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The California State Legislature is considering a bold proposal to substantially remake the state's health care system by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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As the University of California raises student tuition and limits in-state enrollment, a new audit says President Janet Napolitano's office has all the while held onto an "undisclosed" budget reserve.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, the UC is Blasting some of the audit's findings.

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Tickets for this weekend's Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio will be available to Coachella Valley residents today only.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, continues his discussion with KVCR's Ken Vincent about how the various sectors of the IE economy are expected to perform this year compared to last year.

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When the U.S. housing market collapsed about ten years ago, the carnage was especially severe in Southern California's Inland Empire. Back then home building was booming, fueled in part by risky home loans. You know what happened next; foreclosures, thousands of them. Every street could tell a story. Today we visit one, in Bloomington near San Bernardino, to kick off a series examining how the crisis is still affecting people and communities today. The California Report's John Sepulvado introduces this story from reporter Steven Cuevas.

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The San Diego Unified School District will soon offer curricula and other educational resources to students and teachers designed to promote a deeper, more positive understanding of Muslim culture.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Three scholars at UC Riverside have been awarded prestigious Fulbright Scholarships.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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Weekend Two of the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival wrapped up late last night.  As thousands of festival goers rise this morning and depart the Coachella Valley, traffic will be jammed for much of today on the I-10 westbound from Indio thru the Inland Empire.  Meanwhile, preparations begin immediately to prepare the festival grounds for next weekend's Stagecoach County Music Festival.  More in this report from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Family, friends, and the public packed an Inland Empire church for the funeral of a teacher who was shot and killed along with a student in her elementary school classroom in San Bernardino.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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The Trump administration has formally notified the state of California that sanctuary city policies are jeopardizing federal grant funding.  It's the first concrete action the federal government has taken to withhold funds since President Trump signed his executive order targeting sanctuary cities in January.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports there's relatively little money at stake so far.

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:

- Riverside and San Bernardino counties are both losing their top executives this summer, as the two longtime county CEO's retire;

- Only a few Inland Empire hospitals got top ratings in a recent medical safety review, and;

-A former area resident is pushing a ballot measure to prevent undocumented immigrants' children from attending public schools.

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UPDATE: FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017:

The second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival kicked off today, with the desert's annual music celebration expected to pack both the Empire Polo Grounds and Inland Empire freeways.  As with Coachella, Weekend Two is pretty much a carbon copy of Weekend One.  This was our story last week, and we're stickin' with it this week.

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An Inland Empire state legislator has introduced a bill to require all UC and CSU student health centers to have abortion pills available.  The bill is moving through the Legislature, as KVCR's Ken Vincent reports.

While still defending its action, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is clarifying it's decision to deport a young immigrant who was enrolled in a program to protect him from deportation.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

An Orange County high school student has been arrested for threatening violence against his high school on social media.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing and KVCR's Ken Vincent begin a series of segments delving into the specifics of Dr. Husing's economic forecast for the various sectors of the IE economy.

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School officials say students and staff members are beginning to heal following the shooting deaths of a teacher and an 8-year-old student at San Bernardino's North Park Elementary School last week.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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At their regular meeting today, Riverside County Supervisors will be under deadline pressure to finally make decisions on whether and how to cut the county's fire department budget.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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After barely winning re-election to his Inland Empire-adjacent congressional seat last year, longtime Republican Congressman Darrell Issa is again being targeted for defeat next year by the Democratic party in both San Diego and Orange Counties.  "Morning Edition" host Steve Inskeep introduces this report from NPR's Scott Detrow.

Democrats in the state Legislature are turning their attention to the issue of affordable housing in California.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports it's their new focus, after passing a transportation funding bill earlier this month.

Say goodbye to "Cal-Exit."  The California secession effort will no longer try to qualify a ballot initiative, it's author said yesterday (Monday).  That's after media outlets turned up his connection to the Russian government.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino reopens today with extra staff and tight security, just a week after the deadly shooting that took the life of special education teacher Karen Elaine Smith and 8-year-old student Jonathan Martinez.  9-year-old Nolan Brandy, who was wounded in the classroom shooting, is recovering at home since being released Friday after five days in the hospital. 

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The first weekend of the two-weekend 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival concluded late last night.  With several thousand more people than ever attending this year's Coachella, traffic jams leaving Indio could be longer than usual, as attendees crowd onto Inland Southern California freeways trying to get home. 

More on the music - and the traffic - from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

President Trump's executive order to strip funding from sanctuary cities faced its first legal challenge Friday in San Francisco.  The city and Santa Clara County went to federal court to block the order, contending it's unconstitutional.  Capital Public Radio's State Government reporter Ben Bradford was there.

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As part of his ongoing clash against Congress, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently claimed Congress is less popular than herpes.  Yes, he said herpes.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols wanted to know if Congress's popularity is really that pitiful.

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:

- The deaths of three people - an 8-year-old student, a teacher, and the gunman in a murder-suicide that occurred in a San Bernardino elementary school classroom;

- San Bernardino International Airport will inaugurate passenger airline service into and out of the former Air Force base, and;

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At a community meeting last night, San Bernardino City Unified School District officials told parents and others about the preparations being made for Monday's re-opening of North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, following this week's murder-suicide in a North Park classroom that left a teacher and an 8-year-old student dead and another student wounded before the gunman turned the gun on himself.  KVCR's Ken Vincent reports.

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Inland Empire drivers are very likely to notice that certain freeways are slower and more crowded than usual today (Friday), as attendees of what's expected to be the biggest-ever Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival join the already-crowded Friday afternoon commute.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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It is now the wettest season on record in Northern California.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, that region is where most of the state gets its water supply.

Counties around California are preparing for an influx of state funding to add new housing for homeless people with mental illness.  But as Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports, it will likely be at least two years before they're ready to hand out new house keys.

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