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The Supreme Court has upheld parts of a lower court order that had widened the definition of which citizens from the six Muslim-majority countries covered by the Trump administration's travel ban are still eligible to travel to the U.S. The order issued Wednesday leaves in place the action of a U.S. District Court judge in Hawaii who broadened the definition of close family to include categories such as the grandparents and cousins of a person in the U.S. However, the Supreme Court blocked...

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'Extreme And Aggressive' California Wildfires Force Thousands To Evacuate

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The City of Riverside Police and Fire Departments will host a public safety-oriented STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) academy for local high school students this summer.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Even though the Inland Empire is still amid the steamy summer of 2017, it's time for some people to start thinking about the holidays... yes, as in the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year holidays.  The City of Riverside is reminding anyone who wants to be a merchant, vendor, or other commercial participant in the Mission Inn Festival of Lights celebration has some summer deadlines.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

- Riverside Metropolitan Museum will undergo a 3-year remodel;

- Santa's Village expands and goes year-round with a new environmental mission;

- Upland Fire Department to be dissolved and absorbed by San Bernardino County Fire Department, and;

- The 10 Freeway through the IE will get new express toll lanes.


Firefighters quickly contained two brush fires that broke out yesterday (Thursday) in southwest Riverside County, one in Winchester near Temecula, and another west of Perris.  MOre from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

A bill aimed at cracking down on fraudulent immigration consultants in California has now passed the Assembly and a key state Senate committee.  Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling has more.

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Republican candidate for governor Travis Allen - an assemblyman from Huntington Beach - recently claimed California's taxes "are among the highest in the nation."  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked Allen's statement as part of our Tracking The Truth series, which examines claims in the 2018 governor's race.


A number of Riverside city employees - including Mayor Rusty Bailey - will use ropes to rappel from the top of the 7-story Riverside City Hall building this afternoon (Friday).  And They'll do it again tomorrow morning.  It's all part of a fundraiser for Habitat For Humanity.  KVCR's Ken Vincent explains.

Desert Oasis Music Festival via Facebook

The latest big music festival event set for the Coachella Valley is the Desert Oasis Music Festival on October 8 and 9.  Unlike Coachella, Stagecoach, and last year's inaugural Desert Trip festivals, the Desert Oasis Music Festival will feature reggae, rap, and hip hop acts.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more on Desert Oasis, and how to try to get tickets to the festival starting today (Friday) at noon.

A Riverside County jury has awarded a $17 million settlement to a Riverside warehouse security guard who was severely injured by a runaway forklift.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A lawsuit has been filed charging that the state of California is harming the health of millions of lower-income residents - particularly Latinos - with Medi-Cal reimbursement rates that are so low that many doctors won't accept them as patients.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


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Prosecutor Says Former Cincinnati Police Officer Will Not Be Tried A Third Time

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Wall Street Thinks Netflix Is The Next Big Thing

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Bodies Found In Swiss Glacier Believed To Be Couple Missing Since 1942

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