Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

  1. Riverside County returns to the most restrictive purple tier under the governor’s color-coded coronavirus regulatory scheme.
  2. A feared jump in coronavirus hospitalizations hasn’t happened, instead falling by 15%.
  3. Californians are voting on Prop 24, which would tweak the state’s new digital privacy law.

A new documentary airing Wednesday, Oct 21 on KVCR-TV profiles the Me2/Orchestra, a musical ensemble made up of people with mental illness and their allies. KVCR interviewed Margie Friedman and Barbara Multer-Wellin, the film’s executive producers/directors, about the documentary called “Orchestrating Change.”

The documentary “Orchestrating Change” will air on KVCR-TV at 10p.m. Pacific, Oct 21. 

A new U.C. Riverside report found overall suspension rates are down for Inland Empire students, but rates for some minority groups remain disproportionately high.

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Our Wednesday, October 21st Small Business Spotlight shines on Salt Oasis in Rancho Cucamonga!

You can learn more about this business at saltoasis.com

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

  1. The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters says early voting numbers are up compared to the 2016 election.
  2. Environmental leaders in California are meeting this week to brainstorm how to reach climate goals by the year 2045.

County of Riverside

Riverside County officials announced today that the county has gone back to the most-restrictive purple tier of coronavirus restrictions set by the state.

Riverside County had gone into the less-restrictive red tier in September, allowing indoor operations with restrictions.

Now, amid rising coronavirus test rates, the county’s going back to the purple tier.

This means gyms, churches, restaurants, movie theaters, and more have a few days to transition to not being able to hold any indoor operations.

Our Tuesday, October 20 Small Business Spotlight shines on New Color Screen Printing and Embroidery in Rancho Cucamonga!

You can learn more about this business at www.newcolorsp.com.

San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters

Election day is just two weeks away and the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters says early voting numbers are up compared to the weeks leading into the 2016 election. 

San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters Bob Page said at a Monday press conference that on their last count, nearly 12 percent of the more than 1.1 million ballots mailed to voters have been returned so far.  At this point in 2016, there was just over a one percent turnout.

Riverside University Health System

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One in eight women will get breast cancer in their lifetime, yet fewer women are going in to get screened for the disease during the COVID-19 pandemic. KVCR’s Benjamin Purper spoke to Riverside University Health System radiologist Lisa Mahoney about the importance of early screening for breast cancer and some of the precautions RUHS is taking to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus during screenings. 

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Our Monday, October 19th Small Business Spotlight shines on Above the Stem in Redlands. Click the headline above to hear their story!

You can learn more about this business at  https://abovethestem.com/

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Pope Francis has called for legislation to protect same-sex couples, according to comments he made in a new documentary that mark a break from Catholic doctrine.

"Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They are children of God and have a right to a family," the pope said in an interview in the documentary Francesco, which premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival. "What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered."

In 2008, Daimon Rhea moved to Utah to find work in the oil fields. He didn't have any experience — and he didn't need any.

"I was out there for two days and I had a job making about $30 an hour," he says. He started as a roughneck, doing hard physical labor on drilling sites, and easily pulled in double what he could have earned back home in California.

"I was able to turn my life around," Rhea says.

It wasn't easy — the hours were rough as a single dad — but Rhea was making great money.

This morning, human rights activist Rinu Oduala could still hear gunfire outside her house in Lagos, Nigeria.

"I can't even describe it," she said, growing emotional. "It seems like our whole hope is lost."

Democrats all across the country are anxious.

The fact that former Vice President Joe Biden consistently leads President Trump by double digits in national polls lately doesn't help. Neither does Biden's unprecedented advertising advantage over the incumbent.

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Safety Board Blames California Diving Boat's Owner For Fire That Killed 34

The National Transportation Safety Board has placed the blame for the dive boat fire that killed 34 people on the vessel's owners. The five-member board ruled unanimously on Tuesday that it was a lack of oversight by the owners, Truth Aquatics Inc., that led to the 2019 fire — one of California's deadliest maritime disasters. Investigators said that the burning and sinking of the Conception had made it impossible to pinpoint the exact cause of the fire. But they noted that the blaze started...

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Spencer Davis, the multi-instrumentalist and leader of the band that bore his name, has died at the age of 81. The Spencer Davis Group recorded such hits as "Gimme Some Lovin' " and "I'm a Man." Davis wasn't the lead singer on either song though, giving that job to a teenage Steve Winwood. Davis died Monday while being treated for pneumonia, according to his tour manager and friend, Bob Birk, who worked with the musician for decades. In a statement to NPR, Birk called him a "highly ethical,...

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