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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's Next Police Chief Is From The Department - 'A Slap In the Face' Says One Councilmember

8/23/2019
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After months of community meetings and a nationwide search, city officials said today that the next man to lead Fresno's police department already works there. Protesters outside the press conference said the city’s efforts to include citizen input seem disingenuous. Inside the City Hall Annex, Jerry Dyer’s successor as police chief was announced as Deputy Chief Andy Hall. He’s a veteran officer with more than 40 years in the department. “If somebody had told me when I was 18 years old and...

Duration:00:01:42

In The Studio: Should California Insulate Itself From Federal Rollbacks Of Environmental Laws?

8/23/2019
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State legislators have fast-tracked Senate Bill 1, the California Environmental, Public Health and Workers Defense Act of 2019. It is sweeping legislation that would lock current standards in place through January 20, 2025, the last day of Donald Trump's presidency if he were to win a second term. Proponents see SB1 as an insurance policy against potential federal rollbacks of environmental and worker safety standards. But opponents say it could stall negotiations over water supplies and...

Duration:00:16:19

Delano Teen Just Released Debut Mariachi Album. Now She's Going to Harvard.

8/23/2019
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On a sweltering mid-August day in Delano, Ana í Adina Morales sat at her dining room table in the home where she grew up. She quieted down her two small dogs and then played the beginning of the music to Nuestro Gran Amor on her phone to make sure she was in the right key. “Como el sol le hace falta a la luna,” she sang in acapella. The song is number 12 on her recently released mariachi debut album, Esp é rame En El Cielo . It’s a mix of mostly love songs, some accompanied only by a guitar...

Duration:00:06:15

Weekend - Poet Brynn Saito To Read At Respite By The River

8/23/2019
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For the Weekend, we’re bringing you poetry from writer, poet, and Fresno State professor Brynn Saito. She’ll be reading next Thursday at the San Joaquin River Parkway as part of its summer series, Respite by the River . We know Thursday’s not quite the weekend, but it’s close enough. The free event takes place August 29 at the San Joaquin River Parkway, starting at 6 p.m. Musician Jeff Bowman will be performing, followed by Saito's reading. Listen to the interview above to hear Brynn Saito...

Duration:00:07:25

Labor Icon Dolores Huerta Arrested While Supporting A Wage Increase For Fresno County Caregivers

8/20/2019
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High-profile workers rights activist Dolores Huerta was one of several people cited with misdemeanor charges while protesting at a Fresno County Board of Supervisors meeting today. The 89-year-old who helped establish the National Farmworkers Association with Cesar Chavez was calling for higher wages for caregivers. Fresno County Sheriff’s Deputies cited Huerta and five others for not dispersing after being ordered to do so. Two more protesters were arrested and given misdemeanor charges for...

Duration:00:01:08

State Appoints Working Group To Help Growers Transition Away From Harmful Chlorpyrifos

8/20/2019
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Last week, the State of California took its first steps to fully ban the harmful pesticide chlorpyrifos that can cause neurological problems and developmental delays in children. The ban means, however, that growers have to find alternatives for managing insects. Finding those alternatives is the goal of a new statewide group that includes members of the San Joaquin Valley agriculture community. David Haviland is a farm advisor with the UC Cooperative Extension in Bakersfield. He’s been...

Duration:00:01:22

Between A Highway And An Oilfield, Lost Hills Residents Question Their Air Quality

8/16/2019
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When Saul Ruiz heard about the McKittrick oil seep, which first occurred in May and is now being cleaned up by Chevron and state agencies, his first reaction was worry: Worry for the McKittrick residents and environment nearby, but also for residents of other similar communities. “My worry was that problems like these could expand to other communities like Taft, Buttonwillow, Lost Hills,” he says in Spanish. Lost Hills: A community of 2,400 tucked between the I-5 and an oilfield about 20...

Duration:00:06:16

Fresno Diocese Rolls Out Survivor Compensation Program. Lawyers Claim It’s Because Of Proposed Law

8/16/2019
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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno has been under pressure the last few months to release its own list of priests who have been accused of sexual abuse. Although a list hasn’t been released yet, the diocese is rolling out a settlement program for survivors. Some attorneys who represent survivors find it to be strategic and controversial. “The problem with that process is it allows the Catholic bishops and the diocese to hold onto the secrets and to continue thus the practices they’ve...

Duration:00:06:40

Fresno Mayoral Candidates File Semi-Annual Campaign Disclosures

8/16/2019
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Late last month, those hoping for the City of Fresno’s top job filed their semi-annual campaign disclosures, showing the cash campaigns have on hand up until the end of June, and where it came from. The adage is that those who raise and spend the most money often win elections. Last year, Fresno County Prosecutor Andrew Janz raised millions in his effort to unseat Congressman Devin Nunes. In his current bid for Fresno mayor, Janz raised nearly $70,000 in monetary contributions in about two...

Duration:00:01:44

Weekend - Miwuk Nation Keeps Traditions Alive At Annual Big Time Gathering In Yosemite

8/16/2019
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And now for The Weekend -- the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation is having its annual Big Time Gathering in Yosemite National Park on Saturday and Sunday. FM89’s News Director Alice Daniel spoke about it with Bill Leonard, chairman of the tribe. He starts by saying a lot of other tribes from the region will join in.

Duration:00:04:00

'Two Buck Chuck & The Marlboro Man' - Author Frank Bergon's Tales of The San Joaquin Valley

8/16/2019
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Western novelist and historian Frank Bergon’s recently published nonfiction book Two Buck Chuck and The Marlboro Man: The New Old West gives readers an intimate portrayal of 12 small town westerners, many of whom he met growing up in Madera. From cowboys to writers, dust bowl migrants to farmers and farm workers, this ethnically diverse group provides insight into the ethics and culture of the Valley. FM89’s News Director Alice Daniel recently sat down with Bergon.

Duration:00:15:42

State Utilities Regulator Wants Customer Input About PG&E's Proposed Rate Increase

8/15/2019
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The California Public Utilities Commission is holding forums around the state to get feedback from Pacific Gas & Electric customers about the company’s proposed rate hike. It’s a process most utilities undergo every three years. PG&E is asking its regulator, the CPUC, to approve a rate increase that would add a billion dollars to the company’s revenue in 2020. The utility says the increase is to cover operating costs and to fund a wildfire safety program. “I think, really, we're having to...

Duration:00:01:34

In Response To Mass Shootings, Tulare County Sheriff Says CCW Holders Could Help

8/14/2019
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A Central Valley Sheriff is encouraging carriers of concealed weapons to use their guns in the event of an active shooter or other threat. It started when Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreax decided he was tired of hearing about active shooters taking innocent lives. “They’re going into situations where the playing field is not an even game by any means, and that we have people that are having to run for their lives based on someone coming in, overpowering them with a gun,” says Boudreaux....

Duration:00:01:32

NFL Players Help Make Bail For Bakersfield Activist Detained After Reading Poem Critical Of ICE

8/13/2019
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A Bakersfield College student and farmworker who was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after publicly reading a poem critical of the agency was released Monday afternoon after two NFL players and immigration advocacy organizations posted his bail. After ICE arrested Jose Bello on May 15, his bond was set at $50,000. NFL players Josh Norman and Demario Davis both pitched in to pay for the bond. The New York Immigrant Freedom Fund and The National Bail Fund Network also...

Duration:00:01:45

Tulare County Agrees To Step Up Oversight Of Dairy Greenhouse Gas Emissions

8/13/2019
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In 2024, a state law will require the dairy industry to begin to significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. A recent legal settlement will help Tulare County, the nation’s leading dairy producer, to meet that goal. One of the most potent greenhouse gases is methane, which is produced by decaying manure lagoons and released by burping cattle. In the settlement, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors agreed to increase its reporting of dairy methane emissions and step up its oversight...

Duration:00:01:15

At Selma Open House, Congressman TJ Cox Talks Water, Trade Wars And August Recess

8/9/2019
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Over the last 200 days of legislative session, freshman Congressman TJ Cox has brought the House Committee on Natural Resources Chair Raul Grijalva to the San Joaquin Valley for a water tour, co-sponsored Valley Fever legislation , and thrown his support behind a number of Democratic party agenda items. Last weekend, he held an open house at a new district office in Selma. That’s where we caught up with Congressman Cox to learn more about his efforts in Washington, D.C., and ask his thoughts...

Duration:00:07:34

Weekend - Bears, Treefrogs, Bighorn Sheep: Explore The Sounds of Sequoia-Kings Canyon From Home

8/9/2019
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And now it’s time for the weekend. We’re taking you on an armchair listening tour of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Scientists, park rangers and others have recorded 265 sounds in the park that are now accessible to the public on the national parks website. It’s called the Soundscape Library and it offers interactive maps, photos and information along with recorded sound from the foothills all the way up to the alpine peaks. Scientists use specialized equipment to record...

Duration:00:02:16

In The Studio: FUSD Trustees Veva Islas And Terry Slatic On Slatic's Censure

8/9/2019
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The Fresno Unified School District board voted 6-0 this week to censure board member Terry Slatic for unethical conduct. The censure means Slatic can’t attend internal staff meetings and he must notify school administrators before visiting district campuses. He’ll also need an escort. And before he takes on leadership roles as a trustee, he must take an anger management course. For more on this, Kathleen Schock spoke with Slatic and board member Veva Islas.

Duration:00:15:37

Community Organizer Leads Efforts To Recall FUSD Trustee Terry Slatic

8/9/2019
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We’ve just heard from Fresno Unified Trustees Terry Slatic and Veva Islas about the board’s motion to censure Slatic. But there’s also a group of concerned citizens and parents who want Slatic to be recalled from the board, in part because Bullard High School students say he threatened to kick kids off the cheer team if they brought up a blackface incident again. The incident involved two cheerleaders who were allowed to stay on the team. We spoke with Stacy Williams, who is leading the...

Duration:00:05:42

How Do You Take Care Of Your Health When You Don't Even Have A Place To Live?

8/9/2019
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Homelessness is on the rise in many Valley counties and with that comes increased concerns about addressing people’s basic needs like health care. On Wednesday, Clinica Sierra Vista marked National Health Care for the Homeless Day with a free health fair including vaccines, screenings and even haircuts. We met Frances Ruth Redmond-Sconiers at the event. She’s 68 and she says she's been living on and off the streets for the past few years.

Duration:00:07:37