Torches Replaced By Candlelight As Thousands Gather For Charlottesville Vigil

Thousands of people quietly amassed on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on Wednesday night for an unannounced candlelight vigil. A soft glow illuminated the Rotunda – the iconic historic building at the heart of the university. After a dark week in the city, it was a peaceful protest intended to counter a weekend of deadly violence sparked by a white supremacist rally. People streamed onto campus, lifting up lit candles. They chanted "love wins" and sang "We Shall Overcome...

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Three California lawmakers are asking the federal government to prevent an alt-right group from rallying in San Francisco this month, after the violence in Charlottesville on Friday.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

The Democratic and Republican leaders of the California Assembly are both facing revolts from party activists.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, the leaders' actions on high-profile issues have infuriated grassroots liberals and conservatives.

Firefighters have made significant progress fighting two Inland Empire wildfires this week.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Several California universities are on the list of the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities, including two of the top five institutions on the list.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, and KVCR's Ken Vincent continue taking inventory of the positives and negatives inherent in the Inland Empire economy that affect our region's ability to compete with the Southern California coastal communities for economic growth and a higher quality of life.  In this segment, Dr. Husing explains two potentially major influences on the IE's economic ascent.

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As firefighters continued battling the Blaine Fire in the hills between Riverside and Moreno Valley, another brush fire broke out farther east, near the Pass community of Banning.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Because the Blaine Fire burned near populated neighborhoods in Riverside and Moreno Valley, the fire retardant that aircraft have been using to fight the fire has been sprayed on a number of local homes, yards, and cars.  The Press-Enterprise this morning reported that Cal Fire is actually willing to return to the retardant-covered neighborhoods and use fire hoses to help spray it off of houses.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

THE NUMBER TO CALL CAL FIRE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HELP WITH CLEANING FIRE RETARDANT OF OF HOMES IS 951-436-4142

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A California judge has put on hold a new state law that could delay a recall election for Democratic state Senator Josh Newman.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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A California farmer faces a nearly $3 million fine for plowing his field without first getting a permit.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, a trial begins this week to determine whether the fines are appropriate for violating the federal Clean Water Act.

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Firefighters continue battling a wildfire that at one point forced some home evacuations and at last report had burned more than 1000 acres adjacent to Box Springs Mountain, east of Riverside and northwest of Moreno Valley.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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