About 7,500 people who lost their homes to foreclosure in California between 2008 and 2013 could be eligible for payments under a new joint multi-state and federal settlement announced last week.  Capital Public Radio's Steve Milne reports.

California lawmakers could vote this week on a proposal to restructure a tax on health care plans in order to avert a potential billion-dollar state budget hole.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, a deal appears to be drawing near.

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 recap of this week's San Bernardino city council election;

-Riverside grows impatient with state agency responsible for testing housing development for toxic substances, and;

-UC Riverside Medical School and Dignity Health partner on a program to increase the number of specialty physicians serving in the IE.

Scientists have linked wastewater disposal from oil and gas activity to earthquakes in California for the first time.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the new study looked at earthquake activity in the southern Central Valley.

California's state fire chief says his agency has put new safeguards in place in response to a series of scandals.  He testified at a state hearing yesterday {Thursday}.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Our fact-checking initiative PolitiFact California is kicking off its coverage of California's U.S. Senate race.  We'll be checking statements by all candidates in the race.  We start with a claim by Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez - one of the top contenders for California's open Senate seat this year.  As part of our California Counts election coverage, Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols has this fact check.

[UPDATE:  KVCR engineers say our work on the FM transmitter has been completed, and 91.9 KVCR is back on the air at normal power.  KVCR thanks listeners for their patience.]

The trial of the man accused of supplying guns to the San Bernardino terrorist shooters has been put off for nearly 5 months.  KVCR’s Matt Guilhem filed this report for NPR News.

As that natural gas leak in the Los Angeles suburb of Porter Ranch continues spewing noxious fumes, some state lawmakers wonder if maybe it's time to rethink the way California regulates private utilities.  KQED's Marisa Lagos filed this story for The California Report.

The American Lung Association released its annual report card on how local governments in California are doing in the effort to discourage tobacco use.  Some Riverside County cities made substantial progress against smoking, while others continue to lag.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.


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