Recovery Work Begins After Hurricane Michael Carves Through Florida Panhandle Updated at 8:10 p.m. ET Tropical Storm Michael has been lashing North Carolina on its way to Virginia and, according to the National Hurricane Center, is losing its tropical characteristics. But forecasters say it is not done bringing damaging winds and life-threatening flash flooding to portions of North Carolina and Virginia. A storm surge watch remains in effect for Ocracoke Inlet to Duck, N.C. Michael has winds of 50 mph and is moving at a speed...

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'We Were A Stain On The County': San Bernardino Survivor Gets New Start In Arizona

In 2015, Julie Paez was shot twice at her office Christmas party in San Bernardino, California. Her co-worker and his wife opened fire on the party on Dec. 2, 2015, killing 14 people and injuring 22. Since then, Here & Nows Jeremy Hobson has checked in with Paez during her recovery. She says she recently left San Bernardino for Flagstaff, Arizona, to start over. Paez, who worked at the Inland Regional Center, a state-run health facility for people with developmental disabilities, says she...

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Southern California Cities Embroiled In Fierce Debate Over State Sanctuary Law

This story was reported on our election road trip to states across the country ahead of the 2018 midterms. Check out  all of our election coverage . California is a state on the front lines of the immigration debate in the U.S. with many cities taking matters into their own hands. This year, a new state law took effect limiting how much local police can cooperate with federal immigration authorities and essentially making California a sanctuary state. Here & Nows Jeremy Hobson reports from...

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Environmentalists and California government officials rallied against the Trump administration's proposal to roll back car-mileage standards at a hearing in Fresno on Monday. KVCR's Rick Dulock delivers this CapRadio story.

A package of bills intended to make medical treament more accessible and affordable got the OK from California Governor Jerry Brown this weekend. CapRadio's Sammy Caiola reports.

Ghost Gun Trafficker Sentenced

Sep 24, 2018

A Northern California man has been sentenced to five years in prison for the unlawful manufacturing and dealing of so-called 'ghost' guns - homemade weapons with no registration numbers that can be used to trace them. KVCR's Rick Dulock shares this report from the Associated Press.

Wildfire Recovery - Who Pays?

Sep 24, 2018

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that shifts billions of dollars of wildfire recovery costs from electric utility shareholders to ratepayers. KVCR's Rick Dulock brings in CapRadio's Ben Adler on this story.

Fighting 'Fake News' With Literacy

Sep 24, 2018

Efforts to fight fake news received a boost with the recent signing of a media literacy bill by Governor Jerry Brown. CapRadio's Chris Nichols has the story.

UCLA Health

As part of KVCR’s series on the Inland Empire’s doctor shortage, we explore a UCLA program that trains immigrant doctors to serve in medically under-represented areas of California. KVCR’s Benjamin Purper has the story.

You’ve probably heard the term “brain drain” - but what about “brain waste?” That’s when highly educated immigrants end up working far below their education level. Maybe it’s an engineer working in fast food, or a surgeon cleaning houses.

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Two new schools in San Bernardino are preparing locals for future jobs in health care -- as techs, medical assistant and physicians. As part of our ongoing series on the Inland Empire’s doctor shortage, KVCR’s Benjamin Purper has the story.

At Pomona College, a group of medical students walk in procession to the music of a string quartet. This is their White Coat Ceremony, where they don the iconic symbol of the medical profession for the first time.

They take the Hippocratic Oath and begin their training as a physician.

Mishi Armendarez

A little bit of funk, rock, and soul, Inland Empire’s homegrown band Kiki Diago will be performing in Downtown Riverside at the end of this month.

Other performers include Eduardo Arenas from Chicano Batman, Fontana based band Dream Lover, and LA based solo artist Katzu Oso.

Benjamin Purper / KVCR

As part of KVCR's series on the doctor shortage in the Inland Empire, reporter Benjamin Purper explores two programs at University of California, Riverside designed to train and retain young doctors in the region.

At the First Congregational Church in Downtown Riverside, student volunteers are giving out complimentary hygiene kits. It’s part of the Riverside Free Clinic, where people can come for no-cost medical treatment from volunteers.

California farmers could feel the brunt of new tariffs being imposed by China as part of an escalating trade war with the Trump Administration. Capitaol Public Radio's Randol White has more.


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House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi vowed this week to demand President Trump's tax returns if Democrats win control of the House of Representatives next month.

Pelosi, seeking to regain her gavel as House speaker after elections in November, told The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board that the move "is one of the first things we'd do — that's the easiest thing in the world. That's nothing."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has a message for Republican voters who are celebrating the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh: Get to the polls in November if you want more conservatives sitting on judicial benches.

"Lose the Senate, and the project of confirming judges is over for the last two years of President Trump," McConnell said in an interview with NPR in his Capitol Hill office. "That, I think, is a scary prospect to the people who like what we've been doing on the judge project and I hope will help us hold on to our majority."

The remains of Matthew Shepard, whose death became an important symbol in the fight against homophobia — and whose name is on a key U.S. hate-crime law — will be interred at Washington National Cathedral later this month.

Shepard's parents say they're "proud and relieved to have a final resting place for Matthew's ashes."

Republicans Seize On 'Angry Mob' Mantra To Keep Their Midterm Base Fired Up

President Trump warned at his rally in Pennsylvania on Wednesday night that if his party loses in November's midterm elections, the "radical Democrat mob" will take away everything he has achieved since his election, while encouraging crime and socialism. It was an echo of something he's been saying a lot lately, including at rallies in Iowa and Kansas in recent days and on Twitter — a line that Republicans have been quick to seize upon as they try to sustain a newly-enthused GOP base in the...

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Son Of Limo Company Owner Arrested, Accused Of Homicide After Deadly Crash

Updated at 10:50 p.m. ET New York State Police have arrested the son of the owner of Prestige Limousine Chauffeur Service, the company involved in the crash that left 20 people dead about 40 miles outside Albany last weekend. Nauman Hussain, whom police described as the company's "operator," was charged Wednesday with criminally negligent homicide for his role in the fatal incident. Authorities noted that police took Hussain into custody after a "controlled traffic stop" on an interstate...

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Trump Administration Presses Saudis For Information On Missing Journalist

More than a week has passed since Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi vanished after visiting the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul. Turkish authorities are telling journalists what they think happened, citing released video footage: that Khashoggi was targeted and murdered. President Trump said Wednesday that he has spoken to the Saudi government "at the highest levels" about the situation. "We cannot let this happen to reporters, to anybody. And we're going to get to the bottom of it," Trump...

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Mexico's Morgues Are Overflowing As Its Murder Rate Rises

Rising rates of homicides and drug violence have created an overflow at Mexico's morgues. So much so, that several cities have resorted to storing dead bodies in refrigerated trailers. This sparked a national scandal after some residents complained about the stench coming from one of the trailers parked in their neighborhood in the western city of Guadalajara. Authorities say there are two trailers packed with human remains, and dozens more bodies stacked up in the city's morgue. They say...

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FACT CHECK: Trump's False Claims On 'Medicare For All'

USA Today published an opinion column by President Trump Wednesday in which the president falsely accused Democrats of trying to "eviscerate" Medicare, while defending his own record of protecting health care coverage for seniors and others. The column — published just weeks ahead of the midterm elections — underscores the political power of health care to energize voters. But it makes a number of unsubstantiated claims. Here are 5 points to know 1. The political context: Health care has...

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California Is On The Front Lines Of Nation's Homelessness Crisis

California is confronting a growing homeless population, with more than 52,000 of people who are homeless living in Los Angeles County, according to  data from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. Here & Nows Jeremy Hobson speaks with a homeless family from Nigeria, who is getting assistance from Pathways of Hope, an organization that provides food, shelter and housing to those who are homeless in Southern California. He also talks with   Jill Replogle ( @jillrep ), Orange County...

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Science, Technology, And Medicine From NPR

FACT CHECK: Who's Right About Protections For Pre-Existing Conditions?

Ensuring that people with pre-existing health conditions can get and keep health insurance is the most popular part of the Affordable Care Act. It has also become a flashpoint in this fall's midterm campaigns across the country. And not only is the ACA protection, which mostly applies to people who buy their own coverage, at risk. It's also possible that pre-existing condition protections that predate the federal health law could be in play. Democrats charge that Republicans' opposition to...

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Education From NPR

Coming To The Right Answer By Themselves: Talking With Boys About Sexual Assault

In the basement of a suburban Philadelphia home, half a dozen high school freshman boys recently met to munch on chips and pretzels — and to talk about sexual assault in the wake of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. A Jewish group called Moving Traditions , sponsored by Temple Sinai in Dresher, Pa., brought them together as part of its programs to encourage teenagers to talk about this and other difficult issues. Volunteer group leader Cody Greenes, 35, introduced the week's topic by...

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Arts, Culture, And Media From NPR

'First Man' Considers Glory, Grief And A Famous Walk On The Moon

"You're bouncing off the atmosphere." Early in director Damien Chazelle's First Man , this is one of the cautions given to Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) during his pilot training, years before he walked on the moon. That idea of the barrier between Earth and space, the violence of making the journey through it and the almost mystical experience of being on the other side of it forms the spine of the film. We encounter Armstrong at three points: 1961, leading up to the start of his training as...

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Food, Nutrition, and Cuisine From NPR

Oysters On The Half Shell Are Actually Saving New York's Eroding Harbor

Across New York City, more than 70 restaurants are tossing their oyster shells not into the trash or composting pile, but into the city's eroded harbor. It's all part of Billion Oyster Project's restaurant shell-collection program. The journey from trash to treasure begins after an oyster half shell is turned upside down and left on an icy tray. Once discarded, it joins hundreds of thousands of other half shells collected in blue bins and picked up (free of charge) from restaurants five days...

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Video: Georgia Woman Calls Police On Black Babysitter

Waiting in a coffee shop , swimming, barbecuing — just a few recent examples of unremarkable activities that turned into headlines after the black people engaging in them had the police called on them. Now add babysitting to the list. On Sunday, Corey Lewis was watching two children when they went to a Walmart in Marietta, Ga., where they got some food, then stopped at a gas station to fill up the car. A woman followed them and approached, asking to speak to the children, Lewis said; he...

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