little noisy in Redlands.
        SACRAMENTO ?(INT - California now has 54,937 confirmed cases and 2,254 deaths.
        SOUTHLAND - (INT) - High pressure is clamping down and Southern Californians are beginning to feel it.
        LAGUNA BEACH ?(INT) - Two cities in Orange County have received approval from state agencies to begin safely restoring public access to the beaches.
        SACRAMENTO ?(INT) - A survey of likely voters conducted by Remington Research for Reform California shows Californians believe there is a better way to re-open the state than the statewide all-or-nothing lockdown.
        SACRAMENTO ?(INT) - The California solar and storage industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
        SACRAMENTO ?(INT) - Californians who receive CalFresh food assistance can now use their EBT cards to make online food purchases through Amazon and Walmart.
        DUARTE ?(INT) - City of Hope is addressing the novel coronavirus threat.
        SAN FRANCISCO ?(INT) ?Many California parents see local school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic as at least somewhat of a problem.
        SAN FRANCISCO ?(INT) - California’s unemployment rate jumped from a historically low 3.9% to 5.3% in March. For comparison, it took a full year from the official start of the Great Recession for unemployment to increase by 1.4 percentage points.
        SACRAMENTO ?(INT) ?California hospitals and health systems may resume delayed medical care for their patients.
        SOUTHLAND ?(INT) - There has been some speculation about the danger to animals during COVID-19.
        RIVERSIDE ?(INT) ?Christopher Thornberg is taking the high road over the long-term economic impacts from the COVID-19 crisis.
        SAN FRANCISCO ?(INT) - Like many households, California faces an uncertain fiscal future because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
        A community drive-through novel coronavirus testing event is planned in Grand Terrace on Thursday, May 7, 10am-2pm at the Azure Hills SDA Church. The event is open to San Bernardino County residents by appointment only at sbcovid19.com. (INT)

        A lawsuit has been filed against two multi-national gasoline firms for allegedly manipulating California’s gas prices and costing consumers more at the pump following a February 2015 explosion at a refinery in Torrance. The lawsuit alleges that Vitol, Inc. (Vitol) and SK Energy Americas, Inc., along with its parent company SK Trading International (SK), took advantage of the market disruption. (INT)

        Investigators say a motorist lost control of her car on the 91 freeway in Corona early Monday causing it to a stop in the outside lane. It was rear-ended by a box truck. That driver and a passenger in the dead woman’s car survived. (INT)

        Two weak earthquakes and aftershocks have jiggled the north end of the San Fernando Valley. A pair about 12-hours apart struck Sunday at Chatsworth. They were about 4-miles deep and caused no reported damage. (INT)

        Law enforcement is conducting a full court press around the Soboba Indian Reservation at San Jacinto several times a day for short durations in an effort to suppress crime. Thirty-one individuals have been arrested for various crimes. Three were booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center and all others were issued citations. (INT)

        In an effort to comply with federal, state and local COVID-19 virus guidelines, the Riverside County Superior Court is extending its temporary closures through May 15th. The court will continue to handle emergency matters. (INT)

        Closures of developed recreation facilities have been extended until May 15th in the San Bernardino, Cleveland and Angeles National Forests an attempt to discourage groups of people and promote social distancing of staying more than six feet apart. The general forest area including the extensive trail system will remain open and available to the public. Hiking and walking outdoors are widely considered beneficial to maintaining one's health. (INT)

        To continue slowing the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Fontana, the City has extended closures from May 1 to Friday, May 15th. The reopening date date is dependent on the evolving situation and may be extended. (INT)

        Volvo Construction Equipment has been awarded a $2 million grant for a commercial pilot of the company’s electric, zero emission excavator and electric wheel loader in California. The grant, administered by the AQMD, was funded by the federal Targeted Air Shed Grant Program. It’s designed to help develop plans and conduct projects to reduce air pollution in areas with the highest level of smog and soot including the South Coast Air Basin. (INT)

        A San Bernardino County man who threatened to shoot tellers and others when he robbed eight banks over a six-week span was sentenced Monday to 92 months in federal prison. Gregory Walter Barnes, 40, of Piñon Hills, was sentenced in federal court. Barnes pleaded guilty on February 10th to one count of bank robbery. Between May and July, 2018, Barnes, wearing a hat and sunglasses as a disguise, struck banks in Victorville, Fontana, Reseda, Woodland Hills, Temecula, Glendale, Hesperia, and Ventura. (INT)

        The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources is extending the closure of all household hazardous waste drop-off locations. In an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus, all community cleanup events and classes are cancelled through May 31st. (INT)

        Initial reports Sunday afternoon indicated that three people perished in a single vehicle crash on I-15 south of Baker. Several people were ejected from the vehicle. Three others were injured, the San Bernardino County Fire Department reported. (INT)

        A motorist who drove his compact SUV into a pick-up truck killing an off-duty San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy last year is facing sentencing June 29th. Yijie Mao, 27, pleaded guilty Thursday to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Mao was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana when he caused the crash in Chino that claimed the life of deputy Nicholas O’Loughlin. (INT)

        A pavement rehabilitation project on Freeway 60 in Ontario continues to repair deteriorated pavement slabs. The two right lanes on eastbound Route 60 from Archibald Avenue to Interstate 15 will remain closed until the end of June to allow for accelerated pavement work. (INT)

        The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a new food assistance program for children throughout California who are living in households struggling with food insecurity. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program provides electronic food benefits to families equal to the value of meals children eligible for free or reduced-priced meals would have received at school. (INT)

        State funding for K?2 public schools will take center stage when Governor Newsom unveils revisions to the state budget in a few weeks. The growing fiscal toll of the COVID-19 crisis is likely to affect school funding plans as a deep economic recession looms, the Public Policy Institute of California warns. (INT)

        Amid the coronavirus pandemic comes concern over the approaching California wildfire season. Fire departments are issuing weed abatement advisories. Compliance inspections for weed abatement are underway across the Inland Empire. (INT)

        The May 12th special election in the 28th State Senate District of Riverside County will be entirely by mail. Governor Newsom ordered that because of the coronavirus, there will be no polling places. Melissa Melendez and Elizabeth Romero will face off in the election to decide who will replace Jeff Stone who quit to work in the US Department of Labor. Approximately 493,833 vote-by-mail ballots are headed to voters. (INT)

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