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...

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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:

Civil rights icon Dolores Huerta is one of the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. 

To kick off Women's History Month, Dolores Huerta came to speak at San Bernardino Valley College.  More from KVCR's Isel Cuapio.

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' new lawsuit against California's so-called sanctuary laws is drawing criticism from lawmakers and groups that support immigrant rights.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper reports.

Flu season is on its way out, but a new strain at the 11th hour could leave unvaccinated children particularly at risk, as Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola explains.

The California state legislator known as "Huggy Bear" - San Fernando Valley Democrat Bob Hertzberg - is no longer allowed to initiate hugs, but he will be allowed to keep his job.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports.

March 8: Lifestyles with Lillian Vasquez

Mar 8, 2018

On this week of Lifestyles, Lillian interviews René Reyes, production executive for the Paley Center. They will discuss the upcoming television festival, PaleyFest. For more information, visit the official event website.

Former Ambassador to Pakistan - and Southern California native - Cameron Munter visited Riverside last week for an event hosted by the World Affairs Council.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper was there and has this report.

Protests blocked the street as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke in Sacramento to announce a federal lawsuit against the state's sanctuary policies for immigrants.  State leaders are promising a robust defense of their new laws.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California veterans are pushing back against a state VA policy that blocks some terminally ill patients from taking prescription drugs to end their lives.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola reports.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is holding a missing persons day this Saturday in Rancho Cucamonga, where they will try to help families locate missing loved ones. KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.


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Investors are expecting another quarter-point increase in interest rates Wednesday afternoon as the Federal Reserve's policymaking committee winds up its first two-day meeting under new Fed Chairman Jerome Powell.

But economists are wondering whether faster economic growth might cause the Fed to pick up the pace of its rate hikes. The Fed has signaled three rate increases for 2018, but accelerated growth could cause policymakers to add an additional hike.

Welcome to Invisibilia Season 4! The NPR program and podcast explores the invisible forces that shape human behavior, and we here at Goats and Soda are joining in for the podcast's look at how a reality show in Somalia tried to do far more than crown a winning singer. The ultimate goal: to change human behavior.

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Trying to pick the right emoji to convey exactly what you're feeling — excitement, fear, existential dread — can be tough. What makes it more complicated? All those different skin tones.

On Ask Code Switch, we take on your trickiest questions about race and identity. This week, we're tackling a letter from Kristyn Gelfand, 38, in Toronto. She writes:

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

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Spending Bill Caught In Partisan Fight Ahead Of Friday Deadline

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Ohio GOP Introduces Bill To Ban Abortion

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A Brief History of Tariffs

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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...

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