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The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is almost double that of those without disabilities.  A new study looks at how accessible the 150 most populous cities across the country are for the handicapped and, as KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports, there's not a lot of good news for the whole of Southern California.

The California Supreme Court will hear arguments this week about whether a proposition should have been taken off the ballot last election, and whether it can return.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed another batch of bills on his desk.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports the 34 new laws take on hazardous waste, criminal profiteering, recidivism, and ... alpacas.

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-A Calif. Air Resources Board study shows cancer risk has gone down in Southern California during the years that air quality regulations have been toughened.

-How the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal affects the Inland Empire;

-Riverside County's 4 newest cities will finally receive some financial help for their fledgling budgets, and;

Generally, Californians across the state did pretty well saving water this past summer.  Many communities managed to meet or exceed their mandated water conservation goals.  But there were those who did not do as well saving water, and some communities -- including Redlands and a few here in the Inland Empire -- are well below their conservation mandates.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

A survey of California teachers released Wednesday finds most say test scores aligned with the new "Common Core" standards are far less important than the curriculum itself.  Capital Public Radio's Steve Milne reports.

Even though a majority of Californians favor it, a push to extend higher state income taxes for the wealthy could face a tough fight at the ballot box, a new poll finds.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

The California Air Resources Board has released a plan to drastically reduce some lesser known air pollutants implicated in climate change.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

From KVCaRts: "The Beer Bible"

Oct 1, 2015

As it nears time for Oktoberfests everywhere, it may be time to get to know your beer.  There's actually quite a history, going quite beyond taste.  KVCR's Emmanuel Rogers spoke to Jeff Alworth, author of the recent, "The Beer Bible."

Contact Jeff Alworth at this link:

A San Diego-based nonprofit is doing its part to try to keep tech jobs in the U.S. by training web developers -- for free.  A 12-week computer coding "boot camp" helping low-income people acquire tech skills starts this week.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on the program and how locals can take part.


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