DirecTV customers across the Southland have lost access to CBS and KCAL indefinitely in a fee dispute between CBS Corp. and AT&T, which owns the satellite provider.
   KCAL is owned by CBS. The blackout also affects the Smithsonian Channel and the CBS Sports Network. Beginning minutes after 11 p.m. Friday, when a contract between the two sides expired, the following message appeared on the screens of DirecTV viewers who selected either channel:

Magnitude 3.6 Earthquake Felt In Riverside County

Jul 20, 2019

   A small earthquake rattled parts of Riverside County Friday morning, but there were no reports of serious damage.
   A temblor with a preliminary magnitude of 3.6 was detected at 11:40 a.m. about nine miles southeast of Anza and about 22 miles southwest of Rancho Mirage, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
   The quake was felt in some areas of the Coachella Valley and as far south as San Diego, according to the USGS ``Did You Feel It?'' online map.

Hunger Strike Over at Robert Presley Detention Center

Jul 19, 2019

A small group of women in Riverside County's largest jail spent 16 days on a hunger strike protesting alleged mistreatment by jail staff. KVCR's Benjamin Purper reports.

Water Now Safe to Drink in Trona

Jul 19, 2019

Residents of a high desert community hit hard by this month's big earthquakes no longer need to boil tap water.San Bernardino County authorities announced Wednesday the boil-water notice for Trona and neighboring areas has been lifted and citizens do not need to rely on bottled water.The Mojave Desert community of 2,000 residents was strongly shaken by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake on July 5 and a magnitude 6.4 foreshock on July 4.The county says damage assessments resulted in 31 residences red tagged and 51 yellow tagged.

Two Horses Killed in Del Mar Race Track Accident

Jul 19, 2019

Two horses were killed in a freak collision at Del Mar during training on the second day of its season.The accident occurred Thursday morning when Charge A Bunch, trained by Carla Gaines, threw rider Geovanni Franco, turned sharply and collided with Carson Valley, who was trained by Bob Baffert.Carson Valley's rider, jockey Assael Espinoza, was taken to a hospital for evaluation, and Franco was not injured.

South Coast AQMD

Last month, a committee of the South Coast Air Quality Management District voted to recommend not to ban hydrofluoric acid used at two South Bay oil refineries. Some cheered at the decision, saying a ban would have raised the price of gasoline, but some community groups are alarmed. KVCR's Benjamin Purper checked in with parties on both sides of the question.

Cash Bail Showdown

Jul 18, 2019

The battle over whether California should eliminate cash bail is moving toward a showdown at the ballot box. The bail industry is now seeking constitutional protection on top of its effort to overturn a new state law abolishing the current system. Ben Adler has this CapRadio report.

Limiting Rent Increases in the Golden State

Jul 18, 2019

An effort to cap rent increases in california is still alive at the state Capitol.
CapRadio's Randol White has the story.

Inland Empire Wage Gains Despite Slow Employment Growth

Jul 17, 2019

Employment growth in the Inland Empire has slowed, but wage gains continue to rise -- that's according to a study released last week by UC Riverside's School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. KVCR's Benjamin Purper spoke with the study's author and filed this report.

Robert Kleinhenz is the Executive Director of Research at the Center for Economic Forecasting. He says the slowing of employment growth in the Inland Empire mirrors that of the state as a whole.

Cleanup Continues On Large Oil Spill In Kern County

Jul 16, 2019

Conservation groups say an oil leak from a Chevron well in Kern County has surpassed the 2105 Santa Barbara spill in size.  As cleanup continues, the groups are calling on the state to stop issuing new drilling permits.  KVCR's Benajmin Purper has more.



Famous trademarks at Yosemite National Park ... including the Ahwahnee Hotel ... are coming back after a few years of legal disputes.


Capital Public Radio's Randol White has more.

Back in 2016, the Ahwahnee was renamed the Majestic Yosemite. Badger Pass became Yosemite Ski and Snowboard area. And the Wawona was suddenly called Big Trees Lodge.


Iconic place names ... tied up in a legal dispute with the park's previous vendor, Delaware North, which claimed it owned the trademarks.


RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Absent significant global action to address climate
change, Riverside County, and the Coachella Valley in particular, will see
dramatic spikes in annual extreme-heat days by the end of the century,
according to a report released today by a scientific advocacy group.
   The report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit group
that has long pushed for worldwide efforts to combat climate change, offers
detailed predictions of anticipated temperature increases in areas across the

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UPDATED AT 1pm WEDNESDAY, JULY 16 MURRIETA (CNS) - Firefighters injured in a natural gas explosion that killed a Southern California Gas Co. technician and destroyed a Murrieta home were recovering at home today, while residents in the immediate vicinity of the decimated property remain displaced.
   According to Murrieta Fire & Rescue, the three firemen who suffered minor injuries when the explosion occurred about noon Monday in the 23500 block of Wooden Horse Trail were treated and released from Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar.

SAN BERNADINO COUNTY, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California jury has awarded more $113 million to a 10-year-old boy and his mother in a lawsuit alleging a social worker ignored abuse that left the child severely brain damaged.

The San Bernardino Sun reports that jurors last week found San Bernardino County's child welfare agency mainly liable for the harm to Noah Reed.



California Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered the firing of an agency chief after discovering a large increase in new fracking permits. Capital Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero has more.

The decision to fire Ken Harris came Thursday, hours after new data revealed permits for hydraulic fracturing were issued at twice last year's rate. Harris lead the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources.


The report also found eight state oil and gas regulators have hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in the oil companies they regulate.


RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Temperatures are expected to soar into the triple
digits once again today in the Inland Empire before the region cools off
slightly through the end of the week.
   An excessive heat warning for the Coachella Valley and a heat advisory
covering the Riverside/San Bernardino/Ontario metropolitan area are both set to expire at 8 p.m.
today, according to the National Weather Service.
   NWS officials urged residents in those areas to drink plenty of fluids
and check up on elderly relatives and neighbors, especially those without

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:

The city of San Bernardino is looking for developers to redevelop the Carousel Mall, one of the most important pieces of property in the city.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

RIDGECREST, Calif. (AP) — A magnitude 4.9 aftershock of last week's Southern California earthquakes has been felt widely in the region.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake occurred at 6:11 a.m. Friday and was centered about 5 miles (8 kilometers) northeast of the Mojave Desert city of Ridgecrest.

The quake was felt very lightly in the Los Angeles area.

There have been thousands of aftershocks of the magnitude 6.4 earthquake on July 4 and the 7.1 quake that occurred the next day.

Heat Wave to Hit Inland Empire

Jul 12, 2019

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Temperatures will soar into the triple digits today (Friday)
throughout the Inland Empire, and residents were advised to take precautions to
prevent heat stroke and other problems.
   ``Take this heat seriously, even if you're healthy and feel you are
acclimated to high temperatures,'' Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron
Kaiser said. ``Temperatures like those predicted can lead to life-threatening
issues. Just a few precautions can help you stay safe.''

California is not on track to reach its goal of five-million zero-emission vehicles by 2030.


So, as Capital Public Radio's Randol White explains, lawmakers are considering a financial incentive to motivate would-be car buyers.

San Francisco Assemblyman Phil Ting wants to use a tax-credit model that worked for rooftop solar ... but shift it to the auto industry to sell more clean cars.


He says 80 percent of California's transportation emissions come from passenger vehicles, so it's time to jump start the transition.


RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Space enthusiasts from UC Riverside will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's moon landing on today (Thursday) with a series of activities, including lunar viewings, meteorite displays and talks about the future of galactic travel.
   ``Landing on the moon was probably the single most important achievement of humankind since the beginning of civilization,'' said Bahram

World's Biggest Bounce House Bound for Horsetown

Jul 11, 2019
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   NORCO (CNS) - The world's biggest bounce house will be taking over the
Silverlakes Equestrian & Sports Park in Norco next month, offering both
kids and adults gravity-defying fun, according to organizers.
   The Big Bounce America 2019 Tour is slated to arrive Aug. 2 and
continue to Aug. 18 at the park, located in the 5500 block of Hamner Avenue,
just west of Interstate 15.
   The Guinness Book of World Records last year confirmed that the tour's
11,433-square-foot inflatable castle is the largest ``bouncy'' recreational

  RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Riverside residents who live within the area under quarantine to contain citrus greening disease were urged today to take precautions while traveling this summer to prevent carrying potentially contaminated fruit -- or trees -- to other parts of the country. 
   For the last two years, most of the city has been bounded by a 94- square-mile quarantine zone established by the California Department of Food &


Medicaid provides health care to low-income people, and California is now set to become the first state to offer it to undocumented immigrants up to age twenty-six. It’s part of a bigger plan to eventually make sure everyone in the state has coverage.


California is making the move at a time when the Trump administration and some other states are trying to restrict who gets government health benefits.


Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola has the story.

For most of Beatriz Basurto’s life, the doctor’s office has been a last resort.

Next year, people buying insurance through California's health insurance marketplace could see a smaller price increase than they're used to.


Covered California officials announced Tuesday that premiums are expected to rise just zero-point-eight percent on average in 2020. CapRadio’s health care reporter Sammy Caiola explains what this means for consumers.

Riverside County Invites Vets to Apply for Job Assistance

Jul 10, 2019

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Military veterans and their spouses are eligible for
job training, placement assistance and other benefits under a $488,635
federal grant awarded to Riverside County, it was announced today.
   The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act grant will directly support
the county's Veterans' Employment-Related Assistance Program until March
31, 2021.
   According to the Economic Development Agency, 00 approved applicants
are eligible for skills advancement training and referrals under the program.

Nevada Death May Be Linked To California Quake

Jul 10, 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a July 4 earthquake in the Southern California desert may have killed a man in neighboring Nevada.

The magnitude 6.4 earthquake near Ridgecrest was felt far and wide.

The Nye County Sheriff's Department says deputies on Tuesday found a 56-year-old man pinned under a Jeep in Pahrump, about 150 miles (241 kilometers) from the quake's epicenter.

The man was last seen alive at a local gas station the day before the earthquake.

California Oks Benefits To Immigrants In Country Illegally

Jul 10, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has become the first state to offer taxpayer-funded health benefits to young adults living in the country illegally.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law on Tuesday that makes low-income adults age 25 and younger eligible for the state's Medicaid program regardless of their immigration status.

UCR Scientists Decode Genome Of World's Toughest Bean

Jul 9, 2019
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UC Riverside scientists have decoded the genome of black-eyed peas, which could have implications for how humanity deals with climate change. KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more. 

Black-eyed peas are notoriously tough beans which are resistant to drought and heat and have high nutritional content.

That makes them important sources of food as the planet becomes hotter and drier.

The UCR researchers’ work in sequencing the black-eyed pea genome places the bean in the company of only a handful of other major crops whose genomes have been fully sequenced.