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As part of KVCR’s series on the Inland Empire’s doctor shortage, we explore a UCLA program that trains immigrant doctors to serve in medically under-represented areas of California. KVCR’s Benjamin Purper has the story.

You’ve probably heard the term “brain drain” - but what about “brain waste?” That’s when highly educated immigrants end up working far below their education level. Maybe it’s an engineer working in fast food, or a surgeon cleaning houses.

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Two new schools in San Bernardino are preparing locals for future jobs in health care -- as techs, medical assistant and physicians. As part of our ongoing series on the Inland Empire’s doctor shortage, KVCR’s Benjamin Purper has the story.

At Pomona College, a group of medical students walk in procession to the music of a string quartet. This is their White Coat Ceremony, where they don the iconic symbol of the medical profession for the first time.

They take the Hippocratic Oath and begin their training as a physician.

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A little bit of funk, rock, and soul, Inland Empire’s homegrown band Kiki Diago will be performing in Downtown Riverside at the end of this month.

Other performers include Eduardo Arenas from Chicano Batman, Fontana based band Dream Lover, and LA based solo artist Katzu Oso.

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As part of KVCR's series on the doctor shortage in the Inland Empire, reporter Benjamin Purper explores two programs at University of California, Riverside designed to train and retain young doctors in the region.

At the First Congregational Church in Downtown Riverside, student volunteers are giving out complimentary hygiene kits. It’s part of the Riverside Free Clinic, where people can come for no-cost medical treatment from volunteers.

California farmers could feel the brunt of new tariffs being imposed by China as part of an escalating trade war with the Trump Administration. Capitaol Public Radio's Randol White has more.

You visit the grocery store or local farmer's market. Picture your favorite vegetable. to get it into your hands, it's possible a farm worker had to first pick it with theirs. 

But as Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai explains, many California farmers are struggling to find workers, especially in the so-called "Salad Bowl of the World."

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The Inland Empire’s severe doctor shortage affects all aspects of healthcare – including mental healthcare. KVCR’s Benjamin Purper explores the area’s shortage of mental healthcare professions in this report.

At the Riverside Free Clinic, patients are waiting for free mental health services. They’re provided by counseling students from the University of Redlands.

Most of the patients at the RFC are uninsured. Some are undocumented immigrants, others are transients. But Medina says the thing that’s common among them is low socio-economic status.

Civil Rights icon Dolores Huerta will be hosting a film screening at the University of Redlands this Wednesday, September 19th. Dolores Huerta will present her documentary film Dolores, which is about the challenges in dedicating one’s life to social change.

Though one of the most important, yes least known activist, Dolores led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez.

The film screening will be followed by a Q&A Session and Photo-Op at 7 pm on Wednesday, Sept 19 at the Memorial Chapel at the University of Redlands.

Turnout among all registreed voters in June jumped to the highest rate California has seen in a non-presidential primary in over a decade. But turnout for the under-30 crows was still disproportionately low. Capital Public Radios's Sami Soto explains. 

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KVCR is taking an in-depth look into the physician shortage plaguing California – and it’s especially bad in the Inland Empire. KVCR’s Benjamin Purper has part one of our five-part series on the doctor shortage.

On Christmas Eve in 1899, the Santa Fe train was coming into town. It crossed the hills and reached the Inland Empire when suddenly, it derailed.

A challenge to further cut back emissions was issues last week at California's Global Climate Action Summit. Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero has details.

Californina Governor Jerry Brown wrapped up his international climate change summit in San Francisco on Friday with an announcement that's out of this world: a new satellite to track and reduce climate pollutants. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has the report.

The Holy Fire is finally 100% contained, more than a month after the blaze was allegedly started by a resident of Holy Jim Canyon in the Orange County portion of the Cleveland National Forest, west of Lake Elsinore.  <ore from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Two prominent American leaders on climate change are laying out a path for the nation to meet its Paris Climate Agreement goals, in spite of President Trump's vow to withdraw.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

California is one of three states tied for the nation's highest poverty rate, according to new Census data.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Two teams of rescue and recovery experts from California are headed to help along the East Coast as Hurricane Florence arrives.  Capital Public Radio's Randol White says the first crew leaves today (Thursday).

Next month, the San Bernardino-based Time For Change Foundation will relaunch it's nationally-recognized resource program for incarcerated women in SanBernardino County.  KVCR's Trisha Ahmed has the story.

KVCR's Lillian Vasquez talks to Maz Jobrani - actor, comedian, and panelist on NPR's quiz show, "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me."  Jobrani is set to perform at the Ontario Improv tonight through Satruday.

Democrat Gavin Newsom recently claimed his Republican rival for California governor, John Cox, "parroted" President Trump on the issue of family separations at the border.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked that statement by the lieutenant governor.

Thousands of activists, researchers, and scientists are gathering in San Francisco this week for the Global Climate Action Summit.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra DAvid Romero has a preview.

The two finalists for California's state schools chief faced off in a debate last night [Tuesday] in Sacramento.  As Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai reports, the race is a battle between teachers unions and charter school advocates.

Riverside County is moving toward designating reserved parking spots at county office buildings and facilities for military active duty or veterans who've recieved Purple Heart medals for their service.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

John Husing, Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, continues his discussion with KVCR's Ken Vincent about how the major sectors of the Inland Empire economy have been expected to perform in 2018.  In this segment, Dr. Husing explains the "high-paying" - or entrepreneurial - sector of the IE economy.

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act are asking Governor Jerry Brown to sign Senate Bill 910, which would limit so-called "junk" insurance plans.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has the story.

Eight people were shot in the courtyard of a San Bernardino apartment complex on Sunday, August 2nd.  Police are frustrated with the challenge of finding cooperative witnesses.  KVCR's Trisha Ahmed investigates why witnesses say they're choosing not to report information to the police.  And a note:  the voice of the person interviewed in the following story has been altered to protect his identity.

California bail workers are fighting for their livelihoods after Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that would eliminate their industry.  They've filed a referendum hoping voters will overturn the law.  Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai looks at the law's impact on bail agencies, their regulators, and taxpayers.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is trying to determine if there was criminal activity related to the hospitalization of 25 poeple attending a wedding at a venue in the San Timoteo Badlands between Redlands and Beaumont.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Firefighters are battling a brush fire in the San Gabriel mountains north of Glendora that was reported over the weekend.  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:

1.                 Democrats are now in the majority on the California Air Resources Board.

2.                 A member of the Moreno Valley school board has resigned after he was charged with having an illegal assault rifle.

3.                 A member of the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water Board was reprimanded for what she drank while attending a district meeting.

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Comedian Alonzo Bodden, a frequent panelist on NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me," will be at the Ontario Improv for the next three nights.  He recently spoke with KVCR and, in this segment produced by KVCR's Shareen Awad, talks about how he got into comedy and what to expect at his upcoming shows.