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:

California's supreme court chief justice and immigrants rights groups criticized ICE after the federal agency arrested an undocumetned man inside a local Sacramento court room last week.  But immigration law experts say there's no real limit on the federal agency's authority to take such action.  Capital Public Radio's Chris Nichols has this report.

One day after Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill to end cash bail in California, opponents announced they're filing a referendum in hopes of voters overtunring the law.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.


The California Highway Patrol will begin it's annual Labor Day weekend "Maximum Enforcement Period" Friday night, and will spend the 3-day weekend patrolling the Inland Empire looking for traffic violators endangering holiday drivers.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Riverside County will now require county employees with access to citizens' tax returns to undergo security background investigations.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

A 4.4 earthquke centered in the Inland Empire last night (Tuesday) was felt across Southern California.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

A bill that would require California to pursue 100 percent zero-emission energy by mid-century has passed the state Assembly.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Cal Trans plans to repair more than 30 miles of cracked and battered pavement on two of the Inland Empire's busiest freeways. 

That's following an award of hundreds of millions of dollars in state grants to fix stretches of the 10 and 60 freeways.  The fixes could get underway next year, according to Cal Trans. 

The Redlands Unified School District has agreed to settle three sex abuse lawsuits involving eight former students for nearly $16 million.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The Holy Fire that has been burning for much of August in the Santa Ana Mountains experienced a flare-up that caused concern for communications towers on Santiago Peak.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing and KVCR's Ken Vincent continue talking about the booming inland economy.  In this segment of our series examining the performance of the IE economy in 2018, Dr. Husing drills down on the Inland Empire's construction sector.


Local public safety officials want to meet with Idyllwidl-area residents tonight to talk about the potential for flooding and mud and debris flows from the Cranston Fire burn area to impact local mountain communities.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The Holy Fire - which started in the Cleveland National Forest near Trabuco Canyon Rd. and Holy Jim Rd. in Orange County - has been declared completely snuffed, after burning above Riverside County communities in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains west of Lake Elsinore and Temescal Valley.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


California lawmakers have released an outline of a plan to improve the state's preparedness and response to wildfires - and to soften the financial cost of those fires on electric utilities.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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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California Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter is disputing charges that he and his wife misused a quarter-of-a-million dollars in campaing donations.  From San Diego public station KPBS, Matt Hoffman reports Hunter is also accused of trying to conceal his actions.

In spite of criminal indictmetns filed against him and his wife this week, Congressman Duncan Hunter's name will be on the November ballot.  On NPR's Morning Edition this morning (Thursday), Rachel Martin talked with the Republican who lost to Hunter in this year's primary election, El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells.

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Backed by labor unions and against the will of industry groups, the California state Legislature has passed new limits on non-disclosure agreements and workplace arbitration.  Lawmakers crafted the bill as a response to the #MeToo movement.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Home cooks rallied on the steps of the state Capitol yesterday (Wednesday) in support of a bill that would make California the first state to permit and regualte the small-scale sale of meals from home kitchens.  Nut opponents of the bill say it could be a recipe for disaster.  Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai reports.

Would restaurants in California be forced to serve only milk or water to children under a bill headed to Governor Jerry Brown's desk?  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols examined a recent "Fox & Friends" segment and its portrayal of the bill in this fact check.

Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter  will be removed from his congressional committees as he and his wife prepare to appear in federal court Thursday to respond to charges of criminal campaign finance violations.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this report on how Hunter's legal probelms could affect his re-election effort.


A tanker train derailment north of San Bernardino Tuesday morning (8/21) has prompted a big public safety response - including evacuations - but, so far, no injuries reported.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department says that between 9 and 10am this morning (Tuesday), 13 tank cars went off the rails in a location half-way up The Hill, on the south side of Cajon Pass, between the northern corner of the San Bernardino city limits and the southern side of the Cajon Pass summit.

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An immigrant in the U.S. illegally who was picked up by immigration agents while taking his wife to a hospital  to give birth is the man wanted for a killing in Mexico.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The California state Assembly has voted to end cash bail.  The measure passed by lawmakers yesterday (Monday) would replace bail with a pre-trial detention system that has polarized both lawmakers and the same civbil liberties groups that originally supported the overhaul.  Capital Public Radio''a Ben Bradford reports.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, continues his discussion with KVCR's Ken Vincent about how the most important sectors of the IE economy performed last year.  In this segment, Dr. Husing explains the intricacies of the IE's construction and real estate sector.

The Holy Fire burning in the Santa Ana Mountains west of the I-15 corridor between Corona and Lake Elsinore is 92 percent contained, as of Monday morning, 8/20.  More details from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Criminal proceedings have been suspended in the prosecution of 51-year-
old Forrest Gordon Clark ... the man suspected of setting the Holy Fire ...
and the judge presiding over the case ordered that he undergo a pair of
psychiatric evaluations. Clark repeatedly disrupted his scheduled arraignment
hearing Friday ... when he was supposed to enter a plea.   More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Wildfire smokeis affecting the health of California's farm workers, according to a researcher from UC Davis.  Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai has more.

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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KVCR's Ken Vincent has this update of Inland Empire wildfire-related news, including from the Holy Fire, the Crantson Fire, and the Valley Fire.

Thunderstorms moved through the Inland Empire mountain communities Thursday, prompting warnings of debris and mud flows for residents living in burn areas of recent area wildfires. 

In the San Gorgonio Mountains, there were online video reports of some flooding in the Valley Fire burn area near Forest Falls and Angelus Oaks along Highway 38.