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:

- It’s decision time for the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office in the long-running Colonies corruption case;

- Residents of some mountain communities want the FAA to change the approach flight path for Ontario International Airport, and;

- The Riverside City Council has chosen someone to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Councilman John Burnard.

Roughly five million low-income Californians have health insurance because of the Affordable Care Act.  If the latest repeal effort passes, many of them could lose their coverage.  Capital public Radio's Sammy Caiola explains what the new measure could do.


Inland Empire weather is in the news today (Thursday).  Just days after hot weather last week, today's weather in the Inland Valleys is expected to include a chance of showers and high temperatures barely over 70 degrees, and there may be a bit of blowing snow in the local mountains above 6000 feet tonight.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

There were a number of traffic crashes -- including a couple of fatal incidents -- on Inland-area roads over the past 24 hours.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

For the first time in more than half a century, Riverside will have a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade featuring a scaled-down replica of the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa as it appears during the famed Festival of Lights celebration.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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California has filed a lawsuit against President Trump's border wall.  The suit filed yesterday (Wednesday) argues that plans to begin contruction in San Diego and Imperial counties could harm the state's sensitive environmental resources.  KPBS reporter Jean Guerrero has the story.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently claimed three-quarters of Americans support the DREAM Act, a bill that would offer protections to young immigrants brought to the country illegally.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked this statement by the California Democrat.


Comedian, long-time public radio personality, and pet lover Paula Poundstone will perform in Riverside at the Fox Performing Arts Center this Saturday, to benefit the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center.  KVCR's Lillian Vasquez spoke with Poundstone prior to her appearance.


The California Community College System hopes changing the name of a free tuition program will get more eligible students to take advantage of it.  Capital Public Radio's Randol White explains.

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Four California counties are preparing for an overhaul of how they conduct elections, before voters head to the polls next year.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains.

KVCR weekly contributor John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, discusses with KVCR's Ken Vincent the latest demographic data about the Inland Empire from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.

KVCR's David Fleming interviews Corrina Lesser, Director of Public Events and Community Programs at Scripps College in Claremont, about an upcoming series of art, music, and lectures.


California's exorbitant housing costs are driving more than half of registered voters to consider moving - and a quarter of them to look at leaving the state.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports on a new poll out today (Tuesday) from U-C Berkeley.

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Republican Member of Congress Dana Rohrabacher recently repeated a debunked claim that Democrats orchestrated the political violence in Charlottesville last month.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked the comments by the conservative Orange County congressman.

The California Legislature has adjourned for the year, after a flurry of votes into the early moring hours of Saturday morning.  Lawmakers sent Governor Jerry Brown hundreds of bills - about everything from a parks bond to pet stores.  They also struck major housing, transportation, and climate change deals this year, which many Capitol-watchers thought could not find support.  State government reporter Ben Bradford explains.

The final passage of California's much-discussed "sanctuary state" bill came after personally-heartfelt debate on both sides of the issue.  Capital public Radio's Ben Adler reports.


Democratic State Treasurer John Chiang recently claimed that affordable housing construction has surged in California by 80 percent since he took office.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked his claim as part of our Tracking The Truth series, which examines statements in the 2018 governor's race.

Health officials in southwestern Riverside County are alerting residents that anti-mosquito spraying will take place to curb the spread of West Nile virus.  Also, San Diego County health officials are warning back-country users to beware of critters infected with plague.  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:

- The trial of the fourth defendant in the Colonies corruption matter has ended in mistrial;

- Riverside City Council elections will switch to even-numbered years, and;

- Two Northern California counties are giving up four judgeships to give Riverside and San Bernardino counties four more seats on the bench.

We'll give you one guess whom this next measure in the California Legislature is targeting:  the Assembly has approved a bill that would require presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the state's primary ballot.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports on a debate yesterday (Thursday) that was hardly presidential.

California employees who seek reproductive health services including abortions may be protected in the workplace if a new bill on the governor's desk becomes law.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola takes a closer look at the issue.

Going out to eat as a family should be an enjoyable experience, but for some families living with autism, it can be filled with anxiety and become stressful.  KVCR's Lillian Vasquez spoke with Leonard Zon, the founder of "Autism Eats," who's trying to change the negative experience into a positive one.

A new statewide poll from UC Berkeley has some mixed news for California U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris.  KQED's Scott Shafer filed this story for The California Report.

Nearly two-dozen California business groups are urging legislators to vote 'yes' on Senate Bill 100, which would mandate that California get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources in less than 30 years.  More from KVCR's Isel Cuapio.

The California Legislature has approved two bills giving new legal protections to LGBT Californians.  Here are reports from KVCR's Ken Vincent and Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler.

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This Sunday is "Move-In Day" at Cal State San Bernardino.  Hundreds of students who will live in on-campus housing will be moving into their digs this weekend, allowing them a few days to get settled before classes start next week.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


Long-time country music performer LeAnn Rimes will be coming to the Inland Empire this weekend, performing in Temecula on Sunday.  In this segment from KVCaRts, KVCR's Lillian Vasquez talks with Rimes about her music, and her work as an author of books for both adults and children.

The 2018 Stagecoach Country Music Festival will be a family affair for next year's Stagecoach headliner Garth Brooks.  Trisha Yearwood - Garth Brooks' wife and a country music star herself - will be among a list of well-established and relatively new country music performers at next year's Stagecoach.  More on the just-released Stagecoach lineup from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Updated numbers from San Diego County show that the death toll from a hepatitis-A outbreak in the city of San Diego show that 16 people have died, hundreds have been sickened, and city officials will propose declaring a city-wide public health emergency.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Riverside County has contracted with a firm that will supply nurses to fill in at county medical facilities in the event that county-employed union nurses participate in labor strikes.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.