Here's What California's Wildflower 'Super Bloom' Looks Like From Space

It's a fantastic year for wildflower lovers, who've been flocking to fields of poppies, lupine and golden brush. The orange, purple and yellow blooms are already populating the warmer climes of Southern California and the Central Valley thanks to above average winter rainfall following five years of drought. Here in the Inland Empire, crowds of people and their vehicles have been clogging roads and trails in the Lake Elsinore area to get a view of fields of California poppies covering local...

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Whatever Happened To Riverside's - And Other Inland Communities' - Chinatowns? Here's The Story.

Chinese workers came to Riverside after the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, having a large impact on the local citrus industry. But many people may not realize that what developed from that was not one, but two Chinatowns in Riverside, in additon to Chinatowns in other inland communities. What was that early Chinese experience like, and what exactly happened to those Chinatowns? KVCR's Shareen Awad has the story. Judy Lee is a supporter and Co-founder of the Save Our Chinatown...

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The Student Strike That Changed Higher Ed Forever

Today, ethnic studies is an accepted part of academia. Many if not most college students have taken a course or two. But 50 years ago, studying the history and culture of any people who were not white and Western was considered radical. Then came the longest student strike in U.S. history, at San Francisco State College, which changed everything. The groundwork was laid for the strike a couple of years before, when black students organized to press for a black studies department and the...

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Cal State San Bernardino's 10th annual Latino Education and Advocacy Days - LEAD Summit X - opens next week.  This year's summit will honor two influential indiviuals in the Latino community.  KVCR's Dean Anagnostopoulis has more.

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The first day of spring looked more like winter yesterday (Wednesday), providing lightning, thunder,  heavy rain, and even hail to the inland valleys, and an unseasonable dump of snow in the inland mountains.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Thousands of health care workers from the University of California are back on the job today, after a one-day strike yesterday.  The Union representing those employees has been at odds withthe UC system over contract negotiations, with eaxch side accusing the other of operating in bad faith.  At a rally yesterday (Wednesday) in Los Angeles, the cause drew attention from U.S. Senator - and candidate for President - Bernie Sanders.  From our collegeu station KCRW in Los Angeles, Steve Chiotakis filed this story for the California Report.


MECCA (CNS) - A desert water agency was ``the elephant in the room'' Tuesday as representatives from seven states, along with several key district officials, met in Phoenix to sign a Southwestern drought pact that excludes the
Imperial Irrigation District, the head of the agency said.

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Riverside County Board of Supervisors Chairman Kevin
Jeffries vowed Tuesday to hammer out a plan of action with state and local
agencies to prevent another ``Super Bloom'' stampede in and around Lake
Elsinore this weekend.
   ``The blooming poppies may be fun to look at, but the traffic problems
they've created are unmatched in the county,'' said Jeffries, a longtime
Lake Elsinore resident. ``We're seeing 40,000 to 50,000 people going down there
on a given day. It has done irreparable harm to our local residents. People in


MORENO VALLEY (CNS) - A Corona eighth-grader today claimed an
unprecedented fourth consecutive victory in the Riverside County Spelling Bee,
winning the title of champion speller and a spot at the national bee in May.
   Aisha Randhawa from Auburndale Intermediate School in the Corona-Norco
Unified School District took top honors after 30 rounds of spelling at the
Moreno Valley Conference & Recreation Center.
   Dartmouth Middle School eighth-grader Ernie Ordaniel, representing the

CORONA (CNS) - Evidence was removed from the Corona apartment where a
missing 8-year-old boy lived, but police did not give an indication this
morning what the item was before it was loaded onto a police truck.
   The item, taken from the apartment Monday night in the 4500 block of
Temescal Canyon Road, was described as large and apparently heavy, wrapped in a
blue tarp, NBC4 said.
   Police also called in a plumber with camera equipment, but did not
disclose the reason or what they searched for, ABC7 reported. An update on the

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Gavin Newsom raised nearly $8 million to celebrate his inauguration as California governor earlier this year.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler looks at who gave that money - and why it matters.

The day before Gavin Newsom was sworn in as California’s 40th governor earlier this year, he held a private lunch for major donors at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum.

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The family of Stephon Clark spent the one-year anniversary of his death commemorating him with music and calls for justice.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola was at the ceremony yesterday (Monday).

At the Genesis Church in Meadowview on Monday, neighborhood residents and Clark’s loved ones gathered to celebrate the 22-year-old’s life and legacy. He died March 18, 2018, after Sacramento police shot him in his grandmother’s backyard.


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A Florida man accused of mailing pipe bombs to a number of prominent Democrats and Trump critics, as well as CNN, has pleaded guilty before a federal judge in New York.

The Trump administration has backed Israel's claim to sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The move comes weeks before Israeli general elections and reverses the position U.S. administrations have held for decades.

President Trump made the announcement via tweet Thursday.

"After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!" the president wrote.

Former Brazilian President Michel Temer was arrested in Sao Paulo on Thursday as part of a sweeping anti-corruption investigation years in the making.

Updated at 10:20 p.m. ET

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and other New Zealanders packed a public park in Christchurch on Friday to listen to the Muslim call to prayer one week after a gunman attacked two mosques, killing 50 people.

The call to prayer was broadcast nationwide and was followed by two minutes of silence.

Ardern led mourners at Hagley Park adjacent to the Al Noor Mosque where most of the victims were slain. The mosque itself remains closed for renovations but is scheduled to reopen next week.

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Nebraska Faces Over $1.3 Billion In Flood Losses

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EU Fines Google $1.7 Billion Over 'Abusive' Online Ad Strategies

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California Jury Finds Roundup Caused Man's Cancer

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Harvard Profits From Photos Of Slaves, Lawsuit Claims

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