John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, tells KVCR's Ken Vincent how Inland Empire business and education leaders are using a $5 million state grant to help develop strategies for more IE workers to get more education and professional training to help them climb the ladder to higher wages and more job opportunities.

California farm workers could soon be eligible for overtime the way most laborers are:  if they work more than 8 hours in a day or more than 40 hours in a week.  That's a change recently passed by the California Legislature and awaiting action from Governor Jerry Brown.  But as Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports, the move might not add up to bigger paychecks.

New requirements for campaign ads on TV could pass the California Legislature this week, after six years of attempts by local government advocates.  But a state elections watchdog says the legislation has been compromised, and would actually make it easier for special interests to hide money.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

UPDATE AT 11:00 a.m.:  THE FIRE BURNING WEST OF LAKE ELSINORE IS NOW 75% CONTAINED.  When we aired the report below just before 6 a.m. this morning (Monday), the fire was only 15 percent contained.  So far no people have been injured and no structures have been burned.

What is that old saying about riding a bike?  Oh, right, you never forget.  Beyond the basics of bicycling, UC Riverside researchers Raymond L.  Williams and Alfredo Mirande created a concept called "rascuache" - cycling justice.  KVCR's Natalya Estrada spoke with Prof. Williams about bicycle norms - and abnormalities - in the Inland Empire.

In radio and TV ads across California, Big Tobacco is claiming the state's proposed cigarette tax hike - Prop 56 - "cheats schools out of $600 million."  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols cut through this smoky claim, and has this fact check.

The California Assembly yesterday (Thursday) passed a bill that would create a "state option" for workers whose employers don't offer retirement plans.  The California Report's Marisa Lagos has details.

Katie Orr/KQED

Widely-watched, heavily-lobbied legislation that would allow California farm workers to receive overtime pay more quickly did not come up for a vote yesterday (Thursday) as it was expected to.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports that led to a renewed pledge from the Assembly Speaker that it will pass.

The California Senate has passed new rules to crack down on sexual harassment, violence, and low pay in the janitorial industry.  A bill passed yesterday (Thursday) would require companies providing janitorial services to register with the state and offer sexual harassment training.  The bill passed with bipartisan support, in spite of the protests of the protests of an Inland Empire legislator.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Researchers at UC Riverside are exploring the viability of blending treated and fortified recycled water with ground water for use on crops and landscaping.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.



Latest From NPR:

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit


Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit


This past weekend, the number one film in the U.S. was the horror flick "Don't Breathe."


DYLAN MINNETTE: (As Alex) We're trapped in here.

JANE LEVY: (As Rocky) There has to be a way out of here.

The California Assembly unanimously passed a measure that requires a prison sentence for anyone convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious person.

We are running out of ways to treat gonorrhea, the World Health Organization announced today.

The U.N. health agency released new guidelines warning doctors that it no longer recommends an entire class of antibiotics, quinolones, because quinolone-resistant strains of the disease have emerged all over the world.

Instead, the health agency recommends using cephalosporins, another class of antibiotic. The new protocol replaces guidelines that had not been changed since 2003.

More From NPR

Is Trump Flip-Flopping On Immigration? Yes Or No, It's Sure Been Confusing

Donald Trump will give a speech Wednesday outlining his immigration stance. Given the last week of news coverage, he could have some serious explaining to do.An immigration policy centered around extreme positions — mass deportation of 11 million immigrants in the country illegally, plus building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — initially helped Trump stand out in the massive Republican primary field.So it was a surprise when, last week, the Trump campaign seemed to change direction,...
Read More

FAA Expects 600,000 Commercial Drones In The Air Within A Year

We are in "one of the most dramatic periods of change in the history of transportation," says Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.He was talking about all of it: the self-driving cars, the smart-city movement, the maritime innovations. But the staggering prediction of the day goes to the drone industry:The Federal Aviation Administration expects some 600,000 drones to be used commercially within a year.For context, the FAA says that 20,000 drones are currently registered for commercial use....
Read More

The Curious Deaths Of Kremlin Critics

Two weeks from now in Surrey, England, a coroner's inquest is scheduled for a most peculiar death.Here are the facts: In November 2012, a 44-year-old man died while out jogging near his Surrey home. The man was reported to have been in robust health, and police declared that the death was not suspicious.But here are a few more facts: The jogger was a Russian banker who had fled Russia after helping expose tax fraud that implicated both the Mafia and the Russian state. Traces of a rare,...
Read More

Gene Wilder, Star Of 'Willy Wonka' And 'Young Frankenstein,' Dies

Actor and writer Gene Wilder, who brought his signature manic energy to films such as The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and the role that forever ensconced him in the collective memory of a generation of children, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, has died. He was 83.Wilder died early Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn., of complications from Alzheimer's disease, according to a statement from his nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman."The decision to wait until this time to...
Read More

West & Pacific Rim from NPR

He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

It's a sweltering night in July and Los Angeles' Underground Museum is packed. "It's crowded and hot, but it feels really good," says vistor Jazzi McGilbert. Like much of the crowd, McGilbert is young, creative and African-American. She drove across town to this unassuming, bunkerlike storefront for an event that combines art and activism. The museum is one of her favorite spots in Los Angeles. "I like what it stands for," McGilbert says. "... And the art is incredible."The Underground Museum...
Read More

Politics From NPR

Trump’s Immigration Policies Grow More Ambiguous

It’s 70 days until the general election, and Donald Trump’s stance on immigration which has been a cornerstone of his campaign is now in flux.NPR’s Domenico Montanaro joins Here & Nows Jeremy Hobson to discuss Trump’s latest efforts to expand his voter base and to appeal to minority voters.GuestDomenico Montanaro, NPRs lead political editor. He tweets @DomenicoNPR. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit
Read More

Education From NPR

A New School Year Brings Renewed Focus On Attendance

Like many schools, Gibson Elementary in St. Louis had big problems with attendance — many students were missing nearly a month of school a year.So Melody Gunn, who was the principal at Gibson last year, set out to visit homes and figure out why kids weren't showing up. Her biggest discovery? They didn't have clean uniforms to wear to school.Many families, she found, didn't have washing machines in the home, and kids were embarrassed to show up to school in dirty clothes. The result was that...
Read More

Science, Technology, and Medicine

Their Masters' Voices: Dogs Understand Tone And Meaning Of Words

When you praise a dog, it's listening not just to the words you say but also how you say them.That might not be huge news to dog owners. But now scientists have explored this phenomenon by using an imaging machine to peek inside the brains of 13 dogs as they listened to their trainer's voice.The reward pathway in the dogs' brains lit up when they heard both praising words and an approving intonation — but not when they heard random words spoken in a praising tone or praise words spoken in a...
Read More

When A Screening Test For Colon Cancer Leads To A Pricey Follow-Up

When DNA colon cancer screening tests find abnormalities, are patients discouraged about getting more diagnostic testing because of costs they will incur? And why do hospitals sometimes send a second bill for treatments given in a doctor's office? Here are the answers.A stool-based DNA test to screen for colon cancer is available that is readily paid for by health plans, including Medicare. But if I have a positive Cologuard test result, I'd have to pay several hundred dollars for a regular...
Read More

Arts, Culture, And Media From NPR

LISTEN: 4 Juan Gabriel Songs You Should Hear Now

Juan Gabriel, who died of a heart attack on Sunday, was a master craftsman of epic love songs.He built sparkling bridges and choruses that transformed forlorn love songs into anthems. We've written an obit over here, but Juan Gabriel's music speaks for itself.Here are four songs you should listen to now.1. "Querida" (Beloved) This is Juan Gabriel's masterpiece, a perfect specimen of a pop song that lets simple horn lines carry Juan Gabriel to his most epic chorus.It's a song about loss that...
Read More

Nashville's New Country Cousin

To older country fans, Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn are the ultimate examples of superstars who stayed true to their humble roots. Tara Thompson, 28, happens to come from Parton's mountains and Lynn's bloodline. The younger singer, typical of her oversharing generation, translates their down-home pride into tell-all songs.When most people hear the name "Loretta Lynn," they picture a country-music icon whose life inspired a Hollywood movie. When she was a kid, Thompson had no clue Lynn was a...
Read More

Food, Nutrition & Health

Your Gut's Gone Viral, And That Might Be Good For Your Health

Everywhere you turn, it seems, there's news about the human microbiome. And, more specifically, about the bacteria that live in your gut and help keep you healthy.Those bacteria, it turns out, are hiding a big secret: their own microbiome.A study published Monday suggests some viruses in your gut could be beneficial. And these viruses don't just hang out in your intestines naked and homeless. They live inside the bacteria that make their home in your gut.These particular viruses are called...
Read More

All Songs Rewind: Breaking Up With Your Favorite Bands

Note: With hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton away this week, we've got an encore presentation of The Worst Songs Of All Time, from May. 2011.This week: the moment it all went wrong, relived in vivid detail. Members of the All Songs Considered crew share stories of hope and heartache as they remember some of the bands they've broken up with over the years and why. NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen joins hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton for the discussion.Context is everything here, so the three...
Read More