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Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing and KVCR's Ken Vincent continue discussing how professional economists do what they do, including how to construct economic "models" by which they determine an economic forecast.

It had been on Governor Jerry Brown's mind for nearly a full year:  whether terminally ill Californians should be able to end their lives with a doctor's assistance.  Yesterday (Monday), he said yes... ending a debate that's captivated the state Capitol.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

The California Attorney General's Office has received its seventh proposal for a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana use.  But with the clock ticking, Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports that legalization advocates can't agree on which one.

The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is almost double that of those without disabilities.  A new study looks at how accessible the 150 most populous cities across the country are for the handicapped and, as KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports, there's not a lot of good news for the whole of Southern California.

The California Supreme Court will hear arguments this week about whether a proposition should have been taken off the ballot last election, and whether it can return.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed another batch of bills on his desk.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports the 34 new laws take on hazardous waste, criminal profiteering, recidivism, and ... alpacas.

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:

-A Calif. Air Resources Board study shows cancer risk has gone down in Southern California during the years that air quality regulations have been toughened.

-How the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal affects the Inland Empire;

-Riverside County's 4 newest cities will finally receive some financial help for their fledgling budgets, and;

Generally, Californians across the state did pretty well saving water this past summer.  Many communities managed to meet or exceed their mandated water conservation goals.  But there were those who did not do as well saving water, and some communities -- including Redlands and a few here in the Inland Empire -- are well below their conservation mandates.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

A survey of California teachers released Wednesday finds most say test scores aligned with the new "Common Core" standards are far less important than the curriculum itself.  Capital Public Radio's Steve Milne reports.

Even though a majority of Californians favor it, a push to extend higher state income taxes for the wealthy could face a tough fight at the ballot box, a new poll finds.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.


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