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Trump Embroiled In 2 Controversies About Professional Sports, Race And Culture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JMnfmxA_Qo In the span of less than 24 hours, President Trump catapulted himself into the center of two racially-charged controversies involving professional sports, reigniting criticism that he is divisive and insensitive — a month after Trump struggled with criticism of his multiple remarks in response to violence in Charlottesville, Va. The president was stumping for Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., at a campaign rally Friday night, when he used a segue in his...

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Lawmakers from the Inland Empire and from around the state are reacting to President Trump's decision to rescind DACA - the Obama-era program that deferred deportation for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors.  

KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.


The California state Senate and Assembly are hitting overdrive as the legislative year nears its end.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.


Southern California Edison is rolling out new rate plans based not only on how much electricity you use, but also when you use it.  KVCR's Ben Purper has the story.

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Firefighters used Monday's cooler weather to make more progress on containing the Palmer Fire, which has been burning in the San Timoteo Badlands between Moreno Valley, Calimesa, and Redlands.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

[NOTE:  In the time since this report was broadcast this morning, Cal Fire has updated the Palmer Fire containment figure to 90 percent contained at 3,800 acres.]


California lawmakers return to the Capitol today (Tuesday) with just two weeks to go before they adjourn for the year.  Capital Public Radio's B en Adler reports on the big issues they'll be facing before the Legislature adjourns at the end of next week.

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As of last report at 8:30am this morning (Monday), the so-called Palmer Fire - burning in the San Timoteo Badlands between Calimesa and Moreno Valley since Saturday - was 50 percent contained at 3,800 acres.  Firefighters were hoping to complete the containment line today, as KVCR's Ken Vincent reports.


Inland Empire Democratic Assemblywoman Sabrina Cervantes' bill to allow vehicles carrying fewer than two people to use carpool lanes on Riverside County freeways during off-peak hours has survived key legislative votes -- including passage by the full Assembly --  and will soon be debated on the floor of the state Senate.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

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California Democratic U.S. Senator Kamala Harris came to the Inland Empire yesterday (Thursday) to visit a modern job training center in Fontana that could serve as a model for other such training centers.  KVCR's Ben Purper was there, and has this report.

The San Manuel Band Of Mission Indians has given a quarter-of-a-million dollar donation to help people and animals affected by the Hurricane Harvey disaster on the Gulf Coast.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A wildfire that first was reported at just after 10am yesterday (Thursday)on a Riverside hillside was completely contained by 10:30pm last night, after burning 85 acres.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


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