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County Law Office Topping Off Ceremony

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INDIO - Construction is finally over for the County law building in Indio. A topping off ceremony will take place at 11:30AM.  More>>

White Party Performers Announced

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Pop singer Ariana Grande will headline the 25th annual White Party in Palm Springs, it was announced today. The White Party, billed by organizers as the world's largest gay dance and music festival, will run from April 25-28, with Grande slated to perform at the Palm Springs Convention Center on the second day.

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YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE: Pothole Riddled Neighborhood

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CATHEDRAL CITY - Residents and people who own property in an area of Cathedral City known as the "Square Mile" say they're beyond frustrated with the conditions of the streets and asked KMIR to look into what, if anything, is being done about it.
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Coachella man pleaded not guilty in Hwy. 86 car chase

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A Coachella man has pled not guilty to multiple felonies from last week's police chase and shootout on Highway 86 in Coachella.

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Rancho Mirage water leak closes roads

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A leak in a water line in front of Eisenhower Medical Center interrupted to service to some Rancho Mirage homes and businesses today.

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"Desert Storm" Bradley Returns to Valley After Loss

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What's next for Timothy Bradley after his first loss in his boxing career? He shares with KMIR his future plans. More>>

Blood Moon Pictures Taken by KMIR Viewers

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If you missed the Blood Moon display last night, have no fear. Our KMIR viewers and our reporter, Gitzel Puente, were up late last night to take some impressive photos! Take a look! More>>

Tax Deadline Looms

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LA QUINTA - The deadline to file tax returns is April 15. Those who haven't filed their returns are facing the mad, last-minute rush. Filing an extension now will prevent you from paying a late fee on the date but that won't save you from paying interest on the amount owed. Kitty Alvarado has tips from a tax expert for those who have procrastinated to file and U.S. Postal Service hours in this report.  More>>

How Coachella and Stagecoach Festivals Boost our Local Economy

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PALM DESERT - On this Money Monday, the ladies of KMIR Today learned about the economical impact of both Coachella and Stagecoach festivals. More>>

Meet "Disco" the Python from The Living Desert

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PALM DESERT - The Living Desert visits KMIR Today and introduces, "Disco" the Python to Gloria Rodriguez and Thalia Hayden. Pythons of one of the largest snakes and unlike many other snake species, they don't produce venom. More>>

National Animal Control Appreciation Week

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RIVERSIDE COUNTY - It's National Animal Control Appreciation Week! It's a time we can honor Animal Control Officers for all they do to help rescue animals in need. More>>

Desert AIDS Project Offers Free Meningococcal Vaccines

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PALM SPRINGS - Desert AIDS Project's medical clinic is offering free vaccines in light of recent cases of meningitis in the Los Angeles area, a spokesman said today. More>>

Safety of Local Jewish Centers and Synagogues

How safe are our local Jewish centers and synagogues in the wake of the shooting in Kansas City that killed three people?  As Passover begins this evening, we take a closer look.   More>>

KMIR Financial Report - April 14, 2014

KMIR Financial Expert Brian Amidei talks about last minute tax strategies as April 15th is here. More>>

Stars Came Out to Coachella Fest

From Gwen Stefani to Justin Bieber, stars came out to Coachella Fest this past weekend.  They were the surprise guests watching performers that include Lorde, Calvin Harris, and Pharrell.  



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Officers Say Suspect Tried to Take Officer's Gun

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COACHELLA -- At 9:15 Saturday night, officers arrived at a home in Coachella for an assault with a deadly weapon call.They found a female victim who had been stabbed several times. More>>

Guide Dogs of the Desert Graduation

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WHITEWATER -- Guide Dogs of the Desert held a graduation ceremony at their campus in Whitewater Sunday.The Guide Dogs of the Desert in Whitewater was a very special graduation ceremony, and while for some it's a very emotional day, it's also a happy one. More>>

Officer Involved Shooting in Coachella

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COACHELLA - A man was shot by officers in Coachella after they responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call. More>>

Pacquiao Defeats Bradley at MGM Grand in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS, NV - Saturday night, Manny Pacquiao defeated WBO Welterweight Champion and Cathedral City native, Timothy Bradley. More>>

Coachella Festival Parties Across the Valley

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PALM SPRINGS -- With Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival underway all of the parties around the valley are in high gear.At the Hard Rock Hotel the party got kicked off Thursday night and is now in full swing and shows no signs of slowing down.Management for the Hard Rock Hotel partnered with Goldenvoice and LED for the week's festivities.With LED being one of America's premier electronic music promoters, they say they plan to blend their style with that of the hard rock and create a grea... More>>

Trial date set for Cathedral City's Mayor Pro Tem

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A June 10 trial date was set today for Cathedral City's mayor pro tem, who is accused of embezzling funds from an employee computer loan program. Charles Frederick Vasquez, 58, was indicted on three felony counts of embezzlement by a public officer.

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Coachella Festival Has Huge Economic Impact Locally and Worldwide

INDIO - The Coachella Music and Arts Festival generates millions of dollars for the local economy, but the impact of the weekend music festival is felt worldwide. Goldenvoice, the company that puts on the concert and the city of Indio will be doing business for years to come, at least through the year 2030.  More>>

First Weekend of Coachella Fest Kicks Off

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The first weekend of Coachella Festival kicked off Friday morning at the Empire Polo grounds in Indio.Thousands of young festival goers from all over the country come together to watch their favorite artists perform on stage.Some of the performances Friday were Aloe Blacc, AFI, Ellie Goulding, The Knife, The Replacements and many more.The last performance on the main stage will be by OutKast at 11:30 p.m. More>>

Palm Desert Student Hurt in Interstate 5 Crash

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There were students from more than three dozen schools on board the tour bus that crashed on Interstate 5 in Northern California Thursday night.Ten people died in the accident, and dozens others were injured including an 18-year-old from right here in Palm Desert.She is a senior at Palm Desert High School where counselors were brought in Friday helping students cope with the news of this tragedy.This trip was not organized by Palm Desert High School so at first they had no idea one of their s... More>>

Small Quake Rattles Near Ocotillo Wells

A magnitude-3.2 earthquake has struck 32 miles south-southeast of Coachella, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake struck at 4:53p.m., eight miles southwest of Salton City. More>>

Rancho Cucamonga College Counselor Among Those Killed in Norcal Bus Crash

A 26-year-old college admissions counselor based in the Los Angeles area was among the 10 victims killed in a fiery crash involving a tour bus carrying students and a FedEx truck in Northern California Thursday. More>>

Palm Desert High Student Among the Injured in Northern California Bus Crash

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KMIR News has confirmed that a female student from Palm Desert High School is among the injured in the bus crash in Northern California.  Jayda Kosar's mother confirms her daughter was on the bus. Teresa Jones says her daughter lost her phone in the crash but borrowed someone's phone to call her mother.  More>>

Carjacking Ends in Police Shootout -- Shutting Down Part of the Hwy 86 Expressway

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THERMAL - A carjacking on the 86 expressway in Thermal ends in a shootout with police. More>>

Thermal brush fire contained

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A ten acre brush fire broke out this evening in Thermal. More>>

Unanimous Vote to Pass Plastic Bag Ban in Palm Desert

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PALM DESERT - City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to pass an ordinance banning plastic bags in stores in Palm Desert. It's the fourth city in the Coachella Valley to pass the policy, behind Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs and Indio. More>>

Indio woman pleads not guilty in hit-and-run collision

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A 21-year-old Indio woman arrested for a hit-and-run collision with a bicyclist in Bermuda Dunes -- while she may have been using acell phonee -- pleaded not guilty to a felony charge today. Liliana Villegas Avalos is charged with hit-and-run causing injury, with sentence-enhancing allegations of great bodily injury, for a Feb. 5 crash on eastbound Country Club Drive, west of 42nd Avenue.

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Trending Coachella Fest Hair Styles!

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PALM DESERT - Would you like to learn what's trending this year for Coachella Fest hairstyles? KMIR Today has got you covered. More>>

Eight Fires Started, One Chars Palm Springs Church

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PALM SPRINGS -- Police and fire investigators are looking for a serial arsonist.At 8:30 Tuesday night up to eight fires were set in trash cans in a thirty minute period.The fires were set in dumpsters behind businesses on Palm Canyon Drive and Belardo Road.One of those trash fires spread and burned a church.Part of Our Lady of Solitude Church in Palm Springs was charred by the blaze.It is one of the oldest churches in the valley; it opened back in 1930.The police and fire departments are inve... More>>

Lost Python Returned to Palm Springs Resident is Not Her Snake - Choco the Python is Still on the Loose

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Linda Van Horn, a resident of Palm Springs Movie Colony East, has been looking for her lost snake, Choco, for about a month. More>>

Coachella man convicted in cab driver killing

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A Coachella man was convicted today in the robbery-motivated shooting death of an Indio cab driver. Fabian Florence Perez, 30, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the Sept. 7, 2003, death of 30-year-old Carlos Rafael Cuellar Cardona. Jurors also found true a special circumstance allegation of committing a murder during a robbery.

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Motorcyclist collides with car on Monterey

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A 73-year old motorcyclist suffered moderate injuries after colliding with a car in Palm Desert Wednesday evening.

The crash happened just before 8 p.m. on Monterey Avenue, just south of Varner Road.

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Coachella Fest Parties Begin

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PALM SPRINGS - The Valley is buzzing with activity before the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicks off Friday. 

Many hotels and other venues are throwing big parties with live music around the festival. Some of them are invite-only, but others are free with only an RSVP required.
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CVUSD School Board Approves More Layoffs as Part of "Fiscal Recovery Plan"

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THERMAL - More than 90 employees in the Coachella Valley Unified School District might face layoffs if the school board approves the proposal in Tuesday's meeting. At least 50 teachers throughout the district received pink slips in March. More>>

Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

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The Riverside County Waste Management Department has scheduled a free household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday (April 12) inMecca at theSheriff’s Substation, starting at 9 a.m. The collection is open to all Riverside County residents. The Riverside County Waste Management Department provides an opportunity for Riverside County residents to keep hazardous waste out of the county landfills and ensure that it is properly managed. The event will accept residentially generated house... More>>

El Centro Border Patrol Agents Seize Narcotics Worth Thousands of Dollars

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CHIRIACO SUMMIT, Calif. – Yesterday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected narcotics smuggler and seized more than nine pounds of narcotics concealed within a vehicle. The incident occurred at approximately 7 p.m., when Border Patrol agents stopped a 20-year-old man driving a blue 2000 Ford Explorer near Interstate 10 and Hayfield Road. A Border Patrol Canine Detection team alerted to the vehicle and the vehicle was transported to the Indio S... More>>

Rancho Mirage Election Results

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Rancho Mirage residents turned their ballots in for today's special election to decide who will fill four city council seats.

No polling places were used, instead, the election was conducted only through mail and dropped off ballots.

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Threatening Message Written on a Bench at College of the Desert has Authorities on Alert

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PALM DESERT - Riverside County Sheriff Deputies are investigating a threat written on a bench at College of the Desert. More>>

Special Teens Spend Day Where Heads of State Stay

RANCHO MIRAGE -  Sunnylands Center and Gardens, famous for being the place where leaders and heads of state meet to develop relationships and broker deals was transformed into a playground for a group of teens and the staff at Safehouse of the Desert.   More>>

Election Day for the City of Rancho Mirage

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RANCHO MIRAGE - It's election day for those registered to vote in the city of Rancho Mirage. Don't forget this election is being conducted only through mail, so that means no polling locations will be set up.  More>>

Gas Leak in Coachella

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COACHELLA (CNS) - Two businesses and a daycare center were evacuated because of a gas leak in Coachella today, but no injuries were reported.The leak occurred around 8 a.m. at Avenue 52 and Tyler Street, and the Riverside County Fire Department and Southern California Gas Co. went to the scene, fire department spokeswoman Melody Hendrickson said.Twenty-three children and 11 adults from a daycare and eight employees from two nearby businesses were evacuated, she said. It was unclear when the l... More>>

Cyclist Killed in Crash in Coachella

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A Merced-area cyclist killed in a collision with a pickup truck in Coachella was identified today. More>>

Road Closures, Traffic Delays Expected for 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival Video included

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INDIO – The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will be held at the Empire Polo Club on April 11, 12 and 13, and April 18, 19 and 20, 2014, at 81-800 Avenue 51.  More>>

Indian Wells Arts Festival A Hands On Event

INDIAN WELLS - Artists from all over the country brought their best pieces to the Indian Wells Arts Festival and were looking forward to meeting locals and sharing their passion for art.  More>>

Mickey Rooney Dies at Age 93

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Legendary actor, Mickey Rooney has died at the age of 93.Two sources with law enforcement confirmed that Rooney died at home in North Hollywood surrounded by friends and family Sunday evening.Authorities said the doctor signed the death certificate and death appears to be from natural causes.Rooney was born in 1920.He first took the stage as a toddler, and was in his first film in 1926.Rooney's career spanned more than eight decades and 200 films.His career took off as Andy Hardy in 1937 with... More>>

Lexi Thompson Wins the Kraft Nabisco Championship

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RANCHO MIRAGE -- The LPGA Kraft Championship comes to a close at Mission Hills Country Club today with Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson starting the day tied at ten under par.Two shots back from the leaders are Charley Hull and Se Ri Pak.Lexi Thompson wins her first major championship at the age on nineteen, her fourth overall win out on tour.Thompson is the second youngest player to win a major LPGA Championship.She was strong on the drive but the putter won the day.Thompson takes the winner's... More>>

Congressman Serves Patients at Free Medical Clinic

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INDIO -- A free medical and dental clinic is serving people in Indio, and some patients were treated by their own Congressman.Dr. Raul Ruiz saw patients this morning at the California CareForce Clinic.The free four-day clinic is hosted by the producers of Coachella and Stagecoach Music Festivals.Last year, more than 2,700 Coachella Valley residents received free medical, dental and vision care.This year, thousands more are expected to go and Saturday the valley's Congressman returned to his m... More>>

Kraft Nabisco Heads into Final Round

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The LPGA's first major championship of the season is underway at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage.Coming into the third round, Se Ri Pak and Lexi Thompson, were tied for the lead at 7-under at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.Thompson, coming off an 8-under par 64 in yesterday's second round.It was a good day in the desert for Michelle Wie" and Lexi Thompson.By the 18th hole Saturday, Lexi thompson is tied at -10 under with Michelle Wie for the lead heading into the final round S... More>>

Candidate for Riverside County Sheriff, Chad Bianco Talks About Pinyon Pines Triple Murder Investigation

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Two men accused of a brutal triple murder sit in jail. Meanwhile, a candidate for Riverside County Sheriff sits down with KMIR to talk about the case and a potential conflict of interest within the investigation. More>>

Major Construction on I-215

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The 215 freeway through Riverside will be completely shut down for major construction.North and Southbound lanes will be shut down between Iowa and Barton Road for up to 12 hours as crews construct a rail road bridge over the interstate.That's the section of the 215 freeway between the I-10 and the 60, heading toward San Diego.It starts Friday, 11:30 p.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.There will be a detour using side streets just before the construction, but expect major delays.The work will contin... More>>

Dinah Shore Girls Light up the Town This Weekend

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Grammy-winning rapper Eve and the Canadian pop duo Tegan & Sara will headline Dinah Shore Weekend events in Palm Springs tomorrow.


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Indian Wells Arts Festival More Hands On Than Ever

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Artists from all over the country have brought their best work to the Indian Wells Arts Festival. This year the festival is more hands on and artists are ready to discuss techniques they use to create their masterpieces and some will even let you try the techniques for yourself. There is something for every age group and budget. Children will have a lot to see and do, as there is something for every age group and budget. Also new this year, a festival within the festival, an exhibit dedicated... More>>

New On-Ramp Construction Begins on I-10

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PALM DESERT - Drivers might experience some traffic delays at the corner of Varner Road and Monterey Avenue in the next few months. More>>

Burglaries Suspect Arrested in Desert Hot Springs

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A Desert Hot Springs woman posted a $35,000 bond today, a day after being arrested in connection with residential burglaries in Thousand Palms in which $20,000 worth of items were stolen. 

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Congressional Art Competition Seeks Entries

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Local high school students are encouraged to enter the 2014 Congressional Art Competition, Rep. Raul Ruiz's office announced today. Public, private and home-schooled students in Ruiz's 36th District can enter.  More>>

Bill to Address County Jail Overcrowding

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INDIO -- Top cops in town are supporting a new proposed plan to address overcrowding in county jails.
The Riverside County Sheriff says the jails are hemorrhaging after Assembly Bill 109 -- that's the state law that is sending prison inmates back to local jails.
Assemblyman Manuel Perez has a plan he says will help.
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What Lieutenant Chad Bianco Reveals About Pinyon Pines Case

Elizabeth Beaubien sits down with Lieutenant Chad Bianco with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department to talk about the Pinyon Pines Triple Murder Case.  KMIR News continues to investigate this case and is committed to helping find justice for the victims' families.   More>>

BRADLEY VS. PACQUIAO - Breakdown of the Fight

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PALM DESERT - Timothy Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao. Where did Bradley go wrong? Julie Buehler helps gives a break down of the rematch. More>>

Eyesore Next Door: Improve the Center Medians Along Da Vall Drive

CATHEDRAL CITY - A resident of Cathedral City emailed to ask us why center medians along Da Vall Drive on near Ramon Road have gone without landscaping for years. He has tried to get to the bottom of the problem on his own but because the property is on the border of Rancho Mirage and Cathedral City there is a question into which city should take responsibility for the maintenance.  More>>

Three People Charged with Murder in the Shooting Death of a Desert Hot Springs Man

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INDIO -Murder and other charges were filed today against three people accused in the death of a Desert Hot Springs man who was shot during a fight. More>>

Human Skull Found Under Home in Desert Hot Springs

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Sheriff's deputies have confirmed that remains found under a home in Desert Hot Springs are human.On Monday, April 7, 2014, at about 7:04 am, deputies from the Palm Desert Sheriff's Station responded to the 18500 block of Roberts Road regarding found human remains. More>>

Sex Offender Compliance Check Operation Yields Weapons, Drugs, Possession of Child Pornography Arrests

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Imperial County, CA- The United States Marshals Service and Imperial County Sheriff’s Office conducted a sex offender compliance check operation on April 7th. The operation targeted registered sex offenders in the cities of Calipatria, Bombay Beach, Brawley, Niland, Thermal, and Salton City. Compliance checks were conducted on registered sex offenders in a collaborative effort with federal, state and local partners. During the course of the operation, over 50 compliance checks were completed.... More>>

Lucy Pet Foundation Returns to Indio to Provide Free Vaccinations

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Another outreach is planned this week in the City of Indio. On Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, The Lucy Pet Foundation and Riverside County Animal Services are teaming together to provide a convenient two-day outreach for pet owners in need.

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Free Medical and Dental Services at Indio Fairgrounds

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INDIO -- The organizer of Coachella and Stagecoach Music Festivals is hosting a free medical and dental clinic in Indio.It began bright and early Thursday with long lines of people wanting to be seen by a doctor.The key word here is free.Medical professionals are donating their time to provide services for the four-day event.It runs through Sunday.You do not need insurance or ID to receive medical care. People can line up starting at 3:30 each morning at the fairgrounds in Indio.Indio residen... More>>

Man Shot and Killed During a Fight in Desert Hot Springs

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS - A man is shot and critically wounded during a fight tonight in Desert Hot Springs. More>>

Lockdown Lifted at Two Cathedral City Schools

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Mount San Jacinto High School and Landau Elementary School are on lockdown.  

At about 11am, Cathedral City Police ordered the Lockdowns because they're serving at least one search warrant in the area.

KMIR News has a Reporter on-scene and will update when we learn more.
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Mexican cop caught transporting drugs across border

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A Mexican policeman allegedly caught transporting heroin and methamphetamine into the United States is scheduled to be arraigned next week in Riverside federal court on charges stemming from his March 13 arrest near Temecula.

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Cops Cracking Down on Distracted Driving in April

The National Safety Council says at least 1.2 million car crashes in 2012 were caused by drivers using their cell phones and another 5 percent on top of that were caused by people texting behind the wheel.

April is "Distracted Driver Awareness Month". The CHP says it's teamed up with local law enforcement to crack down on distracted driving.

The fine is over $160 but police say that every year the preventable crime costs thousands their lives leaving many families devastated.
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Coachella Fest Will be Broadcast Live for First Time

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Performances on the first weekend, April 11-13, will be live streamed byT-Mobile on YouTube, and on the second weekend, April 18-20, will be shown on television network AXS TV.

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Palm Springs Says Goodbye to Forever Marilyn

PALM SPRINGS - Locals and tourists have grown to love the 26-foot statue of the iconic Hollywood blonde, Forever Marilyn. 
The statue was dismantled and hauled off on a flatbed truck on Wednesday where she will reunite with the artist who created her in New Jersey. Locals and tourists were sad to see her go. 
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Free Health Clinic Coming to Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio

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INDIO - A free health clinic will be offered to Coachella Valley residents from April 3-6 at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio. More>>

Plans to Move College of the Desert West Valley Campus to Palm Springs Mall

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PALM SPRINGS - College of the Desert president, Joel Kinnamon joined with Palm Springs officials for a major announcement Tuesday afternoon. The city and the college announced today a plan to move the proposed the College of the Desert West Valley Campus to a site currently occupied by the Palm Springs Mall. More>>

Kraft Nabisco Pro-Am Continuing Today

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RANCHO MIRAGE, Ca - The pro-am portion of the Kraft Nabisco Championship will begin today at Mission Hills Country Club .Another round of pro-am play will be held Wednesday. KMIR News anchor Gino Lamont will be participating Wednesday. Tickets for pro-am play are $15.  The tournament, the first major of the year on the LPGA Tour, begins Thursday.  Information and tickets are available at www.kncgolf.com. More>>

Benefit for Coachella Boxer Angel Osuna

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INDIO - There is a benefit tonight at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in support of Coachella boxer, Angel Osuna. The middle-weight fighter was severely injured during a boxing match back in December. So the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians will be presenting him with a check donation to help the Osuna family with medical costs. More>>

Drop off Ballots for Rancho Mirage City Council Election

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RANCHO MIRAGE - Residents of Rancho Mirage, make sure to drop off those ballots for the city council election.There will be no polling stations so remember to drop those off before 8 PM on April 8th. More>>

STORMWATCH: Snow Possible in Mountains Overnight

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The National Weather Service (NWS) is warning of possible snow in the mountains overnight above 5,000 feet. This includes Idyllwild.Here is the advisory from the NWS:...SNOW TO FALL IN THE MOUNTAINS LATE TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY....THE NEXT WAVE ASSOCIATED WITH THE PACIFIC TROUGH OF LOW PRESSUREWILL BRING SNOW AT TIMES IN THE MOUNTAINS FROM LAEVENING TONIGHTGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY. THE SNOW LEVEL WILL RANGE FRAROUND 4000000 FEET IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY TO 4500 FEET IN SDIEGO COUNTYNTY. SNOWFALL O... More>>

COD Could Use Eminent Domain to Buy Mall

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PALM SPRINGS -- A little more than a month ago, we investigated why it was taking so long to see any movement on the plans to build a West Valley Campus in Palm Springs.

We never heard back from College of the Desert, but Tuesday's big announcement may be the reason.The plan was to make a vacant portion of land off Indian Canyon Drive the College of the Desert campus in Palm Springs, but those plans fell through.Now College of the Desert wants to buy the Palm Springs Mall.
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SoCal Fire Crews on High Alert for Wildfires

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RIVERSIDE - Cal Fire crews today will go into 24-hour stand-by mode at fire stations throughout the Inland Empire in the face of tinderbox conditions exacerbated by meager winter rainfall in the region.According to the state agency, peak staffing will go into effect at facilities in Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties.``Even with rain (this month), our fire activity has remained 200 percent over average statewide,'' Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott said last week.``The rain has been gr... More>>

Race to be Ready Prepares Residents for Earthquake

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RANCHO MIRAGE, Ca - Friday's 5.1 magnitude earthquake is a good reminder it's important to be ready for a disaster.  The "Race to be Ready Emergency Preparedness Expo and Run" was held at Rancho Mirage High School on Sunday.The purpose was to educate residents on what they can do be more prepared for earthquakes.  KMIR was a sponsor of the event.  More>>

Preparing Your Home for an Earthquake Now Will Save You Time and Money Later

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PALM DESERT - Gail Morrison doesn't live in the valley full time so she admits that while she has some basic earthquake supplies on hand , her home could use some earthquake proofing."If someone were to check my condo they would probably be able to find some faults," laughs Morrison after she realizes she used a pun.The 5.1 La Habra tremblor proved it doesn't take a large magnitude quake to disrupt lives. Moderate, shallow quakes can cause property damage."A lot of people will display you kno... More>>

Baby Giraffe Born at The Living Desert

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PALM DESERT - A baby male giraffe was born at The Living Desert this week.Here is the press release they sent out about the birth.IT’S A BOY! THE BABY GIRAFFE IS BORN AT THE LIVING DESERT PALM DESERT/INDIAN WELLS, CA (March 31, 2014) … The highly anticipated new baby giraffe was born at The Living Desert in the early hours of Friday, March 28th at 2:52 a.m. The baby boy is a healthy calf bonding with his mom Dadisi.  More>>

High Winds Continue in Coachella Valley

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PALM SPRINGS - Strong and gusty west winds are in store for theCoachella Valley and Riverside County mountain areas later today,meteorologists said.``A low pressure system from the Gulf of Alaska will bring strongeronshore flow with strong gusty west winds for the mountains and deserts forlate this afternoon through Tuesday morning,'' according to the NationalWeather Service.The agency issued a wind advisory for the mountains and Coachella Valleyfrom 4 p.m. today to 10 a.m. Tuesday, saying su... More>>

Earthquake Causes Damage in Southern California

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LA HABRA - Aftershocks continued Saturday after Friday night's magnitude 5.1 earthquake centered near Brea in Orange County.The earthquake hit at 9:09 Friday night.The U-S Geological Survey initially reported the quake was a 5.4 centered two kilometers east of La Habra.They later downgraded that report to a 5 point 1.More than 100 aftershocks have been felt in Southern California after Friday's earthquake. More than 80 residents had to leave their homes in Fullerton. More>>

Palm Springs power outage affects 300

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A Southern California Edison equipment failure caused a predawn power outage that affected more than 300 customers in Palm Springs Sunday.

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Man shot in Cathedral City

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Cathedral City officers responded to a call of six shots fired at 8:08 this evening near the Northwest corner of Mission Indian and Shifting Sands Trail.

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Firework Stand Applications Now Accepted

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CATHEDRAL CITY - The cathedral city fire department would like to make sure residents stay safe this 4th of July.  More>>

Brush Fire Contained at 350 Acres

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THERMAL -- A brush fire in Thermal is now fully contained after rapidly growing to 350 acres Saturday night.More than one hundred firefighters battled the blaze in the eastern end of the valley.The fire started around 4:30 Saturday in the area of Avenue 66 and Pierce Street.Highway 86 re-opened after being closed down because of the fire. There were no injuries, but power lines are down and one outbuilding was destroyed. Firefighters had the brush fire contained just before midnight. More>>

Finding the Cheapest Gas in the Valley Video included

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PALM DESERT - The average price of a gallon of regular gas in the Inland Empire is nearing the four dollar mark.The least expensive gasoline in the nine valley cities at the Arco in Indio at Jefferson Street and Country Club Drive .A gallon there will cost you 3.74 compared to the average of 3.97 in the Inland Empire. More>>

Police Say Three Dead in Murder-Suicide

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PALM SPRINGS -- Three people were found shot and killed in a gated community in Palm Springs.Police are saying they believe this is a murder suicide.At about nine Thursday night, they came here to Sunflower Lane to the report of shots fired, and found three people dead inside including a child.People are still in shock after a young girl, a woman and a man were found dead in a home in Palm Springs. "I just found out yesterday from the neighbors that he always had a gun on him," said neighbor ... More>>

Free Admission to Opera in Palm Springs

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PALM SPRINGS - The 16th Annual Opera in the Park is taking place Sunday, April 6 at Sunrise Park in Palm Springs. More>>

Pinyon Pines Murder Update

Two suspects are now in police custody in connection with the Pinyon Pines triple murder.
Private Investigator Luis B says this was a good day.
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    PALM SPRINGS - A local business owner says he was scammed out of hundreds of dollars by someone who called his business posing as a Southern California Edison employee. The Palm Springs Police Department and SCE warn people not to fall for this scam, that involves high pressure tactics. The scam involves pre-paid Money Pak Green Dot cards to the transfer money, this form of payment is difficult to trace, which is why police say it's preferred by criminals. 
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    PALM SPRINGS -  A change in the description of a statement from a disposal service prompted a Palm Springs resident to question his service ... YOU ASK, WE INVESTIGATE: garbage collection bill. 
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    CATHEDRAL CITY - A resident of Cathedral City emailed to ask us why center medians along Da Vall Drive on near Ramon Road have gone without landscaping for years. He has tried to get to the bottom of the problem on his own but because the property is on the border of Rancho Mirage and Cathedral City there is a question into which city should take responsibility for the maintenance. 
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    CATHEDRAL CITY - Residents and people who own property in an area of Cathedral City known as the "Square Mile" say they're beyond frustrated with the conditions of the streets and asked KMIR to look into what, if anything, is being done about it.
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    YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE. 
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    WHITEWATER -- Guide Dogs of the Desert held a graduation ceremony at their campus in Whitewater Sunday.The Guide Dogs of the Desert in Whitewater was a very special graduation ceremony, and while for some it's a very emotional day, it's also a happy one.
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    Transcendence opens this Friday. Manny the Movie Guy interviews the Oscar-winning director Wally Pfister. 
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