heat http://kvpr.org en California Bill Would Mandate Paid Rest Breaks for Farm Workers http://kvpr.org/post/california-bill-would-mandate-paid-rest-breaks-farm-workers <p>Paid rest breaks would become mandatory for farm workers and other outdoor workers under a bill now in the California legislature. The measure is an attempt to prevent heat related illnesses. From Sacramento, Max Pringle reports.</p><p>People who work outdoors are susceptible to dizziness, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can be fatal. Nicole Marquez with the advocacy group Worksafe says farm workers are commonly paid based on how much they pick.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:14:17 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 30491 at http://kvpr.org California Bill Would Mandate Paid Rest Breaks for Farm Workers On Valley Edition: Prop 37; Heat Wave & Global Warming; California Reads http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-prop-37-heat-wave-global-warming-california-reads <p>This week on Valley Edition we talk about the controversy over the labeling of genetically modified foods, which will be on the November ballot as Proposition 37. We hear arguments on both sides of the issue. We also talk about the current heat wave and what is has to do with global warming, and learn more about a series of events from the Fresno County Library connected to the book Farewell to Manzanar.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 16:55:35 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 2243 at http://kvpr.org Cal ISO Calls Statewide Flex Alert For This Weekend http://kvpr.org/post/cal-iso-calls-statewide-flex-alert-weekend <p>People use more energy when it&rsquo;s hot, and&nbsp;California&rsquo;s power grid operator has issued a Flex Alert because of the current heat wave.</p><p>Cal-ISO is the state&rsquo;s Independent System Operator. When the forecast for demand gets close to the state&rsquo;s power generating capacity, the operator calls a Flex Alert. Stephanie McCorkle with Cal-ISO says it&rsquo;s most important to conserve during the peak usage hours between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 19:49:44 +0000 Bob Moffit 1962 at http://kvpr.org Cal ISO Calls Statewide Flex Alert For This Weekend Assembly Passes Farm Worker Safety Act http://kvpr.org/post/assembly-passes-farm-worker-safety-act <p>The ag industry may soon see some changes, now that the Farmworker Safety Act was approved by the state Assembly yesterday afternoon.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 02 Jun 2012 00:50:12 +0000 Gabriela Ornelas 1797 at http://kvpr.org Farmers, Government Seek to Prevent Heat Illness http://kvpr.org/post/farmers-government-seek-prevent-heat-illness <p>It&#39;s mid-morning under a sunny and nearly cloudless sky at Paul Betancourt&#39;s farm, about 20 miles southwest of Kerman. Two workers are getting ready to disk the wheat field with the tractor and irrigate the cotton. Betancourt has been monitoring the temperature.</p><p>&quot;It was 86 when you drove up and the forecast for Fresno is 99,&quot; he says. &quot;It&#39;s usually a little cooler out here. We&#39;ve kinda done the heavy lifting for the day already.&quot;</p> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 02:55:42 +0000 Shellie Branco 718 at http://kvpr.org