Ken Vincent

News Director

Ken Vincent has retired. We appreciate the way he shared his expertise with many of our young interns and reporters over the nearly eight years he spent as KVCR's lead journalist and Morning Edition host. We wish him a happy and relaxing retirement as he spends more time in his garden and, as he mentioned, more time on the golf course. Thanks Ken!

Ken Vincent is a veteran of public radio going back, oh, let's just say 30-plus years. Back then, after short stints in commercial radio in his native state of Washington, he broke into public radio as news director and local Morning Edition host for public station KTOO-FM in Juneau, Alaska. In the mid-1980s, he returned to Seattle and over the course of the next 25 years worked a news reporter, local program host, producer, announcer, editor, and program engineer for Seattle NPR station KUOW. At, let's just say, a certain age, he happily fled Pacific Northwest weather to return to a place where he lived briefly when he was younger: Southern California. Now here at 91.9 KVCR for the past let's just say 6-plus years, Ken has considered himself very fortunate to have a job with hours that allow him to bypass rush-hour commutes in order to report on rush-hour commutes. Hear Ken Vincent do Inland Empire traffic, weather, news, and feature interviews weekday mornings on 91.9 KVCR's Morning Edition. Hear, read, and see local, state, and NPR News and podcasts at kvcrnews.org

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:

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 has launched a state-sponsored retirement plan, particularly targeting employers who don't have retirement plan options for their workers.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

It's part of a state law requiring companies with at least five California-based employees to offer a retirement plan. As many as 300,000 businesses must comply by 2022.

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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A major air travel trade publication is calling Ontario International Airport "the fastest-growing airport in the U.S."  And the latest figures showing annual passenger and cargo growth seem to bear that out.  KVCR's ken Vincent 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:

1.  The city manager of San Bernardino is out of a job.

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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The California Senate has voted to require that middle and high schools start their classes no earlier than 8:30am.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Former Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill last year.

Democrat Anthony Portantino (pore-tan-TEE-no) says later start times allow students to get more sleep, which in turn helps learning.

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Backers of legislation to allow bars and night clubs in some of California’s biggest cities to close at 4am instead of 2am are hoping the third time will be the charm.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

The state Senate approved a bill today (TUESDAY) on a bipartisan vote of 28-to-6. Similar measures died in each of the last two years — including once by veto from former Governor Jerry Brown.

Republican Jeff Stone called it a matter of local control:

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A bill to establish specialized cannabis-only banks in California has been overwhelmingly approved by the state Senate.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Marijuana is still illegal at the federal level and federally insured banks won't do business with cannabis companies.

Democrat Bob Hertzberg authored the measure.

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ARCADIA (CNS) - A horse injured during a Sunday race at Santa Anita Park was euthanized, becoming the 25th horse fatality at the track since December and the second in the past four days, authorities confirmed Monday.
   Spectacular Music, a 3-year-old gelding, sustained a pelvic injury while running his first career race.

California added more jobs in April than the first three months of the year combined.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Employment lawyer Michael Bernick used to run the state agency that releases the jobs reports. He says April’s 46-thousand job gain suggests California isn’t heading for a recession anytime soon.

Advocates for homeless people say they’re pleased with the one billion dollars California Governor Gavin Newsom included last week in his revised budget for those without permanent shelter.

But some, like Lisa Hershey of Housing California, say there’s too much of a focus on short-term fixes such as temporary shelters instead of permanent housing.

“It really isn’t addressing the basic needs or the longer-term solutions to keep Californians healthy, safe and stable.” (:08)

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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The state of California is scaling back its expectations for marijuana revenue over the next year, thanks to many local communities around the state that are still refusing to allow cannabis sales within their jurisdictions.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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:

1. The San Bernardino City Manager's job is on the line, since she was put on paid leavea month ago.

2. A manager at the Loma Linda VA medical clinic served 22 years for a gangland-style slaying.

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As a biggest measles outbreak in years spreads across the U.S., both Los Angeles County and Orange County have documented new cases of measles.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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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San Bernardino County and Riverside County are first and second, respectively, in the latest survey of counties with the worst air pollution in the nation, according to the latest "State of the Air" report from the American Lung Association.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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California added jobs last month, but the state's unemployment rate went up a bit anyway.  More in this report from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

California added more than twenty-four thousand jobs in March, while its unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.3 percent, according to a state report released today [on Friday].

The jobless rate was up one-tenth of a percent from February.

Governor Gavin Newsom’s chief economic advisor Lenny Mendonca

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Not one, but two new mountain residents have poked themselves out of their shells in their nest near Big Bear.  CLICK HERE to see the eaglets on the Friends of Big Bear Valley's Eagle "NestCam."

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Today (MONDAY) is Tax Day … and California’s Franchise Tax Board says if you can’t get your state tax returns all wrapped up, don’t panic!

 Montiel: “In California, everyone gets an automatic extension to file.” (0:03)

That’s the F-T-B’s Jason Montiel (mahn-TEEL).

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A Riverside high school teacher suspected of sending
inappropriate text messages to nearly a dozen female students was released
from jail today after posting a $55,000 bond.
   Frank Garcia, 49, of Fontana was arrested and booked into the Robert
Presley Jail Wednesday on suspicion of multiple acts of annoying a minor.
   Garcia posted bail this morning and was released from custody.
   ``We are shocked and disappointed by these allegations made against an
RUSD staff member,'' according to a Riverside Unified School District

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Two new bills in the California Legislature seek to crack down on drunk driving.

One would lower the legal blood alcohol content limit to 0.05 (point-zero-five) … down from the current 0.08 (point-zero-eight). It’s a measure backed by Democratic Senator Jerry Hill, who says it would take him four drinks to exceed the current legal limit.

 Hill: “If I drank four drinks in an hour, I’d be under this podium. There’s no way, I believe, I could drive a car — much less, drive it safely.” (0:10)

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California's craft beer industry continued to expand in 2018, but at a slower rate than in recent years.  There are craft breweries in cities all over the Inland Empire.  As Capital Public Radio's Randol White explains, just a few regions are seeing the fastest growth.

California now has nearly a thousand licensed craft breweries, up from just a few hundred in 2012.

The California Craft Brewers Association says the industry contributed more than eight billion dollars to the economy last year.

The Inland Empire is among areas of the country where property tax
payments for single-family homes exceeded the national average in 20-18 ...
according to data published today by a real estate tracking firm. Attom Data
Solutions released its 20-18 Property Tax Analysis ... showing that last year
... the average property taxes for a single-family dwelling nationwide was 3-
thousand-498 dollars ... up 3 percent from 20-17. The Riverside-San Bernardino-
Ontario metropolitan area's average residential property tax liability went up

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There are now 16 confirmed cases of measles in California, from Los Angeles to Tehama [tuh-hay-muh] county in the north, according to the latest count by the California Department of Public Health.

KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

State health officials say they are "quite concerned" given that there were a total of 21 cases of measles over the entirety of 2018.

A new report says law enforcement agencies in California - including the Riverside and San Bernardino Counties' sheriff's departments - are skirting California's voter-passed immigrant sanctuary law by following out-of-date policies or exploiting loopholes.  MOre from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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LAKE ELSINORE (CNS) - A strategy to prevent another ``Super Bloom'' stampede in Lake Elsinore is in place, officials said Thursday, with road closures, detours and an elevated law enforcement presence planned to spare area residents from traffic misery while giving visitors a chance to enjoy a ``once in a lifetime experience.''

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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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