After days of soaking rain in the valleys and feet of new snow in the mountains, the Inland Empire's weather will start clearing up and drying out over the coming holiday weekend into next week.  However, the forecast for next weekend shows we're not done with rain yet.  KVCR's Ken Vincent recaps the forecast for the valleys and the mountains.

Is California Out Of The Drought?

Jan 13, 2017

Is it time to declare that the California drought is over?  Some water experts say yes... sort of.  Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports.

California air regulators are accusing another carmaker of building vehicles that pollute above legal limits, but not during emissions tests.  The state Air Resources Board and the U.S. EPA both cited Fiat-Chrysler yesterday (Thursday), as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford report.

Authorities reported this morning (Thursday) that local law enforcement officers were fired upon after a suspected DUI stop last night.  The subsequent pursuit and investigation resulted in all lanes of the southbound I-15 freeway being closed to all traffic from last night until this morning.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

The brother of San Bernardino terror attack shooter Syed Rizwan Farook was in federal court in Riverside yesterday (Tuesday), pleading guilty to an immigration fraud case that is associated with the plans for the terror attack.  KVCR's Ken Vincent explains.


Hundreds of people attended the funeral of Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit yesterday (Tuesday), following Benoit's passing last month.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Sluggish revenue could leave California with a $2-billion budget deficit next year.  Governor Jerry Brown led with that news when announcing his new spending plan yesterday (Tuesday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Governor Jerry Brown has proposed more funding for the state's version of Medicaid, in spite of talks that the Affordable Care Act may be repealed under the new Trump administration.  Capital Public Radio's Health Care Reporter Ja'Nel Johnson has details.

Los Angeles Member of Congress Xavier Becerra, Governor Jerry Brown's nominee to replace now-U.S. Senator Kamala Harris as California Attorney General, faced questions from lawmakers in a hearing in Sacramento yesterday (Tuesday).  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

From KVCaRts: Disney Music Composer Robert Sherman

Jan 11, 2017

In this excerpt from KVCaRts, KVCR's Lillian Vasquez interviews composer Robert Sherman, who with his brother Richard wrote many of the most recognizable songs from Disney films over the past 50 years.

Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing continues his conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent about how the incoming Trump Administration might affect the IE economy.  In this segment, Dr. Husing talks about the prospect that the Trump Environmental Protection Agency may roll back federal environmental and air quality regulations.

More than 300 workers at UC Riverside will join a UC-wide, one-day labor walkout today (Tuesday.)  The action -- called by Teamsters Local 2010 -- is to draw attention to what the union says are laggard contract talks.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Cal State San Bernardino will be one of a small group of education institutions around the nation participating in a federally-sponsored effort to address the nation's transportation needs.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The upcoming year will bring many variables for the California budget, including the possibility of economic slowdown and federal funding changes.  Governor Jerry Brown will give his first look today at how he plans to deal with that uncertainty, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Record-setting rains have drenched northern California.  State and federal agencies say so far so good interms of managing water flow through this first big storm.  With another storm on the way, Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric has this update from the state Department of Water Resources.

New Law Restricts Drivers' Cellphone Use

Jan 10, 2017

As of January 1, drivers in California are banned from operating their smartphone -- unless it's mounted to a dashboard or windshield -- and can be activated with one finger tap or swipe.  Capital Public Radio's Chris Nichols reports.

Some of the newest members of the California Legislature are inheriting seats that come with long-established roles. From Capital Public Radio, Daniel Potter profiles two new senators who aim to build on the work of their predecessors.

Scientists Study Cows That Hike

Jan 9, 2017

Rangeland in California covers over 38 million acres. Most cows graze in the lowlands, leaving hilly areas untouched and lowlands at risk for over-grazing. Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric has this story about a UC Davis scientist exploring the possibility of breeding cows that like to hike.

Republican state Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach has repeatedly claimed in newspapers and on national TV that a new California law legalizes child prostitution.  Capital Public Radio's PoltiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked this startling statement.

The Teamsters Union has called a strike of more than 600 plumbers, electricians, and other workers at UCLA.  The strike will add additional picketers from other professions at the UC when the labor action is expected to spread statewide next week.  The California Report's John Sepulvado has more.

A number of water districts in the Inland Empire have been improving their conservation rates this year over last year.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

We often hear the words 'Latino,' 'Chicano,' and 'Hispanic' used interchangeably.  But what are the actual differences between these identifying labels?  KVCR's Isel Cuapio spoke with UC Riverside Political Science Professor Francisco Pedraza to discuss the differences between these labels, and why the differences matter.

After they went on sale yesterday (Wednesday) morning, it took only a few hours for just about every category of admission passes to this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to sell out.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

A pair of lawmakers say Prop 64 doesn't go far enough when it comes to making it illegal to smoke marijuana while driving.  So they've introduced a bill to change that.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports.

California legislative Democrats promised steadfast defiance -- and GOPS expressed irritation -- as the Legislature officially put former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on retainer to represent California's interest in potential policy fights with the incoming Trump Administration.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford has more.

The Regents of the University of California have proposed tuition and fee hikes for the next academic year.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Tickets for the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival went on sale today, a day after Coachella announced it's lineup of stage acts this year will be headlined by Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, and Radiohead.  KVCR's Ken Vincent reports.

Democratic leaders in the U.S. House have chosen an Inland Empire congressman to join the House Democratic Leadership team.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Now that Kamala Harris has become California's new U.S. Senator, the process has begun to fill the vacancy she left as state Attorney General with Governor Brown's nomination of Los Angeles Congressman Xavier Becerra.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Another for-profit training college has closed it's doors in the Inland Empire.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.