DirecTV customers across the Southland have lost access to CBS and KCAL indefinitely in a fee dispute between CBS Corp. and AT&T, which owns the satellite provider.
   KCAL is owned by CBS. The blackout also affects the Smithsonian Channel and the CBS Sports Network. Beginning minutes after 11 p.m. Friday, when a contract between the two sides expired, the following message appeared on the screens of DirecTV viewers who selected either channel:

Magnitude 3.6 Earthquake Felt In Riverside County

Jul 20, 2019

   A small earthquake rattled parts of Riverside County Friday morning, but there were no reports of serious damage.
   A temblor with a preliminary magnitude of 3.6 was detected at 11:40 a.m. about nine miles southeast of Anza and about 22 miles southwest of Rancho Mirage, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
   The quake was felt in some areas of the Coachella Valley and as far south as San Diego, according to the USGS ``Did You Feel It?'' online map.

Hunger Strike Over at Robert Presley Detention Center

Jul 19, 2019

A small group of women in Riverside County's largest jail spent 16 days on a hunger strike protesting alleged mistreatment by jail staff. KVCR's Benjamin Purper reports.

Water Now Safe to Drink in Trona

Jul 19, 2019

Residents of a high desert community hit hard by this month's big earthquakes no longer need to boil tap water.San Bernardino County authorities announced Wednesday the boil-water notice for Trona and neighboring areas has been lifted and citizens do not need to rely on bottled water.The Mojave Desert community of 2,000 residents was strongly shaken by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake on July 5 and a magnitude 6.4 foreshock on July 4.The county says damage assessments resulted in 31 residences red tagged and 51 yellow tagged.

Two Horses Killed in Del Mar Race Track Accident

Jul 19, 2019

Two horses were killed in a freak collision at Del Mar during training on the second day of its season.The accident occurred Thursday morning when Charge A Bunch, trained by Carla Gaines, threw rider Geovanni Franco, turned sharply and collided with Carson Valley, who was trained by Bob Baffert.Carson Valley's rider, jockey Assael Espinoza, was taken to a hospital for evaluation, and Franco was not injured.

South Coast AQMD

Last month, a committee of the South Coast Air Quality Management District voted to recommend not to ban hydrofluoric acid used at two South Bay oil refineries. Some cheered at the decision, saying a ban would have raised the price of gasoline, but some community groups are alarmed. KVCR's Benjamin Purper checked in with parties on both sides of the question.

Cash Bail Showdown

Jul 18, 2019
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The battle over whether California should eliminate cash bail is moving toward a showdown at the ballot box. The bail industry is now seeking constitutional protection on top of its effort to overturn a new state law abolishing the current system. Ben Adler has this CapRadio report.

Limiting Rent Increases in the Golden State

Jul 18, 2019
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An effort to cap rent increases in california is still alive at the state Capitol.
CapRadio's Randol White has the story.

Inland Empire Wage Gains Despite Slow Employment Growth

Jul 17, 2019
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Employment growth in the Inland Empire has slowed, but wage gains continue to rise -- that's according to a study released last week by UC Riverside's School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. KVCR's Benjamin Purper spoke with the study's author and filed this report.

Robert Kleinhenz is the Executive Director of Research at the Center for Economic Forecasting. He says the slowing of employment growth in the Inland Empire mirrors that of the state as a whole.

Cleanup Continues On Large Oil Spill In Kern County

Jul 16, 2019

Conservation groups say an oil leak from a Chevron well in Kern County has surpassed the 2105 Santa Barbara spill in size.  As cleanup continues, the groups are calling on the state to stop issuing new drilling permits.  KVCR's Benajmin Purper has more.

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