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Federal officials say water from Friant Dam may connect to the ocean this summer.  But some people aren’t so sure it’ll happen.

As part of one of the largest restoration projects in the country groups will begin working this summer to fully connect water flowing out of Friant Dam in the San Joaquin River to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and out to the ocean.

“It’s going to look like a small stream, a couple of inches, maybe a foot or more in some deeper pools,” says Alicia Forsythe with the San Joaquin River Restoration Program.

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Residents of Visalia have just a few more days to decide if they will approve a bond known as Measure H for Kaweah Delta Hospital to build a new earthquake resistant acute care wing.

State law requires that every hospital to be hardened against earthquakes by 2030. As a result, the hospital is asking for more than $300 million in public bond to help pay for the hospital.

Kaweah is putting up over $200 million for the project, its statutory cap. The bond will be paid back in the form of a property tax increase.

StoryCorps Legacy

Regular listeners to NPR are familiar with the concept of the Segment StoryCorps. The organization records thousands of conversations between family members and loved ones each year. Through the group’s StoryCorps Legacy program, the organization works with hospice organizations across the country, including Hinds Hospice in Fresno. In this story Art and Roze Wille interview each other about their son Hendrix who died from complications from leukemia.

ARTHUR WILLE: “Hendrix was born November 12, 2009. I just remember how big he was.”

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There are 25 candidates who hope to become the next mayor of Bakersfield, including a hula-hoop instructor, a tattoo artist and a former Kern County Supervisor.

Karen Goh is the latter, as well as the President and CEO of the local non-profit Garden Pathways, and a former publishing executive. She joined us on Valley Edition to talk about her vision for Kern County’s largest city.   

To listen to the interview click play above. 

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Jeremy Pearce is no stranger to big crowds or bright lights, even though he is a newcomer when it comes to running for political office. As one of the San Joaquin Valley’s top Elvis tribute artists, Pearce knows his way around a stage.

He now hopes to parlay his fame as an entertainer into a seat on the Fresno City Council representing District 6, in Northeast Fresno. He joined us on Valley Edition to talk about his vision for the city in issues from how to pay for hiring more cops, to downtown revitalization to homelessness. 

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The first week in May is Historic Preservation Week in Fresno, with a host of activities that celebrate the city’s architectural heritage.

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This week on Valley Edition Ezra David Romero reports on efforts to save the Tricolored Blackbird. KVPR's Jeffrey Hess reports on the effort to revive Fresno's Manchester Mall. Fresno City Council Candidate Jeremy Pearce also joins the program. Later Bakersfield Mayoral Candidate Karen Gho chats with Valley Edition Host Joe Moore.

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All across the country an iconic American symbol of success is finding it harder and harder to survive. Dozens of once crowded bustling shopping malls, are for lack of a better term, dying. Industry research predicts that 15% or more of malls could die in the next ten years. But one company thinks there is a path back to success for a Fresno Mall that is on life support.

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Late last year the Tricolored Blackbird became a candidate for the California Endangered Species List. The population of the bird mostly native to the Golden State has plummeted making flocks harder and harder to find. Both bird enthusiasts and farmers are working to keep the colorful bird from extinction.

Fresno Philharmonic

Maestro Theodore Kuchar is set to conduct his final Masterworks Concert for the Fresno Philharmonic this weekend, after 15 years as the orchestra's musical director. We spoke with him and mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor about this weekend's concert of works by Dvorak, Prokofiev, and Kalinnikov.

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