Winter Storm Grounds Flights, Delays Trains And Knocks Out Power

A major winter storm is disrupting transportation routes in parts of New England and the Midwest, after bringing snow and freezing rain to the areas. The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings or advisories for parts or all of at least eight states , and states of emergencies were declared in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Amtrak has canceled some trains along the northeast corridor, and more than 9,000 flights were delayed or canceled on Sunday according to FlightAware.com ....

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A regional conference held at Cal State San Bernardino Thursday brought together representatives from Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties to discuss solving homelessness in our area. KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more. 

The conference, called “Ending Homelessness in the Watershed,” brought together leaders from the three counties to discuss the issue of homelessness.

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The man who measures California's snowpack is retiring. For 30 years, Frank Gehrke has shown up on TV, educating the public about California's "frozen reservoir" - the snowpack that provides one third of the state's water supply. But even though Gehrke's called it quits, Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports he's not letting go of his skis and snowshoes so easily.

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State lawyers have given the final okay to a regulation allowing home marijjuana deliveries statewide, even in communities that have banned commercial cannabis sales. Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric has more.

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Representative Pete Aguilar has been chosen for a leadership role on the House Appropriations Committee. KVCR’s Benjamin Purper has more.

Aguilar, whose district includes San Bernardino and parts of Rancho Cucamonga, was chosen as Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Committee.

The representative also announced he will serve on the Appropriations Subcommittes on Defense; Transportation, Housing & Urban Development; and Homeland Security.

Now in his third term, Aguilar also holds the leadership position of Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus.

The Inland Empire Women’s March returns for its 3rd year this Saturday in Downtown Riverside. More from KVCR’s Isel Cuapio.

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Groups that advocate for children in California are pressing state lawmakers to fully fund Governor Gavin Newsom’s budget requests to expand access to early learning. KVCR’s Katie Trojano has more.

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Two of Riverside County’s cities rank on the nation’s top 10 list of longest workday commutes. KVCR’s Katie Trojano has more.

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Walmart is opening a consolidation center and warehouse in Colton, which will bring over 600 jobs by 2021.

KVCR's Danielle Fox has more.

 

 

Walmart is opening a consolidation center and warehouse in Colton this July, which will bring over 600 jobs by 2021. The 340,000 square foot facility will initially employ 150 full-time associates with a base salary starting above $15 per hour.

 

Patients who get written prescriptions from their doctors may be having a tough time getting their medications this month. CapRadio’s health care reporter Sammy Caiola has more.

As the federal government shutdown continues, CalFresh recipients will be receiving their February benefits early.

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The Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots will face off in this year's Super Bowl after winning the NFC and AFC conference championships, respectively, on Sunday.

The Rams, who overcame a 13-point deficit to beat the Saints, last played in the Super Bowl in 2002 — against none other than the Patriots. The St. Louis Rams won the NFL title two years before that.

The Patriots defeated the Chiefs to return to the Super Bowl for a third consecutive year.

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