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A new report ranking nearly 700 community colleges throughout the nation ranks some Inland Empire community colleges fairly high... and, a couple were a bit down the list. More from KVCR's Matt Guilhem.
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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, including:

-Three San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies charged with assault in televised High Desert beating of chase suspect;

-Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley will become Assembly GOP leader;

-Corruption investigators swoop down on Palm Springs City Hall, and;

-San Bernardino rookie police officer to be honored by Governor.

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California Governor Jerry Brown is proposing a new plan to fix the state's deteriorating roads and bridges, but it may not pass muster from Republicans, some of whose votes will be needed to pass an infrastructure repair program.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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The California Senate took up a number of bills yesterday (Thursday), from child abuse reporting to pregnancy crisis centers.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports on the session.

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California regulators have fined 30 oil and gas operators for failing to report how much water they're using.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, regulators say they could face much larger penalties.

KVCR's Ken Vincent asks John Husing, Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, to devote his regular Tuesday morning commentary to how the IE economy is likely to fare for the rest of 2015 headed into 2016.

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Getting school kids exposed to STEM -- science, technology, engineering, and math -- classes in early grades is the mission behind a new collaboration between UC Riverside and Riverside's public school and community college districts.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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California officials launched a new campaign finance search engine called "Power Search," allowing the public to more easily track campaign money for state candidates and ballot measures.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

HERE IS A LINK TO THE CALIFORNIA SECRETARY OF STATE'S "POWER SEARCH" PAGE:

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California pension funds will be required to divest from coal under a bill that's now headed to governor Jerry Brown's desk. As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the Assembly passed the measure yesterday (Wednesday).

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A new report ranking nearly 700 community colleges throughout the nation ranks some Inland Empire community colleges fairly high... and, a couple were a bit down the list.  More from KVCR's Matt Guilhem.

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Just like in Beaumont a few months ago, the FBI and the Riverside County District Attorney's Office raided Palm Springs City Hall and the apartment of Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet, as part of an investigation by the Inland Empire Public Corruption Task Force.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.

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