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California provides billions of dollars in tax breaks and credits to businesses each year, but a new report questions what happens next.  It finds the state often doesn't track whether these tax incentives are working as planned.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Former Cal State San Bernardino President, Al Karnig, died at home yesterday (Thursday).  He was 75 years old.  KVCR's Ken Vincent shared this remembrance on Friday morning.

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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:

- The UC Riverside School of Medicine has opened a clinic in downtown Riverside;

- the city of San Bernardino is going to hire a crime reduction manager, and;

- tolls are going up on the newly widened 91 freeway through  Corona.

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A Southern California Republican assemblyman is trying to get voters to overturn California's new gas tax and transportation funding package.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California's entire Republican congressional delegation voted for the House G-O-P health care bill today (Thursday).  That includes several lawmakers who before the vote said they were either undecided or opposed.  One California Republican whose support was never in doubt is Congresswoman Mimi Walters.  She represents an Orange County district that's traditionally conservative but voted for Hillary Clinton last year.  Walters spoke by phone after the vote with our Capital Bureau Chief Ben Adler, who began by asking the congresswoman why she voted yes.

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The San Bernardino County high desert town of Adelanto owes much of it's survival to the money it gets from detaining immigrants. Now, legislation in Sacramento could put a crimp in that source of revenue.  Reporter Lisa Pickoff-White has this story for The California Report.

A police investigation in San Bernardino yesterday (Wednesday) prompted a possible criminal suspect to flee into traffic on the 210 freeway, resulting in his death after being hit by a vehicle.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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It takes a lot of money to live in Orange County... even if you're poor.  The Orange County Register looked into newly-released U.S. government statistics that show Orange County has one of the highest low-income thresholds in in the nation.  KVCR's Ken Vincent explains.

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Calls to strip the University of California of its constitutional independence have intensified after an audit of the UC president's office.  But California's Assembly Speaker appears reluctant to take such a far-reaching step, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

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A drunk driving suspect charged with killing a 3-year-old boy in San Bernardino as the boy was crossing a street had been arrested and released for another alcohol-related incident the day before she struck the child.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The two top executives at Long Beach-based Molina Healthcare -- the sons of the company's founder -- have been ousted from their executive positions by the Molina Healthcare board.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Janet Nguyen has gone from back bench obscurity to media darling. The Orange County Republican State Senator got a lot of attention when she was forcibly removed from the Senate floor earlier this year for criticizing the late State Senator Tom Hayden. Of course, intense turn of events are nothing new in Nguyen's life -- As part of her series on immigrant lawmakers, The California Report's Katie Orr spoke to Nguyen.

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The Indio Police Department has released the incident and arrest statistics for the 2017 Stagecoach Music Festival.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

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At a hearing in Sacramento yesterday, California lawmakers exhibited bipartisan outrage over a recent audit of the University of California.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Of the 64.000 children in the foster care system in California, fewer than three percent are in the adoption phase.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports the system is undergoing changes this year that may help more kids find a stable home life.

KVCR's Ken Vincent continues speaking with John Husing, Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, about Dr. Husing's 2017 economic forecast for the Inland Empire.  In this segment, Dr. Husing explains his prediction for job growth in the sectors of the local economy that provide moderately-paying jobs.

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A crowd reported to be between 300 and 400 people took part in a May Day march in Riverside yesterday, in part to oppose the Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigrants.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Officials from the City of Riverside and the Riverside Art Museum were scheduled to hold a news conference today (Tuesday) with activist, philanthropist, actor and comedian Cheech Marin to outline plans to allow the Riverside Art Museum to permanently house Marin's large collection of Chicano art in Riverside.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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California state Senate Democrats have proposed a major overhaul to the state's key climate change program.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the legislation would extend the state's cap and trade system.

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Local firefighters have been working to contain 3 wildfires around the Inland Empire that started this past weekend.  Here's more from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The 2017 Stagecoach Country Music Festival concluded last night in Indio, meaning that a post-festival traffic jam will slow the flow on the westbound I-10 from the Coachella Valley through the Pass communities into the Inland valleys.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this Stagecoach wrapup.

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California's shortage of primary care doctors will likely get worse, particularly in the Central Valley and the Inland Empire.  $$55 million worth of federal and private grants for medical residencies in underserved areas is expiring.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports that a deal for the state to step in is also in jeopardy.

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:

- A bill that would have aided survivors of the Dec. 2, 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino was gutted int he state Legislature;

- the cleanup of chromium-6 in the San Bernardino County high desert town of Hinckley has reached a milestone, and;

- audits of California's two public university systems offered some surprises.

The Inland Empire Economic Partnership will host a speakers' series for candidates who have declared for the 2018 California governor's race.  Part 1 in the series is today (Friday) and features former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.  It'll be held at the Universal Technical Institute in Rancho Cucamonga.  KVCR's Rick Dulock spoke with IEEP President Paul Granillo to ask what the candidate speaker series is all about.

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A bill that would eliminate health insurance companies and provide government-funded health care coverage for all Californians passed its first key vote in the state Senate on Wednesday, the same day that hundreds of nurses rallied at the State Capitol in support of universal health care.   The California Report's host John Sepulvado introduces KQED's Laura Klivans has more on the effort to create what's known as a single payer system. 

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A report in this week's San Bernardino Sun focused on how the heavy rains of this past winter that helped end the California drought could now increase the risk of wildfires in Southern California.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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California State Treasurer and Democratic candidate for governor John Chiang recently claimed he has saved taxpayers more than five billion dollars over the past two years.  That caught the attention of Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols, who is checking claims by candidates in the 2018 California governor's race.

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Yesterday we brought you the story of one street near San Bernardino that's still on the mend 10 years after the start of the mortgage meltdown. On his way out of that neighborhood, The California Report's Los Angeles bureau chief Steven Cuevas spotted a sign with an offer that sounded way too good to be true.  "The California Report" host John Sepulvado introduces the story.

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This year's count of homeless people in the two Inland Empire counties finds that the number of homeless in San Bernardino County dropped slightly, while Riverside County's homeless population has increased.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A panel of high-profile conservatives is slated to talk about the Trump presidency on Sunday at a downtown Riverside Venue where anti-Trump protests are also expected to gather.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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