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Attendees from across the country descended on the nation's capital to speak up for science. The March for Science unfolded on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Saturday , and in multiple cities around the world. Coinciding with Earth Day, the event drew researchers, educators and scientifically-minded people. The event kicked off with open teaching sessions on the Mall, followed by a rally near the Washington Monument, and then a march that traveled to the U.S. Capitol building. NPR...

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Tacocat Talks Being A 'Tiny-Font' Band At Coachella

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North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino reopens today with extra staff and tight security, just a week after the deadly shooting that took the life of special education teacher Karen Elaine Smith and 8-year-old student Jonathan Martinez.  9-year-old Nolan Brandy, who was wounded in the classroom shooting, is recovering at home since being released Friday after five days in the hospital. 

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The first weekend of the two-weekend 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival concluded late last night.  With several thousand more people than ever attending this year's Coachella, traffic jams leaving Indio could be longer than usual, as attendees crowd onto Inland Southern California freeways trying to get home. 

More on the music - and the traffic - from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

President Trump's executive order to strip funding from sanctuary cities faced its first legal challenge Friday in San Francisco.  The city and Santa Clara County went to federal court to block the order, contending it's unconstitutional.  Capital Public Radio's State Government reporter Ben Bradford was there.

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As part of his ongoing clash against Congress, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently claimed Congress is less popular than herpes.  Yes, he said herpes.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols wanted to know if Congress's popularity is really that pitiful.

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:

- The deaths of three people - an 8-year-old student, a teacher, and the gunman in a murder-suicide that occurred in a San Bernardino elementary school classroom;

- San Bernardino International Airport will inaugurate passenger airline service into and out of the former Air Force base, and;

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At a community meeting last night, San Bernardino City Unified School District officials told parents and others about the preparations being made for Monday's re-opening of North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, following this week's murder-suicide in a North Park classroom that left a teacher and an 8-year-old student dead and another student wounded before the gunman turned the gun on himself.  KVCR's Ken Vincent reports.

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Inland Empire drivers are very likely to notice that certain freeways are slower and more crowded than usual today (Friday), as attendees of what's expected to be the biggest-ever Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival join the already-crowded Friday afternoon commute.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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It is now the wettest season on record in Northern California.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, that region is where most of the state gets its water supply.

Counties around California are preparing for an influx of state funding to add new housing for homeless people with mental illness.  But as Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports, it will likely be at least two years before they're ready to hand out new house keys.

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The identity of the 9-year-old student who was shot but survived the murder-suicide shooting that left three people dead in a San Bernardino elementary school classroom this week has been released.  He's reportedly doing well.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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