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:

  1. The state and Sen. Dianne Feinstein are fighting a desert water project that recently got a green light from the Trump administration.
  2. Riverside County supervisors voted to impose a contract on sheriff’s deputies
  3. State Assemblyman Jose Medina’s bill to close a loophole in environmental laws was vetoed by Gov. Brown.

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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;

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:

- Colonies corruption case has ended with the dismissal of the charges against the remaining defendant;

- The Redlands school district is being sued for allowing a teacher accused of sexually harassing disabled students to remain in the classroom, and;

- A bill authored by a local assemblyman closes a legal loophole allowing developers to bypass environmental reviews

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:

- It’s decision time for the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office in the long-running Colonies corruption case;

- Residents of some mountain communities want the FAA to change the approach flight path for Ontario International Airport, and;

- The Riverside City Council has chosen someone to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Councilman John Burnard.

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:

- Verdicts were reached for three of the four Colonies defendants.  But the jury remains out on the fourth;

- An environmental challenge to a foreign company taking millions of gallons of water out of the San Bernardino National Forest got a boost, and;

- Concerns have been raised about the treatment of inmates in an Adelanto prison where people awaiting deportation are held.

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:

- San Bernardino's downtown Mall has closed; city leaders hope to replace it with shops, restaurants, offices, and housing;

- San Bernardino County Supervisors declines to ban raves at the Glen Helen Amphitheatre in Devore;

- Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes has stepped down from his GOP leadership post, after criticism in his caucus for his cap-and-trade vote.

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.

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:

- San Bernardino is pushing back against the U.S. Attorney General's threat to withhold aid from it and four other cities as alleged sanctuary cities;

- The Riverside City Council is taking applications to fill a vacancy left by a councilman's recent resignation;

- San Bernardino has a new city manager, who was hired on a 5-year contract, 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:

- Immigration activists picketed the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department over plans to cooperate with ICE;

- A Republican Inland legislator is under fire for supporting the governor’s cap-and-trade extension;

- A Riverside Islamic imam is being criticized for a sermon that included a diatribe against Jews, 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:

- Riverside Metropolitan Museum will undergo a 3-year remodel;

- Santa's Village expands and goes year-round with a new environmental mission;

- Upland Fire Department to be dissolved and absorbed by San Bernardino County Fire Department, and;

- The 10 Freeway through the IE will get new express toll lanes.

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:

- Flights to Mexico out of San Bernardino International will be delayed for months;

- Edison customers who convert to solar will have to pay some new fees;

- Threatened desert tortoises that were moved to another part of the Mojave aren't doing so well, and;

- Residents not even near the wildfires got a false alarm on their cell phones telling them to evacuate.

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:

- San Bernardino is officially out of bankruptcy;

- March Air Reserve Base gets drone-pilot training program;

- Ontario is accused of racial, gender, and disability discrimination in five lawsuits, and;

- Fontana mayor took part in White House summit on infrastructure.

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:

- Ontario International Airport is beginning to take off;

- smog-collecting equipment is being installed in back yards around Southrn Clifornia;

- Upland councilwoman removed from committee assignments by her council colleagues, and;

- quick update on Beaumont councilman Mark Orozco.

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:

- Grand Jury transcripts released this week shed light on why a Beaumont councilman was charged with bribery and campaign finance violations;

- the city of San Bernardino is taking applications for permits to operate medical marijuana dispensaries, and;

- update on election results in Riverside and Moreno Valley council races.

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:

- This week's Cal State San Bernardino Faculty vote of no confidence in CSUSB President Tomas Morales;

- The City of Riverside is negotiating terms for a potential new office and parking development downtown, and;

- The City of San Bernardino deliberates what to do with its architecturally-significant - and now-vacant - downtown City Hall building.

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 County has a new chief executive officer;

- The San Bernardino County District Attorney released a report on the police response to the Dec. 2, 2015 mass shooting, and;

- Inland Empire population to grow by nearly 3 million over next 30 years.

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:

- Four Riverside County cities will finally get state funding;

- Beaumont councilman indicted on corruption charges, and;

- Cheech Marin's collection of Chicano art accepted by Riverside City Council.

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:

- Gov. Brown has appointed former assemblyman Manuel Perez to teh Riverside County Board of Supervisors vacancy created by the death of John Benoit;

- Lawsuits blame social media for Dec. 2, 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, and;

- Faculty Senate votes no confidence in Cal State San Bernardino President Tomas Morales.

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 UC Riverside School of Medicine has opened a clinic in downtown Riverside;

- the city of San Bernardino is going to hire a crime reduction manager, and;

- tolls are going up on the newly widened 91 freeway through  Corona.

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 bill that would have aided survivors of the Dec. 2, 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino was gutted int he state Legislature;

- the cleanup of chromium-6 in the San Bernardino County high desert town of Hinckley has reached a milestone, and;

- audits of California's two public university systems offered some surprises.

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.

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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IE Pollution
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Toxic Algae
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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;

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