Ken Vincent

News Director

Ken Vincent is a veteran of public radio going back nearly 30 years.   He has worked as News Director for public station KTOO-FM/TV and as a news reporter, local program host, producer, announcer, editor, and program engineer for Seattle NPR station KUOW.  Hear Ken Vincent weekday mornings on Morning Edition.

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.

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Inland Empire Republican state Senator Jeff Stone yesterday (Thursday) quit the California Legislature's Jewish Caucus to protest the Caucus's criticism of President Trump's response to the white nationalist rally in Virginia.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A former San Bernardino police officer who was wounded in the line of duty during the December 2, 2015 San Bernardino terror attack is receiving a Congressional award for bravery today (Thursday).  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The Mias Fire near Banning is increasingly under control, as firefighters from several agencies continue to increase containment ans hold the acreage burned to just over 500 acres.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The newest national monument in the Inland Empire - the Sand to Snow Monument spanning the San Gorgonio and San Bernardino Mountains - appears to be safe from Trump Administration threats to shrink or eliminate many national monuments created by Trump's predecessors.  That's according to recent remarks from the U.S Interior Secretary.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

As officials from the U.S., Mexico, and Canada begin negotiating an updated version of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, mayors from border cities in California and Mexico held a news conference to send a message to federal negotiators just how important NAFTA is to local and international economies.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The Democratic and Republican leaders of the California Assembly are both facing revolts from party activists.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, the leaders' actions on high-profile issues have infuriated grassroots liberals and conservatives.

Firefighters have made significant progress fighting two Inland Empire wildfires this week.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Several California universities are on the list of the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities, including two of the top five institutions on the list.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, and KVCR's Ken Vincent continue taking inventory of the positives and negatives inherent in the Inland Empire economy that affect our region's ability to compete with the Southern California coastal communities for economic growth and a higher quality of life.  In this segment, Dr. Husing explains two potentially major influences on the IE's economic ascent.

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As firefighters continued battling the Blaine Fire in the hills between Riverside and Moreno Valley, another brush fire broke out farther east, near the Pass community of Banning.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Because the Blaine Fire burned near populated neighborhoods in Riverside and Moreno Valley, the fire retardant that aircraft have been using to fight the fire has been sprayed on a number of local homes, yards, and cars.  The Press-Enterprise this morning reported that Cal Fire is actually willing to return to the retardant-covered neighborhoods and use fire hoses to help spray it off of houses.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

THE NUMBER TO CALL CAL FIRE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HELP WITH CLEANING FIRE RETARDANT OF OF HOMES IS 951-436-4142

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Firefighters continue battling a wildfire that at one point forced some home evacuations and at last report had burned more than 1000 acres adjacent to Box Springs Mountain, east of Riverside and northwest of Moreno Valley.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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;

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Officials with the Northwest Mosquito and Vector Control District -- the agency that monitors mosquito activity in northwestern Riverside County -- is warning local residents to take precautions,now that an exotic breed of mosquito that can spread diseases has been detected in our area.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A hiker who traveled from his native Ireland to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from Southern California to Canada has not been seen for months, and is the subject of a search effort in Riverside County.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The 24th annual Jazz In The Pines Festival takes place this weekend in the Riverside County mountain community of Idyllwild.  With more on the festival, here's KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Local dancers, singers, and musicians of every stripe and style are being invited to apply for a spot in the entertainment lineup for this winter's 25th anniversary celebration of the Riverside Festival of Lights at the iconic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, and KVCR's Ken Vincent resume their summer-long series of segments discussing the positive and negative aspects of the Inland Empire's economy -- compared to the Southern California coastal communities -- as our region pursues economic growth, business and residential expansion, higher wages,  and a better quality of life.  In this segment, Dr. Husing highlights facts, figures, and statistics that show the IE is poised to be one of the state's most dynamic economies in the not-too-distant future.

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12 NOON, TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 UPDATE:

Cal Fire reports the Aguanga fire is 100 percent contained at 92 acres.  Firefighters will remain on-scene today for mop-up.

(7am Tuesday:)  Firefighters from the Inland Empire and elsewhere around Southern California are fighting a brush fire near the southwestern Riverside County community of Aguanga.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

San Bernardino County authorities say a 23-year-old Yucaipa man has been arrested on suspicion of starting several recent wildfires, including one that injured a firefighter.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Local first responders and other Inland public safety officials gathered to pay their respects as the remains of an Inland Empire firefighter arrived in San Bernardino yesterday (Monday), following his death while fighting a wildfire in Montana.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Cal Trans has announced that it will shut down a portion of the 60 freeway between Jurupa Valley and Riverside for an entire weekend early next year to accommodate roadwork on the 60.  The City of Riverside says it  has concerns about impacts of the temporary shutdown that it would like to discuss with Cal Trans.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Public school vaccine requirements that took effect last summer appear to be working; vaccination rates are up this year.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has a sizeable fundraising lead over the pack of both Democrats and Republicans who've announced they're running for Governor of California.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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;

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U. S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday said the Justice Department might not grant federal crime-fighting funds to four so-called 'sanctuary cities' - including San Bernardino - if they don't help federal officials' efforts to detain and deport illegal immigrants.  There's one problem with Sessions' threat:  San Bernardino is not a sanctuary city, and isn't eligible for the federal crime-fighting funds.  KVCR's Ken Vincent explains.

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The heat and humidity that have been plaguing the Inland Empire recently was aggravated by rain and wind whipping through the Inland Empire again yesterday (Wednesday).  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A warm, wet, windy storm tore through the Inland Empire yesterday, resulting in flooded streets, downed trees and power poles, power outages, and some property damage.  And forecasters say today could be a repeat of yesterday's weather.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent

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Firefighters are still working on containing two brush fires in the Inland Empire that started earlier this week.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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