Hanford http://kvpr.org en Kings County High Speed Rail Route Draws Opposition http://kvpr.org/post/kings-county-high-speed-rail-route-draws-opposition <p>The California High-Speed Rail Authority is pushing forward with plans for its Fresno to Bakersfield segment. The board accepted a proposed route at a meeting Thursday. But, as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, it’s been a rough ride.</p><p>The High-Speed Rail Authority has voted to support a route that goes through eastern Kings County. Board members say it will have less environmental impact than an alternate path.</p><p>But Ross Browning, who lives in Kings County says the high speed rail project will be devastating to local agriculture.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 19:27:20 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 24237 at http://kvpr.org Kings County High Speed Rail Route Draws Opposition Valadao Calls On GOP Leadership To Address Immigration Reform http://kvpr.org/post/valadao-calls-gop-leadership-address-immigration-reform <p>Congressman David Valadao&nbsp;(R-Hanford) has renewed his call for the House to take up the issue of comprehensive immigration reform this year. He made his comments this week speaking on Valley&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Public Radio's Valley Edition.</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 00:21:17 +0000 Joe Moore 24088 at http://kvpr.org Valadao Calls On GOP Leadership To Address Immigration Reform Commentary: Take A Trip On Amtrak's San Joaquin http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-take-trip-amtraks-san-joaquin <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I’m not a big fan of trains, but my oldest son, Ben, 4, loves them. He’d been lobbying to go on a “big train trip,” and his school would be closed for a couple days at the end of September, when I had a meeting in Sacramento. Why not take the kid on a train trip from L.A. to the state capital, by Amtrak?</span></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 01:16:21 +0000 Joe Mathews 23413 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Take A Trip On Amtrak's San Joaquin Three California Counties Affected by Voting Rights Act Decision, Including Kings Co. http://kvpr.org/post/three-california-counties-affected-voting-rights-act-decision-including-kings-co <p>The United States Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act revolves around a county in Alabama. But, as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, several counties in California will be affected too.</p><p>Yuba, Monterey and Kings Counties in California must currently get approval from the federal government for any election law changes. But they could eventually get some relief under the new U.S. Supreme Court decision. It orders Congress to change the formula for determining which jurisdictions require oversight.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:35:46 +0000 Katie Orr 17339 at http://kvpr.org Three California Counties Affected by Voting Rights Act Decision, Including Kings Co. Medical Procedures Vary By Region, According to New Study http://kvpr.org/post/medical-procedures-vary-region-according-new-study <p>Depending on where they practice, doctors in different parts of California are more likely to recommend certain procedures. It’s a phenomenon called “variance.” <a href="http://www.chcf.org/publications/2013/05/medical-variation-map">A study</a> from The California Healthcare Foundation shows it’s a consideration both patients and physicians should be aware of. The Foundation’s Maribeth Shannon says doctors might not realize what they’re doing.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 00:52:49 +0000 Katie Orr 15506 at http://kvpr.org Medical Procedures Vary By Region, According to New Study Congressmen Call For Hanford Slaughterhouse to Re-Open http://kvpr.org/post/congressmen-call-hanford-slaughterhouse-re-open Three Central Valley Congressmen have called on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vislack to allow the Hanford slaughterhouse at the center of an animal cruelty controversy to re-open. In a letter released today, Republican House members Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes and Jeff Denham called the shutdown of the Central Valley Meat Company unnecessary, and said the closure is causing economic hardship in the area. They said that the investigation into the plant's practices can continue should the plant re-open. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 23:16:54 +0000 Valley Public Radio News Staff 2796 at http://kvpr.org So, Who Sent Those Sick Cows To The Slaughterhouse? http://kvpr.org/post/so-who-sent-those-sick-cows-slaughterhouse Federal regulators and fast-food companies reacted with unprecedented speed this week to the <a href="http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/22/work-at-slaughterhouse-is-halted-after-graphic-undercover-videos/">release</a> of an undercover video that animal-rights activists shot inside a California slaughterhouse. The <a href="http://www.cok.net/californiacows/">video</a> — which, we'll warn you, is pretty graphic — shows employees of Central Valley Meat Co. using electric prods repeatedly on cattle that appeared unable to get to their feet. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 18:09:00 +0000 Dan Charles 2770 at http://kvpr.org So, Who Sent Those Sick Cows To The Slaughterhouse? High speed rail releases revised environmental study http://kvpr.org/post/high-speed-rail-releases-revised-environmental-study <p>The California High Speed Rail Authority has released a Revised Draft Environmental Impact Report for the project section between Fresno and Bakersfield. The Authority has provided alternative routes in response to public dissatisfaction with the proposals in the original report released last year.</p><p>Frank Oliveira of the group Citizens for California High Speed Rail Accountability, says he&#39;s still concerned with the revised draft, as he isn&#39;t convinced the Authority has done what they can to understand the effects the high speed rail could have in the Valley.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 23:56:18 +0000 Gabriela Ornelas 538 at http://kvpr.org High speed rail releases revised environmental study On Valley Edition: High Speed Rail Controversy; Planning Fresno's Future http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-high-speed-rail-controversy-planning-fresnos-future <p>This week on Valley Edition, we talk about the future of California&#39;s troubled plan for high speed rail with the agency&#39;s President, Dan Richard. We also look at the big decision the Fresno City Council will make later this week on how to guide the city&#39;s growth for the next several decades.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 21:18:47 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1148 at http://kvpr.org High speed rail chair promises compensation, better communication for the Valley http://kvpr.org/post/high-speed-rail-chair-promises-compensation-better-communication-valley <p>After years of criticism and skyrocketing cost estimates, California&rsquo;s plan for high speed rail took a detour earlier this month, with the release of the project&rsquo;s new business plan. Supporters say the proposal is &ldquo;better, faster and cheaper&rdquo; and could save $30 billion when compared to previous cost estimates for the project.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 16:45:00 +0000 Joe Moore 578 at http://kvpr.org High speed rail chair promises compensation, better communication for the Valley On Valley Edition: Rural Homeless; Electric Vehicles; The kNOw Youth Media http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-rural-homeless-electric-vehicles-know-youth-media <p><strong>Segment 1: Rural homeless:</strong><br />Many people think of homelessness as an urban issue, but small towns and rural communities throughout Central California are facing this issue as well. This week on Valley Edition, we talk to Matthew Macedo, a Hanford teen who has produced a documentary film called &quot;Homeless in Hanford&quot; about what inspired him to take on this issue. Joey Cox of the Kings Community Action Organization in Hanford, and Felix Vigil, Director of the Madera Rescue Mission also join our discussion about rural homelessness.</p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 23:02:13 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1163 at http://kvpr.org Hanford’s China Alley gains national honor, and concern for future http://kvpr.org/post/hanford-s-china-alley-gains-national-honor-and-concern-future <p>Hanford&rsquo;s 7th Avenue looks pretty much like any other busy street in a small San Joaquin Valley town. It&rsquo;s a broad avenue populated with a haphazard array of muffler shops, fast food joints and gas stations. Yet less than half a block away exists another world, seemingly frozen in time, a cultural and historic artifact, built by Chinese immigrants who came to build the railroad starting in the 1870&rsquo;s, a place called China Alley.</p> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 16:45:21 +0000 Joe Moore 297 at http://kvpr.org Hanford’s China Alley gains national honor, and concern for future