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After Nearly 4 Months, Porter Ranch Gas Leak Is Temporarily Plugged

A natural gas leak that has poured methane gas into the air since October has been "temporarily controlled," according to a utility company in Southern California. Thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes in an upscale section of the San Fernando Valley."Many residents of the Porter Ranch community complained of headaches, nosebleeds and other symptoms," Danielle Karson tells our Newscast unit from Los Angeles. "State regulators need to inspect the broken pipe before cement...
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IE News Review With P-E's Cassie MacDuff

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

The 11th Annual Modernism Week kicked off last night in Palm Springs. According to KVCR's Matt Guilhem, the party was exactly what you'd expect from a celebration of all things mid-century.

Part of President Obama's current trip to Southern California will be devoted to a summit with leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The President will be joined by Secretary of State John Kerry for that portion of his visit which is set for next week. Otherwise, Mr. Obama will probably play a little golf and maybe watch today's episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" taped yesterday - he was the honored guest. Another focus of the trip is the designation of three new national monuments in our region.

Valentine's Day is coming up this weekend, and that means a host of cooing couples whispering sweet nothings to each other.  The holiday is a popular day for romantics to tie the knot.  Just in time for this weekend, KVCR's Matt Guilhem has the findings of a new ranking of the best and worst places to get married.

Amy Standen, KQED

The top executive at the California Coastal commission is now out of a job.  The move last night (Wednesday) to fire Charles Lester follows weeks of speculation that the commission was bowing to pro-development interests.  As KCBX reporter Jordan Bell tells the California Report, yesterday’s marathon meeting drew hundreds of coastal defenders from across the state.

Andrew Nixon, Capital Public Radio

Support is growing for Governor Jerry Brown's proposal to restructure California's tax on health insurance plans.  A key interest group is backing the tax - and some Republicans are hinting that they might too.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has more.

California's new medical cannabis law will put the state in charge of tracking each marijuana plant from "seed to sale."  But the Brown administration and the state's independent tax board are at odds over who will oversee it.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Matt Guilhem, KVCR

Modernism Week begins tomorrow (Thursday) night in Palm Springs.  The 10-day festival celebrates mid-century modern architecture, design, art, fashion, food, and other staples of culture from the 1950s and 1960s. 

More than 60,000 people attended Modernism Week events last year.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem previews this year's Modernism Week festivities.


Carlos Mencia will be making an extended appearance at the Ontario Improv through much of the latter part of this month.  KVCR's Emmanuel Rogers recently spoke to Mencia about, among other things, performing for the troops, getting into comedy, and how his humor is used.  He said hopefully - it'll make a person think.  Or at least look how you think.

Carlos Mencia performs at the Ontario Improv February 18-21, and 25-28.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, continues his talk with KVCR's Ken Vincent about how an expected "bulge" in the amount of cargo being shipped into the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will affect IE warehouses and logistics-related businesses.


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