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Host Terry Phillips presents Valley Public Radio's weekly exploration of issues that affect our Quality of life.

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Benjamin Rae's "Disconnect" on Valley Writers Read

8/16/2012
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On this week's episode of Valley Writer's Read, hear Benjamin Rae's short story "Disconnect" about a night telephone operator invents a fictitious supervisor to circumvent troublesome calls.

Duration: 00:31:23


Capitol Rally For Valley Air Tackles Fracking, CEQA Reforms

8/16/2012
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Around 40 environmental and public health activists from the San Joaquin Valley staged a rally today at the state capitol, pushing for a wide range of regulatory and legislative actions that they claim will improve air quality in the San Joaquin Valley.The Central Valley Air Quality Coalition traveled to Sacramento to gather public support and to meet with legislators on a number of environmental issues. The group is asking the legislature to fund more air quality monitors in the Valley...

Duration: 00:02:01


California Lumber Sales Creep Up In Recent Years

8/16/2012
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Lumber sales are up slightly in California, after hitting a record low in 2009. The 2008 collapse of the housing market devastated California's already faltering lumber industry. The housing market has been slow to recover, but new home construction has risen in the last year.David Bischel of the California Forestry Association says that's translated into a slight uptick in lumber production. "There's been an increase in sales because there's been a small increase in housing production,...

Duration: 00:00:51


Legislature Approves Bill Requiring Court Order to Shut Down Cell Phone Ser

8/16/2012
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The California legislature has passed a bill that would ban interruptions to cell phone or wireless service without a court order. The measure comes in response to a controversy last year involving transit officials in San Francisco.Last year, protesters at a Bay Area Rapid Transit subway station in downtown San Francisco discovered they suddenly didn’t have any cell phone service. BART officials concerned about the protest had cut it off. That move sparked wider protests – and it also...

Duration: 00:00:45


On Valley Edition: Prop 37; Heat Wave & Global Warming; California Reads

8/16/2012
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This week on Valley Edition we talk about the controversy over the labeling of genetically modified foods, which will be on the November ballot as Proposition 37. We hear arguments on both sides of the issue. We also talk about the current heat wave and what is has to do with global warming, and learn more about a series of events from the Fresno County Library connected to the book Farewell to Manzanar.Segment 1: Prop 37 Sparks Debate Over GMO FoodsControversy has erupted over what foods...

Duration: 01:00:28


Commentary: When Winning Is Everything, Athletes Need New Moral Compass

8/16/2012
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Somewhere deep in our cultural memory is the idea that athletic prowess is connected with virtue. For the ancient Greeks, athletic contests were religious events with social purpose: honoring the dead, preparing for war, and teaching virtues.Contemporary sports no longer serve any moral, religious, or political purpose. Religion is not involved. Athletes are not preparing for war. And most of us gave up long ago on the idea that athletes could be looked up to as paragons of virtue. Recent...

Duration: 00:03:06


Bill to Fund Middle Class Scholarships Passes California Assembly

8/16/2012
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A California bill that would fund a middle class college scholarship program has squeaked by the Assembly… getting the two-thirds vote it needs to move to the Senate.The measure is authored by Assembly Speaker John Perez. It would end a tax break in California law, which allows out-of-state corporations to pay less in taxes than businesses based in California.The bill required Republican support in order to pass, but Assembly member Brian Jones made it clear that would not come from...

Duration: 00:01:01


California Revenues Fall $475 Million Short

8/16/2012
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California State Controller John Chiang released his monthly revenue report today. Revenues fell way below projections for July, but state finance officials say it’s not so bad.The controller says July revenues were $475 million short. The State ended the last fiscal year with a cash deficit of $9.6 billion. As of July 31, that cash deficit totaled $18 billion, and is being covered with temporary loans from special funds. State Controller John Chiang called the collections “disappointing.”...

Duration: 00:01:18


Bakersfield Shines In Shark Week Spotlight

8/16/2012
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Bakersfield's Shark Tooth Hill is known by paleontologists worldwide for its impressive collection of fossilized remains from around 13 million years ago. Earlier this year, one particular fossil, a tooth from a pre-historic shark known as the Megalodon, captured the attention of the producers of the Discovery Channel's Shark Week.Koral Hancharick of Bakersfield's Buena Vista Museum for Natural History says that the ancient creature would make today's great white shark look quite small in...

Duration: 00:02:59


Bakersfield Shines In Shark Week Spotlight

8/16/2012
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Bakersfield's Shark Tooth Hill is known by paleontologists worldwide for its impressive collection of fossilized remains from around 13 million years ago. Earlier this year, one particular fossil, a tooth from a pre-historic shark known as the Megalodon, captured the attention of the producers of the Discovery Channel's Shark Week.Koral Hancharick of Bakersfield's Buena Vista Museum for Natural History says that the ancient creature would make today's great white shark look quite small in...

Duration: 00:02:59


California Lumber Sales Creep Up In Recent Years

8/15/2012
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Lumber sales are up slightly in California, after hitting a record low in 2009. The 2008 collapse of the housing market devastated California's already faltering lumber industry. The housing market has been slow to recover, but new home construction has risen in the last year.David Bischel of the California Forestry Association says that's translated into a slight uptick in lumber production. "There's been an increase in sales because there's been a small increase in housing production,...

Legislature Approves Bill Requiring Court Order to Shut Down Cell Phone Ser

8/15/2012
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The California legislature has passed a bill that would ban interruptions to cell phone or wireless service without a court order. The measure comes in response to a controversy last year involving transit officials in San Francisco.Last year, protesters at a Bay Area Rapid Transit subway station in downtown San Francisco discovered they suddenly didn’t have any cell phone service. BART officials concerned about the protest had cut it off. That move sparked wider protests – and it also...

On Valley Edition: Prop 37; Heat Wave & Global Warming; California Reads

8/15/2012
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This week on Valley Edition we talk about the controversy over the labeling of genetically modified foods, which will be on the November ballot as Proposition 37. We hear arguments on both sides of the issue. We also talk about the current heat wave and what is has to do with global warming, and learn more about a series of events from the Fresno County Library connected to the book Farewell to Manzanar.Segment 1: Prop 37 Sparks Debate Over GMO FoodsControversy has erupted over what foods...

Commentary: When Winning Is Everything, Athletes Need New Moral Compass

8/15/2012
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Somewhere deep in our cultural memory is the idea that athletic prowess is connected with virtue. For the ancient Greeks, athletic contests were religious events with social purpose: honoring the dead, preparing for war, and teaching virtues.Contemporary sports no longer serve any moral, religious, or political purpose. Religion is not involved. Athletes are not preparing for war. And most of us gave up long ago on the idea that athletes could be looked up to as paragons of virtue. Recent...

Bill to Fund Middle Class Scholarships Passes California Assembly

8/15/2012
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A California bill that would fund a middle class college scholarship program has squeaked by the Assembly… getting the two-thirds vote it needs to move to the Senate.The measure is authored by Assembly Speaker John Perez. It would end a tax break in California law, which allows out-of-state corporations to pay less in taxes than businesses based in California.The bill required Republican support in order to pass, but Assembly member Brian Jones made it clear that would not come from...

California Revenues Fall $475 Million Short

8/15/2012
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California State Controller John Chiang released his monthly revenue report today. Revenues fell way below projections for July, but state finance officials say it’s not so bad.The controller says July revenues were $475 million short. The State ended the last fiscal year with a cash deficit of $9.6 billion. As of July 31, that cash deficit totaled $18 billion, and is being covered with temporary loans from special funds. State Controller John Chiang called the collections “disappointing.”...

Bakersfield Shines In Shark Week Spotlight

8/15/2012
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Bakersfield's Shark Tooth Hill is known by paleontologists worldwide for its impressive collection of fossilized remains from around 13 million years ago. Earlier this year, one particular fossil, a tooth from a pre-historic shark known as the Megalodon, captured the attention of the producers of the Discovery Channel's Shark Week.Koral Hancharick of Bakersfield's Buena Vista Museum for Natural History says that the ancient creature would make today's great white shark look quite small in...

Bakersfield Shines In Shark Week Spotlight

8/15/2012
More
Bakersfield's Shark Tooth Hill is known by paleontologists worldwide for its impressive collection of fossilized remains from around 13 million years ago. Earlier this year, one particular fossil, a tooth from a pre-historic shark known as the Megalodon, captured the attention of the producers of the Discovery Channel's Shark Week.Koral Hancharick of Bakersfield's Buena Vista Museum for Natural History says that the ancient creature would make today's great white shark look quite small in...

Bakersfield Shines In Shark Week Spotlight

8/15/2012
More
Bakersfield's Shark Tooth Hill is known by paleontologists worldwide for its impressive collection of fossilized remains from around 13 million years ago. Earlier this year, one particular fossil, a tooth from a pre-historic shark known as the Megalodon, captured the attention of the producers of the Discovery Channel's Shark Week.Koral Hancharick of Bakersfield's Buena Vista Museum for Natural History says that the ancient creature would make today's great white shark look quite small in...

Bakersfield Shines In Shark Week Spotlight

8/15/2012
More
Bakersfield's Shark Tooth Hill is known by paleontologists worldwide for its impressive collection of fossilized remains from around 13 million years ago. Earlier this year, one particular fossil, a tooth from a pre-historic shark known as the Megalodon, captured the attention of the producers of the Discovery Channel's Shark Week.Koral Hancharick of Bakersfield's Buena Vista Museum for Natural History says that the ancient creature would make today's great white shark look quite small in...
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