University of California Regents will a lot to talk about when they meet this week in San Francisco. Capital Bureau Chief, Ben Adler says it's their first meeting since Governor Brown and state lawmakers fired several shots across the UC's bow in the new state budget.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler and KVCR's Rick Dulock have more.

A Bill introduced in the California Legislature this week would strengthen protections for groundwater resources in the state's deserts. KVCR's Ben Purper has more.

California Governor Jerry Brown is planning a Climate Action Summit in 2018 bringing partners together from around the country and the world in support of the Paris Agreement.  KVCR's Rick Dulock shares this story from CPRN.

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The UC System increased the number of out-of-state freshmen it offered admission this fall while offering slightly fewer freshman spots to California residents. Sally Schilling explains in this story from Capital Public Radio.

California has the most expensive real estate markets in the U. S., while state funds for affordable housing have largely dried up.  A new proposal passed the state senate Thursday that may provide a new source. Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.


The hot, humid weather the Inland Empire will feel today (Thursday) will be amplified tomorrow and Saturday, and the National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for the inland valleys and the mountains for potentially hazardous temperatures from tomorrow morning through Saturday night.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details on the forecast for the valleys and the mountains.

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Inland Empire firefighters were working to contain three wildfires burning around the region yesterday (Wednesday), including a blaze that broke out overnight in a Riverside park that resulted in some brief residential evacuations.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent

In a video announcing his run for California governor, Orange County conservative Republican Travis Allen made some bold claims about crime in the Golden State.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked Allen's statements as part of our "Tracking The Truth" series, which examines claims in the 2018 governor's race.

Former Republican Assemblyman David Hadley is entering the 2108 California governor's race.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, Hadley hopes to win support from moderate and establishment Republicans.

A bill that would extend "sanctuary city" protections for immigrants across California is continuing to move through the state Legislature, after passing the state Senate months ago.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

From today (Wednesday) for the rest of the week, Inland Empire weather is going to be hot.  And then, through the coming weekend, it'll be even hotter, and muggy as well.  And in our local mountains, above-normal heat will persist alongside a chance of showers and thunderstorms for the next few days.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has the National Weather Service forecast for the inland valleys and mountains.

After two California Democrats advanced in last year's open U.S. Senate primary, some pundits think that could happen again in the 2018 governor's race.  But one expert insists that won't happen, and he's willing to put his modesty and dignity on the line.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

Hate crimes in California increased by more than ten percent for the second year in a row, according to new data from the state Attorney General's Office.  But it's hard to know what to make of that, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Failure to pay traffic fines and fees won't cost Californians their driving privileges under a provision signed into law as part of the state budget package.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports.

No matter where you live in the Inland Empire, chances are good that there is a 4th of July fireworks display within an easy drive.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this roundup of many of the fireworks displays that will light up the inland skies.


Three wildfires broke out around the Inland Empire yesterday.  Firefighters put out all three relatively quickly.  With details, here's KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Patients who visit a hospital that is part of their insurance plan don't have to worry about receiving surprise medical bills anymore.  Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling explains California's law prohibiting those bills took effect July 1.

This year, the saying seems to be: "The 3rd is the new 4th."  Because July 4th falls on a Tuesday this year, many people have extended their holiday weekend into this week, and some communities are holding fireworks celebrations on the 3rd.  Here's KVCR's Ken Vincent with more.

The California Highway Patrol will continue to be out in large numbers as the long 4th of July weekend continues, looking for careless, dangerous, and impaired driving.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The long 4th of July weekend has not been without traffic accidents around the Inland Empire.  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:

- Flights to Mexico out of San Bernardino International will be delayed for months;

- Edison customers who convert to solar will have to pay some new fees;

- Threatened desert tortoises that were moved to another part of the Mojave aren't doing so well, and;

- Residents not even near the wildfires got a false alarm on their cell phones telling them to evacuate.

A federal judge in San Diego has temporarily blocked one of California's high-profile gun control laws.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler explains.

Recreational marijuana businesses will soon be legal in California.  It's unclear what - if any - enforcement will come from the federal government.  But a bill in the state Legislature would limit state and local law enforcement from teaming up with the feds on certain marijuana cases.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports.

California's most recently-elected U.S. congressman is still working at the state Capitol rather than in Washington, D. C., and the state's newest Republican for governor is hammering him for it.  State government reporter Ben Bradford gives us this snapshot of Sacramento politics.

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UPDATE - 8:30  A.M. Friday JUNE 30:

The Manzanita Fire burning south of Beaumont is 90 percent contained, and has not grown from 6,309 acres since Wednesday morning.

The Mart Fire burning near Highland has scorched 670 acres and is 60 percent contained.

The Holcomb Fire that began June 19 north of Big Bear has burned 1,503 acres and is 100 percent contained.

Listen to the audio report below for more details.

The 5th Annual Lake Arrowhead Mountain Artists Studio Tour will take place this weekend, featuring more than a dozen artists opening their galleries and studios to the public.  It's a fundraiser for the Mountain Artists Network, as KVCR's Ben Purper explains in this feature preview of the event.

Beginning tomorrow (Friday), the California Highway Patrol will begin it's annual "Maximum Enforcement Period," during which CHP officers will swarm the freeways and highways looking for impaired and unsafe drivers.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

More low-income, working Californians will qualify for a key tax break under the new state budget that takes effect next month.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

California could face an extra $30 billion in health costs per year within a decade under the U.S. Senate Republican halth plan.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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