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:

-after years of declining passenger traffic at Ontario International Airport, there was a hike in air traffic at ONT last year;

-the City of Rialto is considering a sister city relationship with a city in Cuba, which could be controversial, and;

-longtime IE news broadcaster Jim Ness is retiring after 50 years in the business.

Many veterans face hardships and challenges when they return to domestic life from their time in the service.  The City of Beaumont will be hosting a Veterans Expo tomorrow (Saturday) to provide local military vets with resources.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has details.

The legal minimum smoking age would increase from 18 to 21 under a bill introduced this week in the California legislature.  If the bill becomes law, California would be the first state in the nation to raise its minimum smoking age to 21.  Capital Public Radio's Lesley McClurg reports.

California's Mountain Snowpack "Dismally Meager"

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Even though Southern California had a number of rainy days last month, there has been virtually no rain where it's been needed most:  in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  In normal years, the Sierra snowpack supplies much of the state's water, but the California Department of Water Resources says the current drought has the mountain snowpack at a "dismally meager" level.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this report from Capital Public Radio.

A new poll shows Californians are open to extending the sales and income tax increases voters approved in 2012.  They're also open to making a change to the state's popular property tax law.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler more.

Disney Measles Outbreak Still Spreading

Jan 29, 2015

The number of measles cases in California is rising.  Seventy-nine people in the state are now known to be infected, 52 of them directly linked to Disney theme parks.  Capital Public Radio's Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone has more about how the virus is spread.

The measles outbreak linked to Disneyland continues to spread.  In the Bay Area, around 30 infants were placed under home isolation after they were exposed to someone with the virus.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on the outbreak affecting more than 70 people in the state.

Driverless cars are coming to California.  But before they get here, the state must make sure they're safe.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports on a public hearing held in Sacramento yesterday.

The California State University system is launching a renewed effort to raise the graduation rates of freshmen and transfer students.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, that's a top priority of Governor Jerry Brown - - who's resisting calls to increase the C-S-U's state funding.

Has California's Chinook Salmon Run Collapsed?

Jan 28, 2015

California and federal wildlife agencies say the entire winter run of naturally-spawning Chinook salmon may have collapsed in 2014.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the agencies will begin releasing triple the number of hatchery-raised juveniles next week.


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