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Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Lavinia Mitroi, a student at the UCR School of Medicine, who sits on the COVID-19 Student Taskforce at UC Riverside. Lavinia shares how the student volunteers in the Taskforce provide help to those in need. Lillian also has a conversation with Frank Tiessen, President of Carrera of America. Frank discusses how slot car racing provides a way for families to spend time together during the pandemic.

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

  1. Volunteers clean up Downtown Riverside after Monday night protest.
  2. Stevante Clark guided hundreds on a peaceful march and was thanked by Governor Gavin Newsom for his leadership.
  3. California’s Black Legislative Caucus has a list of proposals to tackle systemic issues.

Lillian Vasquez has a conversation about serving others with Kimberly Starrs, Chief Development Officer with United Way of the Inland Valleys. Lillian also speaks with Donna Elliot, a local KVCR listener and president of the Art Alliance of Idyllwild, about how her life and plans have changed during the pandemic.

To learn more about United Way of the Inland Valleys, visit UWIV.org

To learn more about the Art Alliance of Idyllwild, visit artinidyllwild.org

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

  1. Riverside County officials released current COVID-19 cases, stating that the positivity rates from corona virus screenings have ranged from 2% - 4%.
  2. The EDD is conducting a mass hiring to deal with a huge backlog of claims.
  3. Governor Newsom says he might have to cut programs to make ends meet due to a budget shortfall, but some workers are pushing back.

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Morongo Casino Resort and Spa’s Executive Director of Marketing, Simon Farmer. Simon Farmer shares Morongo’s preparations leading up to their reopening, how they are using precautions, and how the opening over Memorial Day weekend went.

To learn more about Morongo Casino Resort and Spa, visit morongocasinoresort.com

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

Lillian Vasquez revisits her interview with Dr. Joe Chaffin, Chief Medical Officer for LifeStream Blood Bank. Donations are still needed and now LifeStream is collecting convalescent plasma donations- plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients.

For more information about LifeStream and where you can go to donate, visit lstream.org

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

First 5

Lillian Vasquez speaks with two First 5 Executive Directors, Karen Scott who represents San Bernardino and Tammi Graham representing Riverside. They discuss how their work helps connect families to crucial programs across our region.

For more information about First 5 San Bernardino, visit first5sanbernardino.org

For more information about First 5 Riverside, visit rccfc.org

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

  1. Riverside County surpassed 6,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
  2. Riverside County expanded its coronavirus testing, including walk-up sites in Moreno Valley and Cathedral City.
  3. Californians applying for unemployment benefits will automatically be applying for federal coronavirus benefits too.
  4. Plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 could help patients fighting the disease.

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Human Resources expert and Chief Marketing Officer of Hibob, Rhiannon Staples, about adjustments to the workplace due to COVID-19 and how the work environment will continue to change even after the pandemic.

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

5/13/20 - Dr. Joe Chaffin Discusses Blood Donations

May 13, 2020

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Dr. Joe Chaffin, Chief Medical Officer for LifeStream Blood Bank. Dr. Joe Chaffin explains the process of donating blood, why it's so important, and how blood donation centers are keeping facilities safe for donors and staff during the pandemic. 

For more information, visit lstream.org

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Today’s highlighted story:

LifeStream Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joe Chaffin speaks about the process of donating blood and why it’s so important. 

IEHP

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Dr. Gayani DeSilva, the Behavioral Health Medical Director for IEHP, the Inland Empire Health Plan. Dr. DeSilva talks about mental health and some of the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

For more information, visit IEHP.com

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Dr. Tomas Morales, President of California State University, San Bernardino. Dr. Morales shares how the university is doing after several weeks in session during a pandemic and what plans they have for the future.

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, visit CSUSB.edu

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

  1. Riverside County supervisors defer action on lifting coronavirus restrictions.
  2. Governor Newsom says small businesses allowed to reopen Friday will have to make many modifications.
  3. Restaurants in Yuba and Sutter counties have been given the OK to open dining rooms for sit down meals.
  4. Alleged labor law violations by Uber and Lyft have prompted the state to file a lawsuit against the companies.

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

  1. Riverside County extends order on face masks and social distancing to June.
  2. Bats have a link to the pandemic, but scientists say humans don’t need to fear them.
  3. Governor Newsom says out of the 235,000 people that applied this week for unemployment, more than 80% fell under the new benefits.

IEEP

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Dr. Manfred Keil, Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership. He talks about opening up the Inland Empire economy, a region that sits squarely in the middle of a huge transportation hub connected to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

For more information about Inland Empire Economic Partnership, visit IEEP.com

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

Lillian speaks with Kathleen Opliger, Interim Deputy Chief for San Bernardino County Fire and Incident Commander for the XBO Incident Management Team. Kathleen discusses efforts among our first responders to coordinate for safety and efficiency. Lillian also speaks with Officer Dan Olivas, Public Information Coordinator for the California Highway Patrol, Inland Division. He shares what’s happening on our highways as many residents shelter in place.

For more information about San Bernardino County Fire, visit SBCFire.org

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

  1. Tenants who have lost income due to the coronavirus are worried they won’t be able to pay their May rent.
  2. A new wave of unemployment applications is expected in the coming days.
  3. Tens of thousands of Californians flocked to the beach this past weekend and Governor Newsom had a stern warning for them.
  4. High school seniors head online for isolation proms.

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

  1. The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County held a drive-thru food distribution event at San Bernardino Valley College.
  2.  A retired Air Force veteran is using his Showers On Wheels program to help prevent spread of COVID-19 among homeless people.

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Lisa Kistler, Director of Special Education for the Beaumont Unified School District. She discusses challenges some teachers and parents are having with virtual classrooms. Also on the show, KVCR's Benjamin Purper has a conversation with Curt Hagman, 4th District Supervisor of San Bernardino County and Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. He talks about forumulating a plan for when society moves into the new normal.

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