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Cal State San Bernardino's 10th annual Latino Education and Advocacy Days - LEAD Summit X - opens next week.  This year's summit will honor two influential indiviuals in the Latino community.  KVCR's Dean Anagnostopoulis has more.

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The first day of spring looked more like winter yesterday (Wednesday), providing lightning, thunder,  heavy rain, and even hail to the inland valleys, and an unseasonable dump of snow in the inland mountains.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Thousands of health care workers from the University of California are back on the job today, after a one-day strike yesterday.  The Union representing those employees has been at odds withthe UC system over contract negotiations, with eaxch side accusing the other of operating in bad faith.  At a rally yesterday (Wednesday) in Los Angeles, the cause drew attention from U.S. Senator - and candidate for President - Bernie Sanders.  From our collegeu station KCRW in Los Angeles, Steve Chiotakis filed this story for the California Report.

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MECCA (CNS) - A desert water agency was ``the elephant in the room'' Tuesday as representatives from seven states, along with several key district officials, met in Phoenix to sign a Southwestern drought pact that excludes the
Imperial Irrigation District, the head of the agency said.

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Riverside County Board of Supervisors Chairman Kevin
Jeffries vowed Tuesday to hammer out a plan of action with state and local
agencies to prevent another ``Super Bloom'' stampede in and around Lake
Elsinore this weekend.
   ``The blooming poppies may be fun to look at, but the traffic problems
they've created are unmatched in the county,'' said Jeffries, a longtime
Lake Elsinore resident. ``We're seeing 40,000 to 50,000 people going down there
on a given day. It has done irreparable harm to our local residents. People in

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MORENO VALLEY (CNS) - A Corona eighth-grader today claimed an
unprecedented fourth consecutive victory in the Riverside County Spelling Bee,
winning the title of champion speller and a spot at the national bee in May.
   Aisha Randhawa from Auburndale Intermediate School in the Corona-Norco
Unified School District took top honors after 30 rounds of spelling at the
Moreno Valley Conference & Recreation Center.
   Dartmouth Middle School eighth-grader Ernie Ordaniel, representing the

CORONA (CNS) - Evidence was removed from the Corona apartment where a
missing 8-year-old boy lived, but police did not give an indication this
morning what the item was before it was loaded onto a police truck.
   The item, taken from the apartment Monday night in the 4500 block of
Temescal Canyon Road, was described as large and apparently heavy, wrapped in a
blue tarp, NBC4 said.
   Police also called in a plumber with camera equipment, but did not
disclose the reason or what they searched for, ABC7 reported. An update on the

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Gavin Newsom raised nearly $8 million to celebrate his inauguration as California governor earlier this year.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler looks at who gave that money - and why it matters.

The day before Gavin Newsom was sworn in as California’s 40th governor earlier this year, he held a private lunch for major donors at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum.

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The family of Stephon Clark spent the one-year anniversary of his death commemorating him with music and calls for justice.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola was at the ceremony yesterday (Monday).

At the Genesis Church in Meadowview on Monday, neighborhood residents and Clark’s loved ones gathered to celebrate the 22-year-old’s life and legacy. He died March 18, 2018, after Sacramento police shot him in his grandmother’s backyard.

LAKE ELSINORE (CNS) - A trail temporarily closed to visitors in Lake Elsinore where stadium-sized crowds poured in over the weekend to view acres of blooming poppies, causing massive traffic headaches for law enforcement and angering locals, was reopened Monday, drawing huge crowds once again.
   ``We expended lots of resources over the weekend, and we have folks
out there ticketing again, but we are full,'' Lake Elsinore Mayor Steve Manos said Monday while standing at the entrance to Walker Canyon. ``If you could come back another day, we would really appreciate that.''

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Thousands of visitors flocked to Lake Elsinore yesterday (Sunday) to get a look at the "super bloom" of poppies on hillsides around the city.  But the crowds grew so big that they overwhelmed Lake Elsinore public safety officials, resulting in authorities shutting the event down.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

A candlelight vigil will be held tonight at 8:00 pm outside of Cal Skate in Grand Terrace to remember Ryan Harsany.  Harsany, 43, owner of the Grand Terrace roller skating rink, died of gunshot wounds at an area hospital, after authorities responded to reports of a robbery and fire at the facility.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent. 

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Repairs are being made to a street in Chino Hills that buckled after a water main broke yesterday in the 1700 block of Rancho Hills Drive, affecting some 50 homes.   More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Start Your Engines for the Auto Club 400 in Fontana

Mar 17, 2019
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If you’re around Fontana on Sunday, you might catch yourself hearing the loud roar of engines coming from Auto Club Speedway where the 23rd Annual Auto Club 400 Nascar race is taking place. KVCR’s Jonathan Linden has the story.   

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - The parents of an 8-year-old Corona boy whose whereabouts are a mystery were both charged today with felony child endangerment.
   Bryce Daniel McIntosh, 32, and Jillian Marie Godfrey, 36, both of Corona, were arrested Wednesday in connection with the disappearance of their son, Noah.
   The pair made a joint initial court appearance this afternoon, during which Riverside County Superior Court Judge OG Magno appointed them a public defender and scheduled their arraignment for April 8 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says his agency needs more help removing guns from those who are prohibited from having them.  As Capital Public Radio's Chris Nichols reports, local police unions say they're ready to step up.

The AG’s office is charged with confiscating guns from thousands of Californians. From people who are mentally ill, have a domestic violence restraining order, or were convicted of a felony.

But Becerra said this month his office doesn’t have enough special agents to do the job.

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Backers of rent control are trying again  this year in the California Legisalture after lawmakers and voters rejected measures last year.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

A group of Democrats announced new bills yesterday (THURSDAY) that also include rent caps and eviction protections for tenants.

Assemblyman Rob Bonta (BAHN-tuh) says it’s crucial to help renters who “face daily fears.”

Corona Child Still Missing; Parents In Police Custody

Mar 15, 2019

The parents of an 8-year-old Corona boy whose whereabouts are a
mystery are behind bars amid mounting concerns regarding the fate of the child.
Thirty-two-year-old Bryce McIntosh and 36-year-old Jillian Godfrey ... both of
Corona ... were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of child abuse in connection
with the disappearance of their son ... Noah. The pair are being held at the
Corona Jail ... where they have been interviewed by investigators. Anyone with
information was asked to call the police department's detective bureau at 9-5-1
2-7-9 3-6-5-9.

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An environmentalis group is questionng the use of bulldozers to fight major wildfires, saying theyre ineffective and leaving lasting environmental damage.  KVCR 's Ken Vincent has details.

For the first time in more than 7 years, the state of California is drought-free.  A national academic center that studies drought produced a report that shows California has officially emerged from drought.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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WHITEWATER (CNS) - A bipartisan conservation bill signed Tuesday by President Donald Trump, which safeguards around 375,500 acres of public land and designates 77 miles of waterways as wild and scenic rivers in southeastern California, will expand Joshua Tree and Death Valley national parks and give permanent protection to the Whitewater River in Riverside County.
   Congress last month overwhelmingly approved the California Desert Protection and Recreation Act of 2019, which was championed by Sen. Dianne

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The Green New Deal nationally includes social justice goals that aren't always attached to plans to fight climate change.  Captial Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports on how California climate policies began.

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A low-pressure storm system could drop light rain in Inland Southern California today - and snow on the roads could create hazardous travel conditions in our local mountains, according to the National Weather Service.
  

The NWS issued a winter storm warning was due to expire at noon today (Tuesday) for inland mountains above 5,500 feet. Until then, forecasters said snow in those areas could make travel hazardous.
  

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Last month congressional freshman representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez helped lay out a grand plan for the nation to address climate change. It's called the Green New Deal.

"We must be as ambitious and innovative in our solution as possible." [6 seconds]

It draws from California's climate goals. But does California need a new Green New Deal of its own? CapRadio's Ezra David Romero explores.

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A record number of Californians are now registered to vote - and the state's registration rate is the highest in nearly 25  years.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports on the new data released yesterday (Monday) by the Secretary of State's office.

The new report shows California had nearly 20 million registered voters on the rolls as of a month ago. And the state’s 79 percent registration rate is the highest since just before the 1996 presidential election, when it topped 80 percent.

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Are fatal shootings by police on the decline in California?  That's the contention by a law enforcement-backed group in a recent video.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked the group's claim.

Protect California is supporting one of two competing bills at the state Capitol that would address when police can use deadly force.

It favors a bill that maintains the threshold of using deadly force when ‘reasonable,’ while a competing proposal would change the standard to ‘when necessary.’

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According to a new report from UC Davis, Kansas Staste Univeristy and the University of Wisconsin, The Renewable Fuel standard is doing great harm to water and wildlife habitat and is increasing carbon emissions. KVCR's Katie Trojano has more.

Hiding Criminal Records

Mar 11, 2019
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Past criminal records prevent millions of Californians from obtaining housing and jobs, and disallows them from volunteering at their child's school. But now there's an effort in Sacramento to automatically sheild those records for some low-level offenders. Cap Radio's Chris Nichols has the story.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

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