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.

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The Manzanita Fire, a fast-growing wildfire that started yesterday along Highway 79 south of Beaumont, has burned 5000 acres, and is 10 percent contained.  Details from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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High temperatures broke records in the inland deserts over the weekend, and the National Weather Service says we'll have one more triple-digit day in the inland valleys before things start to cool down a bit this week.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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More progress was made over the weekend by firefighters working to contain the Holcomb wildfire burning northeast of Big Bear Lake for the past week.  The fire has burned 1503 acres and is 91 percent contained, as KVCR's Ken Vincent reports.

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The leader of the California Assembly says he does not have plans to take up the state single-payer health care proposal passed by the state Senate earlier this session.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Authorities who oversee California's electric grid are warning of a possible disruption in electricity delivery when a solar eclipse takes place next month.  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 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.

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Firefighters have been making good progress containing the Holcomb Fire, burning northeast of Big Bear Lake, but with above-normal high temperatures and an excessive heat advisory continuing through the weekend, firefighters will continue to have their work cut out for them.  The following short audio report from KVCR's Ken Vincent and the information you can read below are from the Unified Incident Command's update at 9:30 Friday morning, which is the latest information as of 1:30pm Friday.

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Power lines that supply electricity to mountain communities around Big Bear are being compromised by a wildfire burning north of Big Bear Lake.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The price of homes in Riverside County went up significantly over the past year.  Meanwhile, the price of gasoline in the Inland Empire has been going down.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Just like yesterday, the operator of California's electricity distribution grid has once again issued a statewide Flex Alert for today (Wednesday).  Residents all across the state are being asked to take measures to conserve power - particularly during the afternoon and evening hours - to help relieve stress on the grid that comes from an extreme demand for power.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

KVCR's Ken Vincent and Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing continue discussing the strengths and weaknesses the IE has in competing with the Southern California coastal communities for jobs, economic growth, and quality of life.  This morning, Dr. Husing examines the advantages and disadvantages of the IE having more undeveloped land than any other area in Southern California.

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Triple-digit high temperatures are expected to continue today and tomorrow throughout the inland valleys and in the local mountain communities, as an excessive heat advisroy continues throughout Southern California.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has the inland valley and mountain forecasts.

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Riverside County Supervisors are scheduled to take action on an ordinance that would impose fines on people who have potentially hazardous interactions with wild burros that roam north 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:

- 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.

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Temperatures are expected to soar into the triple digits in the Inland Empire from this weekend through most of next week.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this detailed forecast for the Inland Valleys and our local mountain communities.

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Regional air quality officials warned this week that much of Southern California could experience "very unhealthy" air pollution as the heat wave takes hold of the weather in the coming days.  Details from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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New express bus service from Riverside to Corona is set to begin this summer, promising a faster ride than regular bus service between the two cities.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent

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K-P-M-G, the consulting firm helping Riverside County implement public safety reforms, assured Supervisors yesterday (Tuesday) that the multi-million-dollar contract the county has with K-P-M-G is beginning to yield results.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing and KVCR's Ken Vincent continue their discussion about what Dr. Husing sees as the strengths and weaknesses of the Inland Empire economy as it competes for jobs and quality of life with the neighboring coastal economies.

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California's embattled Board of Equalization would be gutted under a major piece of the state budget deal that became public yesterday (Monday) - three days before a likely vote in the Legislature.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Although the winner of the Powerball jackpot worth nearly half-a-billion dollars has not come forward yet, the  immigrant family that runs the small convenience store in Menifee's Sun City area is celebrating the good timing of great fortune.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A famous UC Riverside professor is caught up in a national Twitter controversy.  UCR Professor Reza Aslan has been dropped as a TV series producer and host by CNN after Aslan tweeted a crude message about President Trump.  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:

- 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.

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A Colton woman pleaded not guilty yesterday (Thursday) to the murder of her 18-month-old granddaughter and the attempted murder of her daughter and another granddaughter in a knife attack.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The first-ever 4-year class of medical students to make their way through the UC Riverside School of Medicine graduates tomorrow (Friday).  KVCR's Ken Vincent explains why the UCR Med School's first class of graduates is a big deal for the Inland Empire.

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Rural Republican state lawmakers want to transform the California state Senate so that it serves as a check on what they say is the runaway power of urban districts.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Three men have been arrested in San Diego, charged with carrying out a multi-million dollar scheme to bilk people seeking U.S. immigration status.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Court documents show a Colton woman suspected of fatally-stabbing her 18-month-old granddaughter had spent nearly a decade in a state psychiatric hospital and outpatient treatment program before a jury ruled in 2015 that her sanity had been restored.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

John Husing, Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, and KVCR's Ken Vincent begin a new series of segments detailing the strengths and weaknesses of the Inland Economy as it competes with Southern California's coastal counties for job growth, a more educated population, and a higher quality of life.

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A Colton woman is in custody under suspicion she killed her infant granddaughter and wounded 2 other family members in a stabbing attack in the woman's Colton home yesterday (Monday).  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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