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I-Team Exclusive: An inside look at the team fighting child exploitation in Riverside County

Reports of crimes against children in Riverside County are up tenfold since the beginning of the pandemic according to Wade Walsvick, Supervising Investigator for the Riverside County Child Exploitation Team/RCCET.  The Child Exploitation Team is led by the District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation and is tasked with investigating CyberTips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 

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I-Team: What you need to know before visiting a nursing facility

The mandate from the state that all health care workers get vaccinated by September 30th, including those working in nursing facilities, has some scrambling to meet the deadline.      Some are concerned they’re going to lose a portion of their workforce, while others are ahead of the mandate, already implementing the new rules.     I-team reporter Karen Devine masked

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I-Team: Daycare Crunch

A different kind of desert is emerging across the valley affecting families from nearly every background and experts warn if things don’t change soon the problem will continue to get much worse. Even before the pandemic, finding good child care was a challenge for many parents. but things got much tougher.. when many day care

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I-Team: Dogs and Dollars

In 2019, the I-Team uncovered documents that showed the president of the Humane Society of the Desert was reimbursed tens of thousands of dollars after making charges to credit cards issued to the nonprofit. Including luxury hotel stays, meals at local restaurants, a Louis Vuitton purse and even cosmetic surgery. Malinda Bustos was suspended and

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I-Team: Cost of COVID

The costs continue to mount for Riverside County over a year into the pandemic. News Channel 3 obtained records showing a list of contracts executed under emergency contracting authority because of the pandemic. The county had spent over $137 million through the end of April of this year. The Assistant Director of Riverside County Public

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Palm Desert council meeting takes a heated turn over ‘privilege’

During Thursday’s Palm Desert city council meeting, councilmember Karina Quintanilla discussed what she calls a desperate need for a new human-rights commission. “After having some very impassioned conversations with residents and also with Mayor Kelly about some very unsettling experiences that were held by families of color in the city of Palm Desert,” Quintanilla said.

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I-Team: One Year in Lockdown

We’re getting a clearer picture of the damage done to the Coachella Valley’s economy, one year after the beginning of multiple shutdowns. Tonight Karen Devine goes indepth in her I-Team report “One Year in Lockdown” to show you how billions of dollars have been lost in tourism revenue, a shrinking workforce and the uncertainty of

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I-Team: Riverside County Registrar accuses District Attorney of interfering with election

A clash between riverside county’s top elections official and the county district attorney over the security of ballots. In emails and letters uncovered by the I-Team, the Registrar of Voters Rebecca Spencer accuses District Attorney Mike Hestrin of voter suppression during the recent election. Spencer wrote in an email to the board of supervisors in

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