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A man who was driving his pregnant wife to the hospital on Wednesday was detained because of an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Mexico related to a homicide case, according to immigration officials.

Joel Arrona-Lara and his wife, María del Carmen Venegas, had scheduled a cesarean section and were headed to the hospital when they stopped for gas in San Bernardino, Calif.

After pulling into the gas station, surveillance footage shows two other vehicles pulling in and surrounding the couple's van on either side.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

Aretha Franklin: The 'Fresh Air' Interview: The Queen of Soul rarely gave interviews, so we were delighted when she sat down with Terry Gross in 1999. Franklin died Thursday at age 76.

On-air challenge: Every answer is a madeup two-word phrase. Add the letter F in front of the first word to get the second word to answer the clue.

Example: Less than usual stream of water --> low flow

1. Entire autumn

2. More unusual stuff that cattle eat

3. More aged container of office papers

4. Employs electrical safeguards

5. Arranges hot dogs in order of quality

6. Exposes oneself to the chances of being searched for weapons

7. Doesn't have any publicity agents, informally

Aretha's Bridge

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The desert town of Joshua Tree has always attracted artists and solitaries - but now, it’s being transformed by a new wave of tourists and festival-goers. That’s good for the economy - but some long-term residents feel the town’s identity has completely changed. Benjamin Purper reports.

Poet and educator Lauren Henley reads from her book of poetry, Starshine Road, in her Yucca Valley home. Henley grew up here, in the High Desert - but not in this particular town. Her real home is the Village of Joshua Tree.

San Manuel Casino Breaks Ground on Major Expansion

Jul 26, 2018
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians held a ground-breaking ceremony Wednesday, July 25th for an expansion to their casino, which includes a new hotel and a concert venue. KVCR’s Benjamin Purper reports.

In an air-conditioned tent outside the San Manuel Casino, the San Manuel Bird Singers are singing a song passed down by tribal elders to a gathering of tribal members, patrons, and media.

The reason? Yaamava’.

Remembering KVCR's RF Engineer Jim Walker

Jul 25, 2018
KVCR Staff

When KVCR listeners and Empire Network TV viewers think about their NPR and PBS stations, the people that come to mind first are probably hosts of programs and TV personalities. On the radio side: Ken Vincent, David Fleming, Isel Cuapio, Lillian Vasquez and Benjamin Purper. But what about the staff members that make sure our radio and TV programs reach the end users? This week the KVCR family bid a fond farewell to one of those people who lived life to the fullest... behind the scenes. Rick Dulock has this remembrance.

KVCR's David Fleming shares a small portion of his interview with Kathy Young. Join David on KVC-Arts this evening at 7:00 or Sunday evening at 6:00 for the entire conversation.

What could be record-breaking heat is expected in the Inland Empire over the next couple of days.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this report on how you can best be prepared to make it through this week with minimal discomfort or danger.

Firefighters gathered yesterday to pay tribute to Braden Varney.  He was the Cal Fire bulldozer operator from Mariposa who died inthe early hours of the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports.

California heavily regulates barbers, cosmetologists, and aestheticians - people who do hair, make-up, and nails.  A state board is changing a strict rule about where they can work that you may not know even exists.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradofrd reports the debate over the rule involves beauty schools, tech companies, and Supercuts.

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Some of the hottest weather of the year could hit Inland Empire this week, with record-breaking temperatures expected around the region by Wednesday.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

There are still a couple of active wildfires burning inthe Inland Empire, and authorities are concerned this week's expected record-breaking heat could aggrevate those blazes.  MOre from KVCR's Ken Vincent.



Firefighters this morning (Friday) continue to work on containing a brush fire that started yesterday afternoon near Corona.  The so-called Skyline Fire has burned 250 acres and at last report last night was 5% contained.


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