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UPDATED AT 7:00AM THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018:    Today (Thursday) is day 6 of the fight against the Valley Fire, burning in the San Bernardino National Forest east of Forest Falls and Angelus Oaks.  Fire lines have established 24 percent containment, and the acreage burned is still being estimated at less than 1,400 acres.

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The University of California says its admitting a record number of transfer studetns for the upcoming school year.  Capital Public Radio's Steve Milne reports.

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California has hit its goal for lowering climate change-causing emissions early.  The state Air Resources Board announced yesterday (Wednesday) that greenhouse gas emissions fell below 1990 levels four years earlier than a target set last decade.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains.

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UPDATED AT 8:00AM WEDNESDAY 7/11/2018:    The Valley Fire, now in its 5th day burning in the San Bernardino National Forest east of Highway 38 near Angeles Oaks is now 24 percent contained at just under 1,400 acres.  The unified command leading the multiple agencies fighting the blaze says containment continues to be slow for two reasons… one, the weather: Fire behavior remained quiet yesterday due to cloud cover, a light rain, and higher humidity.

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It's avocado season in California, but many farmers are in toruble.  They don't have enough workers to pick and maintain Hass avocados, which are in high demand.  Reporter Nadine Sebai explains the challenge facing farmers who rely on human labor.

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In the last several years, we’ve witnessed a resurgence in movements such as the feminist movement, black lives matter movement, and massive demonstrations against migrant detention and deportation, the Muslim ban, and the gun lobby. One of the key tools used by non-profit groups and legislative campaigns is storytelling, and mass trainings on how to tell stories to legislators to push for political reform and social change. However, the misuses of storytelling may actually limit social change in a broader context.

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UPDATED AT 8:00AM TUESDAY 7/10/18:    The Valley fire, which has been burning in the San Bernardino National Forest near the communities of Forest Falls and Angelus Oaks since Friday, as of this morning (Tuesday) is 13 percent contained at just under 1,400 acres.  Hwy 38 between Bryant St.

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In Los Angeles yesterday (Monday), federal district Judge Dolly Gee denied a Trump Administration request to hold migrant children with their families for long periods of time.  As KCRW’s Benjamin Gottleib reports, the judge had tough words for the Trump administration.

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A federal judge in Sacramento has upheld California's law shielding immigrants in the country without legal documentation.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Inland Empire Economist John Husing and KVCR's Ken Vincent continue discussing the IE's logistics economic sector, the largest jobs-provider in the region.  Dr. Husing responds to efforts by local environmental and economic justice activists to slow the expansion of the IE's logistics economy.

A top San Bernardino County prosecutor has been placed on administrative leave after making offensive social media comments.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

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The Valley Fire burning in the San Bernardino National Forest east of Highway  38 north of Forest Falls  has consumed 1,341 acres and is 13 percent contained as of 8am this morning (Monday).  The fire was reported early Friday morning.

Evacuation orders for the communities of Forest Falls and Mountain Home Village have been lifted.. However,. Hwy 38 is still closed from Bryant Street in Yucaipa  to Angelus Oaks   because of fire danger and several thunderstorms that resulted in some flooding and debris.

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A month after voting day, California's primary election is not over.  The California Secretary of State will finish the count and certify the results Friday (July 13).  In the meantime, though, Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports it's now possible to estimate the election's turnout, and what it means for the November races.

All lanes of the eastbound 210 freeway where it intersects the 215 freeway in San Bernardino were closed for hours this morning (Friday) while authorities investigated a suspected shooting that resulted in the crash of a motorcycle and the death of one person and critical injuries to another.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A federal judge has denied a request by the Trump administration to blck California's "sanctuary state" law, which shields immigrants in the country without legal documentation.  Burt the judge did suspend another  law for impeding federal immigration agents at work places.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

The County Fire, located east of Lake Berryessa and covering parts of Yolo and Napa Counties, now covers 86,000 acres and is 30% contained. KVCR's Rick Dulock has an update.

San Bernardino County Fire Investigators have confiscated thousands of pounds of fireworks. KVCR's Rick Dulock has the story.

The Trump Administration attacked Senator Kamala Harris this week - claiming on the official White House Twitter account that the California Democrat is 'supporting' the brutal MS-13 gang. Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked the statement.

  

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Are you looking for a good fireworks show? InlandEmpire.US has put together a comprehensive list of 4th of July fireworks demonstrations, parades and other events in and around Inland Southern California. Follow this link to the list and celebrate Independence Day without lighting a single match!

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Inland Empire Chief Economist John Husing and KVCR's Ken Vincent continue discussing the Inland Empire's largest economic sector, logisitics.  Dr Husing describes how the logistics sector helped bail the IE out of the Great Recession.

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The fires in Yolo and Lake counties have doubled the acreage burned so far this season in California.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports Cal Fire is concerned with what this week could bring.

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Later this week, Southern California is due to suffer some of the hottest conditions of the year in the days following the 4th of July.  Details from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Voters will decide on twleve very different state ballot measures in November.  Capital Public Radio's Chris Nichols reports on which initiatives made the final cut.

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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We're going to talk about another aspect of immigration now:  the foster care centers that have been housing separated immigrant children.  The California Report's John Sepulvado speaks with KVCR's Benjamin Purper about conditions at one of those centers.

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In a ceremony in Los Angeles yesterday (Wednesday), California Governor Jerry Brown signed his last state budget - the biggest California budget ever - before ending his fourth term this year.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

An often overloked part of retiring U-S Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's legacy is the mark he made on California's prison system.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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The Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico visited San Bernardino on Monday, June 25th for a talk on the future of NAFTA, and the importance of the U.S.-Mexico relationship.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

Earl Anthony Wayne is a career diplomat, who served as Ambassador to Argentina under President Bush and Ambassador to Mexico under President Obama. Since retiring from the State Department, Ambassador Wayne has been involved in a number of advising roles, at institutions like the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Atlantic Council.

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President Trump recently claimed that construction has already started on his border wall in California.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked that statement.

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Two new ballot initiatives have cleared the signature verification hurdle to become eligible to go to voters in November.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports that one is backed by children's hospitals... and the other is backed by the paint industry.

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