California lawmakers are looking to expand health care benefits, including to immigrants in the country without legal documentation.  How to pay for that remains an open question.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports a new study shows one potential area for savings.

In Riverside, Thousands March Against Gun Violence

Mar 26, 2018
Benjamin Purper / KVCR

Cities around the Inland Empire held their own local versions of the March For Our Lives, an anti-gun demonstration led by high school students.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper went to the march in downtown Riverside on Satruday, and has this report.

A crowd of thousands gathered in front of the Riverside Historic Courthouse on Saturday, March 24th, for the “March For Our Lives” - a nationwide demonstration for gun control in response to the deadly mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn talked with Capital Public Radio about the Stephon Clark shooting.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports Hahn talked about some of the specifics of the investigation into Sacramento Police officers shooting and killing an unarmed black man in the back yard of his grandmother's home.

A bill reintroduced into the California legislature for the third time would make the sale of filtered cigarettes illegal.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

Flags at the California state Capitol are flying at half-staff in honor of the most influential advisor to Governor Jerry Brown since he returned to the office.  The governor's staff announced that his top aide, Nancy McFadden, died on Thursday.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

March 22: Lifestyles with Lillian Vasquez

Mar 23, 2018
Performance Riverside

This week on Lifestyles, Lillian talks to local actress Debbie Prutsman. The actress is playing Ursula in the stage version of Disney's The Little Mermaid at Landon Performing Arts Center at RCC.

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:

Homes, Inc.

Democratic candidate for governor Gavin Newsom recently claimed California ranks 49th out of 50 states in per capita housing supply.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked the lieutenant governor's statement.

Tomorrow (Friday) marks the 150th anniversary of the creation of the University of California system.  It's also the time of year when high school seniors learn their fate... when both the UCs and CSUs send out admission decisions.  Many will be disappointed.  And while California's public universities will turn away thousands of eligible students, nearby out-of-state schools are opening their arms.  As part of our statewide public radio collaboration looking at the California Dream, KQED's Vanessa Rancano reports.

A faction of California Republicans - including Inland Empire Assemblyman Chad Mayes -  are urging the party to diverge from President Trump and moderate its tone and policy.  Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and current Ohio Governor John Kasich were among the speakers at the first event by the group, New Way California.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford was there.

Democrat Gavin Newsom is leading in the race for California Governor.  That's according to a new poll from the Public Policy Research Institute of California.  And, as KVCR's Ken Vincent reports, Republican candidate John Cox is gaining traction too.

In this excerpt from KVCaRts, music and conversation with musician Rusty Anderson about his long-time association with Paul McCartney, and about his own band, Rusty Anderson Afternoon, soon to appear in performance in the Inland Empire.

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The Inland Empire has experienced major economic growth and development over the last five years.  UC Riverside Political Science student and KVCR news intern Ezequiel Ramirez spoke with economist Robert Kleinhenz and community organizer Esther Portillo about the changes underway in the IE.

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The California Senate will swear in its first-ever female leader today (Wednesday) - and its first openly gay leader.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, San Deigo Democrat Toni Atkins takes the oath as Senate pro Tem at a unique moment for the state.

In San Francisco today (Wednesday), the nation's first-ever curt hearing on the science of climate change will take place.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero explains.

KVCR's Ken Vincent details the latest National Weather Service forecast, which calls for rain heavy at times to fall over the Inland Empire over the next couple of days, particularly on Thursday.

John Husing, Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, and KVCR's Ken Vincent continue reviewing the IE economy in 2017, as Dr. Husing prepares to deliver his 2018 economic forecast to a luncheon crowd next week, March 29, at the Ontario Doubletree Inn.  In this segment, Dr. Husing recounts the comeback of the local construction and real estate sector.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The Sierra Nevada is currently blanketed in fresh powder from recent storms.  But the traditional way of measuring how much water is in all of that snow isn't vey accurate.  That's a problem in California where every drop matters.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports on an innovative new way to calculate the snowpack.

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Doctors already ask us how much we smoke and drink, our sex life, our diet.  Should they also be asking about guns?  It's a hotly-debated question, as Capitol Public Radio's Sammy Caiola explains.

California officials say they are already working with the federal government on how to safeguard state power and water infrastructure from potential Russian hacking.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

UCR Graduating Medical Students Celebrate Match Day

Mar 16, 2018
Carrie Rosema / UCR

UCR's Medical School graduating class of 2018 celebrated Match Day, a day where medical students nationwide find out where they will be doing their residency programs. KVCR's Isel Cuapio 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:

UC Riverside

Do you think you could tell the difference between the taste of tap water, bottled water, and recycled water?  A UC Riverside researcher recently published a study including the results of a blind, "toilet-to-tap" water taste test.  The California Report's Penny Nelson has the story.

Benjamin Purper / KVCR

Students from around the Inland Empire participated in this week's classroom walkouts and protests against gun violence.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper reports the experience was a teachable moment not just for students, but also for parents, teachers, and school officials.

This week, thousands of students held walk-outs to advocate for stricter gun laws and to honor the memory of the seventeen people killed in Parkland, Florida – and Inland Empire students were no exception.

In the Inland Empire and around the state of California, some local elected officials remain resistant to making legal marijuana available in their communities.  Other public officials are showing signs that their anti-cannabis viewes are "evolving," or at least catching up with the views of a majority of their constituents.  KVCR's Ken Vincent and Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero have more in this report.

March 15: Lifestyles with Lillian Vasquez

Mar 15, 2018

This week on Lifestyles, Lillian chats with well known television and movie producer, Gale Anne Hurd. They discuss Hurd's newest documentary Mankiller which will air on March 22 at 8pm on KVCR TV/PBS channel 24. 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

More than 30 California lawmakers participated in the National Student Walkout against gun violence by leaving meetings to stand on the Capitol steps in Sacramento.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

Cal State San Bernardino has been recognized by a commercial website that specializes in refinancing student debt for having one of the top financial aid counseling programs in the country.  KVCR's Isel Cuapio reports.

A key priority of California Governor Jerry Brown before he leaves office is regaining momentum at the Capitol after stalling last year.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports on a proposal to integrate California's power grid with surrounding state, discussed at an Assembly hearing yesterday (Wednesday).

California lawmakers are planning to join high school students in walkouts arond the state today (Wednesday) protesting for tighter restrictions on firearms after last month's Parkland, Forida shooting.  They're also considering new gun laws, as KVCR's Ken Vincent reports.