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The Wildomar Fire burning west of Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, and Murrieta has burned 700 acres and is 15 percent contained as of the latest report at 9:00am Friday. 

Ken Burns and Lynn Novic have produced "The Vietnam War," an 18-hour television documentary airing tonight at 8pm on KVCR-TV.  In conjunction with the TV series, KVCR's Lillian Vasquez has produced a series for 91.9 KVCR called "The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War," in which she talks with veterans from our Inland Empire region.

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Ontario police arrested a 13-year-old boy who brandished a gun on an Inland Empire middle school campus yesterday (Wednesday).  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Women in California politics protesting sexual harassment and abuse at the state Capitol distrust the response from legislative leaders.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports on what they would like to see change.

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The demand for housing in California means there are fewer vacant properties in foreclosure limbo.... sometimes referred to as "zombie foreclosures."  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Public hearings into allegations of widespread sexual harassment and abuse at the California state Capitol will begin next month in the state Assembly.  Democratic lawmakers proposed the hearings yesterday (Tuesday) after nearly 150 women in California politics published a letter last week in the Los Angeles Times detailing pervasive mistreatment.  Capitol Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California lawmakers are considering what the the state's response should be following a massive breach of sensitive data at the credit agency Equifax.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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After record-breaking temperatures around the Inland Empire and across Southern California yesterday (Monday), weather forecasters are warning of hotter conditions today, and a continued risk of wildfires through tomorrow.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, and KVCR's Ken Vincent continue with Dr. Husing's presentation comparing and contrasting economic activity in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.  In this segment, Dr. Husing explains income-earning and prosperity dynamics in each county relative to the other.

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California's new gas tax goes into effect next month, and some of the roadwork it's set to pay for is already underway.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports more expedited projects worth some $3 billion could get approval next week.

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Some California state Assembly members are reviving their push for universal health care this week with two days of informational hearings.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola has a recap.

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The California Republican Party is lost in an identity crisis.  The divide pits the conservative, nationalistic wing against the establishment, business-friendly wing.  That split was on full display at the state's G-O-P's convention this weekend.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, many California Republicans -- including Inland Empire Assemblyman Chad Mayes -- are fighting back against Steve Bannon's declared war on the GOP establishment.

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The four Democratic candidates in next year's California governor's race debated for the first time over the past weekend, and they really only had one disagreement:  single-payer health care.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

Sonoma County sheriff's officials are blaming the far-right website Breitbart for spreading false information about an arson arrest tied to Norther California's deadly wildfires.  Capital Public radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out the website's inflammatory claims.

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:

  1. The state and Sen. Dianne Feinstein are fighting a desert water project that recently got a green light from the Trump administration.
  2. Riverside County supervisors voted to impose a contract on sheriff’s deputies
  3. State Assemblyman Jose Medina’s bill to close a loophole in environmental laws was vetoed by Gov. Brown.

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More than 140 women this week signed a letter about pervasive sexual harassment in the California Legislature, but only a handful have ever taken their complaints to higher-ups.  They say the Capitol's review policies don't go far enough to protect women, and that accusing elected officials could mean risking their reputations and their jobs.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola reports on the Legislature's complaint process, and why so few women are using it.

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California Republicans gather in Anaheim this weekend for the state party's semi-annual convention - with former White House advisor Steve Bannon headlining the list of speakers.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Democratic candidate for governor Antonio Villaraigosa has repeatedly claimed Los Angeles saw a nearly 50 percent decline in violent crime during his time as the city's mayor.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked the candidate's statement.

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Ken Burns and Lynn Novic have produced a new documentary, "The Vietnam War," for PBS.  It's a 16-hour series that will premier tongiht on KVCR-TV at 8 p.m.  KVCR's Lillian Vasquez has produced a local series for 91.9 KVCR, "The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War," in which we'll hear her talk with veterans from our Inland Empire region.  Here's Part 1.

Conservatives mounting a campaign to repeal California's new gas tax are getting a financial boost that could help them qualify for next November's ballot.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler explains.

California is asking a federal judge to immediately reinstate health care payments President Trump halted last week.  That's as a lawsuit by 19 states goes forward challenging the president's actions.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Two brush fires - burning simultaneously within a few miles of each other - alongside the northbound lanes of State Highway 57 between Brea and Diamond Bar resulted in a partial shutdown of the northbound 57 early this morning, and tied up traffic both directions between the 91 freeway in Fullerton and the 60 freeway in Diamond Bar.  The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports that the blaze burned about 25 acres of brush along the east side of the 57 freeway north of Bre

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As was expected, the Canyon Fire 2 that had been burning in Orange County for the past week was declared 100 percent contained yesterday (Tuesday).  The blaze - which started Oct. 9 - burned 9,217 acres, destroyed 25 structures and damaged anotehr 55 structures over it's 8-day run.  At one point, there were nearly 1,700 personnel fighting the blaze.  4 firefighters were injured.  Crews of firefighters will remain in and around the burn area for the rest of this week, patrolling for hot spots and flare-ups. 

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In the wake of devastating wildfires in Northern California, some employers may now be dealing with the after effects of having to close,or employees needing time off.  Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling reports.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are one game away from securing an appearance in the World Series.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, continues a new series of segments we started last week comparing and contrasting economic activity in Riverside County with San Bernardino County.  In this segment, Dr. Husing busts popular myths that most Inland workers have to commute west or south out of the IE to their jobs.

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Firefighters in Southern California are battling a new wildfire; this one in the San Gabriel Mountains just west of the Inland Empire, on Mount Wilson.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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More evacuation orders in Northern California are now lifted, after a week of devastating wildfires that left 41 people dead.  But as Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports, crews have to stay ready around the state, because fire season is far from over.

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California has more than 800 new laws on the books this year, after Governor Jerry Brown finished signing legislation last weekend.  Brown also vetoed more than 100 measures.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports state lawmakers know how the governor will act on their bills.

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Authorities say the bodies of two adults have been found in Joshua Tree National Park, near the area where a Southern California couple vanished while hiking nearly three months ago.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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