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A new report shows rent is increasing in the Inland Empire by about 2 to 3% per year.  KVCR's Benjamin PUrper has more.

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More than half-a-million heavy-duty trucks made by Cummins will be recalled nationwide due to excessive emissions.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero has more on the recall prompted by a California investigation.

The Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, John Husing, continues his weekly conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent about how the growing IE economy is expected to perform this year.  In this segment, Dr. Husing continues his critique of the manufacturing sector, explaining why he thinks manufacturing in the IE and around the state is lagging.

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Authorities say firefighters made a second day of good progress containing the Cranston Fire, which has been burning in the San Bernardino National Forest near the Riverside County mountain resort community of Idyllwild since Wednesday, July 25.  Unified Command reports Monday morning that the Cranston Fire is being held at 13,130 acres, and has reached 57% containment, up from 29% containment the day before.  There are more than 1,500 personnel assigned to the blaze, along with 25 aircraft assisting from the air.


Authorities on Sunday (7/29) morning reported the fight against the Cranston Fire has made "substantial progress," and are beginning to allow many of the more than 6,000 people who were evacuated from the Idyllwild/Pine Cove area to return to their homes.

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The Riverside County District Attorney's Office has filed multiple charges against the Inland man suspected of starting the Cranston Fire that could send him to prison for life.

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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
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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
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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.

Yosemite National Park is still accepting visitors in spite of a major wildfire looming nearby.  The Ferguson Fire has already scorched more than 20,000 acres and is only 7% contained.  And now, possible thunderstorm activity can make matters worse for the more than 2,100 firefighters battling the blaze...and tourists.  Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai reports.

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The San Bernardino City Council has chosen not to respond to a letter from the White House requesting its support for President Trump's latest Supreme Court pick.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has the story.

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:

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A team of scientists and conservationists released more than 250 endangered frogs back into their native habitat in the San Bernardino National Forest on June 19, 2018.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper tagged along for the releases, and has this report.

I’m hiking up a stretch of wooded creek deep in the San Bernardino Mountains. With me are about a dozen biologists, conservationists, and photographers, all wading through forest and hip-deep water.

The reason?

Riverside County Animal Services authorities will try again today to capture and give veterinary treatment to a wild burro in Reche Canyon who presumably was shot with an arrow and injured.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


Thunderstorm acitivty in the Sierra Nevada today could cause dangerous conditions for crews fighting a major wildfire near Yosemite National Park.  Capital Public Radio's Randol White has this update on the fire that has already scorched more than 17,000 acres.

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There will be no vote this fall on a ballot measure asking whether California should be split into three different states.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, the California Supreme Court kicked Proposition 9 off the November ballot yesterday (Wednesday).

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The Riverside County Board of Supervisors have signed off on a plan by county officials to actively pursue overdue trash collection and fire mitigation fees owed by thousands of residents and businesses in unincorprated areas of the county.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

California almond growers are likely to see their largest-ever harvest this August.  But the surge comes at an unfortunate time, as their second-largest importer - China - imposed a 50 percent tariff on their product.  Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai explans how the US-China trade war is affecting California growers and others in the supply chain.

One final climate change-related priority of Governor Jerry Brown's is moving through the state Legislature but faces opposition from some Democrats.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports on the effort to share more electric power with other states.