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Good morning, here are our early stories: -- Charles Manson, Cult Leader Of Brutal 1969 Murders, Dies. -- Kenya's Supreme Court Affirms Re-Election Of Uhuru Kenyatta. -- Future Of Germany's Merkel In Doubt As Coalition Talks Collapse. -- Bad Weather Hampers Search For Missing Argentine Submarine. -- Jeffrey Tambor May Be Leaving 'Transparent' Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations. And here are more early headlines: Nebraska Decides On Segment Of Keystone XL Pipeline Today. ( Bloomberg ) Zimbabwe...

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Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

1. A second Colonies defendant is demanding that San Bernardino County compensate him for legal costs in the scandal surrounding a $102 million settlement given to a developer.

2. The Chairman of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors announced there will be no state of the County address this year.

3. Holiday travel predictions are looking good for Ontario International Airport.

This week is National Utility Scam Awareness Week.  Southern California Edison shared some information with media outlets about efforts by scammer to collect money from innocent customers, many who have fallen prey to these criminals.  KVCR's Rick Dulock has more.

The state of California has released new emergency rules governing the sale and production of recreational marijuana, just six weeks before businesses can begin selling cannabis under voter-approved Proposition 64.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports the rules are temporary, but apply to all aspects of the industry.

From KVCaRts: Singer/Songwriter Paul Anka

Nov 17, 2017

In this excerpt from KVCaRts, KVCR's Lillian Vasquez interviews singer Paul Anka, previewing an upcoming local performance.

Public officials in Texas like to brag that their belief in limited government and low taxes is a better way to run a state than high-tax, big-spending California.  Turns out that California is expecting an $8-billion surplus in state budget revenue next fiscal year, while Texas is looking at an $8-billion dollar budget deficit which, in spite of accounting gimmicks, could further lower the Lone Star State's budget reserves.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

A California appeals court has ordered three major paint companies to pay for removing lead paint, but only in older homes.  Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling reports.


This is week five of our 8-part series, "The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War," produced by KVCR's Lillian Vasquez.  She talks with veterans from the Inland Empire about the music they listened to during their Vietnam deployment.  Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's TV documentary series, "The Vietnam War," airs weekly on KVCR TV.  Tonight's episode is at 8pm.


Many questions have yet to be answered about the shooting incident in the Northern California community of Rancho Tehama that left 5 people dead, including the shooter.  The shooter had a known criminal record, recent encounters with local authorities, and an apparent history of mental illness.  For the latest about what we know, the California Report's John Sepulvado interviewed North State Public Radio reporter Mark Albert.

A California law that puts requirements on pregnancy centers is under scrutiny in the Supreme Court this week.  Capital Public Radio's health reporter Sammy Caiola has the story.

A new study from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, in conjuction with JP Morgan Chase, shows workers without a bachelor's degree can still get a good job, but they'll need an associate degree or professional certificate to get ahead.  KVCR's Isel Cuapio reports.


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