Diana Aguilera http://kvpr.org en In Fresno, De Leon Backtracks On Tumbleweed Comments http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-de-leon-backtracks-tumbleweed-comments <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Incoming State Senate President pro </span>tem<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Kevin de Leon made his first official appearance in Fresno today just weeks after controversial comments about the San Joaquin Valley and high speed rail. </span>FM89's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Diana Aguilera reports.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">----</span></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:02:49 +0000 Diana Aguilera 35753 at http://kvpr.org In Fresno, De Leon Backtracks On Tumbleweed Comments 11,000 Stuck In Fresno County's Medi-Cal Backlog http://kvpr.org/post/11000-stuck-fresno-countys-medi-cal-backlog <p>California’s poor continue to face month long waits in getting state health coverage. FM 89’s Diana Aguilera reports how a young couple in Fresno County is dealing with the backlog.</p><p>Paola Martinez and her husband Irving Toscano thought they had done everything right to get health care coverage.</p><p>They made sure they met the Medi-Cal eligibility requirements, they filled out the paperwork and signed up through the Covered California website at the end of March.</p><p>But ever since then, they’ve been waiting.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:35:16 +0000 Diana Aguilera 35551 at http://kvpr.org 11,000 Stuck In Fresno County's Medi-Cal Backlog New Study Links Pesticides And Autism http://kvpr.org/post/new-study-links-pesticides-and-autism <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the years health officials have raised concerns over exposure to pesticides. But now a new report from </span>UC<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Davis suggests it could be an even bigger concern for pregnant women.</span></p><p>A new <a href="http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/mindinstitute/8978">study</a> reveals that pregnant women who live near areas where pesticides are used are more likely to have a child with autism.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:48:39 +0000 Diana Aguilera 34648 at http://kvpr.org McCarthy's New Role As Majority Leader Could Benefit Central Valley http://kvpr.org/post/mccarthys-new-role-majority-leader-could-benefit-central-valley <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Valley congressman is now one of the most powerful men in Washington. FM 89’s Diana Aguilera reports on what Kevin McCarthy’s new post might mean for the valley.</span></p><p>It's official. House Republicans elected Kevin McCarthy as House majority leader.</p><p>The Republican lawmaker from Bakersfield and grandson of a cattle rancher will become the youngest person to serve in the second-ranking role. He’s 49.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:08:09 +0000 Diana Aguilera 34507 at http://kvpr.org McCarthy's New Role As Majority Leader Could Benefit Central Valley Local Health Officials Worried: Whooping Cough Epidemic Strikes California http://kvpr.org/post/local-health-officials-worried-whooping-cough-epidemic-strikes-california <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the first time in four years, whooping cough has reached an epidemic level. </span>FM89’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Diana Aguilera reports how this peak has local health officials worried.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California health officials have recently confirmed that cases of pertussis also known as&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">whooping cough</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;have reached epidemic proportions in the state.</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 00:35:14 +0000 Diana Aguilera 34364 at http://kvpr.org Local Health Officials Worried: Whooping Cough Epidemic Strikes California Shirley Fire Threatens Homes, Prompts Evacuation http://kvpr.org/post/shirley-fire-threatens-homes-prompts-evacuation <p></p><p><strong>&nbsp; Update:&nbsp;As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, the blaze is 90 percent contained and has charred 2,646 acres. All evacuations have been lifted.</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A rapidly moving wildfire in the Sequoia National Forest has already engulfed 2,200 acres and is threatening 1,000 homes near the Kern County community of Lake Isabella</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. KVPR’s Diana Aguilera&nbsp;reports.</span></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:33:07 +0000 Diana Aguilera 34309 at http://kvpr.org Shirley Fire Threatens Homes, Prompts Evacuation Fresno State Breaks Ground On New Research Center http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-state-breaks-ground-new-research-center <p>Fresno State officials broke ground today on a $24 million agricultural and engineering research center.</p><p>The 30,000 square-foot facility will host labs and foster collaboration among students and faculty in the university’s agricultural, engineering and science and math colleges.</p><p>The Jordan Research Center aimed at solving agricultural challenges will be located on the corner of Barstow and Woodrow avenues.</p> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 01:00:31 +0000 Diana Aguilera 34188 at http://kvpr.org Fresno State Breaks Ground On New Research Center FDA Puts Valley Fever On Key Funding List http://kvpr.org/post/fda-puts-valley-fever-key-funding-list <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will include the fungus that causes valley fever on a list of pathogens eligible for federal research funding.</span></p><p>Experts like John Galgiani from the Valley Fever Center for Excellence at the University of Arizona say the move will aid in the development of drugs to treat the disease.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:54:54 +0000 Diana Aguilera 34122 at http://kvpr.org FDA Puts Valley Fever On Key Funding List Spike In Children Crossing Border Alone Prompts White House Response http://kvpr.org/post/spike-children-crossing-border-alone-prompts-white-house-response <p></p><p>The dramatic rise in the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border illegally has prompted the Obama administration to announce a new effort to halt what it calls a humanitarian crisis.</p><p>Earlier this week, the White House announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will head a new federal task force charged with developing a response to the trend.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 23:13:42 +0000 Diana Aguilera 33683 at http://kvpr.org Mendota Woman's Fight To Overcome Mental Illness Example For The Valley http://kvpr.org/post/mendota-womans-fight-overcome-mental-illness-example-valley <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many women across the Central Valley have dedicated their lives to their families.</span></p><p>They take on the daily task of being a housewife.</p><p>"My name is Silvia, simply Silvia."</p><p>Meet Silvia – a housewife from Mendota. Like many other women in rural communities, she's devoted her life to her two sons and husband always greeting them with a smile and home-cooked dinners when they arrive home.</p><p>But about a year ago, her smile started to fade.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:41:54 +0000 Diana Aguilera 33638 at http://kvpr.org Mendota Woman's Fight To Overcome Mental Illness Example For The Valley Senate Waits On Health Care Bill For Undocumented Immigrants http://kvpr.org/post/senate-waits-health-care-bill-undocumented-immigrants <div><p></p><p>A bill that would allow&nbsp;undocumented immigrants to enroll in Medi-Cal is on hold for now.</p><p>Senate Bill 1005, known as the Health for All Act, was put on hold in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Friday giving advocates time come up with funding solutions.</p><p>State Sen. Ricardo Lara introduced the bill in February.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 20:36:49 +0000 Diana Aguilera 33174 at http://kvpr.org Senate Waits On Health Care Bill For Undocumented Immigrants Mosquitoes Have Fresno County Health Officials On High Alert http://kvpr.org/post/mosquitoes-have-fresno-county-health-officials-high-alert <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two different types of mosquitoes – one that carries West Nile Virus and another that can spread dengue and yellow fever have Fresno County health officials on high alert.</span></p><p>The county says a crow reported earlier this month tested positive for West Nile Virus. Officials have also detected the presence of another invasive mosquito species that can spread potentially serious tropical diseases. In severe cases, the more serious symptoms stemming from these diseases can lead to death.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 00:46:30 +0000 Diana Aguilera 32996 at http://kvpr.org Mosquitoes Have Fresno County Health Officials On High Alert New Bill Would Allow Undocumented Immigrants Medical, Professional Licenses http://kvpr.org/post/new-bill-would-allow-undocumented-immigrants-medical-professional-licenses <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With immigration reform efforts seemingly stalled in Washington D.C., the California legislature is continuing to take its own steps to address the undocumented immigrants who call the state home. </span>FM89’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Diana Aguilera reports on one new bill that would help a variety of undocumented professionals.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 23:23:19 +0000 Diana Aguilera 32808 at http://kvpr.org New Bill Would Allow Undocumented Immigrants Medical, Professional Licenses Study: Over One Third Of Valley Hospital Patients With Diabetes http://kvpr.org/post/study-over-one-third-valley-hospital-patients-diabetes <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new study reveals that around a third of the California’s hospital patients have diabetes. And as </span>FM89’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Diana Aguilera reports, it’s even more of a problem in the San Joaquin Valley.</span></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 01:14:41 +0000 Diana Aguilera 32747 at http://kvpr.org Study: Over One Third Of Valley Hospital Patients With Diabetes Valley Edition: May 13 - Schools And Drought; Arvin Gas Leak; Amanda Renteria; Sam Comen http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-may-13-schools-and-drought-arvin-gas-leak-amanda-renteria-sam-comen <p>This week on <a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/valley-edition">Valley Edition</a> we talk about how drought and school attendance correlate, a major gas leak that forced Arvin residents to evacuate over two months ago and the photography of Sam Comen&nbsp;at an art exhibit in Bakersfield. Amanda Renteria&nbsp;for Congressional District 21 also joins the program.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 18:16:03 +0000 Ezra David Romero, Joe Moore & Diana Aguilera 32590 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition: May 13 - Schools And Drought; Arvin Gas Leak; Amanda Renteria; Sam Comen California's Drought Triggers Drop In School Attendance http://kvpr.org/post/californias-drought-triggers-drop-school-attendance <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Schools on the east side of Fresno County are already feeling the impact of California’s ongoing drought.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Education officials from the Kings Canyon Unified District say they have seen a significant drop in attendance this year.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Superintendent Juan Garza says families have been forced to relocate, taking their school aged children with them.</span></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 01:47:53 +0000 Diana Aguilera 32560 at http://kvpr.org California's Drought Triggers Drop In School Attendance Fresno County's California Chrome Eyes Triple Crown http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-countys-california-chrome-eyes-triple-crown <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After winning the Kentucky Derby without breaking a sweat, California Chrome is one step closer to horse racing’s ultimate but elusive goal - the Triple Crown.</span></p><p>The San Joaquin Valley grown colt blew away the field at Saturday's 140<sup>th</sup> running of the Kentucky Derby. His 77-year-old trainer, Art Sherman, is now the oldest trainer to win the Derby.</p><p>Reid Cherner with USA Today has covered nearly 20 years of horse racing and says the race was over when the gates opened.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 18:34:38 +0000 Diana Aguilera 32272 at http://kvpr.org Fresno County's California Chrome Eyes Triple Crown Kentucky Derby Favorite California Chrome Owes Success To Valley Roots http://kvpr.org/post/kentucky-derby-favorite-california-chrome-owes-success-valley-roots <p></p><p>It’s every horse owners' dreams. A fairy tale come true.</p><p>A modest and agile colt with four white feet and a giant white blaze on his chestnut face born in the San Joaquin Valley is now the favorite in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.</p><p>Just a month ago at the Santa Anita Derby, California Chrome dominated the field.</p><p>That win in Southern California is just the latest chapter in a remarkable story that has its roots in Fresno County. David McGlothlin, gave me a tour of where it all began, at the Harris Farms in western Fresno County.</p> Sat, 03 May 2014 02:00:37 +0000 Diana Aguilera 32127 at http://kvpr.org Kentucky Derby Favorite California Chrome Owes Success To Valley Roots Valley Counties Rank Among Worst In Air Pollution Report http://kvpr.org/post/valley-counties-rank-among-worst-air-pollution-report <p></p><p>A new report on air quality shows that many neighboorhoods in Fresno County and Bakersfield rank among the worst in the nation when it comes to pollution.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The American Lung Association released the findings of its annual “State of the Air” report today ranking the Fresno- Madera area as the nation’s worst based on exposure to chemicals and particulate matter.</span></p><p></p><p>Jaime Holt is the chief communications officer with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 01:03:06 +0000 Diana Aguilera 32020 at http://kvpr.org Valley Counties Rank Among Worst In Air Pollution Report Health Advocates Concerned Court Decision On Undocumented Could Hurt Public Health http://kvpr.org/post/health-advocates-concerned-court-decision-undocumented-could-hurt-public-health <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week’s court decision on medical care for undocumented individuals has both health advocates and legal experts across the state buzzing. And as FM89’s Diana Aguilera reports, the issue could have an impact beyond those in the program.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">----</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The ruling by Fresno County Superior Court Judge Donald Black lifted part of a 30-year-old court order involving specialty medical care for the indigent.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 01:16:25 +0000 Diana Aguilera 31963 at http://kvpr.org Health Advocates Concerned Court Decision On Undocumented Could Hurt Public Health