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In a segment aired this morning (Monday) in "The California Report," Los Angeles-area state Senator Kevin De Leon talks about why he's mounting a primary challenge against fellow Democrat, longtime California U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.

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California is leading a lawsuit by 18 states against the Trump administration.  That's after the President suspended a key component of the health care law last week.  Capital public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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A government program that provides insurance for low and middle income kids might not receive a federal boost this year.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola explains what that would mean for California families enrolled in the Children's Health Insurance Program - or CHIP.

TUESDAY 7:00AM UPDATE:

The Canyon Fire 2, still considered active in the Anaheim Hills as of yesterday afternoon (Monday), is "nearing full containment with no further threats to neighborhoods," according to Anaheim Fire & Rescue's latest statement this morning.

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SUNDAY 10:00AM UPDATE:

The Canyon Fire 2 burning in the Anaheim Hills area, is 75 percent contained this morning (Sunday) and the area burned remains at 9,217 acres.  As of Anaheim Fire & Rescue's briefing at 8:00 last night, personnel, equipment, and air support was being held to about the same levels as Friday: there are 984 personnel working to fight the blaze, with help from 64 fire engines, 6 water tenders, 8 bulldozers, and 2 helicopters.

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UPDATED 11:30AM SATURDAY, OCT 14:

The Canyon Fire 2 burning in Orange County is now 70% contained, with burned acreage still holding at 9,217 acres.  Good progress on containing the fire over the past few days has been aided by favorable weather, and full containment of the blaze is projected for Tuesday.  However fire authorities are still concerned about a forecast of warmer, windier conditions returning today (Saturday) that could whip up flames again.  

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As of this morning, the wildfires fires devastating areas of several Northern California counties have now exceeded the death toll of what was for more than 75 years the deadliest fire in California history.  And as Capitol Public Radio's Randol White explains, fire management leaders are concerned the situation could get worse as we head into the weekend.

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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:

- Redlands is mourning six-term councilwoman Pat Gilbreath, who died last week;

- The Las Vegas mass shooting brought up painful memories for survivors of the San Bernardino mass shooting in 2015;

- Ontario International Airport has a new CEO and a new airline serving it, and;

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State agencies in California and Nevada are urging Californians impacted by the mass shooting in Las Vegas to apply for financial assistance for medical expenses, counseling, and other costs.  Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling has more.

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California Govenor Jerry Brown has approved new laws focused on pay inequality, child care, sexual assault victims, and more.  The governor held a special ceremony to sign the bills, which were all pushed by a coalition of female lawmakers.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola reports the California Legislative Women's Caucus has gained influence in the state Capitol.

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Hillary Clinton made claims about mass shootings, her record with white women, and the media in a wide-ranging speech at UC Davis this week to promote her new book.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact Check reporter Chris Nichols examined Clinton's statements in this fact check.

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11:00AM THURSDAY UPDATE:  The Canyon Fire 2, which has been burning in the Anaheim Hills this week, is now 60 percent contained at just over 9,200 acres.  There are more than 1600 firefighters battling the Canyon Fire 2, along with with 255 engines, five bulldozers, 13 helicopters, and five air tankers.  Favorable weather yesterday (Wednesday) - and expected again today - is giving fire authorities hope that they’ll have full containment of the Canyon Fire 2 by Saturday.  In the following audio report, KVCR’s Ken Vincent has details about the damage done by the blaze, the

California could soon allow companies developing autonomous vehicles to test them on public roads without a driver or even a steering wheel.  And as Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports, new proposed rules also set a path for driverless cars coming to the public.

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Sonoma and Napa Counties have been hit hard by unforgiving wildfires that continue to ravage Northern California.  As Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports, it's too early to guage the economic toll on the region's famed wine industry.

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The popular mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, is considering a run for governor of California.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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12:oo NOON WEDNESDAY UPDATE:

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, begins a new series of conversations over the next few weeks.  Speaking with KVCR's Ken Vincent, Dr. Husing presents various recent social, political, and economic statistics comparing and contrasting Riverside County and San Bernardino County.

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U.S. Senator from California Dianne Feinstein has announced she'll seek her fifth full term in office.  Feinstein listed gun violence, climate change, health care, and immigration as key reasons for her re-election bid yesterday (Monday).  She'll likely once again be the favorite, but her decision to run has stirred unrest from within her own party.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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11:00 A.M. Pacific Time TUESDAY UPDATE:

The Canyon Fire 2 burning in east Anaheim Hills has --  as  of late this morning (Tuesday) -- burned 7,500 acres and is 25 percent contained.  Authorities say at 24 homes have been destroyed by the blaze.  Mandatory evacuations are still in effect for a large swath of Orange County either side of the 241 toll freeway from the 91 Freeway south to Santiago Canyon, and southwest as far as north Tustin. 

Up to 1000 firefighters with ground equipment and air support will be fighting the blaze today.

Remember the Canyon Fire, the wildfire that burned in the southwestern hills of Corona a couple of weeks ago?

Well, now there's Canyon Fire 2 – a wildfire that started sometime around 10:30 a-m this morning (Monday) on the Orange County side of Riverside/Orange County line , and because of the gusty winds we have today, the blaze  is spreading rather rapidly west toward  and through neighborhoods east of Anaheim Hills, and has already prompted mandatory evacuations of the heavily-populated neighborhoods south of the 91 freeway and west of the 241 toll freeway in Orange County.

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Hundreds of people throughout the Inland Empire came together in various tribute events marking the lives lost a week ago in the shootings in Las Vegas and a year ago in Palm Springs.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The nation's top immigration official is vowing arrests in California neighborhoods and at work sites.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports that's in response to Governor Jerry Brown's signing of the so-called "sanctuary state" bill last week. 

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Governor Jerry Brown's office says Brown will sign a bill today designed to slow the pace that pharmaceutical companies raise drug prices.  The Governor also signed and vetoed other bills over the past weekend.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent and Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler.

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More than half of the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting were from California.  And many of those were from the Inland Empire.  The news staff of our colleague public station KQED produced this feature tribute to the lives lost from our community and our state, aired on The California Report this morning (Friday).

Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing talks with KVCR's Ken Vincent about the prospect of how another economic downturn could hurt the IE's stellar recovery from the Great Recession.

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59 people were killed in the Las Vegas massacre, and more than 500 were injured.  Hospitals are calling for blood donations to help treat victims.  As Capital Public Radios' Sammy Caiola explains, you don't need to be in Las Vegas - or even Nevada - to donate.

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The shooting in Las Vegas is immediately leading to calls from Democratic officials in California for their federal counterparts to tighten the nation's gun laws - and to look to the state as a model.  After California added many new firearms restrictions in the aftermath of the 2015 San Bernardino mass shooting, even more currently await Governor Jerry Brown's signature.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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The Las Vegas shooting quickly became an issue between two Democrats running for California governor in 2018.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

Nevada's Clark County Sheriff's Department has provided a hotline phone number for Californians and others who are looking for information about relatives or loved ones who were in Las Vegas Sunday night, with whom contact hasn't yet been made,  and who may have been affected by yesterday's mass shooting.

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