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Six Months After Prop 47, Has Crime Gone Up?

With the implementation of Proposition 47 central valley law enforcement leaders warned about its potential to drive crime up. They argued that fewer people facing felonies gives people less chance to recover from addiction and change their life, while leaving them on the street to re-offend. But now even some in law enforcement are questioning if that is the case. Valley Public Radio took a close look at the data from Fresno city and County to see if, six months into the experiment, the...
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California Governor Signs School Vaccination Law

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed off on one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country a day after the state Legislature gave the measure final approval."The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases," Brown said in a signing statement. "While it's true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community.Starting July 1, 2016, all...
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Is California's Animal Welfare Law Creating Better Conditions?

In 2008, Californians passed a law by a two-thirds majority to give egg-laying hens more space to move around. Farmers have had the last seven years to comply. Proposition 2 (the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act) went into effect this January. Farmer Frank Hilliker was against Proposition 2 from the beginning. He wasn’t sure he’d be able to stay in business when the law passed. But, the long time egg producer has come around. "It’s made it fun going to work again,” says Hilliker. “At one...
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To Help Kids Read, Fresno Library Program Brings In Dogs

Parents often wonder how they can get their children to read and at the same time have their kids enjoy doing so. As FM89’s Diana Aguilera reports, one library in Clovis is inspiring children to open up books with the help of a four legged friend. “So who’s going to read first today? This is Atlas,” says Mary Catalano. Catalano is at the Clovis Regional Library with her yellow Labrador named Atlas. The nine-year-old dog is laying on the ground surrounded by kids. The two are volunteering as...
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Google's 'Street View' Takes On Yosemite's El Capitan

For years, Google users have relied on the company's popular "Street View" technology to get a sidewalk level view of shops and restaurants. Now that concept is going vertical, with a unique 360-degree digital trek up Yosemite's El Capitan with some of the world's top climbers. Earlier this year the company enlisted Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell to use Street View camera to document their climbs. Caldwell made international headlines earlier this year when he and Kevin Jorgeson...
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UC Merced Teams Up With NASA To Boost STEM Careers, Nanotechnology


HIV Infections In Fresno County Increase, Especially Among Youth

In 2010 President Barack Obama announced a new vision for HIV and AIDS where one day new infections in the country would be considered rare. “We believe that while HIV transmission rates in this country are not as high as they once were every new case is one case too many," he says. Obama’s plan aims to reduce new infections by 25% nationwide. But here in Fresno County, that’s not happening. In recent years, the county has seen an alarming number of new HIV and AIDS cases. Health officials...
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California's Drought

Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

An Ancient Native American Drought Solution For A Parched California

In the Sierra Nevada, above Fresno, North Fork Mono Indians are working to thin the forest. The group's goal is twofold. Save water and prevent large-scale forest fires. North Fork Mono Indians have been using this approach for centuries, but now California's severe drought means these ancient techniques are being looked at as a possible long-term solution. From Valley Public Radio, Ezra David Romero reports. Ron Goode knows the Sierra Nevada unlike most people. He belongs to the North Fork...
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Leaving Laos: "If We Stayed, I Knew We Wouldn't Survive"

Forty years ago the Hmong people began seeking refuge in the United States after the CIA recruited a guerrilla army of Hmong people to fight the North Vietnamese in Laos in what’s known as the Secret War. Before coming to the US they spent years in refugee camps in Thailand. Thousands of those refugees made it to America where their lives changed forever. FM89’s Ezra David Romero speaks with a Hmong family who made the journey and has no desire to return to their homeland. Don Vang knew he...
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Avila Beach Pier Closed Due To Safety Concerns

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This week on Valley Edition: An interview with Dolores Huerta, Craft beer in the Valley, and is Prop 47 driving up crime?

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Valley Public Radio Breaks Ground On New Broadcast Center

On Tuesday May 19th, Valley Public Radio broke ground on construction a new broadcast center, which will serve the station and the San Joaquin Valley for decades to come. The 10,500 square foot building will be erected at the corner of Temperance and Alluvial in Clovis, at the city's research and technology park. Around 200 station supporters attended the ceremony, which marks the official start of construction on the $4.5 million project. Dignitaries included Clovis Mayor Nathan Magsig,...
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David Aus Joins FM89 Broadcast Team

Valley Public Radio listeners have likely noticed a new voice on the FM89 airwaves, that of David Aus. The station’s newest classical announcer, David can be heard regularly on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM hosting Clearly Classical and other FM89 programs. David’s voice is familiar to many in the Fresno area. In addition to being an in-demand pianist, composer, arranger and educator, he also is a radio veteran, with nearly 10 years of broadcast experience as a host at KFSR. ...
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Construction Update: Site Excavation & Grading Underway

The job site is a busy place these days as work crews are busy doing site excavation and grading for the foundation of our new building. Work crews are in the process of digging up dirt under the site of the new building and then compacting the soil using a machine called a "sheep's foot" roller. This ensures that Valley Public Radio's new home has a strong foundation for the future.
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Valley Public Radio Launches New Website

Valley Public Radio is proud to announce the re-launch of, with a new “responsive design” that delivers a customized user experience tailored to your individual device. The new design also features a cleaner layout, easier navigation, and most importantly more space on the homepage for highlighting the station’s local content, as well as highlights from NPR. All current site content is retained with the new layout. The move is driven by the wide adoption of mobile devices in recent...
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My Valley, My Story: Rosa Garaby Has Lived Without Running Water For Five Years

Imagine going to your kitchen sink to wash dishes, but when you turn on the tap little or now water flows out. That's the reality in homes of many people across the Central Valley, especially as the historic drought worsens. As part of FM89's series My Valley, My Story featuring first person accounts from people throughout the San Joaquin Valley reporter Ezra David Romero visits the Madera County community of Chowchilla, where one family has lived without water for five years. "My first name...
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Money, Greed and Power Keep Chukchansi Casino Closed, Tribe Still Divided

The future of the Chukchansi tribe in Central California is in jeopardy. The federal government shut down the tribe's casino six months ago after a conflict over control of the tribe escalated to violence. Now many tribal members are without basic services, and the multi-million dollar resort sits vacant, threatening the tribe's finances. As Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero reports, the Chukchansi people are just one example of what happens when big money, greed and power intersect in...
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