House Intel Chairman Schiff Vows To Get Trump Jr. Phone Records — And More

Adam Schiff wants to know who Donald Trump Jr. telephoned as he was organizing the meeting at which he was promised dirt on Hillary Clinton . The chairman of the House intelligence committee told NPR he intends to use his power to convene hearings, call witnesses and get information to answer the question about whether Trump Jr., in setting up the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, spoke to his father, then-candidate Donald Trump. The intelligence committee has "the ability to find out and we...

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Representative Pete Aguilar has been chosen for a leadership role on the House Appropriations Committee. KVCR’s Benjamin Purper has more.

Aguilar, whose district includes San Bernardino and parts of Rancho Cucamonga, was chosen as Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Committee.

The representative also announced he will serve on the Appropriations Subcommittes on Defense; Transportation, Housing & Urban Development; and Homeland Security.

Now in his third term, Aguilar also holds the leadership position of Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus.

The Inland Empire Women’s March returns for its 3rd year this Saturday in Downtown Riverside. More from KVCR’s Isel Cuapio.

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Groups that advocate for children in California are pressing state lawmakers to fully fund Governor Gavin Newsom’s budget requests to expand access to early learning. KVCR’s Katie Trojano has more.

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Two of Riverside County’s cities rank on the nation’s top 10 list of longest workday commutes. KVCR’s Katie Trojano has more.

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Walmart is opening a consolidation center and warehouse in Colton, which will bring over 600 jobs by 2021.

KVCR's Danielle Fox has more.

 

 

Walmart is opening a consolidation center and warehouse in Colton this July, which will bring over 600 jobs by 2021. The 340,000 square foot facility will initially employ 150 full-time associates with a base salary starting above $15 per hour.

 

Patients who get written prescriptions from their doctors may be having a tough time getting their medications this month. CapRadio’s health care reporter Sammy Caiola has more.

As the federal government shutdown continues, CalFresh recipients will be receiving their February benefits early.

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A serious storm that forecasters say could flood burn scars and drop a lot of rain and snow is about to pummel California. Capital Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero explains.

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State Senator Richard Roth has proposed a bill that would alleviate the Inland Empire’s severe shortage of physicians. KVCR’s Benjamin Purper has more.

PG&E To File For Bankruptcy For The Second Time

Jan 15, 2019

PG&E announced it will file for bankruptcy for the second time in recent history because of an estimated 30 billion dollars in liability costs from wildfires. Capital Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero explains.

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Survivors of California's recent wildfires are bracing for the possibility that the utility Pacific Gas and Electric may go into bankruptcy protection by the end of this month. Investigators are looking into whether the company's equipment started the Camp Fire. For victims suing PG&E, a company bankruptcy could impact their compensation. From member station KQED in San Francisco, Lily Jamali has more.

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Survivors of California's recent wildfires are bracing for the possibility that the utility Pacific Gas and Electric may go into bankruptcy protection by the end of this month. Investigators are looking into whether the company's equipment started the Camp Fire. For victims suing PG&E, a company bankruptcy could impact their compensation. From member station KQED in San Francisco, Lily Jamali has more.

LILY JAMALI, BYLINE: For the last several weeks, California's Butte County has been inundated with TV ads like these.

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A special celestial event is on the calendar for this Sunday night and experts are already raving:

"A full 62 luxurious minutes of totality," says Sky and Telescope Magazine.

"The Only Total Lunar Eclipse of 2019," promises NASA.

The White House has blocked an emergency effort to finish major U.S.-funded school, water and sewage projects in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, according to documents reviewed by NPR.

It is the latest of a series of moves by the Trump administration to shut down U.S. aid to Palestinians, which is scheduled to end Feb 1.

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Meet 'Black Girl Magic,' The 19 African-American Women Elected As Judges In Texas

Though Houston and Harris County make up one of the most ethnically and racially diverse metro areas in the country, that hasn't always been reflected in its judges. But the region recently took a big step towards representation when it elected a record 19 African-American women to the bench. Erica Hughes is the presiding judge for Harris County Criminal Court-at-Law Number 3. Hughes is a former Army lawyer who still serves in the Texas Army National Guard. She's one of the Houston 19, the...

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For 7th Consecutive Year, Visa Overstays Exceeded Illegal Border Crossings

As the Trump administration demands funding for a border wall to stop illegal immigration, a new study finds that for the seventh consecutive year, visa overstays far exceeded unauthorized border crossings. The report released Wednesday by the Center for Migration Studies of New York finds that from 2016-2017, people who overstayed their visas accounted for 62 percent of the newly undocumented, while 38 percent had crossed a border illegally. "It is clear from our research that persons who...

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Louisville Renames Airport After Late Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali's hometown of Louisville, Ky., has renamed its airport in honor of the boxer-turned-activist who died in 2016. The Louisville Regional Airport Authority board announced its decision on Wednesday to call the airport the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport. "Muhammad became one of the most well-known people to ever walk the Earth and has left a legacy of humanitarianism and athleticism that has inspired billions of people," said Mayor Greg Fischer in a press release from...

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Young Russian Musicians Struggle Under Government Scrutiny

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Have you or someone close to you been struggling with medical bills you can't pay. NPR is doing a story about the best strategies for dealing with medical debt for a series on personal finance, and we want to hear your story! We'd also like to know if you found a good solution — for example working with a financial assistance counselor at a hospital or non-profit organization or some other strategy. Your response may be used in an upcoming story on air or on NPR.org. A producer may reach out...

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