Floods In San Jose Push 14,000 People Out Of Their Homes

Flooding in San Jose, Calif., has prompted the evacuation of at least 14,000 residents. The mandatory evacuation orders began overnight, and will remain in effect for at least another day, reports Peter Jon Shuler of member station KQED. "Flooding along Coyote Creek came after a series of heavy rainstorms combined with water rushing down the spillway of nearby Anderson Reservoir, which is now filled to capacity," he says. "Emergency crews had to rescue more than 250 people from their homes by...

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Residents protested in the streets Wednesday evening following a confrontation between an off-duty police officer and a group of teenagers in an Anaheim neighborhood. The interaction ended with physical conflict and the officer firing his gun into the ground with kids around him. KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

A group of protestors demanding Inland Empire Congressman Ken Calvert hold a town hall meeting rallied outside a Calvert fundraiser in Riverside yesterday.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A citrus disease that has spread from other countries into the U.S. has led to the decline of three-quarters of Florida's citrus industry.  As the disease now appears to be spreading in Southern California, the federal government has given a multi-million dollar grant to UC Riverside to help fight it.  KVCR's Ken Vincent and Brandon Gunzel have more.

Riverside Police say a body was found in a home that caught fire after a night-long standoff with a gunman who fired at officers.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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The Adelanto Elementary School District has identified more than 170 of its employees as possible victims of a clerical error, meaning the district could owe millions of dollars to its classified employees.  Reporter Charity Lindsey broke the story for the Victor Valley Daily Press last week, and now brings her report to KVCR.

Two separate vehicle crashes in the Inland Empire over the holiday weekend resulted in two deaths.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A new survey by the traffic analytics firm Inrix finds that traffic in the metro Los Angeles area -- including the Inland Empire -- is rated the worst in the nation.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The debate over whether California should adopt a single payer, government-run health care system has returned to the state Capitol.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Bleary-eyed teenagers shuffling to school barely after daybreak could become a thing of the past, if a state lawmaker has his way.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports on the proposal to push back middle and high school start times to at least 8:30.

Rain heavy at times, foothill flooding, and veritable blizzard conditions in the mountains will all be part of today's storm as it passes through the Inland Empire.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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