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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[UPDATED AT 12:00 noon Wednesday 6/24/15]   The U.S. Forest Service reports good progress was made on the northeastern portion of the fire today, though the fire remained active and continued spotting to the east. Burning rolling material rolled into the headwaters of Little Morongo and Big Morongo Creeks, which is at the very eastern point of the fire. Aircraft dropped retardant on this area to halt the forward progress of these spot fires and fire crews will begin working these areas on the ground.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, tells KVCR's Ken Vincent about a recent study that bodes well for the Inland Empire's air quality:  newer truck diesel engines have significantly cut exhaust pollutants that spew into the air.

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:

-Riverside County Sheriff's Department plans to put body cameras on 1000 deputies;

-Bankruptcy judge says she wants to see momentum in San Bernardino case, and;

-Riverside County Grand Jury says County Counsel interferes with its investigations.

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President Barack Obama is beginning to seem like a regular visitor to the Coachella Valley, with yet another Presidential visit to the Palm Springs area planned for Fathers' Day weekend.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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The City of Riverside is going to court to try to get itself exempt from Governor Jerry Brown's tough, mandatory water restrictions.  More in this report read by KVCR's Ken Vincent.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, tells KVCR's Ken Vincent how the IE logistics economy is helping to spur growth in other regional economic sectors.

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The IE city of Ontario's effort to improve access to health and nutrition has won federal recognition... and some extra funding.  More in this item from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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 recap of Tuesday's Riverside municipal election, with city council candidates and a medical marijuana initiative on the ballot;

-the conclusion of the corruption probe in Moreno Valley, and;

-San Bernardino city officials visit Sacramento to lobby for state bankruptcy aid.

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 mental health facility criticized by Riverside County Grand Jury as inadequate;

-Riverside County may trade habitat of two rare plant species for development, and;

-Riverside awaits state toxics report on a big swath of land slated for homes.

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For the most part, the housing market in California outperformed the national housing market.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this Capital Public Radio story.

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In spite of expected increases in state revenue, California Governor Jerry Brown is warning fellow Democrats who control the Legislature to pass a fiscally-prudent state budget.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this story from Capital Public Radio.

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The freeway corridor between Riverside and San Bernardino will finally get some new HOV/carpool lanes.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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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:

-State Controller will audit the City of Beaumont's finances;

-the City of San Bernardino approves it's plan to emerge from bankruptcy, and;

-Riverside city voters will decide whether to allow medical marijuana dispensaries.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, continues his discussion with KVCR's Ken Vincent about the growth and impact of the logistics industry on the IE economy.  Dr. Husing also talks about how the growth in online shopping is affecting the logistics economy.

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 San Bernardino Sheriff's Department is still investigating the alleged beating of a criminal suspect by deputies;

-the Riverside County City of San Jacinto may have to further cut services after voters again turn down a utility tax increase;

-the City of Perris has to decide how to fill a City Council vacancy, and;

-The City of Banning agrees to pay a settlement to a group of former management employees.

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California Republican Legislative leaders were quick to praise Governor Jerry Brown's budget proposal for its priorities and prudence, while the Governor's fellow Democrats in Sacramento expressed disappointment with what Brown left out of the budget.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this story from Capital Public Radio.

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Even though California state government is swimming in surplus revenue, the state budget proposal that Governor Jerry Brown is due to release today will likely be more prudent than some Democratic legislators would like.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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The rare opportunity to run for an open California U.S. Senate seat is not drawing a large contingent of candidates that many experts predicted.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, describes to KVCR's Ken Vincent how the local logistics industry is turning into a major driver of the IE's economic growth.

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The Riverside County Board of Supervisors has withdrawn a commitment to provide 15 million dollars over 10 years to the UC Riverside School of Medicine.  Supervisors decided the money was needed more to help fix problems at the County's beleaguered Riverside County Regional Medical Center.  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:

-Beaumont residents and city officials wait for details about why the FBI and local law enforcement authorities raided Beaumont City Hall and other locations associated with city government operations;

-a legal dispute between the Riverside County Government Counsel and the Riverside County Grand Jury, and;

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Next week, Riverside County will host a "summit" meeting of community leaders and residents of  the San Gorgonio Pass to discuss the future of The Pass communities.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, and KVCR's Ken Vincent talk about the job training needed to alleviate a shortage of health care workers in the IE.  Also, Dr. Husing begins reviewing the performance of the IE's logistics economic sector.

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A national health care watchdog group has issued patient safety grades for more than a dozen hospitals in Riverside County.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, and KVCR's Ken Vincent discuss the growth in the IE's film & TV production economy, and the labor shortage in the regional health care sector.

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Just as the nation's busiest port complex was getting back to normal following a months-long labor dispute with port workers, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach now face a labor action from truck drivers who haul goods between the ports and Inland Empire logistics centers.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this report.

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