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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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Politics Talk: Kevin McCarthy As House Speaker, Nunes, Janz, Redistricting And More

4/18/2018
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Will House Republicans warm up to Kevin McCarthy as he seeks to become the next Speaker of the House? Or will members of the "Freedom Caucus" stage their own fight for the spot? Why is Democratic congressional candidate Andrew Janz focusing on Clovis in his messaging to unseat incumbent Devin Nunes in the 22nd Congressional District? And what do recent legal battles over local redistricting and Latino voter rights mean for valley politics? We talk politics and seek answers to those...

Duration:00:20:41

Report: Air Quality Improving, But Valley Cities Still Among Country's Worst

4/18/2018
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The American Lung Association has released its annual State of the Air report chronicling air pollution throughout the country - and Valley cities still receive failing grades, despite some improvements . The report ranks pollution levels for the years 2014-2016. Thanks to the Clean Air Act and lower vehicle emissions, particle pollution overall has dropped. Most cities, including those in the San Joaquin Valley, saw fewer days of unhealthy particle pollution compared to previous years....

Duration:00:01:14

As New Water Treatment Plant Nears Completion, Fresno Builds On Lessons Learned

4/17/2018
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The City of Fresno has long relied on groundwater to meet its needs, but a new surface water treatment plant is slated to begin operating this summer. While the city faced complications with their last treatment plant, they’re hoping the lessons learned help solve problems before they start. Fresno’s new Southeast Surface Water Treatment Plant is huge, and built to do one thing: Treat water from the Kings River, and send it out to Fresno residents. Ben Carlisle, the construction manager...

Duration:00:05:17

Report: 10 Bakersfield-Area Teachers Assaulted By Students This Year Alone

4/17/2018
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According to a new report from The Bakersfield Californian's Harold Pierce, 10 teachers in the Kern High School District have been assaulted by students this year alone. Some suggest the number might even be higher. It's the latest news on a topic that has long plagued the district, which once was know for its high suspension and expulsion numbers. A recently settled lawsuit over alleged discriminatory discipline practices in the district resulted in the expansion of the PBIS program,...

Duration:00:09:53

Nourishment And Poison: Nitrogen’s Double Life

4/17/2018
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The San Joaquin Valley struggles with environmental pollution. Hundreds of thousands of residents are served with water that’s unsafe to drink , and all of us live under seasonal clouds ozone and particle pollution in the air . Water and air problems are regulated separately, but one contaminant bridges both domains. This story examines why nitrogen is such a persistent problem. Every other Wednesday, Jon Hubble carefully crosses a field of garlic, plucking leaves off of tall, green...

Duration:00:04:40

Author: Food Banks Are Too Close To Corporate America

4/17/2018
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Hunger is a big problem across America but especially here in the San Joaquin Valley. One of the local groups taking on the issue is FoodLink of Tulare County. The Exeter-based organization is dedicated to bridging the gap between between health and anti-hunger relief efforts. On Friday night the organization is hosting a special event with Andrew Fisher, author of the book Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance Between Corporate American and Anti-Hunger Groups. Fisher joined us to talk about his...

Duration:00:13:46

Gubernatorial Candidates Meet With Central Valley Residents

4/13/2018
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Two California gubernatorial candidates spent the day in the Central Valley, talking to local residents about their priorities. The idea was to show the unique experiences of residents in the Central Valley. Antonio Villaraigosa and Delaine Eastin were the only candidates to attend. They first met constituents in Orosi, and then visited Southwest Fresno. Villaraigosa, former Mayor of Los Angeles, emphasized his record of fighting inequality. “The best way to fight the policies of Donald...

Duration:00:01:05

Fresno City Council Candidate Brian Whelan Gets FPOA Endorsement

4/12/2018
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One candidate for a key Fresno City Council race has earned a big endorsement from local law enforcement. District 7 candidate Brian Whelan announced Thursday he has the support of the Fresno Police Officers Association. Damon Kurtz is president of the FPOA . “We did an interview process, spoke to candidates, and Brian rose to the top,” said Kurtz. He described Whelan as, “overly qualified for the position.” Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer also added his endorsement to Whelan’s campaign....

Duration:00:00:56

Kern Medical To Lose One Of Its Residency Programs

4/12/2018
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The San Joaquin Valley will soon have fewer training opportunities for doctors; one of Kern Medical’s residency programs is losing its accreditation. Kern Medical CEO Russell Judd says he doesn’t yet know why the hospital’s residency program in surgery will need to shut down. "We’re very disappointed by this," Judd says. "Of course once we receive the findings we will do what is necessary to rectify those findings and reopen the program." The program officially loses its accreditation at...

Duration:00:01:15

Brooke Ashjian Won't Run Again For FUSD School Board

4/12/2018
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One of the most controversial and influential leaders of the Fresno Unified School District Board of Trustees has announced he won’t be running for reelection. Fresno Unified Board trustee Brooke Ashjian made the announcement outside of the district’s headquarters. “So today, I announce that I won't be running for school board in the coming election,” Ashjian said. “I feel that I have ran the course, I finished the task, and I set the place for success.” Ashjian was one of former...

Duration:00:00:49

California’s State Parks Have Received Facelifts, And Not Everyone Is Happy

4/10/2018
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In 2011, dozens of California’s State Parks were set to close due to sharp budget cuts in Sacramento. Seven years later, the budget crisis is over and most parks have recovered—though only after undergoing a quiet but significant reformation. Freelance reporter Alissa Greenberg wrote about the new face of California State Parks for the Bay Area magazine Bay Nature . Listen to the audio above for an interview with Greenberg about how state parks survived, what’s different, and why many...

Duration:00:13:34

Westlands Growers Hope Late Season Storms Boost Water Allocations

4/10/2018
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It wasn’t a "Miracle March" but last month's spring storms helped turn around what might have been a devastating year for California’s water supplies into one that is merely depressing. But was it too late for many valley farmers? We spoke with Johnny Amaral, deputy general manager for external affairs for Westlands Water District on Valley Edition. He joined us to talk about how this year is shaping up for valley growers, and also about some other issues in the news. We explored Westlands...

Duration:00:21:59

Fresno Parks And Arts May Get More Funding, But Voters Have To Approve It First

4/9/2018
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The City of Fresno passed a Parks Master Plan in January. The plan outlines the city’s goals to maintain and improve existing parks, and add more to the system. But over the years, the city’s parks budget has decreased. A new coalition hopes their efforts will put new life into parks, with a tax. In Central Fresno at Lafayette Park, just off of Blackstone, David Toscano watches his cousin and a friend play basketball. “We always go to park, just to play,” says Toscano , “Just to get some...

Duration:00:04:26

Fresno City Council Approves Incentive Deal For Gap Inc. E-Commerce Facility

4/5/2018
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The Fresno City Council has approved a tax incentive deal with retailer Gap Inc. that would move the company’s e-commerce fulfilment center to Fresno. City officials say the deal could result in as many as 500 new jobs. The thirty year deal rebates the company $15,000 for every full-time job it creates, once it hits the 500 job threshold. The money would come from sales tax collected on items purchased from the facility, which would be housed in Gap’s existing warehouses near Fresno...

Duration:00:01:40

Fresno Poet Ronald Dzerigian Tackles Valley Terrain On "Rough Fire"

4/5/2018
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Fresno has long been a hotbed of poetry, from Philip Levine to Larry Levis to Juan Felipe Herrera. Now a new generation of poets is taking up the tradition of chronicling the region's land and its people. Ronald Dzerigian is one of those poets, and his new book "Rough Fire" captures a unique slice of the local landscape. Dzerigian is a Fresno State MFA grad, and the new collection is his first book, due for release on July 20th 2018 by Finishing Line Press. Dzerigian joined us on Valley...

Duration:00:16:27

Clovis Hospital To Add 144 Private Beds

4/3/2018
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Fresno area hospitals are about to get bigger with an expansion planned for Clovis Community Medical Center. Next month, the hospital will begin construction on 190,000 square feet of new space. It’ll almost double the hospital’s inpatient capacity with 144 new beds—all in private rooms—and it’ll expand the emergency room, pharmacy and labs. Community Medical Centers CEO Tim Joslin says it’s all in response to the area’s growing medical needs. “We do need a lot of inpatient beds in this...

Duration:00:01:09

Kern County Supervisors Adopt New District Lines Settling Voting Rights Lawsuit

4/3/2018
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Kern County Supervisors have adopted new district lines following a legal settlement with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. The group sued the county alleging the 2011 supervisorial redistricting disenfranchised Latino voters by drawing lines that divided communities like Arvin and Delano, diluting their political power. In February MALDEF won the suit in U.S. District Court, setting up settlement talks to draw new district lines and new procedures for upcoming...

Duration:00:16:36

Valley Farmers Brace For Chinese Tariffs

4/2/2018
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In response to the Trump administration’s tariffs on Chinese steel, the Chinese government over the weekend announced tariffs on many American products. The list of 128 items with new tariffs includes almonds, oranges, grapes and dozens of other crops, which could threaten hundreds of millions of dollars in annual exports out of the San Joaquin Valley. "On average, the California ag industry exports anywhere from a quarter to a third of what we produce," says Ryan Jacobsen, CEO of the...

Duration:00:01:10

Report: Most Seats On Valley Water Boards Go Uncontested

3/30/2018
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A new report from the Visalia-based Community Water Center indicates that over 500 local water board seats have gone uncontested in recent elections. In the southern San Joaquin Valley, the report finds that 87 percent of seats on public water agency boards went uncontested. When only one candidate is seeking a seat, the election for that seat is canceled. The report looked at water agencies that serve residential and industrial customers as well as irrigation districts that serve farmers....

Duration:00:12:42

Report: Valley Faces Looming Nursing Shortage

3/29/2018
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A new study from the UCSF Healthforce Center has ominous news for the valley’s health care system. According to the authors, demand for registered nurses in the San Joaquin Valley is projected to grow by 35 percent over the next 12 years. But at the same time, the region’s total number of RNs is expected to actually decline, creating a serious shortfall. Some estimates put the regional RN shortage as high as 10,000 by 2030. So what’s behind the decline? Why is it an issue in the San...

Duration:00:20:03

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