Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR news contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Rick Dulock review some of the big Inland Empire news stories from the past week:

1. The apparent winners have emerged in Tuesday’s Riverside City Council election.

2. It looks like a ballot measure has enough signatures to qualify to limit the height of new buildings along the light-rail train route in Redlands.

3. Thanks to a voter-approved one-cent sales tax increase, San Bernardino may soon be able to resurrect some city jobs that were cut in previous budgets.

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

The Voice on KVCR is a weekly discussion with the Black Voice News editorial team about important issues in the inland region.

This week KVCR's Megan Jamerson spoke with Executive Editor Stephanie Williams about a new recruitment effort to hire more black teachers and teachers of color in San Bernardino County schools through a partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

A joint taskforce between local and federal law enforcement authorities announced charges Tuesday against 21 people allegedly involved in a drug trafficking and distribution scheme in the Inland Empire.

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

With the June 15 re-opening of California only a week away, inland county officials are waiting on specifics for what this will mean for public spaces and the workplace.

There could be some changes in guidance between now and California’s re-opening,  but “essentially it’s business as usual or business pre-COVID," said San Bernardino County Interim Public Health Director, Andrew Goldfrach.

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

Benjamin Purper

The 9th circuit court heard oral arguments in Pasadena Monday for a second attempt to overturn a new California law that phases out private, for-profit prisons and immigration detention centers. 

The appeal by the Biden Administration and GEO Group, one of the nation’s largest private prison companies, comes after a lawsuit by GEO and the Trump Administration failed last year.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR news contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Rick Dulock review some of the big Inland Empire news stories from the past week:

Spanish Town Heritage Foundation

Riverside’s Trujillo Adobe, is now nationally recognized as one of America’s most endangered historic places. KVCR’s Megan Jamerson reports, this recognition is part of an effort by descendants of the region’s early pioneers to preserve history before it’s too late.

Right now, it’s impossible to see what’s left of the over 150-year-old Trujillo Adobe that sits near the corner of West Center Street and Orange, because of the protective structure that’s been built around it. Nancy Melendez, President of the Spanish Town Heritage Foundation hopes to change that. 


Just In From NPR:

DATONG, China — The walls and ceiling of the Nanshan mine shimmer black, carved straight into a 200 million-year-old coal seam running 1,300 feet underground. Black veins of Jurassic-era coal deposits still thread Shanxi province in China's north, enriching public coffers and keeping generations of miners steadily employed.

Studying the brains of fruit flies is not the kind of work that you can easily do from home. You need special microscopes and something called a fly-ball tracker, which neuroscientist Vivek Jayaraman likens to a treadmill. A very tiny treadmill.

"We position them on a little ball. The fly walks on the ball. It's in a virtual reality space," explains Jayaraman in his lab at the Janelia Research Campus, part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

The Biden administration wants a more stable and predictable relationship with Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to show that his country is taken seriously as a world power. That is the backdrop for the first summit between the U.S. and Russian presidents, which will take place in Geneva on June 16.

"Russia is quite invested in having a very friction-filled rather than friction-free relationship with the United States," warns Fiona Hill of the Brookings Institution.

The largest U.S. database for detecting events that might be vaccine side-effects is being used by activists to spread disinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.

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Detectives Just Used DNA To Solve A 1956 Double Homicide. They May Have Made History

It was only three days into 1956 when three boys from Montana, out for a hike on a normal January day, made a gruesome discovery they were unlikely to ever forget. During a walk near the Sun River, they found 18-year-old Lloyd Duane Bogle, dead from a gunshot wound to the head. They found him on the ground near his car, and someone had used his belt to tie his hands behind his back, according to a report from the Great Falls Tribune . The next day brought another disturbing discovery: A...

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An 11-Minute Flight To Space Was Just Auctioned For $28 Million

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Poor people and people of color use much more electricity per square foot in their homes than whites and more affluent people, according to new research. That means households that can least afford it end up spending more on utilities. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, arrives as the Biden administration has said that it wants 40 percent of federal climate spending to reach poorer communities and communities of color, including initiatives that...

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Photos: 2 Cantonese Women Share Their Immigrant Journey

Recent reports of violence against Asian Americans have drawn attention to the challenges and discrimination many Asian Americans face — especially women. While Asian women are often viewed as hard-working, independent, intelligent and economically prosperous, the stereotypes hide many issues, including anti-Asian racism, poverty and labor abuse. Preconceptions understate the realities of working-class Asian American women's lives. Many work in industries that were hit especially hard during...

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