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Even as California's booming economy pumps money into state coffers at unprecedented levels, Governor Jerry Brown is once again proposing a budget that would limit permanent increases in new spending.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.


Governor Jerry Brown did not include major investments in Medi-Cal or Covered California in his budget revision last week, but lawmakers and advocates say they'll keep pushing to improve the programs.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola has more.

Expressions of Art - Teen Music Workshop

May 13, 2018
Teen Music Workshop

This Expressions Of Art segment will explore Teen Music Workshop, a San Bernardino-based music program that trains children and young adults in rock and pop music.

Expressions of Art on KVCR is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at




Expressions of Art - Symphonie Jeunesse

May 12, 2018

This Expressions of Art segment will profile Symphonie Jeunesse, a San Bernardino-based youth orchestra that gives students advanced training in string instruments.

Expressions of Art on KVCR is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at

Expressions of Art is supported in part by the City of San Bernardino Fine Arts Commission with its commitment to visual and performing arts organizations that enhances the cultural and economic well-being of the community.

It's been 10 years since the housing crisis started. Home prices are back up, but could the market be overheating? Stacey Vanek Smith from the Planet Money team shares the latest with an Inland Empire interview.

Highland City Council Opposes Sanctuary Law

May 11, 2018

Another Inland Empire city has formally voted to oppose California's 'sanctuary state' law. This time it's the city of Highland. KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

Local Governments Sue Pharma for Opioid Addiction

May 11, 2018

From Shasta to San Diego, local governments are suing drugmakers for failing to protect consumers from opioid addiction. Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola has the story.

Governor Jerry Brown issued and executive order Thursday to improve the health of California forests. From Capital Public Radio, Ezra David Romero reports.

Riverside Vets No Longer Homeless

May 10, 2018

As California's homeless population continues to surge, policymakers struggle to respond. However, Riverside offers one model of success aftersuccessfully housing its population of homeless veterans, and is noiw looking to expand the program.   With From public radio's California dream collaboration, here's KPBS's Amita Sharma.

Who Covered Shifts During the UC Strike?

May 10, 2018

Nurses across the UC system wrapped up their strike Wednesday as they supported janitors, technicians and other hospital workers as they asked for higher wages and better health care. But what happens to the patients when staf is out on strike? Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola has this report from the UC Davis Medical Center.

PolitiFact Check - Gavin Newsom and SF Homelessness

May 10, 2018

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom claimed at Tuesday's gubernatorial debate that San Francisco dramatically reduced its homeless street population under his past leadership in the city. Capital Public Radio PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact checked the claim.

A number of state legislators and other officials are unhappy about how long it's taking to implement a plan to preserve the shrinking Salton Sea before toxin-laden dust from the increasingly dry lake bed poses serious environmental and health problems in the region.  More from Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero.

UC Nurses, Hospital Staff Join Service Workers' Strike

May 9, 2018

Striking University of California service workers got reinforcements Tuesday, as nurses and technical staffers joined them on the picket lines outside medical centers around the state.  KQED's Raquel Maria Dillon produced this report.


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The six leading candidates for California governor debated last night (Tuesday) in San Jose for what might be the only time in this final month before the June 5 primary election.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler offers up his takeaways.


George Deukmejian, who was governor of California during the 1980s, died yesterday (Tuesday) at age 89.  More on the former governor's legacy from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The mayor of Adelanto was led from his home in handcuffs yesterday (Tuesday), following FBI raids at several locations in the city.  Reporter Michelle Wiley explains.

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The State Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife  held a public hearing Tuesday, May 8th, on the plan to rehabilitate the shrinking Salton Sea in Imperial County.

The Salton Sea has been shrinking rapidly in 2018, after most of the water it used to get from agricultural run-off was directed to other parts in the state last year. And less water means more exposed lake-bed, which comes with a number of problems.

Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing and KVCR's Ken Vincent begin a series of segmetns over the next several weeks that Dr. Husing says will demonstrate why he thinks the IE economy is performing better now than it ever has.

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Striking UC workers will stage day two of their three-day work walkout today (Tuesday).  KQED reporter Vanessa Rancano talked with picketers and UC officials, and filed this story for The California Report.

The six leading candidates for California governor will debate tonight in San Jose - as vote-by-mail ballots arrive for the June 5 primary election.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has this snapshot of where the race stands as the voting gets under way.

PolitiFact California will be fact-checking tonight's gubernatorial debate.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols says the candidates in the race have piled up quite a few half-truths and falsehoods so far.

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San Bernardino County has received over a quarter-billion dollars in state funding to improve the county's infrastructure, including two major rail projects. 

San Bernardino County has received $285 million dollars to improve countywide infrastructure, including several rail projects, improved metro services, and new toll lanes on the 10 freeway.

UC Riverside officials say cleaning services at some student housing facilities and some dining venues will be affected by a 3-day strike by University of California union workers beginning today.  More on the UC strike from The California Report's Penny Nelson.

The Riverside County District Attorney's office on Friday filed eight counts of perjury against the father of the thirteen siblings found tortured and shackled to beds in their home in Perris.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper reports.

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California Republicans are defending at least seven seats in Congress this year that are top targets for Democrats hoping to retake control of the U.S. House.  The state GOP held its convention in San Diego this weekend.  KPBS reporter Andrew Bowen says the party is downplaying the possibility of an anti-Trump backlash. 

There's some fresh intrigue in the California governor's race, just days before voting begins, with a big endorsement on the Republican side and the first attack ad on the Democratic side.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports from the California Republican Party Convention in San Diego.

Expressions of Art - Akoma Unity Center

May 6, 2018
Akoma Unity Center

This Expressions of Art segment is on Akoma Unity Center, a nonprofit organization with the mission to unify, support, educate, heal, and empower people of color through organizing, economic growth, and youth development. 

Expressions of Art on KVCR is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at


Expressions Of Art - Performance Riverside

May 5, 2018
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On this Expressions Of Art segment, we'll hear about Performance Riverside, the nationally-recognized professional theater at Riverside City College. Performance Riverside brings together students and professionals to put on major productions like Jesus Christ Superstar and the Little Mermaid.

Expressions of Art on KVCR is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at


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.      Two lawsuits over the Riverside mayor’s veto powers may move forward although the city manager’s contract that sparked them has ended.

2.      The sentencing of the former San Bernardino County assessor in the Colonies corruption case will be delayed until fall.

AARP is giving away tens of thousands of dollars nationwide to local non-profits and government agencies - including the city of Fontana.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.