Democratic Debate: Everything You Need To Know About Tuesday's Face-Off

There's a lot to watch for in Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate in Ohio. Candidates will navigate how to address impeachment and President Trump's attacks on Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Elizabeth Warren steps onto the stage having moved steadily to the front of the pack. Bernie Sanders returns after suffering a heart attack on the campaign trail. And nine other candidates will round out a crowded stage where time to impress voters will be scarce. Here's how to follow along with the...

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Riverside Medical Clinic

A new Riverside Medical Clinic facility in Temescal Valley opened last week, providing resources to off-set region-wide medical shortages.

Administrators and doctors held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new facility on Thursday, Oct. 10.

The nearly 97,000-square-foot facility has a full range of specialty services to meet the needs of a rapidly-expanding population in Riverside County.

Dr. William Suh is a cardiologist at the new clinic. He says the new facility will help attract more physicians to an area that’s sorely lacking them.

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

  1. Very few rooftop solar panels helped to keep the lights on during last week’s power outages.
  2. Governor Gavin Newsom signs two new “red flag” laws as part of a package of gun control bills.
  3. Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs claims his city is home to ‘the second highest rent increases in the nation’.   


With Indigenous Peoples Day coming up this Monday, KVCR’s sister station FNX spoke with Indigenous leaders from El Salvador about an upcoming event celebrating 527 years of Indigenous resistance and resilience.

It was on January 22, 1932, where more than 35,000 indigenous people of El Salvador died at the hands of Salvadoran soldiers for protesting the oppressive policies and government of president Maximiliano Hernandez Martinez.

Today in El Salvador, the indigenous group Nahuat-Pipil still feel the effects of a massacre that happened almost 87 years ago.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor, Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Benjamin Purper review some of the big Inland Empire news stories from the past week, including:

1. A political flyer is raising concerns in a troubled Inland water district.

2. Eastvale is offering half a million dollars in loans to attract restaurants.

3.  The Inland Empire Economic Partnership has a new economist.



Multiple Fires Break Out Across Inland Empire

Oct 11, 2019

Multiple fires broke out across the Inland Empire yesterday, fanned by strong Santa Ana winds and low humidity.

The Sandalwood fire in Calimesa destroyed 73 mobile homes and a park clubhouse, damaged 16 other homes and burned at least 500 acres.

It also claimed the life of one person, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The department and Cal Fire arson investigators are trying to determine whether the fire was an act of arson.

The fire was 10% contained Friday morning.  

FRIDAY - As of 4:20 PM multiple fires are challenging firefighters in windy conditions around the Inland Empire. Here are some details:

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

Setting The Bar

Inland Empire restaurant owner and chocolatier Ryan Berk is featured in a new documentary that follows him and other chocolate makers travelling to Peru to trade directly with cocoa farmers.

Purper: Let's talk about the documentary. It's called Setting the Bar: A Craft Chocolate Origin Story. How did you first get involved in this?

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

  1. California is joining Oregon as the only states with rent caps.
  2. Millions of people in California could be afftected by power outrages in this week.
  3. The UC Davis Firearm Violence Research Center is adding new data to discussions about who should be able to buy a gun.
  4. The US Supreme Court is slated to hear an appeal of the Trump administration's decision to end DACA.

According to a report released this week, California could be more than 100 years late in meeting its 2050 climate targets if the current pace of emissions reductions holds. 

The 11th annual California Green Innovation Index, released by the nonprofit Next 10 and prepared by Beacon Economics, finds that the state will need major policy and technology breakthroughs to meet its 2030 and 2050 emissions reductions goals.

Noel Perry is the founder of Next 10.


Vote for KVCR for Media Partner of the Year!

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The Midday News Report

Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown Monday through Thursday at lunchtime.

Just In From NPR:

In an interview with ABC News that aired Tuesday morning, Hunter Biden said his involvement in the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma was, in retrospect, "poor judgment on my part," although he said he did "nothing wrong at all." Biden asked, "was it poor judgment to be in the middle of something that is ... a swamp in many ways? Yeah."

Biden also reiterated that he will not work for any foreign companies should his father become president.

Bolivia is better known for snow-capped mountains than sun-drenched vineyards, but the landlocked South American nation is starting to turn heads for award-winning wine.

Starting early last year, the nation's most powerful consumer protection agency sent examiners into companies that run student loan call centers to try to fix a troubled loan forgiveness program. But the Department of Education blocked the bureau from getting the information it needed, NPR has learned.

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program is designed to help firefighters, military service members, nonprofit workers and others. But thousands of people say they were treated unfairly and rejected.

In less than a week, a landmark battle over who bears responsibility for the U.S. opioid crisis will begin in federal court.

The case involves thousands of plaintiffs at virtually every level of government and defendants from every link in the chain of opioid drug production — from major multinational corporations such as Johnson & Johnson and CVS, right down to individual doctors. And on Oct. 21, the first trial is set to kick off before a judge in the Northern District of Ohio.

Barcelona Braces For More Protests After Catalan Separatists Sentenced To Prison

Police and protesters were expected to face off for a second time Tuesday in Spain's northeastern Catalonia region, a day after the Supreme Court found nine separatist leaders guilty of sedition and sentenced them for up to 13 years. The protests erupted Monday when most of the Catalan politicians and activists on trial were found guilty and barred from holding public office. Three others were fined and four of those who received lengthy sentences were also convicted on charges of misuse of...

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Japan's Prime Minister Warns Of 'Prolonged' Effects Of Typhoon Hagibis' Destruction

Updated at 11:10 a.m. ET Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned on Tuesday of a "prolonged" impact from one of the most destructive typhoons in decades to hit the country. The death toll has now risen to at least 74, according to public broadcaster NHK . Typhoon Hagibis brought record-breaking rainfall and caused extensive flooding and power outages, forcing the government to approve a special budget for disaster response. In a parliamentary session, Abe said the rescue effort from the...

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'Queer Gym' Empowers LGBTQ+ Clients, Both Physically And Mentally

On a recent Sunday in a tiny gym just outside of Boston, physical trainer Justice Williams teaches Leo Morris a stretch called the Brettzel. "Yasss," Williams shouts. "There you go. Elbows down." "Jesus," Morris says, exhausted. "Yass," Williams shouts again. "And hold. Very nice." Morris, who is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns, is among about 10 people working out who identify as gay, trans and/or queer. This is "Queer Gym." It's one of a few workout spaces explicitly for LGBTQ folks...

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Trump Is Trying Hard To Thwart Obamacare. How's That Going?

The very day President Trump was sworn in — Jan. 20, 2017 — he signed an executive order instructing administration officials "to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay" implementing parts of the Affordable Care Act, while Congress got ready to repeal and replace President Obama's signature health law. Months later, repeal and replace didn't work, after the late Sen. John McCain's dramatic thumbs down on a crucial vote (Trump still frequently mentions this moment in his speeches and...

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Cargo Ship In Georgia Leaked Oil In Marsh After Overturning

The Golden Ray cargo ship was carrying more than 4,000 new cars when it capsized off the coast of Georgia last month. The crew survived, but the 656-foot ship is still there, lying half-submerged at about 90 degrees, on its side. Despite lots of effort, it's been leaking an unknown amount of fuel and oil, which has local environmental advocates and commercial fishermen concerned. Oil has been found in sheens in the water, in bits on some beaches and in the marsh itself, indicated by black...

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Arts, Culture, And Media From NPR

How Julie Andrews Made Herself At 'Home' In Hollywood

Julie Andrews knows she's been lucky. She's worked hard, yes, but she's also lived long enough to realize that her success was not just the result of that work. It was also borne out of opportunity — and the opportunities that came early in her career changed everything. Julie Andrews' first film performance was her role in Mary Poppins; her next, The Sound of Music. As it turns out, even a Hollywood icon can feel insecure about her early performances. "I do happen upon [my past work] once in...

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Science, Technology, And Medicine From NPR

How Non-Profit Hospitals Are Driving Up The Cost Of Health Care

Editor's note: This is an excerpt of Planet Money' s newsletter. You can sign up here . Last year, when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was battling to win the Democratic primary, his campaign solicited a donation from the Greater New York Hospital Association, according to a recent report from The New York Times . The hospital lobbying group gave over $1 million to the New York State Democratic Party. And not long after, according to the Times, "the state quietly authorized an across-the...

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Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. Among 16 Nominees For Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its nominees for its newest class of inductees on Tuesday morning: 16 artists and groups ranging from the late Whitney Houston to German synth pioneers Kraftwerk to rap royalty in the form of the late Notorious B.I.G. The 2020 nominees also include Dave Matthews Band, Pat Benatar, Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Judas Priest, MC5, Motörhead, Nine Inch Nails, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden, T. Rex and Thin Lizzy. In order to be...

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