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:

- 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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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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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.

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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The identity of the 9-year-old student who was shot but survived the murder-suicide shooting that left three people dead in a San Bernardino elementary school classroom this week has been released.  He's reportedly doing well.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The city of San Diego's plan to recycle wastewater into drinking water is moving forward.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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The ongoing investigation into the shooting deaths of a San Bernardino teacher and an 8-year-old student in her classroom - committed by the teacher's estranged husband before he turned the gun on himself - has revealed more details about the shooter and his victims.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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Inland Empire residents continue to show support for the students and staff traumatized by the murder-suicide shootings that resulted in the deaths of a San Bernardino teacher and a young student.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more about another vigil to honor the victims, and about a local teddy bear drive for the North Park Elementary School kids who are trying to cope with the horrific incident.

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More details are emerging about the perpetrator and victims of yesterdays fatal shooting that resulted in the deaths of 3 people - one a schoolkid - at an elementary school in San Bernardino.  KVCR's Ken Vincent and Rick Dulock have more.

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Thanks to votes from Inland Empire legislators who remained undecided about how they would vote until the last minute, Governor Jerry Brown's package of gas tax hikes and higher vehicle license fees passed without a vote to spare last night.  Here's KVCR's Ken Vincent with details.

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.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, tells KVCR's Ken Vincent how he thinks the current national economic and political climate could affect the economy in the IE this year.

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California Governor Jerry Brown will join state and local representatives in Riverside today to make his case for hiking gasoline taxes to pay for road repairs.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Two former San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies who had been charged with beating a man who fled on a stolen horse have pleaded no contest to disturbing the peace.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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New academic rankings show that UC Riverside's Department of Entomology is the #2-ranked insect research program in the world.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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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:

- 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;

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It appears the windy weather yesterday and last night (Thursday) wreaked more havoc on the coastal and desert areas than in the Inland Empire itself.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent

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The Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court insists that arresting illegal immigrants who appear at courthouses for legal business may be legal, but is not helping domestic security.  Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye made those remarks a day after President Trump's Immigration and Customs Enforcement Chief defended courthouse arrests at a forum in Sacramento.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Cheech Marin - who gained fame as half of the comedy duo Cheech & Chong - was in Riverside yesterday, to talk about his new memoir, and to present the Riverside Art Museum with the gift of artpieces from his extensive collection of Chicano art.  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:

- The Inland Empire will be getting a new area code;

- the sales tax rate will go up in some Riverside County cities in April, and;

- legislation has been introduced to restore revenue to four Riverside County cities.

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After a Wednesday gathering of CSU Trustees this week, it looks like tuition for Cal State students is on the rise.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Police confirmed yesterday (Tuesday) that two 15-year-old Banning High School students were taken into custody for allegedly plotting a campus shooting.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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