Democrat Gavin Newsom claimed that nearly half of all children in California live 'at or near poverty.'  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked that statement by the candidate for governor.


It's been nearly three years since the 2015 terror attack in San Bernardino, in which a San Bernardino County employee and his wife went on a shooting spree at a San Bernardino County work event in the Inland Regional Center, resulting in death and injuries to dozens of San Bernardino County employees.  This week, KVCR is taking an in-depth look into the survivors' struggle with PTSD - and their stuggle to get San Bernardino County to approve workers compensation for treatment for the physical and psycological aftermath of the tragedy.

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:

Over a third of families living in the Inland Empire struggle to make ends meet, according to a new report by the United Ways of California.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper speaks to one of the study's authors.

California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have allowed non-citizens to serve on state and local boards and commissions.  He also acted on several oher immigrant bills yesterday (Thursday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

Local firefighters have been working on a small brush fire  adjacent to the 15 freeway south of Highway 138.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


What do you wonder about the Inland Empire, its people or culture that you want us to investigate?

We’re launching a new community-driven reporting project, where you ask the questions and we turn them into stories that matter to you.

Here’s how it works:

  1. ASK: You ask a question — big or small, serious or silly! If you don’t have a question, don’t sweat it. You can always vote on which questions you think we should answer next.

Riverside City College will hold a benefit concert on Sunday, September 30 at their downtown location. KVCR's Rick Dulock has details.

Proponents Say Prop 6 Would Guide Gas Tax Spending

Sep 26, 2018

Backers of the gas tax repeal unveiled a new 2020 ballot initiative on Tuesday. They claim that voting yes on Prop 6 in November will get roads fixed and transportation projects funded. Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai reported the story from just outside the Capitol.

Four southern California inmates have been charges with killing a fellow prisoner. KVCR's Rick Dulock has this story from the Associated Press.

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.

Benjamin Purper / KVCR

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.

You visit the grocery store or local farmer's market. Picture your favorite vegetable. to get it into your hands, it's possible a farm worker had to first pick it with theirs. 

But as Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai explains, many California farmers are struggling to find workers, especially in the so-called "Salad Bowl of the World."

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The Inland Empire’s severe doctor shortage affects all aspects of healthcare – including mental healthcare. KVCR’s Benjamin Purper explores the area’s shortage of mental healthcare professions in this report.

At the Riverside Free Clinic, patients are waiting for free mental health services. They’re provided by counseling students from the University of Redlands.

Most of the patients at the RFC are uninsured. Some are undocumented immigrants, others are transients. But Medina says the thing that’s common among them is low socio-economic status.

Civil Rights icon Dolores Huerta will be hosting a film screening at the University of Redlands this Wednesday, September 19th. Dolores Huerta will present her documentary film Dolores, which is about the challenges in dedicating one’s life to social change.

Though one of the most important, yes least known activist, Dolores led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez.

The film screening will be followed by a Q&A Session and Photo-Op at 7 pm on Wednesday, Sept 19 at the Memorial Chapel at the University of Redlands.

Turnout among all registreed voters in June jumped to the highest rate California has seen in a non-presidential primary in over a decade. But turnout for the under-30 crows was still disproportionately low. Capital Public Radios's Sami Soto explains. 

Mathew Ornelas / KVCR

KVCR is taking an in-depth look into the physician shortage plaguing California – and it’s especially bad in the Inland Empire. KVCR’s Benjamin Purper has part one of our five-part series on the doctor shortage.

On Christmas Eve in 1899, the Santa Fe train was coming into town. It crossed the hills and reached the Inland Empire when suddenly, it derailed.

A challenge to further cut back emissions was issues last week at California's Global Climate Action Summit. Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero has details.

Californina Governor Jerry Brown wrapped up his international climate change summit in San Francisco on Friday with an announcement that's out of this world: a new satellite to track and reduce climate pollutants. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has the report.

The Holy Fire is finally 100% contained, more than a month after the blaze was allegedly started by a resident of Holy Jim Canyon in the Orange County portion of the Cleveland National Forest, west of Lake Elsinore.  <ore from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Two prominent American leaders on climate change are laying out a path for the nation to meet its Paris Climate Agreement goals, in spite of President Trump's vow to withdraw.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

California is one of three states tied for the nation's highest poverty rate, according to new Census data.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.