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Hear local reports on the economy, government, education, health and the environment on Valley Public Radio during All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Valley Edition.
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Fresno, CA

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Hear local reports on the economy, government, education, health and the environment on Valley Public Radio during All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Valley Edition.

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Over A Hundred Organizations And Community Leaders Endorsed It, So Why Didn't Measure P Pass?

11/14/2018
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If Measure P had passed, it would have created a 3/8 cent sales tax to fund parks and trail maintenance, and arts programming over the next thirty years. The “Yes on P” campaign was advocating for safe, clean parks. But in one advertisement from a Measure P opposition group , called “Fresnans for a Safer Community, No on P,” Police Chief Jerry Dyer says this: “We oppose Measure P because it takes away our ability to hire the additional personnel needed to keep Fresno safe.” It’s comments...

Duration:00:05:14

Frazier Park Author Gives Voice To Family Of Those Caught Up In Substance Use Disorders

11/14/2018
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We’ve become more familiar with stories and reports about how widespread the opioid crisis has become, but what about the loved ones of those caught in addiction -- their family and friends? In her first book, Central Valley author Tina Hogan Grant writes about this from her own perspective. Her book is called, " Reckless Beginnings " and it’s based in part on her own life experience watching her sister suffer from a substance use disorder. Listen to the interview above to hear Hogan Grant...

Duration:00:07:18

Californians Have Passed Nine Water Bonds In A Row, So Why Not Proposition 3?

11/14/2018
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This year’s ballot included a lot of bonds, but one of the most expensive ones had to do with water. Proposition 3 would have authorized nearly $9 billion for water projects. Early ballot counts showed it passing in Fresno County, but failing across the rest of the state. Sacramento Bee reporters Bryan Anderson and Ryan Sabalow, along with Fresno Bee reporter Lewis Griswold reported on some of the possible reasons the bond didn't succeed . Listen to the interview above to hear Sacramento Bee...

Duration:00:07:16

“Peace Is The Real Objective Of Warfare" - Words From Fresno Veterans

11/13/2018
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In honor of Veterans Day, we went to the Veterans Home of California in Fresno to hear stories from residents. We spoke to three vets about their experiences in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Listen to the audio above hear an audio postcard from Fresno veterans Jim Appleton, Elsa Barry and Gordon Scott.

Duration:00:06:43

With Measure H Approval, A New Era Begins For Tulare Regional Medical Center

11/13/2018
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About a month ago, in mid-October, Tulare Regional Medical Center was in the middle of a makeover. In less than a week, it was due to reopen, after closing abruptly a year earlier due to mismanagement. New pavement was still drying and workers in forklifts were painting the whole building a uniform beige. Inside, beds were full of patients—fake patients. Doctors and nurses were running mock drills in the emergency room. “We've tested your blood sugar, and it's going to be in the lab...

Duration:00:05:17

In Election Upset, Sanger City Councilmember Hurtado On Way To State Senate

11/13/2018
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When it comes to the state legislature, November's elections contained only a handful of surprises, but one of the few occurred right here in the San Joaquin Valley: Sanger City Councilmember Melissa Hurtado will be the next State Senator to govern District 14, which encompasses parts of Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Kern Counties. She beat out Republican Andy Vidak by 8 percentage points, in what will likely be the only State Senate race in which a challenger unseated an incumbent. So who is...

Duration:00:06:37

Fresno Has The State's Largest Hmong Population. This Group Is Making Sure Their Voices Are Heard

11/6/2018
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To get the “I Voted” sticker, you have to understand how the voting process works. And for some refugees in the Valley, it can seem really complicated. Take the Hmong community: Many of the elders fought for the U.S. in the CIA’s secret war in Laos. When they resettled in areas like Fresno, they lacked the tools to become civically engaged. But their kids and grandkids grew up here and now, a group of them are working hard to make sure their elders cast their ballots. To do that, they’re...

Duration:00:05:14

“An Exploration Of How We Move Through Our Fears:” A Conversation With Makers Of “Free Solo”

11/6/2018
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In June of 2017, a young rock climber named Alex Honnold broke a world record in Yosemite National Park, becoming the first person ever to free solo the iconic granite wall towering over Yosemite Valley. He climbed all 3,200 feet of El Capitan without a partner and without any ropes or safety gear, in a nail-biting three hours and 56 minutes. It was a superhuman feat, but on the way to accomplishing it, he grappled with the very human feelings of success and failure, fear and love. And a...

Duration:00:11:28

Her Grandparents Worked With Cesar Chavez, Now She’s Running For Kingsburg City Council

11/6/2018
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You’ve heard a lot about who’s running for office this election day -- and that includes a record number of millenials. In some districts, the California Voting Rights Act is making it easier for young people of color to be on the ballot. That’s the case in the small town of Kingsburg. The town is majority white -- and the city council reflects that. But, to avoid a lawsuit, Kingsburg recently moved from at-large to district elections. So on this Election Day, we’re going to introduce you to...

Duration:00:08:13

Some Rural Fresno County Towns Have A Local Newspaper, But They're Still News Deserts

10/31/2018
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In small towns, news travels fast. But it’s usually based on word of mouth, not verifiable facts. More and more rural places in the San Joaquin Valley are becoming news deserts -- even the local newspapers are mostly ads and press releases.We traveled to western Fresno County to find out what that means for the people who live there. Joseph Riofrio is one Mendota resident who’s frustrated with the limited news coverage. He used to be a city council member, and two time mayor. These days, he...

Duration:00:04:49

Latino USA Reports That Warehouse Jobs Are Expanding, But Are They Solid Middle-Class Jobs Yet?

10/31/2018
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There’s an industry here in the Central Valley that’s not particularly new, but has grown significantly in recent years, especially with an Amazon fulfillment center on it’s way to Fresno. That industry is in warehouses, where employees fulfill online orders. Latino USA reporter Sophia Paliza-Carre got a firsthand look at some of these warehouse jobs , and how they’re changing the idea of blue-collar labor, both in California and for the Latino community. Listen to the interview above to...

Duration:00:09:21

Work And College: Students Take On Both, But Research Says That's Putting Them Behind

10/31/2018
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College has become more expensive over the years, but students have managed by taking out loans or working in addition to their studies. Recent reporting from Larry Gordon at Edsource, an online media outlet that focuses on education in California, says that working too many hours can make it even harder for students to graduate on time . We caught up with Gordon to hear how students he spoke with in the Central Valley are balancing the demands of both work and school. Listen to the...

Duration:00:07:27

Donald Munro Celebrates A Year Of Independent Arts Reporting On "The Munro Review"

10/31/2018
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Donald Munro is kind of a legend among arts lovers in Fresno. For 16 years, he covered theater, visual art, dance, classical music and more for the Fresno Bee. Now, he’s keeping his arts reporting alive with a member-supported website called The Munro Review . It’s kind of like public radio: Anyone can access it, but he relies on donations from subscribers. He spoke with us about this project, and what shows we should look out for this Fall. Listen to the interview above to hear him explain...

Duration:00:11:26

Ready For Anything: How One Emergency Department Director Works To Reduce Risks Of Violence

10/25/2018
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In our series, Part of the Job , we’ve looked at how California’s health institutions are trying to reduce the rate of violence and harassment against those who work in health care. Working in one of the highest risk areas of a hospital only adds to the challenge. Saint Agnes Medical Center in Fresno’s emergency department of sees anyone who comes through their doors, and that includes patients “shopping” for opioid prescriptions. “They’ll say, but these are prescriptions, these were given...

Duration:00:03:35

Author Sarah Fawn Montgomery May Be “Quite Mad," But Uses Her Story To Explore Mental Health

10/23/2018
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It can be hard to find the right kind of care for your physical health, and it can be just as challenging to find the right care for your mental health. One Fresno State alumna’s latest book is about facing that challenge herself. Sarah Fawn Montgomery is an author from California’s Central Coast, and now an assistant professor at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. Her latest book is “ Quite Mad: An American Pharma Memoir .” It’s about her own experience finding treatment for...

Duration:00:07:28

Podcast On Congressional Races Says California Will Help Decide Who Gets "Keys To The House"

10/23/2018
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Valley Public Radio covers a seven county area, which means a lot of campaigns and races to report on. So to get some additional perspective, we spoke to Ben Adler, the bureau chief from Capital Public Radio in Sacramento. He’s been taking a deep dive into some of California’s congressional races for their podcast, “ Keys To The House ,” and he’s joined us to share some insights. Listen to the interview above to hear Ben Adler describe some of the seats Democrats are hoping to flip. He...

Duration:00:11:45

Reporting "Fresno's Divide" Wraps Up With Open Community Conversations

10/23/2018
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There’s a divide in Fresno. The north part of the city – the area above Shaw Avenue -- has more parks, better schools. And the meat rendering plant? It’s in Southwest Fresno. The project has been in partnership with Arizona State University’s News Co/Lab to improve transparency in journalism, and Spaceship Media , a San Francisco Bay Area journalism organization that aims to build trust between media and communities. T he Fresno Bee has been getting people from all parts of the city to talk...

Duration:00:07:33

“Active Measures” Film To Run In Clovis, Producer Says Russian Interference Remains A Threat

10/23/2018
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“Active Measures” is a documentary film that explores the history of Russian interference in elections -- including the 2016 US presidential election. It’s now playing in swing districts across the country, including a one night run this Saturday in Clovis . Writer and producer Marley Clements tells us that democracy is being attacked around the globe, and she hopes the film inspires viewers to use their vote wisely. The film’s local showing will take place at UA Clovis Movies 8, this...

Duration:00:09:28

As November Approaches, Where Do Candidates For Governor Stand On Health?

10/23/2018
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As we approach the midterm elections, we wanted to examine the health platforms of some of California’s highest profile candidates: The two men running for governor. There’s Gavin Newsom, currently the state’s Democratic lieutenant governor and the former mayor of San Francisco, who’s favored to win the election. Then there’s Republican John Cox, a businessman and former presidential candidate in southern California. What health goals are they making, and how likely are they to keep their...

Duration:00:09:03

"The Big Tell" Film Showcase Brings Local Stories To Light

10/16/2018
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It’s that undiscovered story that begs to be told, the one that makes you see our Central Valley in a whole different light – that’s the mission of The Big Tell Showcase running on Friday October 19 at the Tower Theater in Fresno . The showcase, which selects ten filmmakers to win competitive grants, results in ten mini-documentaries about the people, culture, and issues important to the Central Valley. Listen above to hear an interview with Laura Maciel from the Central Valley Community...

Duration:00:09:57