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Coachella Traffic Exodus Begins This Morning; 10 Fwy Westbound Will Be Jammed Into IE

INDIO (CNS) - Around 120,000 people are expected to pour out of the desert today over area freeways, causing backups and delays for miles following the second and final weekend of the annual Coachella Music & Art Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.
Nearly a third of the travelers leaving the Coachella Valley will be campers, Indio city officials said, with shuttles and buses adding to the festival's traffic exodus.
The majority of this traffic is expected to affect...

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Officers found about 40,000 marijuana plants in an illegal grow operation that was comparable in size to a city block, and one of the largest ever discovered in Riverside, police said Friday.
   Officers obtained a warrant and entered the property on Thursday after a caller complained of a strong marijuana odor coming from a home in the 2500 block of McAllister Street that appeared to have a private garden nursery, according to Riverside City police Officer Ryan Railsback.

A California couple who beat, tortured and abused 12 of their 13 children for years were sentenced to life in prison during an emotional hearing that included testimony from some of the victims.

David and Louise Turpin pleaded guilty in February to 14 felony counts each, including counts of torture, false imprisonment, cruelty to dependent adults and child endangerment, after police discovered they had held their children captive, starving them and forcing them to live in horrific conditions.

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California's population is up about 157,000 people since last year, with major gains in Southern California, particularly the Inland Empire.  Capital Public adio's Sammy Caiola has more on the latest numbers from the U.S, Census Bureau.

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A number of west coast power utilities say they will collaborate to help convert the trucking industry from fossil fuels to electric power.  The goal of this collaboration is to clean up air pollution caused by the diesel trucks.  More from Capital Public Radio's Randol White.

Coachella Festival Features One Of Its Own

Apr 19, 2019

The Coachella music festival enters its second weekend Friday night. The festival in the California desert features some of the top names in popular music. This year, Marisol Medina-Cadena reports, it is also featuring what may be the first band from the actual city of Coachella: Ocho Ojos.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

   RIVERSIDE (CNS) - In an emotionally wrenching hearing in which several
of their children professed continued love for their parents, a Perris
couple were sentenced today (Friday) to 25 years to life in prison for imprisoning and
torturing 12 of their 13 children, turning their home into a house of horrors.
   David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Ann Turpin, 50, each pleaded guilty
in February to six counts of cruelty to a dependent adult, four counts of
false imprisonment, three counts of child abuse and one count of torture. At

Here Are Official Set Times For Coachella Weekend 2

Apr 18, 2019
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  INDIO (CNS) - Thousands of fans will flock to Indio today for Weekend 2 of the Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival.
   They'll be greeted this morning by high temperatures, which will reach near 100 degrees during the day, but the Saturday 4/20 celebrations will be broken up with clouds and slightly cooler temperatures of around 95 degrees. Sunday is forecast to have highs of 84 without the protection of the clouds as rapper Kanye West is set to take the stage for his Sunday Service on Easter Day.

Arrests Decrease Again During Coachella Opening Weekend

Apr 18, 2019
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INDIO (CNS) - For the second year in a row, arrests dropped during the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, with police announcing today that 99 people were arrested during the fest's opening weekend.
   Of the 99 people taken into custody -- out of more than 120,000 festival attendees -- roughly 90% were arrested for drug- or alcohol-related reasons, according to Indio police. Six people were arrested for false identification and three for possession of drugs for sale. Three of the arrests were categorized as ``other.''

MOUNTAIN CENTER (CNS) - A stretch of state Route 74 between Hemet and
Mountain Center that was severely damaged during the Valentine's Day storm will
be opened to limited travel this weekend, Caltrans announced today.
   The 15-mile segment of Highway 74 that was shut down after whole
sections collapsed during the Feb. 14 floods that inflicted more than $70
million in damage throughout Riverside County will be open to travel, under
escort, starting 6 a.m. Saturday, officials said.
   The Easter holiday was cited as a primary factor in prompting the

COACHELLA (CNS) - One day after President Donald Trump signed a
Southwestern regional drought pact into law, a Coachella Valley water agency
announced a lawsuit today accusing Southern California's water-distribution
manager of violating state environmental laws in forging the agreement.
   The lawsuit by the Imperial Irrigation District, filed Tuesday in Los
Angeles Superior Court, seeks to ``suspend approvals and actions'' relating to
the Drought Contingency Plan until a thorough environmental analysis can be
done.

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