Cassie MacDuff

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Cassie is a Press Enterprise regional columnist blogger. 

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;

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:

- Beaumont has reached a settlement in a developer transportation fee case that could have cost the city as much as $67 million;

- Governor Jerry Brown came to Riverside to rally support for a car tax to fund roadway repairs, and;

- The Trump administration is clearing the way for a controversial plan to pump water out of the Mojave Desert.

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:

- Prepare to pay more for street parking in downtown Riverside, and Redlands considers parking meters;

- Public health officials are trying to figure out why 47 people fell ill at an Inland conference center last weekend;

- Local leaders are calling for an Alvord Unified School District trustee to resign over offensive Facebook posts, and;

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:

- Commuters onthe 91 Freeway will finally get some relief;

- last week we talked about the deficit Riverside County is facing; this week, supervisors gave raises to top health system executives, and;

- 1,500 endangered desert tortoises will be relocated off of the Twentynine Palms Marine base.

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:

- Not everyone is thrilled that San Bernardino is asking President Trump for help with the city's crime problem;

- California Supreme Court decides public officials can't hide communications about public business in personal e-mail accounts, and;

- Riverside County Supervisors, dealing with budget issues, don't want to close a fire station.

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EDITORIAL NOTE FROM KVCR:  After more than 30 years as a local journalist, almost 20 years as a Press-Enterprise columnist, and nearly a decade of reviewing the week's local news on 91.9 KVCR, Cassie MacDuff is leaving the P-E to start a new job in the area.  KVCR wants to thank Cassie for her weekly radio appearances, and for her contributions to the IE community over the years.  KVCR will miss Cassie, and we wish her the best in her continued pursuits.

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Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-Moreno Valley firefighters ordered to take "blue line" flag off of engines;

-Additional signs of municipal corruption show up in Beaumont probe, and

-66ers baseball team might leave San Bernardino.

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-A bill that included expediting the transfer of ownership of Ontario International Airport passed both the U.S. House and Senate, and is headed for the President's desk for signature;

-The Moreno Valley city council is divided on a city strategic plan, but OKs $48.7 million for streets;

-San Bernardino County Grand Jury criticizes the county's child welfare agency, and;

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-Lake Elsinore mayor placed on leave after arrest for domestic violence;

-Rave concerts will continue at San Bernardino County  amphitheater in Devore, and ;

-First responders get $500,000 to offset costs of Dec. 2 terror attack response

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review this week's election, including:

-The phenomenon of having Democratic women of color elected to face off in general election races for  California U.S. Senate and an Inland Empire Assembly seat;

-Riverisde Mayor Rusty Bailey's big victory, and the failure of the two Riverside ballot measures, and;

-the fate of Hemet's public safety Measure E remains uncertain while votes continue to be counted.

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-recent developments in the San Bernardino Dec. 2 terrorist attacks case;

-a new MetroLink line serving the Inland Empire, and;

-local primary election preview, including city ballot measures in Riverside

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-Riverside County approves move to end March reuse authority;

-more developments in the Beaumont corruption case;

-the San Manuel tribe has purchased the Arrowhead Springs resort property, and;

-Democratic presidential candidates hold rallies in the IE

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Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-Seven former Beaumont city officials arrested in a public corruption case;

-Cal State San Bernardino survey finds employees distrust the administration, and;

-The Inland Empire rates among nation's best in income equality.

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Rick Dulock review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-Students at La Sierra University say sexual assaults on campus have been mishandled by the school
-State appeals court reverses judge in Colonies ruling
-Trial is delayed for neighbor suspected of supplying weapons in SB terrorist shooting
-Rancho Cucamonga high school yearbook identifies Muslim girl as Isis

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-Riverside Mayor's race heats up;

-New calls for reviewing the need for the existing March Joint Powers Authority structure, and;

-Fallout after city councilman's on-air remarks criticizing San Bernardino police chief and other city officials' response to the recent spike in homicides in the city.

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-campaign contributions made by a particular donor to Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin under scruitny;

-a new USC study shows that California's tough air quality regulations have reduced negative health affects on children, and;

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-U.S. military will incorporate new precautions into its military exercises to try not to disturb the endangered desert tortoise in the San Bernardino County Mojave Desert;

-a change in management at the South Coast Air Quality Management District, as a result of a new board majority including Inland Empire elected officials, and;

-changes in city management staff at San Bernardino City Hall

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-Why the California Air Resources Board's decision to locate a new emissions testing laboratory in Riverside near UCR -- along with up to 400 jobs -- is a big deal for the region;

-Riverside County faces budget-cutting decisions to eliminate a big fiscal deficit, and;

-how millions of dollars in donations to help the families of the victims of the San Bernardino shootings will be distributed.

After a hiatus of several weeks while she served on a jury, Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff returns to the KVCR studios to review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire with KVCR's Ken Vincent, including:

-what the sale of the Press-Enterprise to the company that also owns other IE-area newspapers could mean for future local news coverage;

-a collaboration between UCR and CSUSB on improving educational attainment in the IE, and;

-why controversy is surrounding a proposed construction project near a March Air Reserve Base runway.

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-a recap of this week's San Bernardino city council election;

-Riverside grows impatient with state agency responsible for testing housing development for toxic substances, and;

-UC Riverside Medical School and Dignity Health partner on a program to increase the number of specialty physicians serving in the IE.

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-The head of the Veterans Administration praises San Bernardino County for meeting President Obama's challenge to end veterans homelessness by the end of 2015;

-The city of San Bernardino and its fire department have come to terms on bankruptcy-related turnover of fire services to San Bernardino County;

-The 91 Freeway through Corona will be shut down for an entire weekend next month for bridge construction, and;

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-The Police Foundation will conduct a review of how law enforcement handled the Dec. 2 terrorist shootings in San Bernardino;

-A state panel is calling for an audit of Hemet's finances;

-Hemet has a new city manager; and,

-12 Riverside County cities may explore forming their own police force.

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-Republican State Senator Jeff Stone's announcement that he will run for Congress against incumbent Democrat Raul Ruiz, and;

-A review of the visit to Washington, D.C. by local officials and other guests to attend the State of the Union Address, and to talk members of Congress about issues related to the San Bernardino mass shooting.

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-The Riverside city attorney is seeking the authority to prosecute misdemeanors that are normally prosecuted by the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, and;

-a review of recent developments surrounding the investigations of last month's San Bernardino terrorist shootings.

Last Friday morning, Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent reviewed some of the major news stories of the week in the Inland Empire, including:

-a preview of President Obama's visait to San Bernardino Friday;

-an update on the deal reached to return Ontario International Airport to Inland Empire ownership and control, and;

-a long-time member of the Beaumont City Council passes away, creating a vacancy on the council.

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent reflect on the major news story of the year in the Inland Empire, the mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center killing 14 people, in what federal authorities are now officially investigating as an act of terrorism.  Cassie and Ken focus on the enormity of the tragedy and its aftermath to people and communities locally, and how some kind of positive civic change might come of it later.

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent discuss a few of the week's major news stories in the Inland Empire, including:

-Follow-up on a story we talked about last week, involving liability issues concerning the death of a construction worker on the 91 Freeway Widening Project;

-an American Lung Association report showing most Inland Empire cities do badly at protecting their citizens from second-hand smoke;

-a billboard alongside an IE freeway that may draw controversy because of its anti-religious message.

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent discuss some o f the Inland Empire's top news stories of the past week, including:

-record number of student applications to UC Riverside;

-proposal in Hemet to allow voters to decide fate of city's fire department, and;

-Southern California in jeopardy of falling behind federal air quality standards.