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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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Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad Bounces Back After Railroad Fire

10/17/2017
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The fires burning in Northern California have now grown to over 200,000 acres and have killed more than 40 people. Closer to home the area off Highway 41 near Yosemite is recovering from the Railroad Fire that threatened communities, resorts and even a large grove of giant sequoias. But perhaps the most iconic feature at risk of being lost was the historic Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. Josh Trayor conducts train rides every couple hours along a four mile route in the Sierra...

Duration: 00:04:21


Fresno Protesters Call For More Staff at Veterans' Hospitals

10/17/2017
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If you drove down Clinton Avenue in east central Fresno this morning, you may have seen a rally outside of the Fresno Department of Veterans Affairs. A few dozen veterans and VA staff chanted "when U.S. veterans are under attack, what do you do? Stand up, fight back, " in protest over vacancies within the VA health system. Veterans’ hospitals across the country are short of as many as 49,000 staff, including doctors and nurses. That’s after a 2014 law that allowed veterans to see providers...

Duration: 00:01:18


Homeowners Near Yosemite Are Struggling To Stay Insured

10/17/2017
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With fires burning across California devastating entire communities, homeowners are beginning to file claims with their insurance companies. But in the mountains of eastern Madera County, many homeowners say they’re losing their insurance during a time when they could need it most. Frank Ealand lives in an area near Coarsegold in the foothills of eastern Madera County that insurance companies call a fire prone zone. He says in the past three years his homes have gone without insurance...

Duration: 00:05:28


Across Valley, Concerns Arise Over Government Transparency

10/17/2017
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Earlier this year, we reported on a new immigration policy in Madera County : Whenever the county jail was releasing a foreign-born felon back into the community, it would coordinate that release with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, which could potentially detain or deport that felon. But when a civil rights group looked into the policy, it uncovered a problem—one that could amount to a violation of an open meeting law. It’s something the city of Bakersfield may be facing...

Duration: 00:06:10


Cycling Road Rally Organized To Remember Fresno's Ed Lund

10/17/2017
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When he died in a tragic bicycle crash in 2015, Ed Lund left a void in both the city's art and cycling communities. Ed was a gifted artist, worked with students at Fresno State and was a passionate cyclist. He died while competing in a road rally in Sonoma organized by cycling great Levi Leipheimer, the GranFondo. Now Ed's friends and family are organizing a rally of their own in Ed's memory. Called "The Hammer Road Rally" in honor of Ed's nickname, the event will take place in Friant...

Duration: 00:09:28


Downtown Fresno Property Owners Await Fulton Street Reopening

10/17/2017
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For 53 years downtown Fresno's main street was a car-free zone. But after a year and a half of construction, the six-block long Fulton Mall has been removed, and replaced by Fulton Street. Backers hope the project will kick off a wave of investment and revitalization in the area. But critics abound, with some saying it won't work, and others saying it will displace existing businesses and residents, and will set off a wave of gentrification. Others still say despite the new streetscape,...

Duration: 00:29:08


"Van Y Vienen" Brings Electric Vehicle Ride Sharing To Two Rural Fresno Communities

10/12/2017
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A new ride share program is bringing the convenience of services like Uber and Lyft to rural valley communities. The service known “Van y Vienen” is aiming to help residents who lack easy transportation options. The program launched Wednesday in Cantua Creek and El Porvenir, two unincorporated communities in western Fresno County. Both lack grocery stores and medical clinics and have little cell phone service. Until recently, locals without cars have relied on neighbors to get around. Now,...

Duration: 00:01:20


Fresno Councilmember Bredefeld Apologizes For Comments About The NFL, Confederate Monuments

10/12/2017
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A Fresno City Councilmember is apologizing for remarks he made two weeks ago that some community members have interpreted as racially insensitive. Councilmember Garry Bredefeld found himself in hot water after wading into the controversy over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. Bredefeld delivered a speech from the dais last month supporting President Trump and blasting the protests from football players for what he considered to be disrespect of the flag and anthem. He went...

Duration: 00:25:00


UC Merced Researcher Continues Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance

10/11/2017
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According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotic resistant bacteria cause around 2 million infections and 23,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Researchers across the globe are working to combat this growing problem, and a team at UC Merced recently published a study contributing some much-needed data to the field. Listen to the audio for the full interview with senior author Miriam Barlow, an evolutionary biologist at UC Merced who’s studied many facets of...

Duration: 00:07:37


Short-Term Rental Boom Causes Housing Headache For Yosemite Workers

10/10/2017
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Over the past month we’ve brought you stories about how online short-term rental sites are changing the community’s near Yosemite National Park. The booming vacation rental market is creating a shortage of places for locals to rent for the long-term and in some cases contributing to the area's homeless problem. And now the growing lack of long-term rentals is causing a hiring issue in Yosemite. It takes an army of people to keep Yosemite National Park’s facilities tidy from the constant...

Duration: 00:05:12


Central Valley 'Hot Shots' On The Ground In Puerto Rico

10/5/2017
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A crew of Central Valley ‘Hot Shots’, the highly trained California firefighters who take on the most dangerous tasks, are in Puerto Rico to help that island nation recover from Hurricane Maria. At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be much in common between a California Wildfire and the massive hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico. Fire destroys vast swash of land in flame and hurricanes do their damage with wind and water. But look a little closer at the aftermath and the Hot Shots say...

Duration: 00:08:31


New Book Highlights Mid-Century "Motel California" Era

10/4/2017
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Sixty years ago, taking a road trip in California was a lot different than it is today. In the days before superhighways, Airbnb and navigation software, a family vacation likely included a stop at a roadside motel. Hundreds of these "mom and pop" establishments popped up along the highway in places like Fresno and Bakersfield, offering a clean room, a swimming pool, and maybe even something exotic, like a faux-Polynesian tiki-themed cocktail lounge. Flashing neon signs and space-age...

Duration: 00:17:54


CalViva-Kaiser Split Highlights Health Care Complexities, Patient Confusion

10/3/2017
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Earlier this summer, a contract between CalViva health and Kaiser Permanente left 9,000 Medi-Cal patients in the San Joaquin Valley to find all new doctors. We were curious how that transition happened, so we set out to find out how significant this change was in the healthcare world and how doctors and patients experienced it. Carlo DeCicco has been on hold for about seven minutes, the bland hold music ringing out from his cell phone on the table in front of him. He’s trying to reach a...

Duration: 00:14:10


Interview: Tom Steyer Talks Healthcare, President Trump, Political Ambitions

10/3/2017
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Tom Steyer may be one of the most influential Californians you’ve never heard of. But that may change. Speculation about a potential run for Governor, the U.S. Senate or even the Presidency has thrust his name into the headlines. But the Democrat and environmental activist is not a stranger to politics. He’s been the driving force behind a number of California ballot measures, including most recently the one that raised the state’s tobacco tax. He’s also founded the group NextGen Climate,...

Duration: 00:14:49


Can Tulare Save Its Hospital? TRMC Board Seeks Chapter 9 Bankruptcy Protection

10/3/2017
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The future of the troubled Tulare Regional Medical Center is in doubt, as the elected board of the public hospital voted last weekend to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. It's the latest chapter is a years-long fight for control of the hospital, which is run by a private company under contract with the district, Health Care Conglomerate Associates. A recall election earlier this year gave HCCA critics a boost on the board, displacing a longtime supporter of the company. Then...

Duration: 00:10:50


Vegas Mass Shooting Impact Reaches Central Valley

10/2/2017
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Law enforcement is still putting together the pieces of what led to the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history in Las Vegas this weekend. The tragedy even reached into the Central Valley with at least one Bakersfield resident being killed and an off-duty Bakersfield police officer injured. Valley native Janine Evans was at the concert with her sister and friends when the shooting broke out. She spoke with Valley Public Radio’s Jeffrey Hess about what happened when the bullets...

Duration: 00:07:16


Flight Of The Condors: Threatened Birds Are Returning to Tulare, Fresno Counties

9/29/2017
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Thirty years ago, a bird native to California was on the brink of extinction. Known for its impressive size, the California condor has been the target of recovery efforts ever since. Now, as biologists prepare to release more birds into the wild in Kern County, the recovery program is gaining new momentum. At the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge near Maricopa, two adult California condors are perching on what biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service call a flight pen. We’re...

Duration: 00:04:39


Deadline Looms For Health Care Legislation Vital To Valley

9/28/2017
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The latest Republican health care bill may have met its end earlier this week in Congress, but there’s more health care legislation awaiting a decision by the weekend. Three federal programs providing aid to the Valley are due to expire on Saturday night. The first is the Community Health Center Fund, which provides 70 percent of funding to some health centers in underserved and disadvantaged areas. From 2011-2016, California received $1.6 billion from the fund--the most of any state....

Duration: 00:01:23


Saint Agnes To Become A Teaching Hospital

9/28/2017
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Amidst a shortage of physicians in the San Joaquin Valley, local opportunities for graduate medical training are expanding. For the first time in its 88-year history, Saint Agnes Medical Center in Fresno is becoming a teaching hospital with the launch of an internal medicine residency program in July 2018. It will accept 16 residents the first year and grow to 40 after three years. Dr. Walter Eugene Egerton, Saint Agnes’s chief medical officer, says that’s just the beginning. The hospital...

Duration: 00:01:22


Heard Of Sex Trafficking? Other Trafficking Victims Hide In Valley Homes And Fields

9/26/2017
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A few weeks ago, the Fresno Police Department busted a sex trafficking ring among the Bulldog Gang—unfortunately, only the latest of many sex trafficking cases uncovered recently in the Valley. This kind of crime is likely what comes to mind when you think of human trafficking—but another kind of trafficking also occurs in the Valley, sometimes in plain sight, and law enforcement officials worry it’s more common than anyone knows. A few years ago, a woman we’ll call Francisca found herself...

Duration: 00:04:49

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