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Yosemite National Park is still accepting visitors in spite of a major wildfire looming nearby.  The Ferguson Fire has already scorched more than 20,000 acres and is only 7% contained.  And now, possible thunderstorm activity can make matters worse for the more than 2,100 firefighters battling the blaze...and tourists.  Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai reports.

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The San Bernardino City Council has chosen not to respond to a letter from the White House requesting its support for President Trump's latest Supreme Court pick.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has the story.

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:

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A team of scientists and conservationists released more than 250 endangered frogs back into their native habitat in the San Bernardino National Forest on June 19, 2018.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper tagged along for the releases, and has this report.

I’m hiking up a stretch of wooded creek deep in the San Bernardino Mountains. With me are about a dozen biologists, conservationists, and photographers, all wading through forest and hip-deep water.

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Riverside County Animal Services authorities will try again today to capture and give veterinary treatment to a wild burro in Reche Canyon who presumably was shot with an arrow and injured.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


Thunderstorm acitivty in the Sierra Nevada today could cause dangerous conditions for crews fighting a major wildfire near Yosemite National Park.  Capital Public Radio's Randol White has this update on the fire that has already scorched more than 17,000 acres.

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There will be no vote this fall on a ballot measure asking whether California should be split into three different states.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, the California Supreme Court kicked Proposition 9 off the November ballot yesterday (Wednesday).

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The Riverside County Board of Supervisors have signed off on a plan by county officials to actively pursue overdue trash collection and fire mitigation fees owed by thousands of residents and businesses in unincorprated areas of the county.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


California almond growers are likely to see their largest-ever harvest this August.  But the surge comes at an unfortunate time, as their second-largest importer - China - imposed a 50 percent tariff on their product.  Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai explans how the US-China trade war is affecting California growers and others in the supply chain.


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