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Local officials in Beaumont are preparing a public information campaign designed to convince Beaumont Library District taxpayers to approve a future library expansion bond.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Comic-Con 2017 is taking place at the San Diego Convention Center through the weekend.  Over the years, the number of people who attend Comic-Con each year has gone up from a few hundred a few decades ago, to some 130,000 people this year.  NPR Morning Edition co-host David Greene talked with NPR's resident Comic-Con expert, Arts Editor Nina Gregory, who's at the event.

Congressman Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield - the 2nd-highest ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives - recently said California hasn't built a single major water storage project since the 1970s.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked the claim by the Republican House Majority Leader.

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The owner of a lottery Powerball ticket worth nearly a half-billion dollars that was purchased at an Inland Empire convenience store has finally come forward to claim his winnings.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

In the face of fierce opposition from local residents, California state regulators have decided the natural gas storage facility at Aliso Canyon north of Los Angeles is safe enough to resume operations.  Operations at the facility have been shut down since a leak at the facility nearly two years ago released massive amounts of methane into the air, prompting evacuations from homes in the nearby community of Porter Ranch.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla is holding steadfast to his vow not to turn information from California's voter rolls over to President Trump's commission looking into voter fraud.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Housing advocates are cheering a deal reached between Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers to work on an affordable housing plan.  Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling reports.

Assembly Republican Caucus

This week's vote extending California's signature effort to fight climate change - the cap-and-trade- agreement - showcased a deep split among legislative Republicans.  Most fought hard against the deal, but a few GOPs proved crucial to its passage, including Inland Empire GOP Assembly Leader Chad Mayes.  That vote now has some of Mayes' colleagues asking him to give up his leadership position.  More from Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler.


The San Bernardino mayor's race is still well more than a year away, but already three significant candidates have announced they'll run.  The latest to say he'll enter the race is local entrepreneur and civic leader Mike Gallo.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


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