Australia Joins U.S.-Led Maritime Force Protecting Persian Gulf Shipping

Australia has agreed to join a U.S.-led naval contingent protecting commercial shipping in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman amid alleged attacks by Iran against vessels operating in the strategic waterways. Australia will join Britain and Bahrain as part of a maritime security mission to escort commercial shipping in the region, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Wednesday. He said his government would lend a frigate, patrol plane and specialist defense force personnel. Canberra's...

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Immigrants' rights groups are speaking out against a new rule finalized by the Trump administration this week that would allow for much longer detention of migrant children and their families at the border. 

Oak-Killing Beetle Found In San Bernardino County

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An invasive species of oak-killing beetles has been found in the unincorporated San Bernardino community of Sugarloaf.

The goldspotted oak borer, or GSOB, is a species of beetle native to Arizona that’s found its way to California.

It’s been found in San Diego, Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles Counties. It was first found in San Bernardino County when it was discovered in Oak Glen in 2018.

Forest Service officials announced earlier this month that GSOB had been detected in Sugarloaf. It was most likely brought there through infested firewood.

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Over two dozen protesters demonstrated outside the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors meeting today to protest the proposed federal facility for unaccompanied minors who cross the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Protesters demonstrated outside the San Bernardino County building on Tuesday, August 20 while the Board of Supervisors meeting went on inside.

They were protesting a recent proposal by the General Services Administration, which oversees the leasing and construction of federal buildings, for an immigrant detention center in the Inland Empire.

Funeral Service Tuesday for Slain CHP Officer

Aug 19, 2019

 A public memorial service is scheduled in Riverside tomorrow for the California Highway Patrol officer gunned down by a convicted felon during a traffic stop that turned into a gun battle, leaving two other
officers wounded and the gunman dead.
   Officer Andre Moye Jr., 34, of Moreno Valley, will be honored by colleagues, friends and family during a 90-minute service set to begin at 10 a.m. at Harvest Christian Fellowship.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor, Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Rick Dulock review some of the big Inland Empire news stories from the past week, including:

1. Redlands based Beaver Medical Group and one doctor fined for Medicare fraud.  
2. Cargo and passenger traffic at Ontario International Airport is soaring under local control.
3. LA's Metro Gold Line light rail will finally reach into the Inland Empire.


A UC Riverside scientist is studying a previously unknown fault underlying the two large earthquakes that shook the town of Ridgecrest in July.

Dr. Abhijit Ghosh is an associate professor of geophysics at UCR.

On July 6, just a day after the 7.1 earthquake in Ridgecrest, Ghosh drove out to the city to install 25 seismometers in the ground.

Seismometers are instruments that measure vibrations in the ground and record them into a data log that can be used to analyze earthquakes.

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As the new school year begins, a Loma Linda doctor is urging students to get fully vaccinated in order to prevent the spread of infectious disease. 

Dr. Tyler Ladue, a family medicine physician at Loma Linda University Health, says the best way to not spread diseases like the measles is for everyone, especially young people, to get all their vaccines.

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The California Highway Patrol held a tribute today for the officer killed in Monday’s shootout in Riverside.

Bells tolled Wednesday during a solemn CHP ceremony for Andre Moye, who was killed Monday during a shootout.

The tribute for Moye was held at the CHP’s academy in West Sacramento. It came in place of the agency’s plan to celebrate its 90th anniversary.

Authorities are still investigating the incident and what led suspect Aaron Luther to shoot Moye and two other officers.

Those two other officers were wounded but are expected to recover.

The Inland Empire is one of the biggest hubs for logistics, also known as goods movement, in the nation, with scores of retailers locating their warehouses in the region. How that concentration of warehouses is affecting air pollution and people's health was the subject of a recent cover story in GRIST, an online magazine that covers the environment. KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff has the story.

An investigation continued today into what police called a “long and horrific gun battle” in south Riverside that led to the death of the suspect and a California Highway Patrol Officer.

The shooting occurred Monday evening, in the area of Box Springs Boulevard and Eastridge Avenue, just west of Interstate 215.

CHP Officer Andre Moye had pulled over a pickup truck for a violation when the suspect pulled a weapon and opened fire on the officer, according to the CHP.


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