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Bill Could Remove Most Concealed Guns From Kern/Kingsburg School Campuses

9/20/2017
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For about the past year, two San Joaquin valley school districts have allowed some parents and staff members to carry a concealed firearm on campus if they have a concealed carry weapons permit and seek the permission of the district superintendent. However, under a new bill on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk, that authority could soon be revoked. The California Legislature has approved Assembly Bill 424, which would strip that authority from superintendents in all but a few narrow...

Duration: 00:05:48


New Book Celebrates History, Culture Of Highway 99, California's "Main Street"

9/20/2017
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The highway plays an important part in the mystique of the American West. From the so-called "Mother Road" of Route 66 that wound from Chicago to LA, to the picturesque beauty of the California coast along Highway 1, our highways are more than just transportation infrastructure, they are a part of our culture. That’s certainly the case here in the middle of the state, where a ribbon of concrete and asphalt has stitched together towns big and small for decades – Highway 99. A new book...

Duration: 00:17:17


Central Valley Raisin, Almond Crops Harmed In Monday's Thunderstorm

9/13/2017
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Monday’s heavy rain and gusty winds in the valley hurt two of the region’s largest money-making crops. Fresno County is the top grower of raisins in the country, but Monday’s storm came at the worst moment for farmers growing the crop. At this time of year grapes are laid on paper trays to sun dry. Fresno County Farm Bureau CEO Ryan Jacobsen says the full damage to the crop won’t be known for months. “It actually kicks up sand and the sand lands on top of those grape berries," Jacobsen...

Duration: 00:00:59


INTERVIEW: Yosemite Has A Trash Problem. What's Being Done About It?

9/13/2017
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Yosemite National Park has a trash problem. The more than 4 million people who visit every year and those that live in Yosemite leave 2,200 tons of garbage there annually. The park service is working to decrease the amount of that trash that ends up in the Mariposa County Landfill. To find out more about the park’s Zero Landfill Initiative , FM89’s Ezra David Romero interviewed Yosemite National Park Ranger Jodi Bailey and Wildlife Biologist Caitlin Lee-Roney. Listen to that interview by...

Duration: 00:09:01


Changing Immigration Policies Could Spell Bad News For Valley’s Doctor Pipeline

9/13/2017
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As the San Joaquin Valley struggles with a shortage of primary care physicians, one group in particular is stepping in to fill in the gaps: doctors born or trained in foreign countries. And while the planned repeal of the DACA program is President Trump’s most recent immigration policy change, he’s hinted at others that could influence the flow of foreign physicians into the Valley. This installment of our series Struggling For Care explores the valley’s complicated relationship with...

Duration: 00:07:13


Electric Vehicles In The Central Valley Could Get A Big Boost Thanks To The VW Settlement

9/13/2017
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A major scandal rocked the auto industry two years ago when it was discovered that the car company Volkswagen had been systematically cheating on diesel emissions tests. That scandal might soon turn into a big boon for electric cars in the Central Valley. The company agreed to a massive settlement worth more than $1 billion. Over the next ten years, $800 million is supposed to be spent in California to beef up electric car infrastructure and access. Of that, 35%, or about $280 million, is...

Duration: 00:03:45


Dyer: New Approach Coming For Mental Health Cases

9/13/2017
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Police officers across the country and in the Central Valley have been under increasing scrutiny and pressure for how they deal with civilians in the field. At the same time, some departments are acknowledging that their role is morphing into one that is just as concerned with identifying and helping people who might be suffering from a mental illness as it is enforcing the law. Fresno’s Police Chief Jerry Dyer says he is making changes at within his force in an attempt to separate...

Duration: 00:12:16


Pharmacists Are Now Poised To Ease Physician Shortage—If Only They Could Get Paid For It

9/6/2017
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When we consider medical providers, what comes to mind may be doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. But what about pharmacists? A new law has allowed them to greatly expand their role to become providers—which could be good news for patients struggling to access doctors. But one major obstacle still stands in the way of pharmacists taking on patients. This latest installment of our series Struggling For Care begins with the story of a community pharmacist in Kern County...

Duration: 00:07:21


Near Yosemite "It's Neighbor Waring Against Neighbor” Over Short-Term Rentals

9/6/2017
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Most people in the mountain area around Oakhurst know Katie Miller as the Mountain Madam . That’s her brand. The London Properties realtor and I are driving to an area north of Oakhurst where she recently sold a home that’s now listed on the online rental site Airbnb . “So that’s the Airbnb right here,” says Miller. “There’s a spiral staircase inside, all wood floors. They figured out how to maximize the space and put beds everywhere.” Miller says the short-term rental market in the area...

Duration: 00:08:14


Interview: Garry Bredefeld On Fresno's Pot Bans, Concealed Weapons

9/6/2017
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The first eight months of Garry Bredefeld's return to Fresno City Hall have been eventful. Some of his proposals, like adding a display of the nation's motto "In God We Trust" to the city council chambers, and a ban on marijuana dispensaries have either become law, or are on their way to doing so. Others, like his plan to allow city employees with concealed weapon permits to carry their guns while on the job, have met with opposition from either his colleagues on the council or Fresno...

Duration: 00:09:54


Two Valley Republican Congressmen Sign Letter Opposing DACA Repeal

9/1/2017
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Two Valley congressmen are among a group of 6 Republicans asking President Donald Trump to maintain deportation protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children. The president is considering ending the Obama-era program called DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. That allows eligible immigrants to avoid deportation and legally work in the country if they apply with the Federal Government. President Trump could reportedly decide as soon as...

Duration: 00:09:20


With Limited Federal Funding, Valley Struggles To Expand Medical Training Programs

8/30/2017
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As we reported earlier this summer, the Fresno area could soon be home to two medical schools. While that may seem like a great opportunity for creating home-grown doctors, research suggests local residencies and fellowships could be more important for keeping doctors here. But the Valley lags behind the state in those training opportunities, too. In the second installment of Struggling For Care , we learn how local health leaders are working hard to expand those positions—despite a...

Duration: 00:09:11


Bill McEwen Leaves Fresno Bee For GVWire.com

8/30/2017
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Longtime Fresno Bee reporter, columnist and editor Bill McEwen has a new job as news director for GVWire.com, a news website run by Fresno-based housing developer Granville Homes. After 37 years in the local news business, McEwen joined us on Valley Edition to talk about his role in this new venture, plus his thoughts on editorial independence, and how GVWire will cover news stories involving the Granville company. McEwen also shared his thoughts about the current controversy surrounding...

Duration: 00:21:30


Toy Lending Library Aims To Reach Fresno's Youngest Learners

8/30/2017
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Downtown Fresno’s 116-year old ‘Helm Home’ has been a landmark for generations because of its distinctive shape. The mission revival-style home, sometimes called the Alamo House was once at risk of being condemned, but today it’s been impeccably restored to its former glory with high ceilings and flawless wooden floors. But it is the library that is getting attention because of what it lends out: toys. It’s a project of the Fresno Unified School District and the Fresno Housing Authority...

Duration: 00:03:48


Patrick Contreras' New Sound Mixes Violin With Mariachi, Soul, Hip-Hop

8/30/2017
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Fresno rock violinist Patrick Contreras is known for his creative use of the violin and mixing it with other genres. His latest project mixes the sound of violin with mariachi, rock, soul and hip-hop. It's called El Violin. Contreras calls this sound Chicano violin music. He's opened for artists like BB King, Al Jarreau, Stanley Clarke and others. He's been featured on a World Star Hip Hop 3 times as Talent Of The Week and has well over a Million Views on his YouTube Channel. The EP...

Duration: 00:09:02


During Drought In 2016, Fresno County Crop Value Drops By $482 Million

8/30/2017
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T he total value of agricultural goods sold last year in Fresno County dropped in value by around $482 million compared to 2015 according to the 2016 Annual Crop and Livestock Production Report released in mid-August by Fresno County Agricultural Commissioner Les Wright. Wright blames the lack of surface water supplies. Other farm goods like livestock fell by around 7 percent or $6 million dollars last year as well. Still the county produced over $6 billion in agricultural goods in 2016....

Duration: 00:08:23


In Bakersfield, Complex Web Of Water Systems Makes Pollution Cleanup Difficult

8/24/2017
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From Keith Prickett’s front yard just east of Bakersfield you can see the trees of where the official city begins. He’s on the board of a tiny water system with less than 30 homes. It’s called the East Wilson Road Water Company and the water he’s washing his dishes with is polluted with nitrates. “It doesn’t taste funny, but because it’s high in nitrates we do not cook with it, we don’t drink it,” says Prickett as he loads his dishwasher with a mug. “But we shower and use it for everything...

Duration: 00:04:29


When It Comes To Doctor Access, The San Joaquin Valley Is Being Left Behind

8/23/2017
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For much of 2017, healthcare has dominated the headlines. But while access to insurance coverage remains a national debate, here in the San Joaquin Valley, getting to see a doctor isn’t always easy, even for people who have coverage. It’s not a new problem, and it’s not unique to the valley, but this area is especially hard hit by a lack of physicians. This story kicks off Struggling For Care , a new series about doctor shortages produced as part of a project with the USC Annenberg School...

Duration: 00:07:27


Citrus Industry Asks NAFTA Negotiators To "Do No Harm" To California Exports

8/23/2017
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California's multi-billion dollar citrus industry is asking the Trump administration to ensure that Canadian and Mexican markets remain open to oranges, lemons and grapefruit from the San Joaquin Valley. Joel Nelson, president of Exeter-based California Citrus Mutual says he hopes negotiators "do no harm" as they re-open talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement. Speaking on KVPR's Valley Edition, Nelson also said that other export markets remain a concern.

Duration: 00:13:22


Fresno Unlikely To Meet Ambitious Ten Year Goal On Homelessness

8/23/2017
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With new data that suggests Fresno’s homeless population is growing, leading homeless service providers are now admitting that the City of Fresno will not meet its deadline of December 31 st to end ‘functional homelessness’ in the city. At the same time, the city is moving ahead with a plan to ban public camping in the city, a move drawing both praise and criticism from those who work with homeless residents. Together, the two issues have renewed the question of how can Fresno solve this...

Duration: 00:04:53

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