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Border Patrol Urged To Crack Down On Corruption In Its Own Ranks

A new government report recommends that the U.S. Border Patrol double its internal affairs investigators to focus on corruption and the alleged mistreatment of migrants along the Mexican border.The interim report, written at the request of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, focuses on three themes: rooting out corruption within the agency; reining in the unauthorized use of force by Border Patrol agents; and improving departmental transparency.The report says, given the...
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The Lake Fire burning in the San Bernardino Mountains south and east of Highway 38 is holding at 31,359 acres burned and is at 70 percent containment, as of Thursday morning, 7/2.  The fire has grown minimally over the past few days, and the U.S. Forest Service has reduced the personnel deployed to fight the blaze to just more than 1,400, down from nearly 2,300 personnel assigned to the fire just a few days ago.

At it’s 8:00am update Thursday morning, the Forest Service reported these details:

Current Fire Situation


At last report Thursday morning, CalFire and other agencies had a handle on a brush fire that has burned 175 acres in Moreno Valley since it started last night.  The so-called 'Merwin Fire' began just before 9:00pm Wednesday night near the corner of Merwin Street and Campbell Avenue, south of Alessandro Blvd.


With a heat wave gripping parts of Southern California and power demand
on the rise ... the state's energy grid has issued a so-called flex alert ...
urging residents to conserve electricity between 2 this afternoon and 9 tonight
to reduce strain on the system.


The Lake Fire burning in the San Bernardino Mountains for the past two weeks has edged up to 31,359 acres in size and is now 65 percent contained.

The U.S. Forest Service reports today (Wednesday 7/1) that the blaze is now limited to “interior smoldering,” with isolated flare-ups along the still-uncontrolled southern portion of the burn area perimeter.  The Forest Service says very little perimeter growth was reported yesterday and overnight (Tuesday/Wednesday).


A California Assembly committee will hear a bill today (Wednesday) that would allow water districts to impose sizeable taxes on any business, industry, or person who wastes water.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the measure would require voter approval.


A veteran's housing project located at March Air Reserve Base has won a $6.1-million dollar grant to expand services and to add additional housing units to serve more veterans.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more in a story from City News Service.


Beginning today (Wednesday), about 6.5-million Californians become eligible for paid sick leave.  Capital Public Radio's Lesley McClurg talked to a small business owner about how she'll implement the law.


Most California school children will have to be vaccinated if they want to attend school in the state.  Governor Jerry Brown signed a mandatory vaccine bill into law yesterday (Tuesday).  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.


Guitarist Jimmy Dale has played with The Drifters, The Coasters, and more.  He plays jazz, with a few recent recordings available.  He has a reggae band as well, and has opened for some legends in this genre.  And through most of it, out of all of his guitars over four decades, there was always one that stood out as special.  It came about from taking lessons from Ted Greene when he was younger.  David Fleming has more.


John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, has the first part of a conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent about the "Fast Track" foreign trade negotiations authority that Congress recently gave President Obama, and how it might affect the economy in California and the Inland Empire.


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