3 Reasons Why California's Fire Risk Won't Dampen Anytime Soon

Wildfires in December are the new norm for California. In the West, they are burning hotter and more intensely than ever due to climate change, and the situation is made worse by the explosion of development in fire prone areas and past firefighting decisions. Here are three reasons the fires are massive and likely won't abate anytime soon. 1. It's nearly impossible to put out a modern mega-fire We can't expect firefighters to control, let alone put out major fires like the Thomas Fire. It's...

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The College of Education and Integrative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona has received a $1.1 million grant to help alleviate a shortage of special education teachers in our region.  KVCR's Rick Dulock recently spoke with Assistant Professor Heather Wizikowski about the teacher shortage and plans for the grant.

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Another California lawmaker faces allegations of inappropriate behavior.  This time, it's Democratic state Senator Bob Hertzberg of Los Angeles.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

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The final segment of Ken Burns' 18-hour documentary TV seris, "The Vietnam War" airs tonight at 8 on KVCR TV.  In conjunction with the TV series, 91,9 KVCR has been airing an accompanying radio series produced by KVCR's Lillian Vasquez, "The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War," in which she interviews Inland Empire veterans about how music influenced their Vietnam War experiences.  Here's Lillian with the final "Soundtrack" segment.

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Law enforcement agencies across the Inland Empire are preparing a coordinated push to crack down on impaired drives over the holidays.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A Teamsters Union local in San Bernardino is partnering with local business in the area to get more customers for the businesses and discounts for the Teamsters.  More from KVCR's Lillian Vasquez.

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Now that California has released applications for cannabis dispensaries, retailers are scrambling to get their ducks in a row so they can open their doors come January.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports that potential pot retailers are still being slowed by expensive permits, lots of paperwork, and continued resistance to legal marijuana.

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Even though 5 of the 6 major wildfires that have been burning in Southern California this week are at or near full containment, the director of Cal Fire - the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection - is preparing the agency for a year-round fire season.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has that story, and an update on the status of Southern California wildfires.

Inland Empire Economic Partnership economist John Husing continues his discussion with KVCR's Ken Vincent comparing and contrasting U. S. Census Bureau demographic and economic statistics for Riverside County and San Bernardino County.  In this segment, Dr. Husing zooms in on the two counties' sales tax bases. 

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Of the 6 major wildfires that have been burning in Southern California over the past week, 1 is completely contained, 2 are nearing complete containment, and another is nearly 90 percent contained.  That remarkable feat has come because of the non-stop effort of thousands of firefighters and the deployment of hundreds of ground and air units, which has nearly depleted Cal Fire's annual firefighting budget.  Details on all of this in a report from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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At the same time wildfires were raging throughout Southern California, skiers and snowboarders were hitting the slopes at Big Bear.  More about the opening of the Inland ski season from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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