While the Trump administration has promised to cut back on efforts to fight climate change, California is part of a coalition of state and local governments around the globe that vow to continue the fight against global warming.  More in this story from Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford.

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The ongoing investigation into the shooting deaths of a San Bernardino teacher and an 8-year-old student in her classroom - committed by the teacher's estranged husband before he turned the gun on himself - has revealed more details about the shooter and his victims.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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Inland Empire residents continue to show support for the students and staff traumatized by the murder-suicide shootings that resulted in the deaths of a San Bernardino teacher and a young student.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more about another vigil to honor the victims, and about a local teddy bear drive for the North Park Elementary School kids who are trying to cope with the horrific incident.

When it comes to high school graduation, California is narrowing the achievement gap for Latino and African-American students, and for English language learners.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports on the latest data from the state.

Californians could have an earlier say in who the 2020 presidential nominees are, under a proposal from the state's top elections official.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Following the California Legislature's passage of hikes in gasoline and diesel taxes for road repairs, Republican State Assemblyman  Jim Patterson recently claimed California would soon have the "highest gas tax in the nation."  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out that statement by the Fresno lawmaker.

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Members of the community joined law enforcement and school district officials to try to sooth tensions and calm frayed nerves following the shooting deaths of two adults and a child in front of a classroom full of children at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino yesterday.  NPR's Korva Coleman introduces this report from Danielle Karson.

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More details are emerging about the perpetrator and victims of yesterdays fatal shooting that resulted in the deaths of 3 people - one a schoolkid - at an elementary school in San Bernardino.  KVCR's Ken Vincent and Rick Dulock have more.

California tax collections proved better than expected in March, but the state controller is counseling caution.  As Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports, you'll have to step back to look at the broader budget picture.

Shots rang out around 10:30 on Monday morning at at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino. KVCR's Rick Dulock followed the story and brings this update on the victims and the shooter.

Thanks to votes from Inland Empire legislators who remained undecided about how they would vote until the last minute, Governor Jerry Brown's package of gas tax hikes and higher vehicle license fees passed without a vote to spare last night.  Here's KVCR's Ken Vincent with details.

It took the full negotiating power of Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders to get the votes of two Inland Empire state senators to assure that the Governor's transportation tax-and-fix plan would pass both houses of the California Legislature with the required two-thirds votes in favor of the package.  Here's Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler with how the proposal passed.

It was a major win for Gov. Jerry Brown and state democrats when California lawmakers approved a 10-year, $52 billion transportation infrastructure plan last night (Thursday). In this story from the California Report, KQED's Katie Orr explains that the money is slated for road, bridge and highway repairs as well as various transit projects.

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:

- Beaumont has reached a settlement in a developer transportation fee case that could have cost the city as much as $67 million;

- Governor Jerry Brown came to Riverside to rally support for a car tax to fund roadway repairs, and;

- The Trump administration is clearing the way for a controversial plan to pump water out of the Mojave Desert.


California's signature program to fight climate change got a big win yesterday (Thursday).  An appellate court ruled the state cap-and-trade system is legal and not a tax.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Every time you pump gas in California, a portion of that price per gallon goes to building and maintaining roads.  But  the state's transportation needs far outweigh the money generated.  As Capital Public Radio's Randol White explains, Caltrans is researching possible road-funding options for the future.

It's arm-twisting time for California Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders.  They've set a vote for this afternoon (Thursday) for the transportation funding deal they announced last week.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, it's not yet clear there's enough support to gety the deal through the Legislature.

Governor Jerry Brown was in the Inland Empire yesterday (Tuesday), hoping to get support from skeptical IE lawmakers for his big transportation funding proposal.  Tomorrow, California lawmakers are scheduled to decide whether to raise fuel taxes and vehicle fees to pay for road repairs, but the Governor and legislative leaders are still looking for votes to pass the measure.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has more.

Many associate California's job growth with Silicon Valley and coastal cities like San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles.  But Governor Jerry Brown recently claimed inland areas - including the Central Valley and Inland Empire - are experiencing "tremendous job growth," too.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out that claim.

Yesterday (Tuesday) was "Equal Pay Day."  California women's rights advocates called for employers to play an active role in closing the gender pay gap.  Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling reports.

From KVCaRts: 56th Annual San Bernardino Headdress Ball

Apr 5, 2017

In this excerpt from KVCaRts, KVCR's Lillian Vasquez speaks with Carol Dixon with the San Bernardino Assistance League about the 56th Annual Headdress Ball to raise funds for the Assistance League of San Bernardino.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, tells KVCR's Ken Vincent how he thinks the current national economic and political climate could affect the economy in the IE this year.

California Governor Jerry Brown will join state and local representatives in Riverside today to make his case for hiking gasoline taxes to pay for road repairs.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The transportation funding deal reached last week by Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders is speeding toward a Thursday vote.  But with opposition from both environmental and anti-tax groups, Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports it remains unclear if the bill has enough support to pass.

California Sanctuary State Bill Passes State Senate

Apr 4, 2017

Democratic state senators passed a bill that would make California a "sanctuary state" in spite of opposition from every Republican senator in the chamber.  Republicans say the move hinders federal immigration enforcement and threatens public safety.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports.

Two former San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies who had been charged with beating a man who fled on a stolen horse have pleaded no contest to disturbing the peace.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

It looks like California U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein is running for re-election in 2018.  But a new survey from UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies suggests that Feinstein’s age could be a negative for some voters.  As KQED’s Scott Shafer explains, seniority isn’t always a plus.


New academic rankings show that UC Riverside's Department of Entomology is the #2-ranked insect research program in the world.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.


Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders have a huge challenge this week: convince all but one Democrat in the California Legislature to vote for new fuel tax increases and vehicle fees to repair the atate's crumbling roads and highways.  That's because it's an incredibly unpopular vote, as Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero found when he spoke with drivers in Fresno.

Calif. Lawmaker Wants To Reform Court Bail System

Apr 3, 2017

Bail is supposed to ensure that defendants show up for their court hearings, but one lawmaker says the current system is unfair.  Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling reports Democratic State Senator Robert Hertzberg wants to make bail a measure of last resort.