National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster Is Expected To Leave Trump Administration

After one year in his job, national security adviser H.R. McMaster is expected to depart his White House position soon, U.S. officials tell NPR's Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman. Despite a denial from the Trump administration, the only thing that is reportedly holding up McMaster's departure is a transition plan. McMaster's exit has been the subject of rumors, in a similar way that outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had been viewed as not long for life under President Trump....

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UCR Graduating Medical Students Celebrate Match Day

Mar 16, 2018
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UCR's Medical School graduating class of 2018 celebrated Match Day, a day where medical students nationwide find out where they will be doing their residency programs. KVCR's Isel Cuapio reports.

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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Do you think you could tell the difference between the taste of tap water, bottled water, and recycled water?  A UC Riverside researcher recently published a study including the results of a blind, "toilet-to-tap" water taste test.  The California Report's Penny Nelson has the story.

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Students from around the Inland Empire participated in this week's classroom walkouts and protests against gun violence.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper reports the experience was a teachable moment not just for students, but also for parents, teachers, and school officials.

This week, thousands of students held walk-outs to advocate for stricter gun laws and to honor the memory of the seventeen people killed in Parkland, Florida – and Inland Empire students were no exception.

In the Inland Empire and around the state of California, some local elected officials remain resistant to making legal marijuana available in their communities.  Other public officials are showing signs that their anti-cannabis viewes are "evolving," or at least catching up with the views of a majority of their constituents.  KVCR's Ken Vincent and Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero have more in this report.

March 15: Lifestyles with Lillian Vasquez

Mar 15, 2018

This week on Lifestyles, Lillian chats with well known television and movie producer, Gale Anne Hurd. They discuss Hurd's newest documentary Mankiller which will air on March 22 at 8pm on KVCR TV/PBS channel 24. 

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More than 30 California lawmakers participated in the National Student Walkout against gun violence by leaving meetings to stand on the Capitol steps in Sacramento.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

Cal State San Bernardino has been recognized by a commercial website that specializes in refinancing student debt for having one of the top financial aid counseling programs in the country.  KVCR's Isel Cuapio reports.

A key priority of California Governor Jerry Brown before he leaves office is regaining momentum at the Capitol after stalling last year.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports on a proposal to integrate California's power grid with surrounding state, discussed at an Assembly hearing yesterday (Wednesday).

California lawmakers are planning to join high school students in walkouts arond the state today (Wednesday) protesting for tighter restrictions on firearms after last month's Parkland, Forida shooting.  They're also considering new gun laws, as KVCR's Ken Vincent reports.


Just In From NPR:

Democrats are having a moment. They managed to win a House seat in Republican-leaning, industrial Pennsylvania and a Senate seat in the deep-red state of Alabama.

Marcy Kaptur didn't plan for this.

First elected in 1982, the Ohio Democrat didn't set out to become the longest-serving woman in House history.

"The reasons that I ran, to change certain practices and policies, [I thought] could be done much more quickly," she said in an interview with NPR. On Sunday, Kaptur becomes the longest-serving woman ever to serve in the chamber with a tenure that spans 35 years, two months and 15 days.

Patrick Desbois, a Roman Catholic priest, has spent the last 15 years investigating and uncovering the details of Nazi massacres across Eastern Europe and Russia, crimes known as the "Holocaust by bullets."

During World War II, the Nazis killed some 1.5 million Jews and Roma across the Soviet Union. While the Nazi death camps are well documented, much less has been known about the systematic murdering of Jews in what are today Ukraine, Belarus and Russia and other countries.

Maryangel Garcia Ramos wears silver glitter eye shadow. She once raised hell at a Killers concert because the venue wouldn't let her rock out with her wheelchair in front of the stage. And she wants you to know that yes, people with disabilities do have sex.

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