Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing and KVCR's Ken Vincent conclude their summer-long series of conversations about the advantages and disadvantages the Inland Empire economy has in relation to the Southern California coastal economies in competing for jobs, growth, and a higher quality of life.  Dr. Husing  sums up the series with a region-wide call for more attention to - and investment in - education and job training.


At its regular meeting today, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors will discuss whether to partner with the federal government in figuring out how to get rid of contaminated groundwater posing problems at March Air Reserve Base.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Following the lead of New York and 14 other states, California is taking the Trump Administration to court for phasing out the DACA program.  State Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the filing yesterday (Monday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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The author of a bill that seeks to ban California law enforcement agencies from cooperating with federal immigration authorities has reached agreement with Governor Jerry Brown.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, the Legislature will take final votes by the end of this week.


A San Bernardino-based nonprofit is building affordable housing units to address the city's housing crisis.  KVCR's Ben Purper has the story.

The City of Riverside will lead a community-wide commemoration of the terror attacks that took place 16 years ago today in New York, Washingotn, D.C., and Shanksville, PA.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more on Riverside's "Day of Service."

In addition to events commemorating September 11 in Riverside, the city of Murrieta will also host a day of activities to mark the 9/11/2001 terror attacks.  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:

- Verdicts were reached for three of the four Colonies defendants.  But the jury remains out on the fourth;

- An environmental challenge to a foreign company taking millions of gallons of water out of the San Bernardino National Forest got a boost, and;

- Concerns have been raised about the treatment of inmates in an Adelanto prison where people awaiting deportation are held.

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The California Senate has approved a bill that would require large employers to publicly report disparities in pay between their male and female employees.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

A bill that would reduce the penalty for intentionally transmitting H-I-V to another person is making its way through the California state Legislature.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

An effort to bring state oversight to an unregulated sector of the pharmaceutical industry is off the table for the fall legislative session.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola explains why.

Modesto-area Republican Member of Congress Jeff Denham recently said Democrats Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Chuck Schumer all voted for a border wall as senators.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked Denham's claim.

A number of union employees of Riverside County government will take part in day two of a union work walkout, following a collapse of contract negotiations between the union and the county.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Ontario International Airport is taking steps to pursue more cargo and passenger traffic across the Pacific Ocean.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Metrolink officials inaugurated Rail Safety Month this week with an enforcement campaign in Riverside that resulted in citations for crossing violations, and calls from public figures for pedestrians., riders, drivers, and others to do their part in preventing accidents.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

California state Senate Leader Kevin de Leon recently made some bold claims about radical right-wing terrorism.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked the Democratic senator's statements.

Immigrants rights organizations - and DACA recipients - in the Inland Empire held rallies in San Bernardino and Riverside yesterday (Tuesday) to protest the end of the program.  And in San Bernardino, there was a counter-protest in support of the Trump Administration's decision to end the DACA program.  KVCR's Ken Vincent and Isel Cuapio have details.


A U.S. citizen in San Bernardino - who was detained by Immigration & Customs Enforcement - is speaking out about the federal government rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.  KVCR's Ben Purper reports.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Tuesday that the federal government will be ending DACA with a six-month grace period, leaving roughly 800,000 undocumented young people at risk of deportation.

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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.

A bill that could force drug manufacturers to reveal more information about price hikes faces a crucial committee vote in the California Legislature today (Friday).  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola has the story.


California lawmakers could today (Friday) take the first steps toward passing a package of bills that seek to reduce the state's soaring housing costs.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, up to a dozen different housing bills could come up for votes.