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.

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 ACLU is suing the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department for information on its use of Tasers;

-Riverside will allow residents to kill squirrels under a new law that goes into effect April 21, and;

-Jewelry heist nets burglars $4 million from Temecula Business.

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The Western Riverside County Council of Governments has once again picked a prominent Republican to be the guest speaker at its annual conference this summer.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more in this news item.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, concludes his conversation of the past few weeks on how he puts together his annual Inland Empire economic forecast.  This morning, Dr. Husing talks about the impact of the IE's fast-growing logistics industry.

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With the California drought in its fourth year, the mild winter, and rising temperatures this spring, ski resorts in the Inland Empire and around Southern California have ended the snow sports season early.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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An increasing number of voters in California are choosing to decline to state a party preference on their voter registration forms.  KVCR's Ken Vincent reads a Capital Public Radio story explaining the new statistics released yesterday from the California Secretary of State's Office.

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:

- Ontario Airport: Lawsuit updates and more Aero Mexico flights

- Why Canyon Lake residents might be barred from lake use

- The City of Riverside and marijuana dispensaries

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California Attorney General Kamala Harris is going to court to try to stop a proposed state ballot initiative that would encourage the killing of homosexuals.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more in this report.

(The full text of the proposed initiative is below)

COMPLETE TEXT OF THE PROPOSED INITIATIVE AS SUBMITTED TO THE CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL (click on the image to enlarge): 

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The city of Riverside is among the Environmental Protection Agency's top cities in the U.S. with the most federally-certified energy-efficient "green" buildings.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, and KVCR's Ken Vincent continue discussing the improving condition of one of the IE's most important economic sectors:  housing and housing construction.

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During his recent trip to Washington, D.C., California Governor Jerry Brown used an appearance on one of the Sunday morning TV talk shows to give a sharp response to recent remarks made by Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz about climate change.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has the details in this report from Capital Public Radio.

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The Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court called on the Legislature and the Governor to make a commitment to restoring funding to the state's court system that had been cut during the Great Recession.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this Capital Public Radio report.

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 new plan to try to preserve habitat for the threatened Desert Tortoise;

-soil in a Riverside neighborhood will be tested for toxic substances, and;

-an update on the process to fill the Temecula City Council seat vacated by new Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington.

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A labor dispute  between San Bernardino County and county-employed union nurses that has gone on for nearly a year-and-a-half may soon end.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, and KVCR's Ken Vincent talk about why unemployment, construction, and home prices are improving faster in the IE than in the C0astal communities.  The discussion is a preview to Dr. Husing's annual Inland Empire Economic Forecast, which will be delivered to a big crowd at the State of the Region Luncheon on Thursday, March 19 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario.  Information about attending the conference is at www.ieep.com.

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A long-endangered species of fish in California may have finally been pushed to extinction, thanks in large part to the ongoing drought.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more in a report from Capital Public Radio.

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As expected, the organizers of this year's Palm Springs Modernism Week say that this year's mid-century modern festival was the biggest, most attended yet, resulting in a huge economic boost to the community.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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:

-Former Temecula Mayor Chuck Washington joins the Riverside County Board of Supervisors;

-Students, faculty, administrators, and nearby residents are on edge following a series of violent attacks on and around the CSUSB campus, and:

-an old plan for passenger rail service from Los Angeles through the IE to the Coachella Valley gets renewed attention.

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The two men who've owned and run Freedom Communications -- the company that publishes the Press-Enterprise and the Orange County Register -- have stepped down from their management duties.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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A meeting that was supposed to take place last night at UC Irvine to discuss a student effort to ban flags -- including the American flag -- from the UCI student government office was canceled after the meeting was reportedly threatened by violence.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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The Riverside County Board of Supervisors will finally have its full complement of 5 Supervisors on board, after waiting several weeks for Governor Jerry Brown to appoint former Temecula Mayor Chuck Washington to replace former Supervisor Jeff Stone, who's now in the state Senate.  Washington is the first African American Riverside County Supervisor, and the only Democrat to hold the officially non-partisan post in many years.  KVCR's Ken Vincent speaks with Paul Young, Riverside County Bureau Chief for City News Service, about how Chuck Washington could change the dynamic on the Board.

Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing continues his conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent about the Annual Economic Forecast Husing will deliver at the IEEP's State of the Region Luncheon at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario on Thursday, March 19.

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A proposal to expand and improve Amtrak passenger rail service from Los Angeles to the Coachella Valley is being discussed by a number of regional leaders.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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The California Employment Development Department reported a significantly lower jobless rate for January of  this year compared to the same time a year ago.  More in this Capital Public Radio report from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

KVCR's Ken Vincent has our regular weekly conversation  with John Husing, Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership.  This week, Dr. Husing continues with his behind-the-scenes look at how he develops his annual Inland Empire Economic Forecast, which he'll deliver at the IEEP's State of the Region luncheon on Thursday, March 19, at the Doubletree Ontario Hotel.

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Beginning next fall, three of California's "Big Five" legislative leaders will be women.  As Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports, people who are working to elect women to office hope this leadership trio will convince more women to run for elected office.

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A Republican legislative leader from the Inland Empire is criticizing a proposal made earlier this week by a Democratic legislative leader to tack on a $75 fee to real estate transactions to help pay for lower-income subsidized housing.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has the story.

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The Inland Empire Economic Partnership will recognize the leaders of more than two dozen IE governments and agencies at this evening's annual "Turning Red Tape To Red Carpet" Awards.  The IEEP, the region's largest economic development organization, bestows the awards to cities, counties, and other jurisdictions who come up with innovative ways to enhance job growth and the local economy in spite of an often difficult regulatory environment.

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Part 2 of our preview of the IE cities and other jurisdictions nominated for Inland Empire Economic Partnership "Turning Red Tape to Red Carpet" Awards honoring local programs and initiatives that help streamline economic development and job growth in spite of the burden of state and federal regulations. 

Next month, the Inland Empire Economic Partnership's Chief Economist, John Husing, will give his annual Economic Forecast to a ballroom full of Inland businesspeople, public officials, educators, and others with a stake in the future of the region's economy.  Accurately predicting the region's economic performance is a complicated process, particularly when politicians in Sacramento start mucking around with state economic policy.  KVCR's Ken Vincent talks with Dr. Husing about what it takes to predict the IE's economic prospects.

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The spread of measles -- linked to an outbreak in December that began at Southern California Disney theme parks  -- seems to be slowing, at least in California.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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