MyDesert This Morning: Scattered showers sprinkling valley, unemployment claims rise

July 11th, 2013 | by Denise Goolsby | Comments

WEATHER FORECAST: Get your umbrellas ready!

Palm Springs:

Scratch that 6:50 a.m. report: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 92.

Update as of 7:15 a.m.: Rain is falling in some desert cities, including Palm Springs and Indio.

Record high on this day: 121 degrees in 1958

Thermal:

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 96. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

 

TRAFFIC REPORT

There are no collisions or significant traffic conditions to report as of 6:50 a.m., but The Desert Sun will keep you posted throughout the morning.

 

TERRY SMITH: TEEN JAILED IN MISSING BOY CASE

A 16-year-old relative of the 11-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of killing the autistic boy from Menifee. Investigators were still working to confirm the human remains belonged to Terry, who was last seen Saturday near his home.

 

U.S. UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS RISE

U.S. unemployment benefit applications rose 16,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 360,000, although the level remains consistent with steady hiring, the Labor Department said Wednesday.

 

YARNELL HILL FIRE CONTAINED

The Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona has been contained, U.S. Forest Service officials said Wednesday night.

The blaze killed 19 members of the elite Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew from Prescott.

The fire burned about 13 square miles. It started late last month in the mountains north of Phoenix.

Chris MacKenzie

Firefighters remove the casket containing the remains of Christopher MacKenzie. Photo taken at Miller Jones Mortuary in Hemet on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Richard Lui, The Desert Sun

The firefighters, including five from California, were killed June 30 when the out-of-control blaze overran then as they tried to protect the town of Yarnell.

The first funerals for the fallen firefighters began Wednesday, a day after thousands attended a memorial service for the men.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

STORY: Body of fallen firefighter Chris MacKenzie returns home to Hemet

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