Free Film Festival In Riverside Will Celebrate Cesar Chavez

Part of the mission of the Riverside School of the Arts is to empower, encourage, and uplift students to learn not just about music and dance, but also about the history of life in California. This week, that history is focused on Cesar Chavez, who -- like many of these students from underprivileged communities -- wanted equal opportunity for all. Saturday, March 28 from 12 noon to 4 pm, the community is invited to watch history unfold through a series of films about Cesar Chavez and his...
Read More

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:

- Ontario Airport: Lawsuit updates and more Aero Mexico flights

- Why Canyon Lake residents might be barred from lake use

- The City of Riverside and marijuana dispensaries

State Attorney General, Kamala Harris has called the recently proposed Sodomite Suppression Act reprehensible.  Toni Atkins, Speaker of the California State Assembly, announced yesterday that she supports the Attorney General. KVCR's Rick Dulock has more.

Residency Restrictions On Sex Offenders Loosen

Mar 27, 2015

California is loosening restrictions on where sex offenders can live. The move comes in response to a recent California Supreme Court ruling. Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr has the story.

The billion dollar emergency drought aid package announced by Governor Brown last week has cleared the California Legislature. But a late addition to one of the measures has Republicans upset. Ben Adler reports from Capital Public Radio.

Questions Surface On Possible Pot Initiative

Mar 27, 2015

Voters in California may get to decide next year whether to legalize recreational marijuana. But a new report out Thursday says there are several questions that should be considered first. Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is going to court to try to stop a proposed state ballot initiative that would encourage the killing of homosexuals.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more in this report.

(The full text of the proposed initiative is below)


The city of Riverside is among the Environmental Protection Agency's top cities in the U.S. with the most federally-certified energy-efficient "green" buildings.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday about whether the federal Environmental Protection Agency can require power plants to clean up their toxic emissions, as the coal industry and its supporters continue to challenge the EPA's standards for mercury and other airborne toxins.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more in this story from California News Service.

A California lawmaker says hit-and-runs have become a big problem in the state.  He's trying again to create a statewide hit-and-run alert system.  As Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports, the bill passed Assembly committee yesterday (Wednesday).

Hearing On Calif. "End-Of-Life Option" Bill Gets Emotional

Mar 26, 2015

People lined up inside the California Capitol yesterday (Wednesday) to testify during an emotional hearing about the "End-of-Life Option" Act.  As Capitol Public Radio's Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone explains, the bill cleared its first committee test.


Latest From NPR

Arab Airstrikes Against Yemen Reportedly Could Continue For Months

Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi described Shiite Houthi rebels who have occupied parts of the country, including the capital, Sanaa, as "puppets of Iran."The remarks by Hadi, who was forced to flee Yemen amid the rebel onslaught, come as a Gulf diplomatic official quoted by news agencies says that Arab nations allied against the Houthis could continue their airstrikes against the Shiite militia for months.At an Arab League summit held in Egypt, Hadi left no doubt that he believed the...
Read More

Indiana's HIV Spike Prompts New Calls For Needle Exchanges Statewide

Shane Avery practices family medicine in Scott County, Ind. In December, a patient came to his office who was pregnant, and an injection drug user.After running some routine tests, Avery found out that she was positive for HIV. She was the second case he had seen in just a few weeks."Right then, I kind of realized, 'Wow, are we on the tip of something?' " Avery says. "But you just put it away. ... It's statistically an oddity when you're just one little doctor, you know?"It wasn't just a blip...
Read More

West Coast & Pacific Rim from NPR

Jury Rules Against Ellen Pao, Clearing Kleiner Perkins Of Discrimination

A California jury has ruled against Ellen Pao by finding that Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers did not discriminate against her because of her gender nor did the venture capital firm deny her a promotion because of her gender.Pao's lawsuit was the highest-profile gender discrimination case to come out of Silicon Valley.USA Today reports:"As the jury forewoman read out the 'no' of the first part of the verdict, Pao's lawyer, Therese Lawless, reached over and squeezed her shoulder. As the...
Read More

Calif. Governor Can't Make It Rain, But Can Make Relief Money Pour

Can you spend your way out of an historic drought? Not really, but the consensus in Sacramento these days seems to be that money certainly helps.Just days after it was introduced, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed his sweeping $1.1 billion emergency drought relief bill today.Ben Adler of Capital Public Radio reports the measure had passed both chambers of the state legislature by Thursday, despite some objections by Republicans worried about a provision granting state wildlife officials the...
Read More

More From NPR

Pilot Who Downed Airliner Vowed 'To Do Something' To Be Remembered

Updated at 11:05 a.m. ETThe co-pilot who deliberately downed an airliner over the French Alps this week, killing all 150 aboard, had told a girlfriend sometime last year that he would "do something" that would make people remember his name, a German newspaper reports.Andreas Lubitz, 27, who reportedly had hidden a note declaring him medically unfit to fly on the day he crashed the Germanwings A320, told a former girlfriend and flight attendant, identified by Bild only as "Mary W." that: "One...
Read More

Why South African Students Say The Statue Of Rhodes Must Fall

For more than two weeks, public debate in South Africa has been dominated by a statue. Students at the University of Cape Town have been demonstrating to have the bronze figure of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes removed from its central position on campus.Rhodes bequeathed the land on which the university was built, but he also slaughtered Africans by the thousands in colonial conquest and helped lay the foundations of apartheid in South Africa.The protesters have occupied part of an...
Read More

A Day's A Day The World Around — But Shorter On Saturn

Researchers have answered a question that has been nagging them for years: Exactly how long is a day on the planet Saturn? The result (10 hours and 32 minutes or so) was published this week in the journal Nature, and could teach scientists more about the giant, ringed planet.A day is simply how long it takes a planet to spin all the way around. On Earth, one rotation takes 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds — though earthlings round up to 24 hours even.Measuring a day on rocky planets like...
Read More

Arts, Culture, and Media From NPR

The Tale Of Mingering Mike, Who Painted Himself A Music Career

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has just added a handful of soul records to its collection — or at least that's what you might think when you first see the work of Mingering Mike. A self-taught artist, he grew up in a tough part of Washington, D.C., just a few miles from the museum, though his family didn't spend much time there. Now, his work is in the museum permanently.Mike's work might never have been seen by anyone if it weren't for Dori Hadar, an obsessive record collector. One...
Read More

Food, Nutrition and Health

Making Cheese In The Land Of The Bible: Add Myrrh And A Leap Of Faith

In spring, West Bank almond trees bloom white. Dry brown hills turn temporarily green and are dotted with bright wildflowers. The ewes and nanny goats of Bedouin herders that wander the West Bank eat well this time of year.It's cheese season.I first watched a Bedouin woman, Mechchas Bne Menneh, make salty goat cheese last spring, while out on a story about confrontations between her clan and Israeli soldiers. It's a simple recipe — milk, salt and water — though the water can take work to haul...
Read More

Don't Miss:

Big Shelves Of Antarctic Ice Melting Faster Than Scientists Thought

The Antarctic is far away, freezing and buried under a patchwork of ice sheets and glaciers. But a warming climate is altering that mosaic in unpredictable ways — research published Thursday shows that the pace of change in parts of the Antarctic is accelerating.Many of the ice sheets that blanket Antarctica run right down to the land's edge and then out into the ocean, where they form floating ice "shelves." Some of those shelves have been shrinking lately. Now, a team of scientists has...
Read More