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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.

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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.

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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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EDITOR'S NOTE:   AFTER THIS REPORT WAS PUBLISHED, ESTIMATES OF THE ACTUAL ACREAGE BURNED IN THE MART FIRE WERE CORRECTED FROM SOME 900 ACRES TO 670 ACRES WITH 40 PERCENT CONTAINMENT, AS OF THURSDAY, JUNE 29.

California's governor and both U.S. senators appeared together yesterday to criticize the proposed GOP health care plan, and pledged to cooperate to try to defeat the bill.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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San Joaquin Valley Republican Congressman Devin Nunes said last week that President Trump had signed more bills than any other president at this early point in office.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked the congressman's claim, and found it outdated at best.

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California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a 183 billion-dollar budget into law, four days before it must go into effect.  The plan increases spending on education, child care, and Medi-Cal.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

John Husing, the chief economist fort the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, and KVCR's Ken Vincent continue discussing the advantages and disadvantages the Inland Empire has over the Coastal communities in competing for future jobs, economic growth, and a higher quality of life.  This morning, Dr. Husing talks about the need for more capacity on local roads as the shipping and logistics industry continues to grow in the IE.

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The Manzanita Fire, a fast-growing wildfire that started yesterday along Highway 79 south of Beaumont, has burned 5000 acres, and is 10 percent contained.  Details from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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When California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced late Friday that he would hold the single-payer health care bill for the year, he set off a firestorm of reactions that showcase a split in the Democratic Party.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

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High temperatures broke records in the inland deserts over the weekend, and the National Weather Service says we'll have one more triple-digit day in the inland valleys before things start to cool down a bit this week.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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More progress was made over the weekend by firefighters working to contain the Holcomb wildfire burning northeast of Big Bear Lake for the past week.  The fire has burned 1503 acres and is 91 percent contained, as KVCR's Ken Vincent reports.

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The leader of the California Assembly says he does not have plans to take up the state single-payer health care proposal passed by the state Senate earlier this session.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Candidate for governor Antonio Villaraigosa recently said California has the sixth-highest economy in the world and one of the nation's highest poverty rates.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked this claim as part of our Tracking The Truth series, which examines statements in the 2018 governor's race.

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Authorities who oversee California's electric grid are warning of a possible disruption in electricity delivery when a solar eclipse takes place next month.  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:

- San Bernardino is officially out of bankruptcy;

- March Air Reserve Base gets drone-pilot training program;

- Ontario is accused of racial, gender, and disability discrimination in five lawsuits, and;

- Fontana mayor took part in White House summit on infrastructure.

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Firefighters have been making good progress containing the Holcomb Fire, burning northeast of Big Bear Lake, but with above-normal high temperatures and an excessive heat advisory continuing through the weekend, firefighters will continue to have their work cut out for them.  The following short audio report from KVCR's Ken Vincent and the information you can read below are from the Unified Incident Command's update at 9:30 Friday morning, which is the latest information as of 1:30pm Friday.

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The heat wave continues across Southern California, pushing temperatures to record-breaking highs, stressing the electrical grid, and aggravating wildfires being fought around the region.  Temperatures will be a bit more moderate tomorrow (Friday), but triple-digit temps will likely hang around the Inland Empire through the weekend.  More information in this report from NPR's Danielle Karson and KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Power lines that supply electricity to mountain communities around Big Bear are being compromised by a wildfire burning north of Big Bear Lake.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The price of homes in Riverside County went up significantly over the past year.  Meanwhile, the price of gasoline in the Inland Empire has been going down.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Wireless carriers eager to roll out faster 5G technology want the California Legislature to streamline the local approval process.  But as Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports, local governments argue the proposals would take away their powers of oversight and negotiation.

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Just like yesterday, the operator of California's electricity distribution grid has once again issued a statewide Flex Alert for today (Wednesday).  Residents all across the state are being asked to take measures to conserve power - particularly during the afternoon and evening hours - to help relieve stress on the grid that comes from an extreme demand for power.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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California requires employers in several outdoor industries to take extra precautions on hot days to protect their workers.  But as reporter Sally Schilling explains, the state has yet to establish heat safety rules for indoor workplaces, such as logistics warehouses. 

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California energy regulators are calling for conservation this week as a precaution against blackouts.  Meanwhile, a proposal to pool energy with other Western states - which could help meet spikes in demand - has stalled after the election of President Trump.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

KVCR's Ken Vincent and Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing continue discussing the strengths and weaknesses the IE has in competing with the Southern California coastal communities for jobs, economic growth, and quality of life.  This morning, Dr. Husing examines the advantages and disadvantages of the IE having more undeveloped land than any other area in Southern California.

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Two wildfires are burning in the mountains of Southern California this morning, including a blaze that has burned nearly a thousand acres north of Big Bear Lake.  The so-called Holcomb Fire near Big Bear, at last report, was 10 percent contained, but was moving away from more populated areas of that section of the San Bernardino National Forest.  The other wildfire is burning near Lake Castaic, north of Simi Valley.  More from NPR's Daniell Karson.

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Triple-digit high temperatures are expected to continue today and tomorrow throughout the inland valleys and in the local mountain communities, as an excessive heat advisroy continues throughout Southern California.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has the inland valley and mountain forecasts.

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Riverside County Supervisors are scheduled to take action on an ordinance that would impose fines on people who have potentially hazardous interactions with wild burros that roam north of Moreno Valley.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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It would be a crime to have an open container of cannabis in your vehicle while driving under a bill awaiting Governor Jerry Brown's signature.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports.

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:

- Ontario International Airport is beginning to take off;

- smog-collecting equipment is being installed in back yards around Southrn Clifornia;

- Upland councilwoman removed from committee assignments by her council colleagues, and;

- quick update on Beaumont councilman Mark Orozco.

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