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2/27/2014 7:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

Some 30 years ago, Inland Empire residents Hardy and Cheryl Brown bought a small black newspaper and over the years grew it into one of the most widely-circulated community newspapers in the region.  Now a California State Assemblywoman representing the San Bernardino Valley, Cheryl Brown talks with KVCR's Ken Vincent about the history of the black press in the IE -- much of it personal to her and her family.  This is Part 1 of a two-part interview.

4/23/2014 6:00 AM | Matt Guilhem | KVCR

A UC Riverside scientist has secured a half-million dollar grant to refine his research into converting greenhouse gas emissions into marketable chemical compounds such as transportation fuel.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports.

4/22/2014 1:30 PM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

KVCR's Ken Vincent introduces Rick Dulock, who speaks with Heidi Mayer - The Founder of Youth Hope in Redlands. 

4/22/2014 1:21 PM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

KVCR's Ken Vincent speaks with John Husing (the chief economist of the Inland Empire economic partnership) , who continues his assessment of our regions economic sectors. Picking up from last week when doctor Husing was examing the inland empires residential housing construction sector. 

4/18/2014 7:30 AM | Jhoann Acosta | KVCR

The iconic 20th-century Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was best known for her paintings.  But now, the Latin American Museum of Art in Long Beach is presenting  an exhibition of long-lost photographs of Kahlo.  KVCR's Jhoann Acosta reports.

4/18/2014 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

Press Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the the week's top IE news, including:

-Moreno Valley College executive investigated for corruption

-Former Banning Police Chief and City Manager file legal claims against the city

-New medical school proposed for the Inland Empire

4/17/2014 8:30 AM | Rick Dulock | KVCR

The Fender Stratocaster -- the guitar that changed the character of music in the 20th Century -- is manufactured here in the Inland Empire.  KVCR's Rick Dulock talked with a Fender executive about an event marking the Stratocaster's 60th birthday.

4/16/2014 7:30 AM | Matt Guilhem | KVCR

Two new advocacy groups are mounting a statewide effort to sell  Californians on the benefits of hydraulic fracturing -- or "fracking" -- and to pressure the California legislature to drop plans to restrict fracking and raise oil taxes in the state.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports.

4/16/2014 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

In Part 2 of a conversation we began last week, the President and CEO of the San Bernardino-based Children's Fund, Erin Phillips, tells KVCR's Ken Vincent about the prevalence of child abuse and neglect in the IE, and how the region responds.
NOTE:  If you become aware of a possible case of child abuse or neglect, call 211 in San Bernardino County, or call 1-800-442-4918 in Riverside County.

4/15/2014 2:13 PM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing continues his conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent about ways to move less-educated workers into family-wage jobs.  This morning, Dr. Husing examines the health of the IE's construction sector.

4/14/2014 11:32 AM | Matt Gilhelm | KVCR

The committee of San Bernardino residents appointed to review the  convoluted City Charter held its first meeting last week.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem was there, and reports the that committee has a tight timeline to come up with recommendations to make city government run better, and then to get something on the fall ballot for residents' to vote on.

4/10/2014 10:52 AM | Staff | KVCR

Well before her National Book Award-nominated first novel was published, Inland Empire author Susan Straight renamed her hometown of Riverside "Rio Seco," and used the fictional town as the primary location for many of her stories.  KVCR's Ken Vincent sat and talked with Susan Straight as she prepares to accept a Los Angeles Times Book Award for Lifetime Achievement.

4/10/2014 10:50 AM | John Husing | KVCR

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, tells KVCR's Ken Vincent how he thinks the state of California is hindering the IE's manufacturing sector, and what to do about it.

4/9/2014 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

KVCR begins a multi-part conversation about child abuse and neglect in the Inland Empire with Erin Phillips, President and CEO of the San Bernardino-based non-profit Children's Fund.  In today's segment, Phillips talks about the unique collaboration Children's Fund has with San Bernardino County and other local non-profits to respond to child abuse... a model that Riverside County does not yet have.  This is Part 1 of a series airing Wednesday mornings on 91.9 KVCR to mark April as Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.

4/7/2014 11:25 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

In our weekly "State of the Cities" segment, KVCR's Ken Vincent talks with Ed Graham, the mayor of Chino Hills, ranked by many a measure as one of the most desirable places to live in the U.S.

4/7/2014 7:30 AM | Matt Guilhem | KVCR

Immigrant rights activists from the Inland Empire who staged a rally to protest the Obama Administration's deportation policies were confronted by counter-protestors last week in downtown San Bernardino.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports.

3/28/2014 7:30 AM | Matt Guilhem | KVCR

The fifth annual Latino Education and Advocacy Days, or LEAD, conference is taking place at Cal State San Bernardino this week. The event centers on issues affecting Latinos including education, parenting, family, and social activism. KVCR's Matt Guilhem attended Thursday's LEAD summit at the university and has the report.

3/28/2014 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

Press Etnerprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review a few of the week's big news stories in the IE, including:

-Republican wins special IE State Senate election

-20th anniversary of the closure of Norton Air Force Base

-potential job cuts at March Air Reserve Base

3/27/2014 7:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

Michael Gallo, San Bernardino City Unified School District Board President, continues his interview with KVCR's Ken Vincent.  Gallo talks about some of the many programs he's pushing inside and outside the school district to get students and adults interested in staying in school and training to pursue  the jobs of the future.  This is Part 2 of a 2-part interview; Part 1 is also posted on this web page.

3/26/2014 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

KVCR's Ken Vincent interviews San Bernardino City Unified School Board President Michael Gallo, who will receive the Time For Change Foundation Community Humanitarian Award next month.  Gallo talks about using his personal drive and professional success to try to inspire students to get the knowledge and skills they need to ensure their own success.  This is Part 1 of a 2-part interview; Part 2 is also posted on this page.

3/26/2014 6:00 AM | Mindi McNeil | KVCR

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians held their annual "Yawa" Awards breakfast in San Bernardino this week.  KVCR's Mindi McNeil attended and has this report.

3/25/2014 1:45 PM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

In this week's "State of the Cities" segment, KVCR's Ken Vincent talks with the Mayor of Riverside, Rusty Bailey, about how his first year in office has gone since he replaced long-time Mayor Ron Loveridge.  This is part two of a two-part interview that will continue tomorrow.

3/25/2014 8:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

John Husing, Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, continues his serial conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent.

3/24/2014 7:30 AM | Matt Guilhem | KVCR

Environmental groups and some state legislators are increasingly convinced that the controversial oil and natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing -- or "fracking" -- is happening without adequate oversight or regulation in waters off the Southern California Coast.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem investigates.

3/24/2014 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

In this week's "State of the Cities" segment, KVCR's Ken Vincent talks with the Mayor of Riverside, Rusty Bailey, about how his first year in office has gone since he replaced long-time Mayor Ron Loveridge.  This is part one of a two-part interview that will continue tomorrow.

3/21/2014 7:30 AM | Rick Dulock | KVCR

Cal State San Bernardino will play host to a weekend-long international percussion competition.  KVCR's Rick Dulock talks with one of the organizers of the event to find out what its all about.

3/21/2014 6:00 AM | Mindi McNeil | KVCR

The City of San Bernrdino cut the ribbon on a new senior housing complex that also is helping to spruce up a run-down neighborhood.  KVCR's Mindi McNeil has the story. 

3/19/2014 7:30 AM | Matt Guilhem | KVCR

Dozens of restaurants from 20 IE cities are participating in the inaugural Inland Empire Restaurant Week, March 21-30.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem went to the Restaurant Week kickoff in Ontario, where local restaurateurs said they're ready to show off the IE's cuisine scene to local diners and visitors from SoCal's coastal communities.

3/18/2014 8:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, continues his inventory of jobs in various sectors of the IE economy that could be filled by marginally-educated workers if the proper training were available.  This morning, Husing tells KVCR's Ken Vincent about the state of job growth in the manufacturing sector.

3/17/2014 6:30 AM | Matt Guilhem | KVCR

This week's KVCR "State of the Cities" segment features a profile of the new Mayor of San Bernardino, Carey Davis.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem talks with Davis about his history in San Bernardino, his background before being elected mayor, and Davis' plans for dealing with the city's bankruptcy, it's tradition of troubled municipal politics, and the path toward the city's economic and social rejuvenation.

(NOTE:  KVCR split the following story and aired it in two parts on "Morning Edition," but you can click on this podcast to hear both parts combined into one feature story.)

3/14/2014 7:00 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

Press enterprise columnist Cassie Macduff and KVCR's Ken Vincent discuss the IE's major news stories of the week. 

3/11/2014 8:30 AM | Ken Vincenet | KVCR

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, and KVCR's Ken Vincent continue their discussion about how to alleviate poverty in the IE.  In this segment, Dr. Husing explains why many community colleges in our region are not succeeding in preparing future workers for the growing number of family-wage jobs that are emerging in the Inland Empire.

3/10/2014 8:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

In this week's "State of the Cities" feature, KVCR's Ken Vincent has part 2 of his interview with Colton Mayor Sarah Zamora.  Zamora talks about new efforts to boost Colton's revenue base.

3/7/2014 7:30 AM | Matt Guilhem | KVCR

The new Mayor of San Bernardino, Carey Davis, has begun discussion with the City Council about reforming the city's convoluted charter, which many say is the source of the city's political and financial strife.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports.

3/7/2014 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

P-E Columnist Cassie MacDuff joins KVCR's Ken Vincent to review a few of the major news stories in the Inland Empire this week, including:

-new revelations in the years-old Colonies corruption scandal

-RivCo Supervisors want federal money for Salton Sea restoration

-Riverside's Mission Inn wins awards from the prestigious travel guide Conde Naste

3/5/2014 7:30 AM | Matt Guilhem | KVCR

After settling a dispute last week that threatened a strike against the University of California, one of UC's largest employee unions is holding another strike vote this week.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has the details.

3/4/2014 8:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

John Husing, Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, continues his serial conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent about how to alleviate poverty in the IE.

3/4/2014 7:30 AM | Matt Guilhem | KVCR

Carey Davis was sworn in as the new Mayor of San Bernardino, and joined newly-inaugurated city council members in a festive standing-room-only celebration filled with talk of new hope for the city's future.  Matt Guilhem reports.

2/27/2014 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

In Part 2 of her interview with KVCR's Ken Vincent, former local newspaper publisher -- now an IE state legislator -- Cheryl Brown talks about her family’s efforts to get young people interested in documenting and disseminating black history. 

Be sure to listen to Part 1 of our interview -- also posted on this page -- where Assemblywoman Brown recounts the history of the black press in the IE.

2/26/2014 7:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

A few years ago, the Moreno Valley schools were in trouble.  However, under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Judy White, the Moreno Valley Unified School District has dramatically turned around, and now has received applause from state education officials, the state teachers' union, local businesses, and parents of kids who attend Moreno Valley schools.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has a conversation with Superintendent White about how she and the community have pulled together the elements of success in the Moreno Valley School District.

2/26/2014 6:00 AM | Matt Guilhem | KVCR

Union-represented service and patient care workers at UC Riverside and 9 other UC campuses across the state have called a five-day strike for next week.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem explains why.

2/25/2014 8:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, continues his conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent about poverty in the IE.  In this segment, Dr. Husing explains why the government's current efforts to alleviate poverty are little more than "band-aids."

2/24/2014 7:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

San Bernardino Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown is the latest local elected official to consider a run for higher office, thanks to a round of political musical chairs among IE electeds pursuing other offices.  KVCR's Ken Vincent spoke with Assemblymember Brown about her upcoming decision.

2/24/2014 6:30 AM | Matt Guilhem | KVCR

Its been quite a roller coaster ride for Gigi Hanna since she won a close election a year and a half ago to be San Bernardino's City Clerk.  Her election was quickly followed by the municipal bankruptcy, a series of scandals on the City Council, and a watershed city election earlier this month.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem profiles Gigi Hanna.

2/21/2014 7:30 AM | Matt Guilhem | KVCR

A local environmental leader spars with an Inland Empire member of the South Coast Air Quality Management District over a proposal to allow new natural gas-fired power plants in Southern California to be fast-tracked to take up the slack left by the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports.

2/21/2014 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

P-E Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of  the week's top news stories in the IE, including:

-The announcement by Gloria Negrete McLeod that she will not run for re-election to her Congressional seat, and how that sets off a new round of "musical chairs" in the IE political landscape;

-The City of Riverside is ready to show off its remodeled, expanded convention center;

-American Forces Radio moves its daily radio programs serving armed forces in Afghanistan to a facility in Riverside.

2/19/2014 | Ken Vincent | KVCR

KVCR commemorates African-American history month by hearing about the history of trying to get nonprofit government and other small groups with small budgets to realize the importance of public relations. KVCR's Ken Vincent talks with San Bernardino PR pro, Carl Dameron.

2/18/2014 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

91.9 KVCR’s regular Tuesday morning contributor John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, last week began a new series of commentaries focusing on the growing rate of poverty in the Inland Empire.  It’s a topic Dr. Husing has long written about in reports and articles, and talked about in speeches and on 91.9 KVCR.  In the coming weeks, he’ll suggest a variety of strategies that IE leaders should consider to alleviate poverty.  In this segment, Dr Husing outlines the issues and economic forces that have aggravated poverty not just here in our region, but across the nation.

2/13/2014 7:00 AM | Mindi McNeil | KVCR

St Bernardine's Hospital in San Bernardino has been awarded a national ranking for excellence, for the second year in a row.  KVCR's Mindi McNeil has the details.

2/13/2014 6:30 AM | Mindi McNeil | KVCR
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An Inland Empire native is on the U.S. Bobsledding Team at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.  KVCR's Mindi McNeil reports.

2/11/2014 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, and KVCR's Ken Vincent begin a series of discussions over the coming weeks about poverty in the IE, and what to do about it.

2/10/2014 7:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

In part 2 of his conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent, outgoing San Bernardino Mayor Patrick Morris talks about the toxic city hall politics that surrounded the city's descent into bankruptcy, and why the departing two-term mayor still has high hopes for San Bernardino's future.

2/10/2014 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

Our "State of the Cities" series continues with a two-part interview with the outgoing mayor of San Bernardino, Patrick Morris.  In part 1 of his conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent, Mayor Morris describes the long list of positive things to happen in the city in recent years, and presents his formula for the bankrupt city to get back to fiscal health.

2/7/2014 7:35 AM | Matt Guilhem | KVCR

UC Riverside hosted a day-long Solar Energy Conference, at which representatives from several major solar energy companies were wowed by UCR engineering students'  inventions and projects advancing solar power.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports.

2/7/2014 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

P-E Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review a few of the IE's big news stories of the week, including:

-After talks break down, Inland Empire officials are moving forward with a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles to regain local control of Ontario International Airport;

-Two IE Congressional races have drawn the attention of both political parties at the national level;

-A recap of this week's municipal election in San Bernardino

2/6/2014 7:30 AM | Mindi McNeil | KVCR

Local educational institutions are collaborating to offer no-cost training and education sessions in the 21st century industrial science known as nanotechnology. KVCR's Mindi McNeil reports.

2/5/2014 6:00 AM | Matt Guilhem | KVCR

Voters in San Bernardino went to the polls yesterday to select political newcomer Carey Davis over former City Council member Wendy McCammack.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem was out and about on election night, and has this report.

2/3/2014 8:32 AM | Mindi McNeil | KVCR

A report released Tuesday by Children Now and the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds the majority of California's fourth-graders are not reading at their grade level. KVCR's Mindi McNeil has more.

1/31/2014 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

Press Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review a few of the week's big news stories in the IE, including:

-warm weather has meant a spike in Inland air pollution;

-state budget surplus may help financially-strapped Inland court systems;

-City of Moreno Valley presses ahead with a lawsuit against the March Joint Powers Authority.

1/30/2014 8:30 AM | Matt Guilhem | KVCR

The number of students being suspended or expelled from California schools has dropped. Matt Guilhem has more

1/30/2014 8:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
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Part 2 of Ken Vincent's interview with John Thomas, Dean of the Zapara School of Business at La Sierra University in Riverside.

1/30/2014 8:00 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
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KVCR's Ken Vincent has a two-part conversation with John Thomas, the Dean of the Zapara School of Business at Riverside's La Sierra University.  Dean Thomas talks about the unique academic discipline at the school, its award-winning student entrepreneur programs, and his part in helping to guide the design and construction of the gleaming, new Zapara Business School building.  This is Part 1 of a two-part interview

1/28/2014 7:30 AM | Matt Guilhem | KVCR

Riverside Democratic Member of Congress Mark Takano has released a report showing that corporate investors -- who are snapping up distressed housing in the IE -- are driving up the price of homes beyond what most middle-class families can afford.  Takano's report also shows the diminishing supply of affordable homes is driving up rents as well.  Takano wants a Congressional committee to look into the issue.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports.

1/28/2014 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, has his regular weekly conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent.  As President Obama prepares to address income inequality in Tonight's State of the Union speech, Dr. Husing presents statistics that show many IE residents are still lagging in income and spending power, in spite of the economic recovery.

1/27/2014 8:30 AM | Matt Guilhem | KVCR

With the San Bernardino mayoral election a little more than a week away, the two candidates -- ousted City Councilwoman Wendy McCammack and political newcomer Carey Davis -- have honed their message... and their attacks on their opponent.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports.

1/27/2014 7:00 AM | Mindi McNeil | KVCR

Governor Jerry Brown wants to use proceeds from California's model air quality Cap & Trade auctions for projects that would improve public health among lower-income populations who live in pollution-plagued areas.

1/24/2014 7:30 AM | Rick Dulock | KVCR

Public broadcasting veteran Ray Suarez will be the featured speaker at the annual Hays-Press Enterprise Lecture at UC Riverside.  Suarez talks with KVCR's Rick Dulock about his upcoming speech, about his book, "Latino Americans," and about his new job at Al Jazeera America.

1/24/2014 7:00 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

The years-long reconstruction of the segment of I-215 through San Bernardino is finally done.  San Bernardino Mayor Patrick Morris talks with 91.9 KVCR about the project.

1/24/2014 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

Press Enterprise's Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review a few of the week's news stories from around the Inland Empire, including:

-The City of Jurupa Valley moves toward disincorporation;

-How the Governor's declaration of drought in California will affect the Inland Empire

-Murrieta man sentenced for IE Ponzi scheme
1/23/2014 7:35 AM | Mindi McNeil | KVCR

Inland Empire social service advocates staged a protest last week to protest Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to use the state revenue surplus to pay down debt and create a rainy day fund, instead of restoring years of cuts to state social services.  KVCR's Mindi McNeil reports.

1/21/2014 4:30 PM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

KVCR's Ken Vincent reports that home foreclosure activity in California is down sharply.

1/21/2014 7:00 AM | Matt Guilem | KVCR

The California State Legislature has formed a caucus of lawmakers to look into poverty and inequaltiy in the state.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports.

1/21/2014 7:00 AM | Matt Guilhem | KVCR

KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports that the Colby Fire that started last week in the hills above Glendora is nearly contained.

1/21/2014 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

In his weekly conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent, John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, explains why the government's monthly unemployment report is an imprecise science.

1/16/2014 7:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
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Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside) talks with KVCR's Ken Vincent about a letter than he and other Members of Congress have signed demanding that Speaker John Boehner schedule a vote on extending expired benefits for long-term unemployed people.  Takano says the expiration of benefits is affecting tens of thousands of jobless Inland Empire residents.

1/15/2014 7:30 AM | Matt Guilhem | KVCR

Citizens of San Bernardino face a distinct choice when they head to the polls February fourth to decide if Carey Davis or Wendy McCammack will be the city's next mayor. KVCR's Matt Guilhem has attended two of the forums where the candidates have faced off; he has this report of what attendees are concerned with and looking for in the next mayor.

1/14/2014 8:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

In his weekly conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent, Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing explains why government deficits are not always a bad thing.

1/14/2014 7:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

KVCR's Ken Vincent speaks with Palestinian Rights Activist Omar Barghouti, who will speak at UC Riverside today, urging support for his effort to get western nations --including the U.S. -- to boycott Israel, divest financial holdings that benefit Israel, and place sanctions on the Israeli government,  because of its treatment of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

1/10/2014 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

Press Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review a few of the top Inland Empire news stories of the past week, including:

- Norco ("Horsetown USA") considers luring a horse-racing off-track betting facility to the city;

- Orange growers fear the citrus psyllid may spell the end of Inland Empire groves;

- Bus crashes like the one that killed eight people in Mentone last year are spurring a crackdown on tour bus companies.

1/9/2014 7:00 AM | Matt Guilhem | KVCR

The two finalists running for Mayor of San Bernardino faced off at a League of Women Voters forum this week. KVCR's Matt Guilhem was there, and has this report.

1/9/2014 6:00 AM | Mindi McNeil | KVCR

California's Insurance Commissioner has deemed a Blue Shield hike in premiums as "excessive." However, there's little the state can do about it. KVCR's Mindi McNeil reports

1/7/2014 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

John Husing, Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, has his regular weekly chat with KVCR's Ken Vincent.  With Congress likely headed for another showdown over raising the debt ceiling next month, Dr. Husing explains that -- even when they inevitably do agree to raise the debt limit -- these Capitol Hill fights have a negative affect on aspects of the economy, such as consumer confidence and interest rates

1/3/2014 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

Press Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff & KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the IE's top news stories of the year, including:

-corruption, arrests, and civic strife in the city halls of Moreno Valley & San Bernardino.

-the effort to move Ontario International Airport from ownership by the City of Los Angeles to local IE control.

12/20/2013 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

P-E Colmnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the week's top news stories, including:

-San Beranrdino County will no longer place "Immigration Holds" on undocumented immigrants with minor criminal convictions;

-San Bernardino County will allow an exhibition of paintings to be displayed in a county building, in spite of complaints about images of female nudity;

-a review of Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey's first year in office.

12/17/2013 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, talks with KVCR's Ken Vincent about how the Federal Reserve controls inflation.

12/13/2013 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

P-E Columnist Cassie MacDuff & KVCR's Ken Vincent have their regular Friday morning review of the IE's top news stories of the week, including:

- Riverside County removes restrictions on food trucks roaming the county;

- 3 Hemet City Council Members may face a recall;

- UC Riverside acts to contain a case of bacterial meningitis on campus, and;

- the passing and legacy of Inland Empire pioneer, Justice John Gabbert

12/10/2013 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

John Husing, The Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, has his regular weekly conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent. This morning, Dr. Husing explains the Federal Reserve, and how it has the power, authority and political independence to shape the U.S. economy

12/6/2013 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

Press Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review the week's news, this week including:

-the implications of a federal court ruling on Detroit's bankruptcy on San Bernardino

-New expansion and zoning protections for Temecula wine country

-Riverside County looks into curbing cash payments for employee-accrued time off

12/3/2013 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

John Husing, Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, has his regular weekly conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent.  This morning, Dr. Husing talks about the IEEP's strategic plan to convince Inland leaders to provide continuing education and skills training to the large segment of adult workers in the IE who didn't finish high school.  Husing also explains why he doesn't think area community colleges are up to the task.

11/18/2013 7:00 AM | Matt Guilhem | KVCR
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A study just released by the Charitable Trust examines how 30 cities fared in the Great Recession and what challenges remain. One of the selected cities for the study was Riverside.

11/16/2013 8:00 AM | Jhoann Acosta | KVCR
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The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has donated a total of one million dollars to help the people of the Philippines in the catastrophic aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. The American Red Cross and International Medical Core will each receive $500,000 to assist with humanitarian aid efforts. KVCR's Jhoann Acosta has more.


11/12/2013 8:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

John Husing, Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, has his regular Tuesday morning conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent.

11/8/2013 8:00 AM | Matt Guilhem | KVCR
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A University of California, Riverside professor has written a new series of books for children -- suitable for the classroom -- that aims to redefine the image and role of The Princess in children's literature. KVCR Matt Guilhem reports.

11/8/2013 7:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
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Members of the Inland Empire tribes will be joining Native American tribes from all over the U.S. at a big Native American art and culture event in Los Angeles this weekend. Terria Smith with KVCR's First Nations Experience (FNX) worldwide TV channel reports.

11/8/2013 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

Press Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review the week's news, including a growing scandal at Moreno Valley City Hall, and the surprising results of the San Bernardino city election.

11/7/2013 8:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

The Executive Director of the Inland Empire-based Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice, Penny Newman, talks with KVCR's Ken Vincent about how the Center is marking its 35th Anniversary of advocating for cleaner air and water, and for better wages and working conditions in IE logistics centers. CCAEJ will mark its anniversary at a gala dinner Thursday, Nov. 14th, at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium (info at 951-360-8451).

11/7/2013 7:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

Penny Newman, Executive Director of the IE-based Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice, offers KVCR's Ken Vincent the flip side of the often-heard argument that the Inland Empire needs more warehouse, shipping and distribution jobs because they provide good pay and working conditions to unskilled, marginally-educated workers. 

11/6/2013 11:51 AM | Warren Olney | KCRW
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This morning on KVCR's "Morning Edition," we rebroadcast a segment that was produced and aired last week by our colleague public radio station KCRW in Santa Monica. Warren Olney, host of KCRW's evening public affairs program, "Which Way, L.A.?" invited KCRW reporter Saul Gonzales to take listeners inside Amazon's new fulfillment center in San Bernardino.

11/5/2013 8:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

In his regular weekly conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent, Inland Empire Economic Partnership economist John Husing explains the decline of the once-booming manufacturing sector in the Inland Empire, and how it's been replaced by the growing shipping, distribution, and logistics industries.

11/5/2013 8:00 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
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Three top city officials face recall in today's San Bernardino city election. Reporter Steven Cuevas has more.

11/4/2013 8:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
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We continue with out series, "State of the Cities," conversations with Inland Empire mayors about their cities and how they have fared through the great recession. In Part 1 of her conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent, Banning Mayor Debbie Franklin talks about her city's continuing recovery from the economic downturn. Franklin also reveals a number of resources the city is using to try to lure new businesses and residents up The Pass to the far eastern edge of the IE.

11/4/2013 7:30 AM
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In Part 2 of her conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent, Banning Mayor Debbie Franklin talks about the natural advantages that Banning is using to lure new residents and businesses to the pass: a drier climate, cleaner air, beautiful mountain vistas, and a less crowded, family-oriented, more laid back pace of life than the more urbanized areas of the Inland Valleys.

11/1/2013 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

Press Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent preview next week's complicated, scandal-laden city election in San Bernardino.

10/30/2013 6:00 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
amazon logo

Even though it lost a fight with the State of California over internet taxes, online retail giant Amazon announced plans to open a fourth fulfillment center in California -- its second in the IE -- in Moreno Valley. It'll be a masive facility -- 1.2- million square feet -- near March Air Reserve Base. Governor Jerry Brown joined Amazon officials for the announcement, which has made at the official Grand Opening of the already-operational Amazon Fulfillment Center in San Bernardino. KVCR's Ken Vincent reports.

10/29/2013 8:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

In his regular weekly conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent, John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, explains why economic recovery in the IE is so dependent on the recovery of the local housing market.

10/28/2013 8:00 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
peitiion

Residents of Northern California county are renewing a years-old idea to try to secede from the State of California and form their own State of Jefferson.

10/28/2013 7:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
mayor paul leon

In Part 2 of our "State of the Cities" conversation, Ontario Mayor Paul Leon tells KVCR's Ken Vincent about the regionwide effort by Inland Empire leaders to regain local control of Ontario International Airport from its decades-long spiral under the control of the City of Los Angeles.

10/28/2013 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
ontario mayor paul leon

In our  series, "State of the Cities," which airs most Monday mornings on 91.9 KVCR, we're asking the mayor of every city in the Inland Empire to tell us about their city and the people who live and work there, and also how the city fared during the Great Recession.  This morning, Ontario Mayor Paul Leon explains to KVCR's Ken Vincent how Ontario was prepared for the economic downturn.  Be sure to listen to Part 2 of our conversation (also posted as a podcast) with Mayor Leon, where he talks about the effort to regain local control of Ontario International Airport.

10/25/2013 8:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

In her weekly review of the week's top stories in the Inland Empire, P-E Columnist Cassie MacDuff tells KVCR's Ken Vincent about the latest developments in the ongoing city hall scandals in the cities of San Bernardino and Moreno Valley.  

10/25/2013 7:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

Amy Quinton|Capital Public Radio

We conclude our week long series on the Delta -- produced by our partners at California Public Radio Network -- by delving into the draft Bay Delta Conversation Plan, the controversial road map for the Delta's future as an ecological habitat and major source of water for the state of California.

10/24/2013 7:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

Amy Quinton | Capital Public Radio

More than a half-million people live in the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta. It's home to a large agricultural community connected by thousands of waterways. But most people who live in the Delta say their way of life is threatened by the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and its proposed twin tunnels. In the fourth part of our series, "California's Delta: Inside and Out," Amy Quinton travels inside the Delta to talk the people who call it home.

10/23/2013 8:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
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As public health authorities urge people to safely dispose of old prescription drugs, Alameda County in Northern California has passed an ordinance requiring companies to pay for their disposal. But the big pharmaceutical companies are fighting such laws, saying taxpayers should foot the bill.

10/23/2013 7:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
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Amy Quinton | Capital Public Radio

Our series examining the many ways the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta touches millions of people all over the state of California continues. In part 3 of "California's Delta: Inside and Out," we hear from Central Valley farmers, who rely on Delta water to help them feed the nation, and how farmers have been dealing with reductions in the amount of Delta water they're allowed to use.

10/22/2013 8:00 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
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Cities seem pretty permanent -- you wouldn't think one could just cease to exist. But that's exactly what could happen to California's four newest cities, all in Riverside County. They're at risk of having to dis-incorporate because Governor Jerry Brown and state lawmakers stripped money from new cities to reduce prison crowding. The California Report's Alex Schmidt has the story.

10/22/2013 7:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
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Amy Quinton | Capital Public Radio

We continue our series examining the changes and challengers facing the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta, one of California's primary sources of water. In Part 2 of the series -- produced by our partners at the California Public Radio Network -- Amy Quinton documents the fragile ecology of what used to be a thriving natural estuary.

10/22/2013 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
ie econ news

John Husing, Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, has his regular Tuesday morning conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent. This morning, Dr. Husing talks about the growing shortage of doctors and other health care workers in the Inland region, and how it affects the local economy.

10/21/2013 7:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
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Amy Quinton | Capital Public Radio

This week, KVCR airs a 5-part series of feature reports examining the past, present and future of the Sacramento/San Juaquin Delta, one of the west coast's largest and most fragile estuaries, and a major source of water for millions of people up and down the state.  In Part 1 of the series -- produced by the California Public Radio Network -- reporter Amy Quinton gets a tour of the huge pumping system that helps deliver Delta water to Southern California.

10/18/2013 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

Press Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff has her regular weekly conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent, reviewing some of the week's major news stories in the Inland Empire, including: 

-how the cities of Moreno Valley and Banning differ in in the way they've filled vacancies on their respective city councils;

-IE freshman Democratic Member of Congress Raul Ruiz already has a Republican challenger for re-election next year, and;

-Redlands considers adopting an ordinance to control the number of pit bull dogs in the city.

10/17/2013 7:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND REHABILITATION - STATE OF CALIFORNIA

In Part 2 of our series, State Government Reporter Katie Orr continues her tour of the notorious Security Housing Units -- SHUs -- in Pelican Bay State Prison, and explores whether the controversial prison units really help curb violence in prisons.

10/16/2013 7:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND REHABILITATION - STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Following a two-month-long hunger strike, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials opened up the controversial prison Security Housing Units -- or SHUs -- to the media.  Our State Government reporter Katie Orr toured SHUs at Pelican Bay, and has Part 1 of our series

10/15/2013 8:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
ie economy news

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, concludes his series of comments over the past several weeks examining the need for inland education and business leaders to provide more training the region's unskilled and semi-skilled workforce, as well as education opportunities for the children of working-class families.

10/14/2013 12:32 PM | Rick Dulock | KVCR
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians 2013 PowWow

Enjoy the podcast and photos of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians 2013 PowWow that took place 10/11-10/13 at Cal State San Bernardino.

10/14/2013 8:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
pete aguilar

We continue our weekly series, "State of the Cities," talking with Inland Empire mayors about their cities' residents, businesses and industries, and how they've emerged from the economic downturn.  Here's Part 2 of our conversation with Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar.

10/14/2013 8:00 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
pete aguilar

In Part 1 of our "State of the Cities" interview, Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar tells KVCR's Ken Vincent why the state's grab of the city's redevelopment funds didn't strap Redlands as badly as other IE cities.  Then, listen to Part 2 of our interview (podcast is below) as Mayor Aguilar talks about Redlands' history and future, as the city celebrates 125 years of incorporation.

10/11/2013 3:00 PM | Lillian Vasquez | KVCR
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After a months-long search, the San Bernardino Community College District announced the appointment of Alfredo Cruz as the new General Manager of the Inland Empire’s NPR and PBS stations. On Thursday, October 3, Mr. Cruz was introduced to KVCR staff and began his leadership of the radio and television operations.

10/11/2013 8:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
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KVCR TV Channel 24's popular local program, "Man in the Kitchen" premiered its new season this week. "Man in the Kitchen" host Jeff Baker talks with 91.9 KVCR's Ken Vincent about the show's mission to get the men of the Inland Empire to put down their tools, pick up some kitchen utensils, and discover the joy of cooking.

10/11/2013 8:00 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
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The University of California, Riverside has received a National Science Foundation grant to study whether kids' TV programming can help interest more young people to pursue STEM -- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics -- studies. 

10/11/2013 7:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

The Texas media company that has owned the Press Enterprise for 16 years has sold the paper to the Southern California-based company that publishes the Orange County Register.  Purchase price:  more than $27 million.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem talks with Prof. Martin Johnson, a former journalist who chairs the UC Riverside Department of Political Science, about what the new ownership will mean for the PE and for the IE.

10/9/2013 8:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
paul cook

We conclude our series of interviews with the Inland Empire's four freshmen Members of Congress, Elected less than a year ago to serve in one of the most dysfunctional Congressional sessions in recent history.

10/9/2013 7:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
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In Part 2 of our interview, IE freshman Republican Member of Congress Paul Cook tells KVCR's Ken Vincent why he's cautiously optimistic that the political showdown in Washington, D.C. may soon be resolved, and why he hopes for a deal that keeps a similar showdown from occurring again in a few months.

10/7/2013 8:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

We continue our weekly series, "State of the Cities," conversations with Inland Empire mayors about their cities, the people who live and work there, and how they fared during the Great Recession.

10/7/2013 7:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

In Part 2 of our weekly series, "State of the Cities," Mayor Ray Musser talks about how Upland had to clean itself up from municipal scandal before it could bail itself out of the economic downturn.

10/1/2013 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
ie econ news

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, has his regular weekly conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent.

9/27/2013 8:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
mark takano

We continue our series of interviews with the Inland Empire's four freshman Members of Congress, elected less than a year ago to serve in one of the most dysfunctional Congressional sessions in recent history.

9/27/2013 8:00 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
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KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports on the Community Foundation's upcoming community-wide fundraiser to benefit local non-profits.

9/27/2013 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

Press Enterprise columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review a few of the big news stories in the Inland Empire this week, including:

-The Menifee City Council votes to file a state Fair Political Practices Commision complaint against one of its own councilmembers;

-The Moreno Valley City Council causes controversy by filling a vacancy on the council without asking for other applicants, and without providing information to the public before the appointment;

-How County Supervisors are dealing with financial problems at Riverside County Regional Medical Center, and;

-The City of Ontario wins the first round in court in its lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles to regain control of Ontario International Airport.

9/25/2013 7:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
mark takano

We continue our series of interviews with the Inland Empire's four freshmen Members of Congress, elected barely a year ago to serve in one of the most combative Congresses in recent memory.

9/24/2013 8:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

John Husing, Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, has his weekly conversation with KVCR's Ken Vincent.

9/23/2013 8:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
horse town

KVCR begins a weekly series called "State of the Cities," where we will talk with the mayor of every city in the Inland Empire about their city, who lives there, who works there, and how the city's economy fared during the recent economic downturn.  We begin the series with a conversation with Kathy Azevedo, the Mayor of Norco... which has a registered trademark nickname , "Horsetown, U.S.A."

9/20/2013 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

Press Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR'S Ken Vincent review the top news stories of the week, including Jurupa Valley's march toward disincorporation, a city council race in Riverside, and the City of Ontario's lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles to try to regain local control of Ontario International Airport.

9/18/2013 7:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
Raul Ruiz

We continue our series of interviews with the Inland Empire's four freshman Members of Congress, serving their first year in a combative environment where little gets done.

9/18/2013 7:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
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We continue our series of interviews with the Inland Empire's four freshman Members of Congress, serving their first year in a combative environment where little gets done.

9/16/2013 8:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
kvcr local news

KVCR News begins a weekly series, "State of the Cities," where our goal is to talk with the mayor of every city in the Inland Empire.

9/12/2013 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR

Press Enterprise Environment Report David Danelski talks with KVCR's Ken Vincent about the PE's series of articles titled "Air of Risk."

9/11/2013 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
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KVCR begins a 4-part series of interviews with the Inland Empire's four freshman Members of Congress, who are still not even a year into their their first term amid a contentious congressional session.  

9/9/2013 7:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
KVCR Local News

Warren Olney, host of the public radio news program "To The Point," talks with KVCR's Ken Vincent about the philosophy and mission of the program, which spends most of an hour drilling into the issues behind the day's news.

You can hear "To The Point" Monday-Thursday at 1pm, and Friday at 3pm, on 91.9 KVCR.

9/9/2013 6:30 AM | Ken Vincent | KVCR
KVCR Local News

Warren Olney, host of the public radio news program "To The Point," talks with KVCR's Ken Vincent about the philosophy and mission of the program, which spends most of an hour drilling into the issues behind the day's news.

You can hear "To The Point" Monday-Thursday at 1pm, and Friday at 3pm, on 91.9 KVCR.

8/30/2013 10:25 AM | KRISHNADEV CALAMUR | NPR

International outrage was palpable last week following reports that Syria used chemical weapons near the capital Damascus. But now, as President Obama contemplates a strike against Syria, there's only limited support for military action.

Here's a look at countries that have criticized Syria and where they stand on intervention:

8/29/2013 8:20 AM | Scott Neuman | NPR
It's not news that Hong Kong, which brags one of the world's most stunning skylines, has been gradually losing it behind a curtain of smog.   But the Chinese territory's latest solution is new: To placate camera-clicking tourists unable to get those iconic shots of the skyscraper-studded waterfront, Hong Kong has set up a panoramic backdrop with clear-blue skies.

It's not news that Hong Kong, which brags one of the world's most stunning skylines, has been gradually losing it behind a curtain of smog.

But the Chinese territory's latest solution is new: To placate camera-clicking tourists unable to get those iconic shots of the skyscraper-studded waterfront, Hong Kong has set up a panoramic backdrop with clear-blue skies.

8/29/2013 8:16 AM | Richard Harris | NPR
A study in the journal Nature could help explain why the Earth's average temperature hasn't increased during the past 15 years ? despite a long-term trend of global warming.   The Earth's average temperature has risen by more than 1 degree Fahrenheit since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. But the temperature rise has not been moving in lock step with the rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide ? mainly from burning fossil fuels ? traps heat in the air.

A study in the journal Nature could help explain why the Earth's average temperature hasn't increased during the past 15 years — despite a long-term trend of global warming.

The Earth's average temperature has risen by more than 1 degree Fahrenheit since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. But the temperature rise has not been moving in lock step with the rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide — mainly from burning fossil fuels — traps heat in the air.

8/29/2013 8:10 AM | Mark Memmott | NPR
The U.S. economy expanded at a 2.5 percent annual rate in the second quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said Thursday.   The new estimate was a sharp upward revision from the bureau's initial report on growth in the spring. A month ago, BEA thought gross domestic product had expanded at just a 1.7 percent annual rate from the end of March through June.

The U.S. economy expanded at a 2.5 percent annual rate in the second quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said Thursday.

The new estimate was a sharp upward revision from the bureau's initial report on growth in the spring. A month ago, BEA thought gross domestic product had expanded at just a 1.7 percent annual rate from the end of March through June.

8/29/2013 7:56 AM | Mark Memmott | NPR
Saying that there are "no plausible alternative scenarios," the U.K.'s Joint Intelligence Organisation released a statement Thursday to support the conclusion reached by U.S. and British officials that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime is responsible for what's said to have been a chemical weapons attack last week near Damascus.

Saying that there are "no plausible alternative scenarios," the U.K.'s Joint Intelligence Organisation released a statement Thursday to support the conclusion reached by U.S. and British officials that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime is responsible for what's said to have been a chemical weapons attack last week near Damascus.

8/29/2013 7:49 AM | NPR Staff | NPR
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The huge fire in Northern California not only threatens those in its direct path as it burns, burns, burns, but also may impact millions more. Monte Wolverton sees no respite for his home state, while Pat Bagley noted last year that bad things can come in twos, too.

8/28/2013 10:15 AM | KRISHNADEV CALAMUR | NPR
While much of the world is lining up against Syria, the country is not entirely friendless, and it's hoping its allies can provide at least some cover in the confrontation over its apparent use of chemical weapons.   Russia and China are almost certain to block any U.N. resolution that could be used to authorize force against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

While much of the world is lining up against Syria, the country is not entirely friendless, and it's hoping its allies can provide at least some cover in the confrontation over its apparent use of chemical weapons.

Russia and China are almost certain to block any U.N. resolution that could be used to authorize force against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

8/28/2013 7:38 AM | Tom Goldman | NPR
There's concern the sport of swimming still may be dealing with a sexual abuse problem in the United States.   It's been three years since revelations emerged in the media. A number of in-depth reports in 2010 likened the situation in swimming to the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal: Coaches molesting under-age female swimmers; some of the abuse continuing for years without punishment.

There's concern the sport of swimming still may be dealing with a sexual abuse problem in the United States.

It's been three years since revelations emerged in the media. A number of in-depth reports in 2010 likened the situation in swimming to the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal: Coaches molesting under-age female swimmers; some of the abuse continuing for years without punishment.

8/28/2013 7:32 AM | Elise Hu | NPR
In its first "Global Government Requests Report," Facebook has released details on the number of requests it has gotten from government agents for user data.   Facebook reveals that governments around the globe have made 38,000 total requests for user data in the first half of 2013, and the U.S. dwarfs the rest of the world in requests. Up to June 30, the U.S. government asked Facebook for access to accounts of between 20,000 and 21,000 users, the company said.

In its first "Global Government Requests Report," Facebook has released details on the number of requests it has gotten from government agents for user data.

Facebook reveals that governments around the globe have made 38,000 total requests for user data in the first half of 2013, and the U.S. dwarfs the rest of the world in requests. Up to June 30, the U.S. government asked Facebook for access to accounts of between 20,000 and 21,000 users, the company said.

8/28/2013 7:28 AM | Scott Horsley | NPR
President Obama will stand in the symbolic shadows of Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln Wednesday, as he marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.   Aides say Obama will use the opportunity to celebrate the progress that's been made, thanks to the civil rights movement. He'll also discuss the work that he says still has to be done to realize King's dream of racial justice in America.

President Obama will stand in the symbolic shadows of Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln Wednesday, as he marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Aides say Obama will use the opportunity to celebrate the progress that's been made, thanks to the civil rights movement. He'll also discuss the work that he says still has to be done to realize King's dream of racial justice in America.

8/28/2013 7:20 AM | Mark Memmott | NPR
The huge "Rim Fire" in and around California's Yosemite National Park hasn't yet caused problems at the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir that provides water to 2.6 million people in the Bay Area. There have been fears that falling ash will pollute the water there.

The huge "Rim Fire" in and around California's Yosemite National Park hasn't yet caused problems at the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir that provides water to 2.6 million people in the Bay Area. There have been fears that falling ash will pollute the water there.

8/28/2013 7:09 AM | Mark Memmott | NPR
Some of the latest developments related to the crisis in Syria and the increasing likelihood that the U.S. and its allies will soon launch missile strikes on targets there in response to last week's alleged use of chemical weapons by the regime of President Bashar Assad:

Some of the latest developments related to the crisis in Syria and the increasing likelihood that the U.S. and its allies will soon launch missile strikes on targets there in response to last week's alleged use of chemical weapons by the regime of President Bashar Assad:

8/27/2013 11:41 AM | Bill Chappell | NPR
The threat of furloughs loomed large early in 2013, when mandatory budget cuts seemed certain to force federal workers to skip anywhere from 10 to 22 days of work without pay this year. A new tally by Federal News Radio shows that many agencies have taken fewer than half the days they had predicted.

The threat of furloughs loomed large early in 2013, when mandatory budget cuts seemed certain to force federal workers to skip anywhere from 10 to 22 days of work without pay this year. A new tally by Federal News Radio shows that many agencies have taken fewer than half the days they had predicted.

8/27/2013 8:51 AM | Frank James | NPR
The present Syrian crisis ranks among the most vexing moments of President Obama's presidency.   The recent heart-rending images of Syrian civilians, many of them young children apparently killed by chemical weapons used by the government of Bashar Assad, have raised the volume on calls for the president to act.   But while there's a clarity to the outrage itself, for Obama things quickly get murky.

The present Syrian crisis ranks among the most vexing moments of President Obama's presidency.

The recent heart-rending images of Syrian civilians, many of them young children apparently killed by chemical weapons used by the government of Bashar Assad, have raised the volume on calls for the president to act.

But while there's a clarity to the outrage itself, for Obama things quickly get murky.

8/27/2013 8:46 AM | Mark Memmmott | NPR
The Obama administration expects to formally declare Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime used chemical weapons against its own people last week, The Associated Press is reporting. Then, word of how the U.S. is responding ? almost surely with some type of military action ? is "likely to follow quickly," the AP adds.

The Obama administration expects to formally declare Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime used chemical weapons against its own people last week, The Associated Press is reporting. Then, word of how the U.S. is responding — almost surely with some type of military action — is "likely to follow quickly," the AP adds.

8/27/2013 8:35 AM | Bill Chappell | NPR
It's been a good year for Tesla Motors, the luxury electric car maker, particularly in California, where it's selling more cars than Porsche, Jaguar, Lincoln, or Buick. In 2013, the company has sold 4,714 cars in the state, according to the California New Car Dealers Association.   Here's a rundown of the state's vehicle sales rankings:

It's been a good year for Tesla Motors, the luxury electric car maker, particularly in California, where it's selling more cars than Porsche, Jaguar, Lincoln, or Buick. In 2013, the company has sold 4,714 cars in the state, according to the California New Car Dealers Association.

Here's a rundown of the state's vehicle sales rankings:

8/27/2013 8:23 AM | Mark Memmott | NPR
Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning is willing to pay for estrogen treatments that would lead to breast development and other female characteristics, the lawyer for the former Bradley Manning tells The Associated Press.

Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning is willing to pay for estrogen treatments that would lead to breast development and other female characteristics, the lawyer for the former Bradley Manning tells The Associated Press.


8/26/2013 9:16 AM | NPR Staff | NPR
You may just call it late summer; for many die-hard sports fans, it's called fantasy football drafting season.   Fantasy sports is a huge business, with an estimated 36 million people in the U.S. and Canada picking teams and talkin' trash, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.   And now we may be at a tipping point.

You may just call it late summer; for many die-hard sports fans, it's called fantasy football drafting season.

Fantasy sports is a huge business, with an estimated 36 million people in the U.S. and Canada picking teams and talkin' trash, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

And now we may be at a tipping point.

8/26/2013 9:04 AM | Mark Memmott | NPR
With U.S. officials saying there's little doubt that President Bashar Assad's regime used chemical weapons on the Syrian people last week, and with U.S. Navy ships moving toward that country's coast, it now seems to be a question of "when" not "whether" America will strike military targets inside that nation.

With U.S. officials saying there's little doubt that President Bashar Assad's regime used chemical weapons on the Syrian people last week, and with U.S. Navy ships moving toward that country's coast, it now seems to be a question of "when" not "whether" America will strike military targets inside that nation.

8/26/2013 8:59 AM | Mark Memmott | NPR
Hundreds of firefighters are "digging trenches, clearing brush and starting back blazes to keep a wildfire raging north of Yosemite National Park out of several mountain hamlets," The Associated Press writes Monday morning in its latest update on the huge "Rim Fire" that is threatening some of the power and water services to the city of San Francisco.

Hundreds of firefighters are "digging trenches, clearing brush and starting back blazes to keep a wildfire raging north of Yosemite National Park out of several mountain hamlets," The Associated Press writes Monday morning in its latest update on the huge "Rim Fire" that is threatening some of the power and water services to the city of San Francisco.