In California, Agreement On New Rules For When Police Can Use Deadly Force

Civil rights advocates and law enforcement groups have reached an agreement in the California legislature on new rules for when police can use deadly force. The issue has been a focus for many social justice advocates in California this spring after Sacramento's district attorney declined to prosecute the officers who fatally shot Stephon Clark , an unarmed black man whose death sparked headlines and demonstrations across the country. Under the agreement made public Thursday , officers will...

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Volunteers to Place Thousands of Flags At Riverside National Cemetery to Honor Veterans

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Hundreds of volunteers will fan out Saturday morning at Riverside National Cemetery to post miniature American flags alongside the graves of servicemen and women buried there as part of a Memorial Day weekend tribute.
The annual ``Flag for Every Hero'' ceremony, organized by Cypress-based Honoring Our Fallen, draws families, Boy Scouts, police Explorers, Civil
Air Patrol cadets and others interested in participating in the walk throughout the hallowed grounds,...

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Why Riverside City Parks Have Dropped In National Rankings For Best Public Parks Systems

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - The city of Riverside dropped in rankings of public parks throughout the United States, while other municipalities in Southern California edged higher, according to survey results released Wednesday.
The Trust for Public Land's annual ParkScore Index showed Riverside dropping four spots, from 57th to 61st, among 100 large cities listed in the survey.
According to the nonprofit, while Riverside stood out for median park size -- 10.5 acres -- as well as for...

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Sister, Husband Of Fallen Palm Springs Officer Testify In Killer's Penalty Trial

May 23, 2019
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INDIO (CNS) - The sister of Palm Springs police Officer Lesley Kling Zerebny, who was gunned down along with another officer while responding to a domestic disturbance call, testified today that ``part of me died'' with her sibling.
   ``I wanted to see her grow old and I wanted to grow old with her,'' Britta Kling told jurors during the penalty phase of trial for John Hernandez Felix, who is facing a possible death penalty for the officers' killings.
``Part of me died with her that day -- the best part of me.''

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Riverside County supervisors Tuesday approved a four-
month postponement of a meeting on a proposed tax district to pay for
restoration of the upper half of the Salton Sea.
   In a 5-0 vote without comment, the Board of Supervisors moved the
previously set June 11 meeting to Oct. 15, at the same location -- the North
Shore Beach & Yacht Club at 9115 Sea View Drive in Mecca.
   The meeting time is currently set for 11 a.m. Any changes will be
   According to Executive Office staff, the date change was necessary

MORENO VALLEY (CNS) - A homeless woman who attempted to cross a storm
channel in Moreno Valley after a thunderstorm swelled the spillway was swept
away today, floating downstream for nearly a mile before she was rescued.
   The victim was reported in chest-high waters in the Perris Valley
Channel, near the intersection of Alessandro Boulevard and Heacock Street,
about 1:25 p.m., according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
   Sheriff's deputies were called to the area first and spotted the woman

Sister of Slain Palm Springs Officer: `Part of Me Died With Her That Day'

May 22, 2019

INDIO (CNS) - The sister of Palm Springs police Officer Lesley Kling Zerebny, who was gunned down along with another officer while responding to a domestic disturbance call, testified today that ``part of me died'' with her sibling.
   ``I wanted to see her grow old and I wanted to grow old with her,'' Britta Kling told jurors during the penalty phase of trial for John Hernandez Felix, who is facing a possible death penalty for the officers' killings.
``Part of me died with her that day -- the best part of me.''

Hemet Boy Suspected of Making Threatening Call to School

May 22, 2019

   HEMET (CNS) - Police today arrested a 15-year-old Hemet boy suspected
of calling a school and threatening to carry out a shooting, resulting in a
campus lockdown.
   The youth, whose name was not disclosed, made the call -- ultimately
determined to be a prank -- about 1:15 p.m. Monday to the reception area at
Diamond Valley Middle School, according to Hemet police.
   Sgt. Derek Maddox said a clerk was told by the caller that he intended
to ``shoot up'' the campus, prompting the staffer to immediately notify

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Governor Gavin Newsom’s approach to charter schools has signaled a policy shift from his predecessor. The state Teachers’ Association, which plans to demonstrate at the Capitol today [WEDNESDAY], wasted little time advancing an aggressive legislative agenda to increase regulation of charter schools. Capital Public Radio’s Scott Rodd reports.

On the campaign trail, Newsom rebuked characterizations that he’s a charter school adversary.


The California Senate has voted to require that middle and high schools start their classes no earlier than 8:30am.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Former Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill last year.

Democrat Anthony Portantino (pore-tan-TEE-no) says later start times allow students to get more sleep, which in turn helps learning.


Backers of legislation to allow bars and night clubs in some of California’s biggest cities to close at 4am instead of 2am are hoping the third time will be the charm.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

The state Senate approved a bill today (TUESDAY) on a bipartisan vote of 28-to-6. Similar measures died in each of the last two years — including once by veto from former Governor Jerry Brown.

Republican Jeff Stone called it a matter of local control:


A bill to establish specialized cannabis-only banks in California has been overwhelmingly approved by the state Senate.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Marijuana is still illegal at the federal level and federally insured banks won't do business with cannabis companies.

Democrat Bob Hertzberg authored the measure.

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A low-pressure system will bring scattered showers
throughout the Inland Empire today along with the possibility of snow in the
mountains, according to the National Weather Service.
   The agency issued a winter weather advisory that will last from 9 a.m.
today to midnight in the San Bernardino and Riverside County mountains.
   The storm system could bring anywhere from 1 to 4 inches of snow
between 5,500 and 7,500 feet today, with 4 to 8 inches expected above 7,500
feet, forecasters said.


Just In From NPR:

Updated at 2:08 p.m. ET

President Trump has handed Attorney General William Barr the keys to the vault.

The White House says that will mean he can be freer to reveal wrongdoing if he finds it. Democrats call it a bid to scare up political "weapons."

Trump has authorized Barr to "declassify, downgrade, or direct the declassification or downgrading of information or intelligence" related to the origins of the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, according to an official order.

Celebrity chef Mario Batali, who stepped away from his restaurants and television appearances after facing accusations of sexual harassment, pleaded not guilty on Friday in a courtroom in Boston, where he is standing trial over allegedly kissing and groping a woman against her will in 2017.

Texas House Republican Rep. Chip Roy blocked an attempt to pass the $19.1 billion disaster aid bill by unanimous consent, likely stalling passage of the legislation until Congress returns in June.

The Senate approved the measure Thursday 85-8 and House Democrats had hoped to rush the legislation through in a special session on Friday, skipping the regular voting process because lawmakers had already left town to begin a weeklong Memorial Day recess. The procedural vote required the consent of every House member, and Roy did not approve.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed a bill on Friday that criminalizes abortions in the state after eight weeks of pregnancy, the latest in a series of sweeping restrictions passed by Republican-controlled legislatures that now threaten nearly 50 years of federal protections for abortion.

Democrats Debate Impeachment, Then Go To White House To Talk Infrastructure

Democrats met on Wednesday to discuss impeaching the president. A growing number of Democrats are pushing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to support their move to impeach President Trump. Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons ( @JamalSimmons ) and Republican strategist Alice Stewart ( @alicetweet ) join Here & Nows Robin Young and Peter ODowd to discuss the days political developments. This article was originally published on Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit

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Licensed Undocumented Immigrants May Lead To Safer Roads, Connecticut Finds

Four years after implementing a policy to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, Connecticut has seen a reduction in hit-and-run crashes and a steep decline in the number of people found guilty of unlicensed driving. More than 50,000 undocumented immigrants in the state have taken written exams, vision tests and road tests to obtain driver's licenses, funneling several million dollars into the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles. Connecticut's experience could offer a...

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Politics From NPR

Kirsten Gillibrand Says If Trump Wants A War With America's Women, 'He Will Lose'

National attention is turning to issues that have been central to Kirsten Gillibrand's years of public service: equality and reproductive rights. The New York senator and presidential candidate joined several of her Democratic primary opponents and abortion-rights advocates at a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court this week after multiple states passed restrictive abortion legislation. And on Wednesday she released a plan that promotes investments in maternal and child health, paid family...

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Arts, Culture, And Media From NPR

One LA Community Where Folk And Rock Converged

Some music is so ingrained in our collective minds that it's easy to forget how game-changing it was. In the late 1960s, a marriage of rock and folk took place and much of the popular music from that union was being made in a single place — Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles. From The Beach Boys to The Mamas & The Papas , artists were writing new classics from their homes in the Canyon. A new documentary called Echo in the Canyon tells the story of the place and the people and brings in contemporary...

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Food, Nutrition, and Cuisine From NPR

Belgian Monastery Will Brew Beer Again, After A 220-Year Pause

The last time Belgium's Grimbergen Abbey brewed beer, the United States was only about 20 years old. But the abbey now plans to make beer again, and for inspiration, it will turn to the original recipes and brewing instructions in its archive of medieval texts. After it was founded in 1128, the Norbertine abbey's clerics spent centuries making beer. But they were forced to stop when the abbey was destroyed in 1798. Now they want to get back into brewing — and to do it, they're hoping to use...

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Harriet Tubman On The $20 Bill? Not During The Trump Administration

Remember the planned redesign of the $20 bill that was going to include the first African American woman to appear on U.S. currency? Well, don't expect to see Harriet Tubman on your $20 any time soon. Harriet Tubman won't be put on the $20 bill during the Trump administration. MPI / Getty Images Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed Wednesday what had been apparent for some time: The currency redesign pursued by his Obama administration predecessor Jacob Lew not is going to happen...

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