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Tighter Security for Annual President's Day Parade

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The annual Presidents Day Parade kicked off Monday morning for the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival. 

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Experts Say Having a Plan Can Save Your Life During A Mass Shooting Video included

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While we watched the chaos and heartbreak unfold at yet another school shooting, experts say we should use this time to talk about what we can do as a community to be prepared if this should happen here.  According to the non profit Everytown For Gun Safety this makes the 18th school shooting this year.  So every time we hear of these tragedies we are alarmed and feel vulnerable. But Indio Police Sergeant Dan Marshall says we should instead take this opportunity to f...

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Three Local Sisters Giving Back to Deserving Students Video included

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The Coachella Valley is home to the Kamoei sisters. They all graduated from Coachella Valley High School not too long ago, the eldest is class of 2005. But at their young age, Bahareh, Bita and Sara run their own real estate company. "Because we are all from the desert we have so much knowledge, like local knowledge of every city in the desert," Bita said. "The Coachella Valley has just been growing so much over the past few years" Real estate is not w...

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Head Games: The Concussion Conversation

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Mike Pyle played football for the Chicago Bears from 1960-1969. "He wasn't showing signs of brain damage at that time.” What he didn’t know was that all those hits would eventually kill him.

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California Bill Would Ban Tackle Football Before High School

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Two California lawmakers want to outlaw tackle football leagues until teenagers reach high school, saying delaying the start of high-contact elements of football would protect young people from long-term brain damage. Children can learn the skills they need to succeed at the sport from non-contact flag football, Democratic Assembly members Kevin McCarty of Sacramento and Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher of San Diego said in announcing their legislation on Thursday. Their bill follows simila... More>>

Palm Desert

Family First: Saving Your Pets Life in a Medical Emergency

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For many in the Coachella Valley, your pets are considered part of your family. So what happens if your dog or cat has a medical emergency? Would you know what to do to keep them alive until you make it to the vet? Using a stuffed animal can help you learn how to do correct CPR on your dog or cat and even how to wrap wounds if they're ever injured hopefully to save their life. If you ask Gregory Meinherdt what matters most, it's simple...a hug from his best friend. "They'...

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Teacher surprises pre-K student with matching braids to instill confidence

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A pre-K teacher in Texas is proving that imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery. Leigha Bishop surprised her student, August Burroughs, late last month when she came in rocking the same hairdo as the 4-year-old. But the move, Bishop explained, wasn’t simply about a cool hairstyle— it was about instilling confidence in the young girl. “Kids need to know that they have the ability to inspire teachers, too ... we want to teach our kids that they have ... More>>

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Lifesaving Donation for Pets Made to Valley Fire Departments Video included

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Last summer the Bakersfield Fire Department pulled a lifeless dog from a burning home. But they had special pet oxygen masks on hand and were able to resuscitate the pet.  Cal Fire riverside County firefighter / paramedic Timothy Andazola says when they're on the scene of an emergency, helping any life in danger is their priority, "We don't just stop because you're not a human being or because you have four legs and a tail." Although there's n...

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Palm Springs

Marine Veteran Receives Donated Vehicle for Frequent Trips to Hospital for Toddler

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Relief is in sight for Brian Atkinson, a 13-year marine veteran, and his wife Brandise, who have been struggling with mounting bills from their infant daughter’s medical needs. 

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Local Schools Working to keep Students Safe

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The first thing you may notice while approaching a school in Palm Springs, is the presence of security.  

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Food Desert: The Coachella Valley's Childhood Obesity Crisis

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According to Riverside County health data areas in the western and eastern part of the valley seem to be most affected. Coachella, Thermal, Mecca along with Palm Springs the reason why has a lot to do with our surrounding. Dry and desolate, sustaining life in the desert has become a way of life. From growing fresh produce in Thermal to solar energy in Palm Springs healthier living knows no boundaries. But, for some areas in the desert there's a drought like nothing we've seen before....

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9 Ways To Maximize Your Tax Refund

Do the words "tax return" send shivers down your spine because you always end up with a gigantic headache and little or no tax refund at the end? Maybe the problem is in preparation and planning – or lack of it. Tax law is...

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NBC Correspondent Richard Engel Shares Heartbreaking Story of Son's Medical Journey

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Richard Engel calls it the worst day of his life. The chief foreign correspondent for NBC News was with U.S. troops in South Korea when he received the results of a genetic scan for his sweet young toddler. “I called the doctor and he said, 'We found something. It’s very, very severe. It’s life long, not treatable,’” Engel recalled. “I was in a state of shock. I got back into this convoy, shaking. It was the worst day of my life.” Engel and ...

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First Time Preparing Your Taxes? What You Need To Know Before April 17th

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Is it tax time already? You may not want to admit it, but tax time starts well before the filing deadline. Your important tax forms start arriving in the mail in January. If you simply let them accumulate in a pile, it will be April before you realize it, and you will be scrambling around, attempting to do your taxes at the last moment.

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Family Proposes 'Rosie's Law' After 13-Year-Old Kills Herself Following Years of Bullying

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Family members of a 13-year-old girl who ended her life after years of brutal bullying said Monday they are filing a lawsuit against a California school board because the staff failed to take action to stop the tormenting. 

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Is Your Teen Running on Empty? What They Need To Do To Recharge

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Most American teenagers are plagued by too little sleep, which can hurt their health and their school performance, federal health officials said Thursday. Nearly 58 percent of middle school students in nine states and almost 73 percent of high school students across the country don't get the recommended amount of nightly shuteye, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Children and adolescents who don't get enough sleep are at increased ...

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Family of Local Girl Who Died of the Flu Want Changes To Prevent Suffering Video included

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Kevin and Jessica Puckett say they're heartbroken over the loss of their youngest daughter and want to share their story in hopes some good can come of their tragedy. "I was worried about boys, I was worried about car accidents, I was worried about so many things, the last thing I was worried about was her being a foot and a half away from her and not being able to save her," says a heartbroken Kevin. Six-year-old Taylor Marie Puckett was friendly, caring and ful...

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Meet The Baby Cuddlers Helping Critical Lives Thrive Video included

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"We don't do anything medical, we don't feed, we don't diaper, ... we have to put the gown on before we do anything we just hold the baby and give the baby love," says Gary.

They're part of the Cuddlers Program that got started thanks to Gary almost four years ago for babies who are so sick or premature they have to stay in the neonatal intensive care unit for long periods of time. 

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Experts Give Tips on When and Where to Get Help With the Flu Video included

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"One sneeze in a classroom and you've got those particulates aerosolized throughout that entire classroom," says Physicians Assistant Paul Manney with Healthcare Express Urgent Care in Palm Desert, adding that they can stay suspended for more than an hour, long enough for many to breath them in and become infected with the flu. The flu is so widespread across the country it has reached epidemic levels. The flu has killed 91 people under the age of 64 in California alon...

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    Baby Meredith Fights For His Life

    Baby Meredith Fights For His Life

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 8:43 AM EST2018-02-14 13:43:07 GMT

    A family is torn and holding on to hope as their four-month-old baby fights for his life. Sweet baby James Lee Meredith suffers from a very rare, but severe birth defect, where much of the abdominal organs are exposed, among other complications. 

    A family is torn and holding on to hope as their four-month-old baby fights for his life. Sweet baby James Lee Meredith suffers from a very rare, but severe birth defect, where much of the abdominal organs are exposed, among other complications. 

  • Dreamer Speaks Out For The First Time To KMIR News

    Dreamer Speaks Out For The First Time To KMIR News

    Thursday, February 1 2018 8:50 PM EST2018-02-02 01:50:00 GMT

    Millions of people watched President Trump’s State of the Union Address, but perhaps none with as much interest as one woman in Coachella

    Millions of people watched President Trump’s State of the Union Address, but perhaps none with as much interest as one woman in Coachella

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