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Courting Injustice: Why are so many local court cases being dismissed?

Since October, more than 1,700 court cases have been dismissed in Riverside County. These dismissals include cases involving child sexual assault, attempted murder, DUIs, and domestic violence. This is due to a backlog caused by the pandemic. Riverside Superior Court officials cited a lack of available judicial resources and courtroom space as they reinstated defendants’

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‘Safety Matters’: Local school officials didn’t follow safety protocols in reported weapons incidents

A News Channel 3 investigation has uncovered that district officials didn’t follow safety protocols in multiple incidents when weapons were reported at valley schools. In response to outraged parents, scared students and KESQ’s questions, the district says it made changes. But are they working? Repeated reports of weapons Three east valley schools and thousands of

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A Year of Fear: Local Ukrainian residents reflect as 1 year anniversary of Russian invasion approaches

Friday marks one year since Russia invaded Ukraine. It’s made a big impact on millions of people worldwide, and even here in the Coachella Valley. News Channel 3’s Samantha Lomibao caught up with two local Ukrainian business owners who have been directly impacted by the war. Elena Vitkovskaya has owned Marmelad Beauty House for 3 years. Every day,

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In the Line of Duty: An in-depth look at the increase in assaults on law enforcement

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and Palm Springs Police Department are sounding the alarm after there was an increased number of assaults on law enforcement in the last year.  According to the Palm Springs police crime data report conducted by the police department for 2022, it shows while crime has decreased overall, the number of assaults on Palm

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Number of heat-related illness and deaths rises as Coachella Valley sees more frequent heat waves and hotter days

Under the blistering sun, on a 117 degree day, it can feel like your skin is burning as you toil without shade. It’s why farmworkers in the East Coachella Valley wear long sleeves, drenched in sweat they can never seem to replenish fast enough. “It start in the lips, don’t speak good,” said Vidal Mendoza Fonseca, a farmworker who

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In-Depth: Monkeypox stigma

A growing monkeypox outbreak in Riverside County is raising new concerns about the stigma it may create with the illness hitting mostly gay men. It has some people recalling the beginning of the early days of the fight against HIV and AIDS. News Channel 3 anchor John White is going in-depth, talking with 2 men who see

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Exclusive: Embedding with Palm Springs police during active shooter simulation

The Palm Springs Police Department is putting renewed focus on active shooter training for its officers. Since late June, officers have been going through rigorous assessments to determine their strengths and weaknesses.  “This particular assessment is probably the first one we’ve done in about 7 years,” said Lieutenant Gustavo Araiza of the Palm Springs Police

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