YUCCA VALLEY MAN’S CONVICTION FOR RAPING A 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL UPHELD

A state appeals court Wednesday upheld a former Yucca Valley resident’s conviction for breaking into a Claremont home and raping a 12-year old girl. The three-justice panel rejected the defense’s contention that the trial court’s failure to grant Joseph Chandler Davall’s motion for a change of venue from Pomona deprived

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CALIFORNIA JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM BENEFITTING FROM REFORM

California stands out for its work in turning young lives around, according to a new report on youth prisons. The report recommends closing all youth prisons and reinvesting in other types of programs. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more… The report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows youth correctional

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA

At the stroke of midnight, recreational use of marijuana became legal in California. But there are a few important details about the new law, as managing editor Tami Roleff reports… As of November 9, recreational use of marijuana became legal in California. But there are a few important details about

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NATIONAL AND STATE ELECTION RESULTS

In yesterday’s presidential election, Donald Trump beat out Hillary Clinton, with 279 electoral votes to 218. Kamala Harris is California’s next U.S. senator, with 66 percent of the vote. Congressman Paul Cook and Assemblyman Chad Mayes easily kept their seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and California Assembly, with

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CALIFORNIA STATE MEASURE RESULTS

The Statewide Proposition results are: Prop 51: YES, Borrows $9 billion in school bonds Prop 52: YES, Restricts diverting funds away from Medi-Cal Prop 53: NO, Would have forced a statewide vote on bonds bigger than $2 billion Prop 54: YES, requires legislation to be published online before final vote

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E-CIGARETTE SELLERS WILL NEED A LICENSE AS OF JANUARY 1

A new state law will soon require the sellers of electronic smoking devices to get licenses from the state. Reporter David Haldane has the story… It may not be real tobacco. But after January 1, it will cost you real money to sell it. We’re talking about electronic cigarettes, vaping

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SEISMOLOGISTS NOT RATTLED BY SERIES OF LOW-DESERT EARTHQUAKES

Seismologists say a string of earthquakes that began early Monday near the southern Salton Sea is not likely to trigger any activity on the nearby San Andreas fault. The shakers come about a month after a two-day cluster of quakes rattled the Bombay Beach area that prompted the U.S. Geological

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STATEWIDE EARTHQUAKE DRILL AT 10:20 TOMORROW MORNING

The annual Great California Shake Out earthquake drill on Thursday, October 20, at 10:20 a.m. will involve more than 10 million people. Listen to Z107.7 as radio personality Pat Michaels leads you in the Shake Out earthquake drill. Before Thursday, make sure you, your family, and co-workers or students know

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COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM PREPAREDNESS EVENT SATURDAY

The Morongo Basin Community Emergency Response Team will hold a disaster preparedness day in conjunction with the Great American Shake-Out, on Saturday, October 15. CERT and other organizations will have free information and demonstrations on water purification and storage, survival skills, animal care, basic first aid, and much more. The

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STATE WATER CONSERVATION SLIPS TO 17.7%

The State Water Resources Control Board announced that Californians’ monthly water conservation declined to 17.7 percent in August, down from 27 percent savings in August, 2015, raising concerns that some water suppliers are abandoning their focus on conservation as California heads into a possible sixth drought year. The cumulative average

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WATER SAVING TIPS

If you thought El Nino would miraculously solve the severe California drought, it did not. Mandatory water restrictions continue here in our Morongo Basin. Reporter Rebecca Havely has some water saving tips… It’s been said many times, and will be said again and again: water equals life in the desert.

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STATE WARNS TO BE ON HEIGHTENED ALERT FOR EARTHQUAKE

The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services said Southern California residents should remain on heightened alert until Tuesday for the increased possibility of a major earthquake. The warning comes in the wake of a series of small temblors deep under the Salton Sea, which is on the far Southern 800-mile-long San

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NEW CALIFORNIA RIGHT TO RESCUE ACT EXPLAINED

There’s nothing more infuriating or heartbreaking than seeing a dog locked in a car on a hot day. Even on cool 70-degree days, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise to more than 100 degrees in a short time. On Saturday, September 24, Governor Jerry Brown signed the Right to Rescue

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EARTHQUAKE SWARM HITS SALTON SEA AREA

The Salton Sea has been hit by more than 200 small earthquakes in the last day or so. The largest, a 4.2, hit Monday night, and nine of them registered at 3.0 or higher. The earthquakes were fairly localized, with most of them hitting Bombay Beach area.

RENEWABLE ENERGY PLAN WILL LOOK FOR PRIVATE PROPERTIES

Now that the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan has said aside public lands for solar, experts say private land is next. Reporter David Haldane explains… Get ready to fight climate change. Last week government officials signed the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, setting aside 600 square miles of federal land

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ACLU ACCUSES CHARTER SCHOOLS OF ILLEGAL POLICIES

The American Civil Liberties Union is accusing some California charter schools of operating illegally by excluding some students. Reporter David Haldane has more… More than 20 percent of California’s roughly 1,200 charter schools maintain exclusionary enrollment policies illegally preventing thousands of students from attending. That according to a new report

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CALIFORNIA MAY CHANGE HOW PEOPLE VOTE

The State of California is considering scrapping the neighborhood polling place by 2018 in favor of more vote-by-mail balloting and new “Vote Centers.” Managing editor Tami Roleff explains… A majority of California voters vote by mail, but for people who still want to cast a ballot in person, voting centers

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SOME CALIFORNIA ROADS MAY SOON GENERATE POWER

California has almost 400,000 miles of roads and a ton of truck traffic that together may soon become a source of renewable energy. Reporter Kirby Davis explains… When a truck rumbles down the road, it sends out powerful vibrations. The California Energy Commission is set to test something called piezoelectric

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SPECTACULAR FIREBALL STREAKS THROUGH SKY LAST NIGHT

A fireball seen streaking slowly across the northern sky before breaking into two pieces and vanishing late Wednesday left residents throughout Southern California and beyond wondering what they had just witnessed. The unidentified object was seen, and in some cases, recorded on cell phones, in the Southland skies shortly after

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SCHOOL IMMUNIZATIONS ARE NOW REQUIRED FOR THOUSANDS

Changes in the law requiring immunizations for students at public schools are affecting many thousands in the state. Reporter David Haldane said the new vaccination requirements are much tougher… Do you object to having your child immunized against common diseases at school? Well, deal with it! That’s the message being

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