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Add up the combination of oppressive heat straining the power grid and lightning, thunder, and heavy rain overnight, and you get conditions perfect for wildfires and power outages that plagued the Inland Empire last night and this morning.  Details from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Just in time for the long holiday weekend, the price of gasoline in the Inland Empire is shooting up.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Although Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have reached agreement on three key bills that seek to reduce California's high housing costs, they're still working to flesh out the rest of the package.  As  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, the biggest sticking point is an issue called "inclusionary housing."

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Once California lawmakers wrap up an affordable housing deal, some hope to move on to a parks and water bond.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter has more from a rally held by parks backers yesterday (Wednesday) outside the state Capitol.

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A group of Riverside County union employees disrupted the County Board of Supervisors meeting in Riverside yesterday with chants and threats to go on strike.  Union members say the county has been dragging its feet in contract negotiations for more than a year. More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A union-backed bill in the California Legislature that seeks to restrict counties from contracting out for government services has drawn strong opposition from counties.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Even though a mysterious white powder that was delivered to a Riverside County Sheriff's Department office was later revealed to be just cooking flour, a criminal investigation into the incident is ongoing.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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California lawmakers are debating expanded safety requirements for young drivers.  The state's provisional driver's license program now applies to people under 18.  The proposal would extend it to new drivers under 21, as Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter explains.

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Republican Member of Congress Duncan Hunter - who represents a slice of the Inland Empire in his inland Southern California district - said he was paying President Trump a compliment when he used a profanity to praise the President's combative demeanor while speaking to an IE crowd of supporters.  Details from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing continues his summer-long discussion with KVCR's Ken Vincent about the competitive advantages and disadvantages the Inland Empire's economy has in relation to the Southern California coastal communities in the pursuit of higher-paying jobs, economic growth, and a higher quality of life.  In this segment, Dr. Husing explains how world-wide growth in e-commerce presents opportunities -- and caveats -- for the IE's economy.

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Officials at the National Weather Service and other agencies are warning residents of Inland Southern California that the oppressive - and occasionally dangerous - heat will continue to bake the region today and for the next couple of days at least.  Danielle Karson filed this report for NPR News.

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In a case that originated in the Inland Empire community of Upland, the California Supreme Court has removed a major obstacle to new local taxes.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Governor Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats are nearing a deal on bills they hope will address California's housing affordability crisis.  But it's still not clear that all three main parts of the deal have enough votes to pass.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

Could Texas-Style Flooding Happen In California?

Aug 29, 2017
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As Tropical Storm Harvey pummels Texas, California water managers say such devastating floods could happen here.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the say California needs to invest billions of dollars for flood protection.

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Researchers at the University of California Riverside have developed a ceramic skull implant where doctors can deliver ultrasound treatments on a recurring basis.  KVCR's Isel Cuapio spoke with Guillermo Aguilar, professor and chair of Mechanical Engineering about the research efforts.

An online report Friday from the San Bernardino Sun said San Bernardino County Sheriff's investigators, following up on leads generated by a human trafficking arrest in Chino last week, made another arrest in San Bernardino.  KVCR's Rick Dulock has more.

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As the federal Obamacare repeal debate drags on, California Assembly speaker Anthony Rendon is calling for a universal health care solution.  But how will it differ from the single-payer plan that he blocked in June?  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola explains.

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This could finally be the week that Governor Jerry Brown and California lawmakers begin to address the state's housing affordability crisis.  Or, maybe not.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has an update from the state Capitol on where the negotiations stand.

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A group backing the recall of Democratic state Senator Josh Newman is now suing the state of California for a new law it says is meant to protect the senator.  If that sounds like deja vu, it's likely because you heard the exact same sentence a month ago, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford 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:

- San Bernardino's downtown Mall has closed; city leaders hope to replace it with shops, restaurants, offices, and housing;

- San Bernardino County Supervisors declines to ban raves at the Glen Helen Amphitheatre in Devore;

- Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes has stepped down from his GOP leadership post, after criticism in his caucus for his cap-and-trade vote.

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A new report by two independent research firms has ranked every region in California by environmental indicators, like electricity consumption and solar panel installation -- and the Inland Empire got some mixed results.  KVCR's Ben Purper has more.

The recently-released 2017 Green Innovation Index put out by the independent research groups Next 10 and Beacon Economics ranks every major region of California according to environmental indicators.

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California's Assembly Republican Leader is stepping down after weeks of pressure from conservatives.  They're furious that Chad Mayes helped negotiate a cap-and-trade deal with Governor Jerry Brown.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, Mayes may have the last word: the new leader elected by the caucus yesterday (Thursday) is one of his allies.

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California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon has laid out a path forward for universal health care legislation -- but not the single-payer bill he sidelined earlier this year.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The state of California must move forward with a new, expedited death penalty process that voters approved last election.  The state's top court largely rejected a legal challenge yesterday (Thursday) that had temporarily halted Proposition 66 from taking effect.  But the California Supreme Court unanimously struck down one aspect of the law, as Capital Public Radio's Ben  Bradford reports.

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Orange County Republican state Senator John Moorlach recently claimed crime in California 'has been getting worse' since Jerry Brown was elected governor.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked Moorlach, who represents a district right next door to the Inland Empire.

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A federal case involving securities violations by the former city manager of Beaumont, along with Beaumont's bond financing agency, was settled this week with agreements to pay financial penalties -- without admissions of guilt.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Two adults and two children died yesterday in an Inland Empire house fire.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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State lawmakers are considering a tax to help poor rural communities provide safe drinking water.  Agriculture and environmental groups are backing the bill -- but water companies, not so much.   Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter explains.

Country Music Concert Series Kicks off in Temecula

Aug 23, 2017
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Country music comes to the southland this weekend. KVCR's Lillian Vasquez has an artist profile as the "Country at the Downs" concert series kicks off in Temecula. 

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A bill to make California a "sanctuary state" is moving forward in the state Legislature, including a hearing before the Assembly Appropriations Committee today (Wednesday). Oregon has had a similar law for almost three decades.  More in this collaborative report from Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford and Oregon Public Broadcasting's Conrad Wilson.

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