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Some daytime showers and overnight temperatures at or just below freezing are in the forecast for the Inland Valleys for the next couple of days.  In the mountains, blowing snow, strong winds, and overnight lows in the teens are in the forecast for at least the first part of this week.  More on what's expected from Inland Empire weather from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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There are a lot of activities gong on around the Inland Empire this three day weekend, but a couple of the region's biggest events are going on a short drive east, in the Coachella Valley.

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There's a lack of mental health providers across California, and new research shows that it's only getting worse.  Capital Public Radio's Health Care reporter Sammy Caiola looks into the shortage.

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This week on Lifestyles, Lillian speaks with NPR Science Correspondent Joe Palca. Joe will meet with KVCR members on Saturday March 3rd at the KVCR studio and you are invited. Click here for tickets

A leading voice of the #MeToo movement at the California state Capitol - Los Angeles County Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia - faces further allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate workplace behavior.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Los Angeles County Democrat Tony Mendoza is on leave from the California state Senate during an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.  But that's not stopping him from introducing bills ahead of a Friday deadline.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler Reports.

Leaders in the Latino community are pushing back against a Trump Administration move to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

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The state of California issued an advisory yesterday (Tuesday) to help employers understand a new law aimed at protecting immigrant workers.  Capital Public Radio's Randol White reports.


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