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

  1. FarmSense, a startup founded at UC Riverside, will compete in Paris for up to $10 million.
  2. California’s health insurance exchange saw a spike in enrollment this season and Covered California is offering a deadline extension for signups.
  3. A new law allows voters to change their party preference or update their address by filling out a short form.
  4. AQMD issues another wood-burning ban.

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The first zero-emission train line in North America is coming to Redlands, and it’s created a debate over high-density housing and transit-oriented development in the small Inland Empire city.

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

  1. The number of U.S. citizens brought to Travis Air Force Base in Northern California because of coronavirus has doubled.
  2. California Governor Gavin Newsom will deliver this year’s State of the State on Wednesday.
  3. The California Legislature is expected to issue a formal apology this week for the state’s history of mistreatment toward Japanese Americans.
  4. Firefighters stop Moreno Valley garage fire.

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 rash of hepatitis A cases has been reported in San Bernardino County over the past year.
  2. A photo of eight students posing with a swastika and a Confederate flag has upset many at Riverside’s Martin Luther King Jr. High School.
  3. There have been more developments in the troubled West Valley Water District.

A new investigative report by Pasadena-based public radio station KPCC delves into a Southern California rental empire whose influence extends far into the Inland Empire. KVCR’s Benjamin Purper spoke with KPCC’s Aaron Mendelson.

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

The 43rd Annual Writers Week Conference 2020 is the longest-running, free literary event in California and features some of the most renowned authors of our day. Former Press Enterprise columnist and longtime KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff speaks with Susan Straight, a distinguished professor of Creative Writing at UC Riverside, and one of the authors featured this week. Straight talks about her new memoir, 'In the Country of Women.' 

For more information about the 43rd Annual Writers Week Conference, visit

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

LATEST From NPR: New Hampshire Primary

Feb 11, 2020

Here is the Tuesday, February 11 New Hampshire Primary Update Link. You may listen to the latest NPR Newscast here, updated hourly. In the event of breaking news or special live coverage, this will take you to live audio of the coverage. For ongoing NPR coverage from New Hampshire, starting at 5:00 PM, listen to 91.9 FM or click the Listen Live arrow at the top of our homepage.
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Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

  1. California is establishing new organic waste disposal rules.
  2. Scientists have quantified the impact of education on reducing a single Californian’s carbon footprint.
  3. The U.S. Justice Department is suing California over its plan to abolish private prisons.
  4. PG&E wants to raise rates on customers to reimburse money it spent on wildfire mitigation and insurance.


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

Just In From NPR:

Bashar Jackson, better known as the rapper Pop Smoke, has died. He was 20 years old. The news was confirmed to NPR in a statement from Republic Records, a label Jackson had worked with.

Last month, a British man went to a conference in Singapore, then on a ski trip to the French Alps.

What he didn't know when he arrived in the Alps was that he was infected with the virus behind the COVID-19 outbreak.

During his stay at a ski village, it appears he infected 11 other people, who subsequently traveled on to the U.K. and Spain, the World Health Organization says.

Brooklyn-born rapper Pop Smoke, who was born Bashar Barakah Jackson, died Wednesday morning, according to his record label. He was 20 years old.

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