Ken Vincent

News Director

Ken Vincent is a veteran of public radio going back, oh, let's just say 30-plus years.   Back then, after short stints in commercial radio in his native state of Washington, he broke into public radio as news director and local Morning Edition host for public station KTOO-FM in Juneau, Alaska.  In the mid-1980s, he returned to Seattle and over the course of the next 25 years worked a news reporter, local program host, producer, announcer, editor, and program engineer for Seattle NPR station KUOW.  At, let's just say, a certain age, he happily fled Pacific Northwest weather to return to a place where he lived briefly when he was younger: Southern California.  Now here at 91.9 KVCR for the past let's just say 6-plus years, Ken has considered himself very fortunate to have a job with hours that allow him to bypass rush-hour commutes in order to report on rush-hour commutes.  Hear Ken Vincent do Inland Empire traffic, weather, news, and feature interviews weekday mornings on 91.9 KVCR's Morning Edition.  Hear, read, and see local, state, and NPR News and podcasts at kvcrnews.org

The San Manuel Band Of Mission Indians has given a quarter-of-a-million dollar donation to help people and animals affected by the Hurricane Harvey disaster on the Gulf Coast.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A wildfire that first was reported at just after 10am yesterday (Thursday)on a Riverside hillside was completely contained by 10:30pm last night, after burning 85 acres.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Add up the combination of oppressive heat straining the power grid and lightning, thunder, and heavy rain overnight, and you get conditions perfect for wildfires and power outages that plagued the Inland Empire last night and this morning.  Details from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Just in time for the long holiday weekend, the price of gasoline in the Inland Empire is shooting up.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A group of Riverside County union employees disrupted the County Board of Supervisors meeting in Riverside yesterday with chants and threats to go on strike.  Union members say the county has been dragging its feet in contract negotiations for more than a year. More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A union-backed bill in the California Legislature that seeks to restrict counties from contracting out for government services has drawn strong opposition from counties.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Even though a mysterious white powder that was delivered to a Riverside County Sheriff's Department office was later revealed to be just cooking flour, a criminal investigation into the incident is ongoing.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Republican Member of Congress Duncan Hunter - who represents a slice of the Inland Empire in his inland Southern California district - said he was paying President Trump a compliment when he used a profanity to praise the President's combative demeanor while speaking to an IE crowd of supporters.  Details from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing continues his summer-long discussion with KVCR's Ken Vincent about the competitive advantages and disadvantages the Inland Empire's economy has in relation to the Southern California coastal communities in the pursuit of higher-paying jobs, economic growth, and a higher quality of life.  In this segment, Dr. Husing explains how world-wide growth in e-commerce presents opportunities -- and caveats -- for the IE's economy.

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's downtown Mall has closed; city leaders hope to replace it with shops, restaurants, offices, and housing;

- San Bernardino County Supervisors declines to ban raves at the Glen Helen Amphitheatre in Devore;

- Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes has stepped down from his GOP leadership post, after criticism in his caucus for his cap-and-trade vote.

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California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon has laid out a path forward for universal health care legislation -- but not the single-payer bill he sidelined earlier this year.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A federal case involving securities violations by the former city manager of Beaumont, along with Beaumont's bond financing agency, was settled this week with agreements to pay financial penalties -- without admissions of guilt.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Two adults and two children died yesterday in an Inland Empire house fire.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A week from today, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors will debate the pros and cons of permitting marijuana sales and commercial cultivation in Riverside County's unincorporated communities.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

KVCR contributor John Husing, the chief economist for the Inland Empire economic partnership, continues talking with KVCR's Ken Vincent about the positive and negative aspects of the IE economy as ou region competes with the coastal communities for economic growth, higher-paying jobs, and a better quality of life.  In this segment, Dr. Husing focuses on the advantages and disadvantages of increased  environmental regulation in the Inland Empire.

While the unemployment rate across the state went down a slight bit from June to July,. the jobless rate in the Inland Empire took a sharper tick upward last month from the month before.  Still, the unemployment rate this year remains better than this time last year..  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:

- 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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