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Report: Most IE Community Colleges Rank Among Top Third In Nation

A new report ranking nearly 700 community colleges throughout the nation ranks some Inland Empire community colleges fairly high... and, a couple were a bit down the list. More from KVCR's Matt Guilhem.
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Getting school kids exposed to STEM -- science, technology, engineering, and math -- classes in early grades is the mission behind a new collaboration between UC Riverside and Riverside's public school and community college districts.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.


California officials launched a new campaign finance search engine called "Power Search," allowing the public to more easily track campaign money for state candidates and ballot measures.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.




California pension funds will be required to divest from coal under a bill that's now headed to governor Jerry Brown's desk. As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the Assembly passed the measure yesterday (Wednesday).


A new report ranking nearly 700 community colleges throughout the nation ranks some Inland Empire community colleges fairly high... and, a couple were a bit down the list.  More from KVCR's Matt Guilhem.

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Just like in Beaumont a few months ago, the FBI and the Riverside County District Attorney's Office raided Palm Springs City Hall and the apartment of Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet, as part of an investigation by the Inland Empire Public Corruption Task Force.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.


One of the highest-paid California state employee's unions has tentatively agreed to contribute a portion of members' salaries to retiree health benefits.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the deal may have implications for other unions.


California has agreed to overhaul how it uses solitary confinement in state prisons.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports on Tuesday's announcement.


California's drought is having a devastating effect on its forests.  Aerial surveys around the state show more than 20 million dead trees so far.  And the drought has a partner in crime -- the pine beetle.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, if this deadly combination continues, it could drastically change California's forested landscape.


Last week, the Moreno Valley City Council voted 3-2 to approve the massive and controversial World Logistics Center project.  Today KVCR''s Matt Guilhem talks with Moreno Valley City Councilmember LaDonna Jempson, one of the two councilmembers who voted in the minority against approval.  Yesterday, we heard KVCR's Matt Guilhem talk with Moreno Valley City Councilmember George Price about his concerns over the massive development, which will be constructed in his district (there's a link at the bottom of this page that will take you to the George Price interview).

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A weekend brush fire in the San Bernardino foothills that halted traffic for a time on one of the main routes between the Inland Valleys and communities in the San Bernardino Mountains was quickly contained before causing much damage.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.


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A federal judge ordered a defiant county clerk to jail for contempt Thursday after she insisted that it would violate her conscience to follow court orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.Rowan County clerk Kim Davis and her deputy clerks were summoned to appear before U.S. District Judge David Bunning after she repeatedly denied them marriage licenses, cited her religious beliefs and Gods authority.The judge said his only alternative was to jail her because he did not believe she...
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Federal Ferguson Review Finds More Than 100 Lessons For Police

The Obama administration Wednesday issued an after-action assessment of the police response to the demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., that erupted last year following the killing of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black resident of the city, by Darren Wilson, a white police officer.The report, conducted by the Justice Department's Community Oriented Policing Services office, focused on the 17-day time frame between Brown's death and his funeral. The assessment does not provide a lot of new...
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China Flexes Muscles With Parade, But Announces Troop Cut

China today sent mixed signals about its military and strategic aims — at once parading tanks, missiles and precision-drilled soldiers through the streets of Beijing even as President Xi Jinping announced there would be 300,000 fewer troops by 2018.The parade — meant to mark 70 years since Japan's defeat at the end of World War II — comes a day after the Pentagon said it was tracking the movements of five Chinese warships in the Bering Sea near Alaska's Aleutian Islands, what one defense...
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The number of confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease at California's San Quentin prison is holding steady at six, one of three outbreaks of Legionnaires' around the country that have sickened dozens and killed 20.Another 95 San Quentin inmates are under observation because of respiratory illness, state officials said, but they have not been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease. The inmates are being treated at San Quentin's medical unit."We've got transmission control," Dr. Steven Tharratt,...
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Trump: Jeb Bush Should Be 'Speaking English'

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There's a lot of debate about how to define a mass shooting.According to a recent NPR report, mass killings happen every two weeks in the U.S. — as defined by the FBI.Some say the if the shooter dies, this person should be included in the number of victims. Others say no. Some say that the number of people shot, not the number who die, should be counted. Some say it should be considered a mass shooting whether or not it takes place in a domestic situation, or at a home versus a public place....
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