A Quick Look At Brett Kavanaugh, The New Supreme Court Justice

Justice Brett Kavanaugh became the newest associate justice of the Supreme Court when he was sworn in Saturday evening . On Tuesday morning, he will sit to the left of Justice Elena Kagan, in the most junior spot on the high court's bench, and will hear arguments in three criminal cases before the court. Here's a quick look at some key information about Kavanaugh as he begins his lifetime appointment to the court. Expected to cement a conservative majority: Kavanaugh replaces retired Justice...

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Over a third of families living in the Inland Empire struggle to make ends meet, according to a new report by the United Ways of California.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper speaks to one of the study's authors.

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California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have allowed non-citizens to serve on state and local boards and commissions.  He also acted on several oher immigrant bills yesterday (Thursday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

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Local firefighters have been working on a small brush fire  adjacent to the 15 freeway south of Highway 138.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

 

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Riverside City College will hold a benefit concert on Sunday, September 30 at their downtown location. KVCR's Rick Dulock has details.

Proponents Say Prop 6 Would Guide Gas Tax Spending

Sep 26, 2018
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Backers of the gas tax repeal unveiled a new 2020 ballot initiative on Tuesday. They claim that voting yes on Prop 6 in November will get roads fixed and transportation projects funded. Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai reported the story from just outside the Capitol.

Four southern California inmates have been charges with killing a fellow prisoner. KVCR's Rick Dulock has this story from the Associated Press.

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Environmentalists and California government officials rallied against the Trump administration's proposal to roll back car-mileage standards at a hearing in Fresno on Monday. KVCR's Rick Dulock delivers this CapRadio story.

A package of bills intended to make medical treament more accessible and affordable got the OK from California Governor Jerry Brown this weekend. CapRadio's Sammy Caiola reports.

Ghost Gun Trafficker Sentenced

Sep 24, 2018

A Northern California man has been sentenced to five years in prison for the unlawful manufacturing and dealing of so-called 'ghost' guns - homemade weapons with no registration numbers that can be used to trace them. KVCR's Rick Dulock shares this report from the Associated Press.

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Family Of Hall Of Famer Junior Seau Settles With NFL

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The family of NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau has settled their wrongful death lawsuit against the NFL. Seau died from suicide at the age of 43; his death followed a long battle with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated hits to the head.

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Demonstrators Gather At U.S. Capitol While Senate Confirms Kavanaugh

Updated at 4:50 p.m. ET The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice, while protesters gathered outside the U.S. Capitol to voice their anger at the decision. Kavanaugh's confirmation felt nearly inevitable by Friday afternoon, when two previously undecided senators, Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced they would support him. But that near-certainty did not stop protesters from gathering outside the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court early...

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Romanian Referendum Seeks To Broaden Same-Sex Marriage Restrictions In Eastern Europe

Social conservatives may have lost their fight against same-sex marriage in the United States. But in Eastern Europe, they appear to be winning. Romania is one of several Eastern European nations that already ban both same-sex marriage and same-sex unions in civil law. Now it's trying to ban it in the constitution. The government is spending millions holding a two-day referendum this weekend so voters can approve the change. "Do you know what a traditional family is? It's a man and a woman...

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China Reshapes The Vital Mekong River To Power Its Expansion

Chinese tourists account for more visitors to Thailand — and much of Southeast Asia — than from any other country. The Thai village of Sob Ruak, at the heart of the Golden Triangle region where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet, is no exception. Tour buses routinely disgorge thousands of Chinese tourists to buy trinkets, snap selfies and tour the nearby Hall of Opium Museum. And it's not just tourists coming from China. About every month, a few Chinese gunboats cruise down the Mekong River...

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Alice Walker Is For Oakland, Human Imperfection And The Children

Alice Walker has a new collection of poems about issues of the world, and those in her own backyard. The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of the The Color Purple , The Temple of my Familiar and many other beloved works has now issued Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart. The book gathers 69 of her poems in both English and Spanish, the latter courtesy of translator Manuel García Verdecia. She spoke to NPR about her adopted homes, the root of her poetry and human imperfection...

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DHS Watchdog Finds 'Significant' Health And Safety Risks For Immigrants At ICE Center

Two new reports from the Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog say the agency was unprepared to implement the Trump administration's family separation policy and detail health and safety risks at a California ICE processing facility. Administration officials said its family separation policy was needed to discourage illegal immigration . But President Trump abandoned it amid widespread outrage after more than 2,600 children were separated from their parents. One report from the...

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After One Year Of Headlines, #MeToo Is Everywhere

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the reporting, in The New York Times and The New Yorker , that led to the fall of movie producer Harvey Weinstein. From that point on, the hashtag #MeToo was catapulted into a national movement. The #MeToo conversation now seems to be everywhere. Oprah Winfrey at the Golden Globe Awards: "Take us to the time when nobody ever has to say 'me too' again." Janelle Monae at the Grammy Awards: "We come in peace, but we mean business." At Dunbar High...

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The Robots Are Coming To Las Vegas

At the Vdara Hotel and Spa in Las Vegas, robots are at the front line of room service. "Jett" and "Fetch" are delivery robots, designed to look like dogs, each about three feet high. They can bring items from the hotel's cafe right to your room. Among their many capabilities, they can travel alone across the lobby, remotely call for an elevator, and even alert guests when they arrive at their hotel room through an automated phone message. It's not just Vdara that's experimenting with this...

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Too Little, Too Much: How Poverty and Wealth Affect Our Minds

Have you ever noticed that when something important is missing in your life, your brain can only seem to focus on that missing thing? Two researchers have dubbed this phenomenon scarcity , and they compare it to tunnel vision, blinding you to the big picture. When you're hungry, it can be hard to think of anything other than food. When you're desperately poor, you may constantly worry about making ends meet. When you're lonely, you might obsess about making friends. Today we'll explore why,...

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Are You A Teacher Who Uses 'Harry Potter' In Your Curriculum? Tell Us About It

It's been a little more than 20 years since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was first published in the U.S. In that time, the series has become beloved by many — and sparked controversy among others, often making it onto lists of banned books. NPR wants to hear from teachers who incorporate Harry Potter into their yearly curriculum. Whether you're just starting out and have loved the books since you were a child or you're a seasoned veteran who has taught about Hogwarts for years, we...

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Back To Bach: Hilary Hahn Rekindles An Old Love

Over two decades ago in 1997, when violinist Hilary Hahn was 17, she made a celebrated recording debut, Hilary Hahn Plays Bach . That year, Hahn told NPR about her enthusiasm for Bach's music. "There's nothing I really wanted to record more than Bach," Hahn said. "I can work on it for a long time and keep discovering more things that surprise me every time." That album, of two partitas and one sonata by Bach for solo violin, effectively launched Hahn's career. She's since won three Grammys,...

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Many of the images we see of refugees, migrants and immigrants portray them as burdens on society or victims of oppression. A new photo show, Another Way Home, offers a different narrative. Curated by the Open Society Foundations , a philanthropic organization founded by George Soros, the exhibit is the latest installation of its annual Moving Walls series. The series is dedicated to social justice, and this year, the topic is migration. The show opened on September 26 at the group's office...

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