The contentious effort to recall Democratic state Senator Josh Newman -- who represents a district that spans Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino counties -- is in part a microcosm of fundamental battles between Democrats and Republicans nationwide.  KQED's Marisa Lagos spent time talking with Senator Newman, his supporters, and his opponents.


A week from today, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors will debate the pros and cons of permitting marijuana sales and commercial cultivation in Riverside County's unincorporated communities.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

California's signature climate change program, cap-and-trade, passed its first test since lawmakers extended the program last month.  The state's quarterly auction of pollution allowances -- which give companies the right to release emissions -- sold out.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California Republicans have again failed to topple GOP Assembly Leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley.  Mayes yesterday (Monday) survived a second vote to remove him from his post, but he'll face another next Tuesday, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

KVCR contributor John Husing, the chief economist for the Inland Empire economic partnership, continues talking with KVCR's Ken Vincent about the positive and negative aspects of the IE economy as ou region competes with the coastal communities for economic growth, higher-paying jobs, and a better quality of life.  In this segment, Dr. Husing focuses on the advantages and disadvantages of increased  environmental regulation in the Inland Empire.

This past Friday, Crafton Hills College opened the door of its new Veteran's Resource Center.  The secretary of California Veterans Affairs, Dr. Vito Imbasciani, was there for the celebration.  KVCR's Lillian Vasquez was also there, and has this report.

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At UC Riverside, nearly one thousand people showed up to the center of campus to view the eclipse. KVCR's Isel Cuapio has more. 

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Students, administrators, and professors gathered to watch Monday's eclipse at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa. KVCR's Ben Purper has more. 

While the unemployment rate across the state went down a slight bit from June to July,. the jobless rate in the Inland Empire took a sharper tick upward last month from the month before.  Still, the unemployment rate this year remains better than this time last year..  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent

For the first time, the state of California has compiled all of the uses of force involving law enforcement officers for a given year.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports.

A new report from the California EPA furthers a discussion on whether the state should ban a widely-used and controversial pesticide.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola has the story.

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Democratic Congressman Mark Takano of California’s 41st district, which includes Riverside and Moreno Valley, re-affirmed his support for the immigrant and undocumented community at an event last Thursday.

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 former fire Explorer Scout was arrested on suspicion of setting a spate of fires in and around the San Bernardino Valley recently;

- The Colonies corruption case, involving a $102 million settlement with a developer, is wrapping up in the courts this week, and;

- Why are new freeway lanes seldom free? Recent and future projects will be toll lanes. The Press-Enterprise explored why.

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Inmate suicides and suicide attempts are not being properly handled by California State Prisons, according to a report from the State Auditor.  And a state prison in San Bernardino County has the worst record for suicides among the entire system.  Capital Public Radios' Randol White has more.


Inland Empire Republican state Senator Jeff Stone yesterday (Thursday) quit the California Legislature's Jewish Caucus to protest the Caucus's criticism of President Trump's response to the white nationalist rally in Virginia.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

California lawmakers can now transfer unlimited funds from their campaign war chests to Fullerton Democratic state Senator Josh Newman as he fights a recall election.  The state's top campaign finance watchdog agency voted to strip the current cap on those contributions during a testy hearing yesterday (Thursday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

President Trump declared a national opioid emergency last week, but California health leaders are already working full speed on the problem.  Their latest approach?  Virtual pain management training for doctors statewide.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola checks in on the effort.

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A former San Bernardino police officer who was wounded in the line of duty during the December 2, 2015 San Bernardino terror attack is receiving a Congressional award for bravery today (Thursday).  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The Mias Fire near Banning is increasingly under control, as firefighters from several agencies continue to increase containment ans hold the acreage burned to just over 500 acres.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The newest national monument in the Inland Empire - the Sand to Snow Monument spanning the San Gorgonio and San Bernardino Mountains - appears to be safe from Trump Administration threats to shrink or eliminate many national monuments created by Trump's predecessors.  That's according to recent remarks from the U.S Interior Secretary.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

As officials from the U.S., Mexico, and Canada begin negotiating an updated version of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, mayors from border cities in California and Mexico held a news conference to send a message to federal negotiators just how important NAFTA is to local and international economies.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Violent demonstrations in Berkeley this year foreshadowed the recent white nationalist rally in Virginia that left 3 people dead.  With police forces around the country now on the watch for similar protests, Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter looks at what they can do to prepare.

California lawmakers will debate how to address a backlog of untested rape kits, when they return to work at the state Capitol later this month.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

As California's wine grape harvest gets under way, most of it will be done by machine.  But as growers face ongoing labor shortages, mechanization isn't a cure-all.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports.

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Three California lawmakers are asking the federal government to prevent an alt-right group from rallying in San Francisco this month, after the violence in Charlottesville on Friday.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

The Democratic and Republican leaders of the California Assembly are both facing revolts from party activists.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, the leaders' actions on high-profile issues have infuriated grassroots liberals and conservatives.

Firefighters have made significant progress fighting two Inland Empire wildfires this week.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Several California universities are on the list of the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities, including two of the top five institutions on the list.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, and KVCR's Ken Vincent continue taking inventory of the positives and negatives inherent in the Inland Empire economy that affect our region's ability to compete with the Southern California coastal communities for economic growth and a higher quality of life.  In this segment, Dr. Husing explains two potentially major influences on the IE's economic ascent.

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As firefighters continued battling the Blaine Fire in the hills between Riverside and Moreno Valley, another brush fire broke out farther east, near the Pass community of Banning.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.