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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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To Make Childbirth Safer, Look No Further Than Valley Hospitals

9/18/2018
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High-risk childbirths for celebrity mothers like tennis star Serena Williams and performer Beyonce are shining a light on a health story that’s historically flown under the radar: Childbirth is risky for women, particularly women of color. Williams, Beyonce and their babies all survived, but the U.S. does have the one of highest rates of mothers dying in childbirth of any developed country. Alarmingly, that rate rose 65 percent from 2006-2013. Simultaneously, however, California slashed...

Duration:00:05:28

Selma Arts Center Aims For Variety And A "Darker Twist" In 2019 Season

9/18/2018
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As summer winds down, and school picks back up, local theater groups are starting to plan their next seasons with which to entertain the Valley. The Selma Arts Center just announced its upcoming season, while celebrating its fifth year in action. We spoke with Nicolette C. Anderson, the Coordinator for the Center, and Juan Guzman who will be directing one of the shows, to hear what they have in store for their 2019 season.

Duration:00:13:04

Asylum Seekers, Violence Survivors And ICE Agents: The Local Effects of Recent Immigration Policies

9/18/2018
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Ever since President Trump came into office, we at Valley Public Radio have been reporting on his administration’s changes to federal immigration policy—like its so-called “zero tolerance policy” of prosecuting asylum applicants as well as rollbacks on temporary protected status from certain countries—and their consequences on San Joaquin Valley residents and businesses. Following the recent story of a Yemeni family in Tulare County that gained national attention for its role in a Supreme...

Duration:00:07:34

"Year Of The Woman" Hits Central Valley, With Female Candidates In State, Congressional Races

9/18/2018
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People are calling 2018, “the year of the woman.” More women have filed to run for office than ever before, and are advancing to the election in November. Even in the Central Valley, about half of the races for state legislature include female candidates. But despite the enthusiasm, many say it will take more than one election to bring gender equality to government. One woman hoping to take a seat in the state legislature is Aileen Rizo. While giving a keynote address to the Latinas in...

Duration:00:05:25

Valley Edition - September 18, 2018 - A Family From Yemen, Women Running For Office, Maternal Health

9/18/2018
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This week on Valley Edition: Many are saying it's the "Year of the Woman." We'll look at female political hopefuls in the Central Valley, and its reputation for sending women into office. We also follow up with a local family from Yemen whose immigration case made national news in part because of the president’s so-called “travel ban.” And what links two violent crimes committed in Bakersfield last week? The Kern County District Attorney’s office weighs in. Plus: How local hospitals have...

Duration:01:02:30

Following Horrific Shooting, District Attorney Reflects On Domestic Violence In Kern County

9/18/2018
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In the last 10 days, Bakersfield has been the site of two high-profile attacks: In one, a man and a woman were stabbed in a Starbucks; a few days later, another man gunned down his ex-wife and four other people in east Bakersfield before turning the gun on himself. On their face, these two crimes don’t have a lot in common; but at the root of both was domestic violence, which in 2017 was responsible for almost 7,000 calls for help in Kern County alone. Domestic violence is one of the...

Duration:00:09:41

“Very Calculated” – Bakersfield Shooting Likely Premeditated, Says Sheriff

9/13/2018
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More details have emerged in a Bakersfield shooting spree on Wednesday that left six people dead, including the alleged killer. The Kern County Sheriff’s office has released the names of the suspect and victims in Wednesday’s shooting. Sheriff Donny Youngblood says there’s reason to believe the suspect, 54-year-old Javier Casarez, had a connection to many, if not all of the victims. First, there’s his ex-wife, 45-year-old Petra Maribel Bolanos De Casarez, who was one of his first victims...

Duration:00:01:36

Six Dead, Including Shooter, In Bakersfield Shooting Spree

9/13/2018
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Six people are dead, including the shooter, after a mass shooting in Bakersfield on Wednesday evening. The spree spanned five crime scenes in East Bakersfield. According to the Kern County Sheriff’s office, the 35-minute ordeal began near a trucking business close to Highway 58 and State Route 184. There, the suspect allegedly shot and killed two people, including his wife, then pursued another person down the street and killed him near a neighboring sporting goods store. Two more victims...

Duration:00:01:03

Hospitals Comply With Violence Prevention Rules, But Rules Only Go So Far

9/11/2018
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Over the last few weeks, we’ve been looking at how those who work in health care are at increased risk of workplace violence. In the next installment of our series, Part of the Job, we see that although hospitals in the Valley have preventive measures in place, some are finding that it’s not until an incident happens that a facility knows what more to improve. Community Regional Medical Center is in Downtown Fresno. The hospital sees patients from it’s own neighborhood, as well as those...

Duration:00:05:09

Dementia, Cognitive Decline Associated With Air Pollution

9/11/2018
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It was only a few weeks ago that wildfires drove particle pollution to dangerously high levels in many parts of the San Joaquin Valley and mountain areas, and it could happen again before wildfire season is over. Particulate matter, also known as PM, is a major health risk: It’s known to cause asthma attacks and other respiratory flare-ups in the short term, and exposure over the long term has been associated with reduced immune function and cardiovascular problems. Now, a growing body of...

Duration:00:10:43

Candidate Andrew Janz Says Pumping "At 100 Percent Capacity," Water Infrastructure Needed

9/11/2018
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We’re less than two months away from this year’s midterm election, and Democrats are still holding out for a blue wave across the country. Whether that will extend into conservative strongholds in the Central Valley is yet to be seen. But today in our studio, we’re talking to Andrew Janz, a Fresno County prosecutor and democrat running against incumbent republican congressman Devin Nunes. We discuss how Janz might balance environmental and economic priorities when it comes to water, and...

Duration:00:14:49

Visalia Basket Weaving Event Explores Native American "Roots"

9/11/2018
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This weekend, the Tulare County Museum in Visalia is hosting an event in collaboration with the California Indian Basketweavers’ Association, and in honor of California Native American Day. The event is called "Roots Run Deep" and will feature tribes native to Tulare County. To talk about what this means for Native American traditions local to the area, we’re speaking with Jennifer Malone from the California Indian Basketweavers’ Association .

Duration:00:05:52

She Escaped Domestic Abuse And Is Seeking Asylum. Now A Policy Change Makes Her Future Uncertain

9/11/2018
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The soft chatter in the waiting room at the Yarra Law Group offices in Fresno are muffled by a Food Network show playing on TV. Receptionist tap their keyboards and answer phone calls. A 23-year-old woman from El Salvador, who we’ll call Ana, is among the dozen people in the room. A receptionist calls her name and she goes in to see her immigration attorney, Jeremy Clason. He’s preparing documents he’ll eventually file with the immigration court in San Francisco. She speaks to him softly...

Duration:00:06:59

Bills To Create Drinking Water Fund Die In State Legislature

9/5/2018
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California’s legislative session ended last week, and with it, the hopes for a statewide pool of money that would have supported drinking water projects. It was called the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, and it would have been available for disadvantaged communities in need of water cleanup projects. The fund would have been sourced by fees on residential water bills and on some agricultural producers. But the two bills that set the framework for the fund died in the state...

Duration:00:01:20

Valley Air District Seeks Public Comment On Plan To Improve Air Quality

9/5/2018
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A much-anticipated plan to reduce particulate matter in the San Joaquin Valley is now up for public comment. After years of revisions, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is seeking public comment on its latest plan to reduce PM2.5 , a harmful pollutant that causes respiratory problems and is increasingly being linked to other serious health conditions . The EPA tightened its standards on PM2.5 in 2006 and 2012, but the Valley hasn’t even met the EPA’s 1997 standards....

Duration:00:01:28

Courthouse ICE Arrests Spark Concerns, But Aren't New

9/5/2018
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Recent arrests of undocumented immigrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials inside Central Valley courthouses from Fresno to Sacramento have sparked controversy. But as Valley Public Radio's Monica Velez reports, such arrests aren't new. She joined us on Valley Edition to look back at a series of arrests made by ICE at a courthouse in Kern County under the Obama adminsitration, and to talk about the local reaction to the current wave of arrests.

Duration:00:04:49

Valley Edition - September 4, 2018 - Author Miriam Pawel, Poet Brian Turner, ICE At Courthouses

9/4/2018
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This week on Valley Edition, we talk with biographer Miriam Pawel, author of the new book, "The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Helped Shape a Nation." We also talk with poet Brian Turner, about his new music project from his band, the Interplanetary Acoustic Team. And we also learn about what recent ICE arrests at local courthouses mean for immigrants and the justice system with FM89's immigration reporter, Monica Velez.

Duration:00:39:03

New Biography Examines How Pat And Jerry Brown Helped Shape California

9/4/2018
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Acclaimed biographer Miriam Pawel's newest work tells the story of the most influential family in California political history. In The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Helped Shape a Nation, she traces the rise of Governor Pat Brown and his son Governor Jerry Brown, and examines how they both shaped the state in their own unique and unconventional ways. It's a story that stretches from the Gold Rush to the present day, and gives us new insights into two...

Duration:00:21:27

Fresno's VA Medical Center To Expand Into Clovis

8/30/2018
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Fresno’s Veterans Affairs medical center has announced it will be expanding to a new campus in Clovis. The VA Central California Health Care System has bought nine acres of property off of Highway 168, near Clovis Community Medical Center and the soon-to-be medical school at California Health Sciences University. There, spokesman Cameron Porter says the VA plans to open a 250-thousand-square-foot health center. "Part of this ambulatory care center that we hope to build will include an...

Duration:00:01:08

Governor Brown Signs Two Valley Fever Bills Into Law

8/28/2018
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Governor Brown has signed into law two bills related to the disease valley fever, both written by Kern County Assemblymember Rudy Salas. The laws both aim to streamline the disease’s reporting guidelines, which until now have been inconsistent over time and among health agencies throughout the state. One of the laws institutes a reporting deadline for the state public health department to collect data on cases. The other allows cases to be confirmed using blood tests only, without the need...

Duration:00:00:53