Austin Bombing Suspect, Identified As Mark Anthony Conditt, Died In Standoff

Updated at 2:46 p.m. ET A man whom police had identified as their top suspect in a string of deadly bombings in the Austin, Texas, area this month killed himself early Wednesday by triggering an explosion in his car as officers approached the vehicle to make an arrest, police said Wednesday. Officials identified him as 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt, from Pflugerville, Texas, outside Austin. Hours after he died, the situation remained fluid as Pflugerville's downtown was evacuated. The...

Read More

A new bill in Congress to reform biofuel policy and favor newer options over ethanol is attracting support from conservation groups.  More from KVCR's Isel Cuapio.

KVCR's Ken Vincent and Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing continue reviewing the Inland Empire's economic performance in 2017, with this discussion on the improvement of the region's manufacturing sector.

Project Moving Forward / Project Moving Forward

Project Moving Forward is a language program designed to help English second language learners and students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds to succeed in the core curriculum.  Project founder Dr. Linda Navarrette launched the program in 2012 in Sacramento schools, and now in Moreno Valley schools.  KVCR's Isel Cuapio reports.


Supporters and protestors are making very different plans to greet President Trump today (Tuesday) when he visits San Diego to inspect border wall prototypes.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric has more.

San Diego residents who oppose President Trump's border wall organized a protest yesterday (Monday) afternoon ahead of his visit to see the wall prototypes today.  A few dozen immigrant rights activists and environmental leaders gathered in Chicano Park, as Jean Guerrero of KPBS reports.

No prominent Republican filed to enter the race for California's U.S. Senate seat before Friday's deadline.  That could leave the field open for two Democrats to advance to the general election, for the second consecutive time.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Redlands Skate Park Delayed...Again

Mar 13, 2018

The Redlands City Council last week rejected bids to build a new skate park in the city.  More from KVCR's Benjamin Purper.

Screenshot from KTLA 5 TV, Los Angeles

A Pomona police officer killed in a standoff with an armed suspect Friday night is being remembered by his law enforcement colleagues and the community.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The California Senate responded differently in recent weeks to sexual harassment allegations against two of its lawmakers, Tony Mendoza and Bob Hertzberg.  A leading California human resources expert says the  investigative findings justified the disparate treatments - but in both cases finds fault with Senate leadership.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

Republican lawmakers and consumer groups have renewed calls to stop funding for California's high-speed rail network after a report showed the project is again over budget and behind schedule.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


Just In From NPR:

After more than a decade of silence, the Israeli Defense Forces confirmed Wednesday that an Israeli airstrike destroyed a suspected nuclear reactor under construction in Syria in 2007.

It was in the dark, early hours of Sept. 6, near Deir ez-Zor, that "four F-16 jets eliminated a nuclear threat not only to Israel, but to the entire region," the IDF said in a statement.

NPR Survey: Still On Facebook, But Worried

44 minutes ago

Facebook has come under intense scrutiny in the wake of revelations that election data company Cambridge Analytica accessed the private Facebook data of 50 million users. The social media giant is facing questions from U.S. and British regulators, and withering criticism in the press.

But the scandal is grounded in everyday America — after all, it was the millions of women, men, parents, grandparents, friends and old acquaintances on the site who had their data accessed.

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit

More From NPR

Congress Set To Approve Nearly $700 Million For Election Security, Source Says

Updated at 5:57 p.m. ET Swing states, and even individual precincts within those states, present a significant point of vulnerability when it comes to the threat of election interference because of their potential to impact the result in a presidential race, the current secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and one of her key predecessors both told senators Wednesday. Both officials appeared before the Senate intelligence committee to discuss election security, as Congress appeared...

Read More

Kobach Trial Ends, Judge Now Deliberating On Kansas Voting

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach got a tongue lashing Tuesday from the judge who will decide whether he violated federal law by blocking tens of thousands of voter applications. Federal Chief District Judge Julie Robinson, a George W. Bush appointee, accused Kobach of engaging in "gamesmanship" and skirting her orders. In the nearly two years since Robinson ordered him to register those voters, she said, he has forced her and the American Civil Liberties Union to monitor his actions down...

Read More

Austin Victims Remembered For Resilience, Radiating Positivity

Draylen Mason was known as an accomplished musician who was heading to college, but he could also make you laugh before he even opened his mouth. "You just expect to laugh with him. That boy was hilarious," said Sharrel Prince, who has known him since pre-K. "What made Draylen funny is that he says the things everyone else is scared to say." The 17-year-old East Austin College Prep student was killed March 12 by a package bomb left outside his house in East Austin. His mother was also injured...

Read More

Minneapolis Officer Faces Murder, Manslaughter Charges In Shooting Of Unarmed Woman

A Minneapolis police officer is charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the case of an unarmed Australian woman who was shot and killed after calling 911 to report a possible crime. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman told reporters at a news conference that Officer Mohamed Noor killed Justine Ruszczyk Damond, 40, last July as she was approaching the squad car in which he and his partner were sitting, and before he could see the woman's hands. "Officer Noor did...

Read More

Fed Raises Interest Rates Again As New Chairman Steps Into Spotlight

Updated at 2:59 p.m. ET The Federal Reserve announced a quarter-point increase in interest rates as expected Wednesday, the first rate move under its new chairman, Jerome Powell. The key fed funds rate was moved up to a target range of 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent. In its statement, the Fed said the labor market "has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has been rising at a moderate rate. Job gains have been strong in recent months, and the unemployment rate has stayed low." In...

Read More

More Than 100,000 Puerto Rico Homes, Businesses Still Without Electricity

Six months after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Ricos power grid, more than 100,000 homes and businesses on the island still lack electricity. Here & Now s Robin Young speaks with David Ferris ( @DavidFerris ), reporter for Energy & Environment News. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit

Read More

What Questions Do You Have About Facebook And Your Personal Data?

With recent backlash surrounding analytics firm Cambridge Analytica 's access to and alleged misuse of massive amounts of Facebook user data, NPR wants to hear from social media users. Fill out the form below. An NPR producer might be in touch, and your response may be used for an upcoming story. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit

Read More

Politics From NPR

Illinois Primary: Democratic Congressman Wins Tight Race, GOP Governor Survives

Updated at 1:30 a.m. ET Wednesday
Incumbents on both sides of the aisle prevailed in their contested races, as Tuesday's Illinois primaries set the stage for competitive House and gubernatorial races this fall that could be key to Democratic comeback efforts in 2018. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner only narrowly eked out a primary victory over a conservative challenger. Still, Rauner is probably the most endangered GOP gubernatorial incumbent in the country. This fall he'll face...

Read More

Education From NPR

Democrats Grill DeVos On Guns, Schools And Money

Democrats got their shot at Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday, when she testified before a House committee about her department's proposed budget. The hearing followed widespread criticism of DeVos for lackluster performances on 60 Minutes and the Today show earlier this month. She remains one of the most unpopular members of President Trump's Cabinet and continues to anger Democrats over many issues. Republicans at the hearing, not surprisingly, were more supportive, praising DeVos...

Read More

West & Pacific Rim From NPR

Small City Moves To Opt Out Of California Sanctuary Law

The city council in Los Alamitos, Calif., voted on Monday night to exempt itself from the state's so-called sanctuary law, which limits cooperation between local enforcement and federal immigration agents authorities. And in the process, the Orange County city of fewer than 12,000 is aligning itself with a harder line on immigration than the more liberal policies adopted elsewhere in California. The state's sanctuary law, Senate Bill 54 , took effect on Jan. 1. And with a 4-1 vote, the Los...

Read More

Science, Technology, And Medicine

Clash Over Abortion Stalls Health Bill, Again

The Affordable Care Act very nearly failed to become law back in 2010 because of a dispute among Democrats over how to handle abortion in the bill. Now a similar argument between Democrats and Republicans is slowing progress on a bill that could help cut soaring premiums and help stabilize the ACA. At issue is the extent to which the Hyde Amendment — language commonly used by Congress to prohibit most federal abortion funding — should be incorporated into any new legislation affecting the...

Read More

Arts, Culture, And Media From NPR

Comic Roy Wood Jr. Taps Into America's Psyche On 'The Daily Show' Comic Roy Wood Jr. is now a correspondent for The Daily Show, but he got his start performing in comedy clubs in the South and Midwest — sometimes in places where he felt unsafe as a black man. "I did a lot of shows in a lot of strange places," he says. "I've been called the n-word from the stage by somebody in the crowd and the club owner did nothing to defend me." After a show, Wood would sometimes drive three or four hours out of town rather than...

Read More

Turning The Tables Listening Party: Women Of Roots And Americana

In July , NPR Music published Turning The Tables , its list of The 150 Greatest Albums By Women released during the "classic album era," defined as 1964-2016. Our occasional listening parties bring together voters to discuss some of their favorites from the list. Today, we're diving into the roots and Americana side of the list by spending some time with two of the milestone albums in that realm: Bonnie Raitt 's 1989 release Nick of Time and Lucinda Williams ' 1998 masterpiece, Car Wheels on...

Read More

Food, Nutrition, And Cuisine

Taste Buds Dull As People Gain Weight. Now Scientists Think They Know Why

In Robin Dando's lab, several mice chowed down on a specialized diet designed to make them as fat as possible. "I can say the mice are happy. They love this unhealthy diet, and pretty fast they get pretty overweight," says Dando, an assistant professor of food science at Cornell University. But the mice were not long for this world. Eight weeks after they started their delicious nosh, they were euthanized and their tongues were excised for direct comparison against their skinnier brethren....

Read More

Have You Herd? Farmer Writes A Memoo Using Cows And Satellite Imagery Derek Klingenberg is kind of a farmer celebrity. His YouTube channel draws more than 70,000 subscribers for ag-themed pop-music parodies , trombone covers and, more recently, cow art made with satellites. This week, the Peabody, Kan., farmer took his cow art to the next level, or altitude. He posted a video showing his cows to form a giant "Hi" as seen from the heavens. Klingenberg started out making cow art a few years ago, taking lower-altitude...

Read More

don't miss:

PodProsal: A Marriage Made in Podcast Heaven

You already know podcasting to be an intimate experience. It's a time usually shared with loved ones or perhaps between just you and your ear buds... but some couples are taking it to the next level. Move over jumbotron, podcasts are the new best thing in marriage proposals. If you're an avid podcast listener, maybe you've already heard a few people "pop the question" during one of your favorite shows. Meet two couples who love each other so much, that NPR helped them put a ring on it. Kyle &...

Read More