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:

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We are learning new details about the case of 13 siblings held captive by their parents in the Inland Empire community of Perris.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper filed this report for NPR's Morning Edition today (Friday).

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The Perris couple charged with imprisoning and torturing their 13 children in their home could face life in prison.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper was at a news conference held by Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin today (Thursday), where the extent of the Turpin family parents' abuse of their children was detailed.

In the wake of a Perris couple being held in jail for holding their children captive in their home - which was also registered as a "home school" - an Inland Empire lawmaker is proposing legislation to give the state some oversight over home schools.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper filed this report for NPR News.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

In spite of California's new law declaring itself a "sanctuary state,"  there are reports that federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are planning a massive immigration "sweep" in parts of the state.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

California's community colleges and universities are urging their students who are DACA recipients to take advantage of what may only be a temporary window to renew their temporary status.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Drivers who want to continue to use their California drivers licenses to board airplanes can apply for new, federally-required IDs starting next Monday (Jan 22).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Residents of a normally quiet neighborhood in Perris were shocked to hear that their neighbors - David and Louise Turpin - were holding their 13 emaciated children hostage under inhospitable conditions in their home.  In this story aired  on the California Report on 91.9 KVCR this morning (Wednesday), reporter Valerie Hamilton profiles the neighbors and neighborhood where apparently no one suspected anything about what went on inside the house for years.

KTLA 5 TV Los Angeles

In Perris, it's not just the neighbors who were unaware of what was happening inside the Turpin home where authorities found the 13 emaciated Turpin children.  The Turpin parents arrested on suspicion of child abuse were running a home school that authorities seem to know nothing about.  Now, the California Legislature is looking into changing rules for home schooling.  Reporter Vanessa Rancano has more.

Perris Home Was a Prison for 13 Siblings

Jan 16, 2018
Benjamin Purper for KVCR

KVCR reporter Benjamin Purper put together a disturbing story about 13 siblings held hostage by their own parents in Perris. Here is the story as reported today on Morning Edition.

Firefighters from multiple agencies doused nearly a dozen fires in the northwest corner of San Bernardino on Monday. KVCR's Rick Dulock voices this story reported by the San Bernardino Sun and Associated Press.

Today, celebrations around Southern California will mark the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, inclduign an inaugural MLK Day parade in Murrietta.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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An inmate has escaped from the men's detention center in Chino.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The first major debate in California's upcoming gubernatorial race took place over the weekend in Los Angeles.  The town hall featured four Democrats and two Republicans - with more than a thousand people in the audience.  As KPCC's Mary Plummer reports, both the candidates and the crowd got contentious.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a $175,000 contract to develop a memorial to the victims of the December 2, 2015 terrorist attack.  But not everybody is happy where the money is going.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

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Cal State San Bernardino was put on lockdown Wednesday after a bullet shattered one of the windows on campus.  While no one was injured, the shot propmpted a large police response and kept students in darkened classrooms for hours.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget is earning praise from children's advocates because it invests part of the surplus in programs to support health care.  KVCR's Ezequiel Ramirez has more.

Governor Jerry Brown sent his budget proposal to the California legislature for the 16th and final time.  He begins his last year in office with state revenues gushing in by the billions.  Yet with his trademark warnings of fiscal prudence, Brown once again sought to set an austere tone for the budget debate that will stretch into June.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

Hundreds of California lawmakers and Sacramento politicos partied hard at last night (Thursday) at the annual Tribal Bash.  That's the big "welcome back" celebration thrown by Natvie American tribes at the start of each yer's legislative session.  But this year, amid the #MeToo movement, organizers made some pretty big changes -- even at the very last minute.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

Cal State San Bernardino was locked down for hours last night (Wednesday) after a bullet hit a building on campus.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Governor Jerry Brown's final California budget proposal looks a lot like his previous ones:  fiscally cautious with targeted spending increases aligned with his priorities.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Sacramento had the usual reaction to Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Some 150 homes that were in last fall's Canyon Fire burn area in southwest Corona are under mandatory evacuation orders because of the risk of damaging mudflows and debris from the hills above those homes.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

An Inland Empire immigrants advocacy group is praising a California federal judge 's ruling that puts President's Trump's cancellation of DACA on hold, at least temporarily.  More form KVCR's Ken Vincent.

GOP Assemblyman Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley was not only the head of Assembly Republicans, but also the only Inland Empire lawmaker in a legislative leadership position.  Then, Mayes decided to cooperate with Democrats, and voted for Governor Brown's cap-and-trade bill, which infuriated Mayes' fellow GOPs.  Now, Mayes is doubling down on the strategy that got him deposed from his leadership position last year.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

So how bad is this flu season?  It's so bad that California health officials are urging people with flu symptoms to stay away from the hospital... unless you're already ill and checking yourself in.  More from Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola.

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Voluntary evacuation orders were issued yesterday for residents of south Corona who's homes are in the Canyon Fire burn area.  The Canyon Fire burned 2,600 acres last fall, and there is concern that today's heavy rain could cause flooding and mudslides that would put homes in the burn area in danger.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Today we're remembering Larry Falce, who was the oldest deputy sheriff in the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department before his death last week.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

Billionaire California political activist Tom Steyer says he will not run for office this year... but he says he will spend millions of dollars helping to finance Democratic candidates running for Congress.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing and KVCR's Ken Vincent conclude Dr. Husing's series of segments comparing and contrasting the economic and social data from Riverside County with San Bernardino County.  In This segment, Dr. Husing summarizes the relationship between the IE's two counties.