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Angela Chen

Angela comes to the Coachella Valley as KESQ’s morning anchor after teaching graduate school classes at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication. Learn more about Angela here.

Courting Injustice: Why are so many local court cases being dismissed?

Since October, more than 1,700 court cases have been dismissed in Riverside County. These dismissals include cases involving child sexual assault, attempted murder, DUIs, and domestic violence. This is due to a backlog caused by the pandemic. Riverside Superior Court officials cited a lack of available judicial resources and courtroom space as they reinstated defendants’

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Rancho Mirage Writers Festival transforms local library into literary powerhouse

A breathtaking lineup of literary and political bellwethers spoke at day one of the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival on Wednesday, with topics ranging from food to history to literature. After a years-long pandemic break, the ninth iteration of the festival is welcoming back attendees with the theme “Brave New World: The Future is Now.” Organizers said the festival

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How local school districts are using emergency funding to handle rising mental health challenges

As kids struggle with mental health challenges in school after pandemic distance learning, educators across the nation are reporting an increase in anxiety, bullying, and violence among student populations. For Brianna Garcia, a mother of two elementary school kids in Indio, she’s doing her best to help her girls catch up. And that means tutors, along with a

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A cracked lake bottom is seen in Colony

Number of heat-related illness and deaths rises as Coachella Valley sees more frequent heat waves and hotter days

Under the blistering sun, on a 117 degree day, it can feel like your skin is burning as you toil without shade. It’s why farmworkers in the East Coachella Valley wear long sleeves, drenched in sweat they can never seem to replenish fast enough. “It start in the lips, don’t speak good,” said Vidal Mendoza Fonseca, a farmworker who

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