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 Turpins - the Perris couple accused of torturing their 13 children - are going to trial, after a Riverside County judge upheld almost every count against them.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

Sexual harassment complaints at the University of California are not being properly handled, according to a new state audit.  Capital Public Radio's Randol White has more on the findings, and how the UC system is responding.

A preliminary hearing will go into its second day today to determine if there's enough evidence to put David and Louise Turpin - the Perris couple accused of forcing 12 of theri 13 children to live in isolation and deprivation for years - on trial.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


After first resisting, and then engaging in some bureaucratic foot-dragging, the City of San Bernardino will follow the mandate of city voters and finally begin to process applications for commercial cannabis businesses to operate in San Bernardino.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

California has one of the highest percentages of seniors living in poverty in the United States, outranked only by Washngton, D.C.  Escalating rent and healthcare costs are forcing many of California's elderly onto a path of downward mobility.  As part of our statewide collaboration covering the California Dream, KPBS's Amita Sharma has this story.


The median price for an existing single-family home in California is now above $600,000... the first time it's ever topped that mark.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Long-time Inland Empire Economist John Husing continues his discussion with KVCR's Ken Vincent about the economic forecast for the major economic sectors in the Inland Empire.  This segment forecasts the performance of the health care sector for 2018.

California's Republican candidate for governor says he does not support separating children from their  parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, but he would not comment on Democratic efforts in Congress to address the issue.  KQED's Katie Orr brings us that story.

After a noisy push for single-payer health care divided California Democrats last year and spawned months of hearings and discussions, the new state budget contains little to mark that debate.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

A small crowd gethered in downtown Riverside last week to protest the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the southern border.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

Protesters gathered inside the Universalist Unitarian Church in Downtown Riverside for the “IE Families Belong Together” Rally on Thursday, June 14th. It was put together by the Inland Empire Women’s March, with speakers from organizations like Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective, Immigrant Defenders Law Center, and more. 

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KQED's John Sepulvado traveled from California to the Texas/Mexico border this past weekend, to get an eyewitness look at how the U.S. Goverment is dealing with thousands children who separated from their parents after entering the U.S. illegally. 

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:

A new state ranking of Americans' finncial health shows California is home to two of the most prosperous big cities - San Francisco and San Jose - and two fo the least prosperous cities, namely Fresno and Santa Ana.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to make Route 66 a National Historic Trail earlier this month.  That could bring money to route cities like San Bernardino.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.


In an announcement that was a surprise to no one, outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown officially endorsed fellow Democrat Gavin Newsom to be the next governor of California.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The fight over whether PG&E is liable for last year's fires in Northern California is ongoing.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports that Cal Fire blames the utility for causing many of them.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has begun sending up to 1,000 immigrant detainees to be housed in a federal prison facility in Victorville.  The head of the local correctional officers' union says this sudden influx of people into an already understaffed facility could create huge problems.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper reports.

Inland firefighters are working to contain The Euclid Fire that burned more than 100 acres and shut down lanes of the 71 freeway in Corona for hours yesterday (Tuesday). 

California's Proposition 47 turned many non-violent felonies into misdemeanors.  A new study of the 2014 initiative finds it reduced incarceration without increasing crime - mostly.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California political campaigns are preparing for the increase of the gas tax to be this year's preeminent campaignissue, after the successful recall of a state Senator focused on it.

6/13/18 - Fox & the Red Hares

Jun 13, 2018

The sole focus of this KVC-Arts is Fox and the Red Hares, based out of Riverside, California. Americana twisted with country blues and dark storytelling... that's Fox and the Red Hares. Throw insomething with a traditional Iris feel and a sea shanty, that's their new disc, Last Letter From Queensland. We'll speak with half OF the band, Justin Lee Fox and Lucas Schneider.


Long-time Inland Empire economist John Husing and KVCR's Ken Vincent preface their ongoing discussion of the IE's booming economy with a charming and slightly funny definition of an "economy," that includes a fictional gold mine on the moon.  Don't worry; it all becomes clearer as you listen to the following segment.

In spite of results so far that suggest a resounding defeat in his recall election last week, Southern California Democrat Josh Newman still showed up at yesterday's state Senate floor session.  And as Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, he had a lot to get off his chest.

Educators consider chronic absenteeism a red alert - a blaring sign that a student might be academically at risk.  As Capital Public Radio's Chris Nichols reports, schools and parents now hace a new tool to investigate this critical problem.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

San Bernardino County and Riverside County elections officers on Friday released updated vote count totals from last week's primary election.  As the vote-counting continues in both counties, some races are still too close to call.  Here's an update from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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U.S, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced last week that it would start using more than 1,600 federal prison beds to detain immigrants.  The plan is to sen most of the immigrant detainees to Victorville, in San Bernardino County.  KPCC reporter Libby Denkmann was outside the prison where the first wave of detainees arrived on Friday. 

Among the biggest winners in the state budget deal that California lawmakers will vote on this week are University of California and California State University students.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, Governor Jerry Brown agreed to more money to prevent tuition increases and boost enrollment.

Conservation groups have reached a settlement that will stop the Nestle corporation from drawing water from the San Bernardino National Forest.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

"The Cheech" has reached a major fundraising milestone.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more on the announcement about meeting the fundraising goal for the proposed Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Arts, Culture, and Industry in downtown Riverside.