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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.

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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@KVPR

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English

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3437 W. Shaw Ave #101 Fresno, CA 93711 (559) 275-0764


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Didn’t Check Before You Burned? You Could End Up In This Class

12/12/2017
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If you’ve ever gotten a speeding ticket, you may have been required to attend traffic school. Likewise, cause a scene at work, you may have to take anger management classes. But what if you violate burning restrictions? The local air district runs a different kind of class intended to spark good behavior. On damp, chilly nights Patrick Smith has a tradition: He builds a fire in his fireplace. Smith lives in northwest Fresno . A gas-powered furnace heats his home, but Smith still thinks of a...

Duration: 00:05:39


Student Rebellion? Fees At Issue With Fresno State, Other CSU Campuses

12/12/2017
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Earlier this year Fresno State students rejected a proposal that would have raised student fees $400 a year in order to build a new student union. While a scaled-back proposal is due to go back before students in early 2018, this year's vote has sent ripples across the CSU system. As EdSource senior correspondent Larry Gordon reports, students across the system are growing increasingly concerned with student fees. He joined us to talk about the trend system-wide.

Duration: 00:09:06


Will Fresno Reverse Course On Marijuana Businesses?

12/12/2017
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The Fresno City Council will vote Thursday on a proposal that would set the city on a path to legalizing a variety of marijuana-related businesses. This comes just months after the council voted to ban commercial marijuana dispensaries and other businesses. If approved, the new policy would mark a significant reversal of course on an issue that has divided city leaders for most of the last year. The current proposal would kick off a process of amending the city's zoning laws to allow...

Duration: 00:20:34


Fresno’s Chinatown Faces Growing Pains With Incoming State Projects

12/6/2017
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Chinatown is one of Fresno’s oldest neighborhoods. From the city’s earliest days as a stop on the Central Pacific Railroad, to the 21st century, Chinatown has been a diverse community made up of immigrants who, in many cases, weren’t welcomed in other parts of Fresno. Locked in by railroad tracks on the east and Highway 99 to the west, the neighborhood is also the subject of renewed attention this year. Two of the state’s highest profile projects, high-speed rail and cap-and-trade, call it...

Duration: 00:06:23


Bakersfield Hospital Welcomes Patients From Ventura Facility Destroyed By Blaze

12/5/2017
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The fire that flared up overnight in Ventura County has scorched 50,000 acres so far and burned at least 150 structures. Among those destroyed were buildings at a psychiatric hospital, which is now sending some of its patients to the San Joaquin Valley. Photos from the Thomas Fire on Tuesday showed buildings burned to the ground on the campus of Vista Del Mar Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, an 87-bed facility in Ventura for patients with acute psychiatric needs. Patients there had already...

Duration: 00:01:18


Latina Teen Boxers From The Valley Are Dominating Their Sport

12/5/2017
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The San Joaquin Valley has a rich boxing tradition, dating back generations. Before he ran a popular bar in downtown Fresno, Young Corbett III was the world welterweight champion in the 1930’s. Today, Avenal’s Jose Ramirez is one of the sport’s rising stars. But at a gym in Southeast Fresno, local teen boxer Sandra Tovar is already at the top of her field, and has her sights set on an even bigger goal – the U.S. Olympic team, and the 2020 Tokyo summer games. And she's not alone. Tovar is...

Duration: 00:11:49


Westlands Drainage Deal Still Awaiting Congressional Action

12/5/2017
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Growers in the Westlands Water District hope congressional approval of a deal with the federal government could resolve a long-standing problem on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley - drainage. However final approval of the deal reached in 2015 remains both elusive and controversial. The deal involves Westlands accepting responsibility for managing drainage of agricultural runoff, which is contaminated with salt and other minerals. In exchange, the government would forgive $375...

Duration: 00:09:18


Lack Of Action From Congress Threatens Healthcare Of Millions Of California’s Kids

12/5/2017
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When it comes to the health care safety net, there’s been a lot of uncertainty in the last few months. Republican lawmakers spent the better part of the year trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and funding has been on shaky ground for community health centers that treat low-income and uninsured patients. Now in the spotlight is the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which insures 2 million low-income kids in California--and is set to run out of federal funding within the next...

Duration: 00:07:14


Military's Early Valley Fever Research Still Benefiting Public Health Today

12/5/2017
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In the city of Lemoore, a community of 25,000 rising out of arid cropland in California’s San Joaquin Valley, almost everyone has a story about valley fever. Take Frank Bernhardt, nursing a beer at the Fleet Reserve bar on the edge of town. He first encountered the disease just after moving here in the 1960s. “Years ago, my youngest daughter had it. She just didn't have no energy,” he said. “I had a sailor that worked for me that had it,” recalls Kevin Crownover, playing dice across the...

Duration: 00:06:46


Report: California's College Pathway Needs Work

11/28/2017
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A new report from the Public Policy Institute of California says the state's pathway from high school to college is broken. Only 30 percent of 9th grade students will go on to earn a bachelors degree, despite years of work to boost that number. Even students that are on a pathway to college readiness in high school often fail to complete the "a-g" course requirements. And even if that number were to increase, the CSU system isn't ready to accommodate those students. In the past four years...

Duration: 00:13:47


Tehachapi Awaits Opening Of New Downtown Library

11/28/2017
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The former Masonic Lodge on East Green Street in downtown Tehachapi is soon to become the new home of the city's branch of the Kern County Library . The move to the new, larger, more modern space has been long awaited by the residents of the mountain community. We spoke with Jasmin LoBasso about the planned opening on Monday December 4th, to hear more about items that remain on the library's wish list, and new activities planned for the new space.

Duration: 00:05:20


Madera DA Faces Censure For Alleged Racism, Sexism

11/27/2017
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The Madera County Board of Supervisors voted today to censure the county district attorney. The workplace conduct of Madera County District Attorney David Linn was the subject of a special meeting this morning by the county board of supervisors. The meeting follows months after the county hired an outside law firm to investigate allegations of Linn’s inappropriate comments and behavior. Kimberly Horiuchi is an attorney with the firm. " District Attorney Linn engaged in sexist and sexually...

Duration: 00:01:24


Non-Stop Flights To Chicago O'Hare Coming To Fresno Airport

11/21/2017
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T he Fresno Yosemite International Airport will soon have a new route, with non-stop service to one of the nation’s busiest airports. Valley Public Radio’s Laura Tsutsui reports. Fresno Mayor Lee Brand announced on Monday that United Airlines will be offering daily direct flights to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport next summer. Brand says daily flights to one of the largest airports in the world will open up opportunities for both traveling and jobs. Brand: " And this will bring 123...

Duration: 00:01:15


Madera Supervisors To Consider Censure Of Madera County District Attorney

11/21/2017
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The Madera County District Attorney is facing allegations he made racist and sexist comments at work. Valley Public Radio’s Jeffrey Hess reports several of DA David’s Linn’s subordinates have made the accusation to the Madera County Board of Supervisors. According to a press release from the county’s top attorney, employees brought concerns about Linn to the board of supervisors, claiming that he had made quote: “Racist comments; sexist, lewd and offensive comments; and generally abusive,...

Duration: 00:01:00


Why Has Fresno Yet To Begin Its New Rental Housing Inspection Program?

11/21/2017
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Temperatures in the Central Valley are dropping at fall gives way to winter. But for many families that also means enduring another winter in substandard housing, a problem that the City of Fresno says it has been working to fix since the passage of a new rental inspection ordinance in February. That ordinance was supposed to set up a process for city inspectors to check most rental housing units in town to build a database and make sure living conditions are healthy and safe. However, 9...

Duration: 00:05:36


Not Just A Toy Drive: This Visalia Mom Collects Hope For Parents Of Preemies

11/21/2017
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As the holidays approach, you may be contemplating the toys you’ll be getting for the children in your life or donating to kids in need. Well, this month, one woman in Visalia is holding a toy drive, but for parents—sort of. She’s working to donate toys to families affected by one of the San Joaquin Valley’s most concerning health trends. When Ami Alvarez was born, he weighed just one pound. His mother Ashlee Alvarez had been diagnosed with a life-threatening complication and had to...

Duration: 00:04:55


Can Giant Sequoias Survive California's Next Long Drought?

11/21/2017
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California’s historic drought may be over, but scientists are still hard at work assessing its impact on the ecosystem. Perhaps nowhere is that work more interesting, or important, than with the Sierra’s Giant Sequoias. These ancient trees have weathered drought, fires and floods for millennia. But how did they fare in this most recent dry spell, and what can their health tell us about other problems in the forest? That’s the subject of new research from UC Merced’s Sierra Nevada Research...

Duration: 00:12:39


Interview: Mackenzie Mays On Fresno Bee Sex Ed Reporting Project

11/15/2017
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Fresno Bee reporter Mackenzie Mays is wrapping up a nine month long reporting project on the state of sex education in local schools. While the project has highlighted the many ways local districts haven't been providing comprehensive sex education, it also sparked a controversy, and personal attacks against Mays from Brooke Ashjian the President of the Fresno Unified Board of Trustees. Mays had published a quote from Ashjian talking about his personal beliefs, comments which many found...

Duration: 00:12:18


We Still Don’t Know Why So Many Fresno Babies Are Born Premature—But Researchers Aim To Find Out

11/14/2017
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A few weeks ago, we reported that the premature birth rate in the San Joaquin Valley is rising, and that it’s especially high in Fresno County. The numbers are concerning because premature babies are born with a higher risk of health complications like breathing difficulties, heart problems and chronic disease. Decades of work have proven preterm births are tough to prevent, but a new research initiative appears to be up for the challenge. This story begins, though, in a Fresno living...

Duration: 00:05:31


Kevin Mahogany Talks Jazz On Valley Edition

11/14/2017
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Kevin Mahogany has been called the standout male jazz singer of his generation. His rich baritone is equally at home singing romantic ballads or on uptempo bebop songs. With influences that range from Motown to Charlie Parker, he’s been one of the top jazz vocalists for the last three decades, and he’s performing at Fresno’s Tower Theater this Saturday at 8:00 PM. A few days ago, FM89’s David Aus – host of our Sunday night jazz program – spoke with Kevin over the phone to learn a little...

Duration: 00:09:59

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