American Red Cross

Blood banks like the American Red Cross in the Inland Empire and across the country are renewing calls for volunteer donations due to shortages.

As COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed and hospitals resume elective surgeries, demand for blood has grown by 30 percent nationally. Now San Bernardino County blood banks are seeing shortages. 

Last week the America Red Cross made a joint statement with American Blood Centers calling for donations. Blood centers are reporting inventories near their lowest levels since the beginning of the pandemic. 

June 4: Lifestyles with Lillian Vasquez

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This week on Lifestyles, Lillian speaks with Dana Zimbric, Artistic Director and Conductor for the California Chamber Orchestra. They recently received a grant that allows them to share classical music with fourth graders. Also on the show, Lillian talks with Officer Ryan Railsback from the Riverside Police Department about bicycle safety.

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

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Lavinia Mitroi, a student at the UCR School of Medicine, who sits on the COVID-19 Student Taskforce at UC Riverside. Lavinia shares how the student volunteers in the Taskforce provide help to those in need. Lillian also has a conversation with Frank Tiessen, President of Carrera of America. Frank discusses how slot car racing provides a way for families to spend time together during the pandemic.

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

  1. Volunteers clean up Downtown Riverside after Monday night protest.
  2. Stevante Clark guided hundreds on a peaceful march and was thanked by Governor Gavin Newsom for his leadership.
  3. California’s Black Legislative Caucus has a list of proposals to tackle systemic issues.

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A new study from the National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform finds that every gun homicide in San Bernardino costs taxpayers 2.3 million dollars. 

David Muhammad, executive director of the NICJR, says that while the human toll of gun violence is the costliest, each gun homicide also has a significant financial burden on the taxpayers of the city of San Bernardino.

Hundreds Gather In Moreno Valley To Protest Killing Of George Floyd

Jun 3, 2020
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Hundreds gathered in Moreno Valley yesterday to protest police brutality and the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

Protesters gathered in Moreno Valley Community Park and marched to Moreno Valley City Hall, then back to the park, while Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputies in riot gear closed down streets and intersections.

The rally began at 4:30p.m. and lasted until shortly before 8p.m.


Thousands gathered in downtown Riverside Monday night to protest the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis. While it was mostly peaceful, volunteers showed up Tuesday morning to help clean up. 

Tuesday morning, volunteers were out cleaning up downtown Riverside. It was the day after hundreds gathered there to peacefully protest the death of George Floyd. By 8:30 a.m. there was little sign of the previous night’s event except graffiti and boarded up windows.

Lillian Vasquez has a conversation about serving others with Kimberly Starrs, Chief Development Officer with United Way of the Inland Valleys. Lillian also speaks with Donna Elliot, a local KVCR listener and president of the Art Alliance of Idyllwild, about how her life and plans have changed during the pandemic.

To learn more about United Way of the Inland Valleys, visit

To learn more about the Art Alliance of Idyllwild, visit

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


Just In From NPR:

Editor's note: NPR will be continuing this conversation about Being Black in America online and on air.

As protests continue around the country against systemic racism and police brutality, black Americans describe fear, anger and a weariness about tragic killings that are becoming all too familiar.

Pandemic layoffs have slowed in recent weeks. But a report card from the Labor Department Friday is still expected to show millions of jobs were lost in May as the unemployment rate climbed near 20% — it's highest level in more than 80 years.

At 20%, the jobless rate would top April's astounding 14.7% rate — and it would be the highest since the nearly 25% rate at the height of the Great Depression.

President Donald Trump on Friday will visit one of Maine's least populous towns and its most conservative county when he tours a factory producing medical swabs for coronavirus testing.

Conspicuously absent during the trip will be the state's only Republican member of Congress, Sen. Susan Collins.

Collins, who faces a tough reelection fight to secure her fifth consecutive term, will remain in Washington, D.C. when the president travels to Puritan Medical Products in Guilford, Maine.

A month ago, America's pork farmers were in crisis. About 40 percent of the country's pork plants were shut down because they had become hot spots of coronavirus infection.

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