News http://kvpr.org en Valley Edition: September 9 - Fifty Years On The Fulton Mall; Café Scientifique http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-september-9-fifty-years-fulton-mall-caf-scientifique <p></p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 23:02:03 +0000 Joe Moore & Ezra David Romero 37877 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition: September 9 - Fifty Years On The Fulton Mall; Café Scientifique Fulton Mall At 50: When Things Don't Go According To Plan http://kvpr.org/post/fulton-mall-50-when-things-dont-go-according-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fifty years ago this month, Fresno&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">captured national headlines by closing its main street to the automobile and opening the Fulton Mall. This six-block long pedestrian only plaza was supposed to be the centerpiece of an ambitious plan for urban renewal, and the growth of the entire region. It was supposed to save Fresno from the evils of urban decay, suburban sprawl, and air pollution. Yet the result was exactly the opposite. How and why did that happen? Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:50:37 +0000 Joe Moore 37882 at http://kvpr.org Fulton Mall At 50: When Things Don't Go According To Plan Fresno County Library Opens Four New Literacy Centers http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-county-library-opens-four-new-literacy-centers <p>For more than 30 years the Fresno County Public Library has helped people learn how to read. FM89’s Diana Aguilera reports on the expansion of this effort in the Valley.</p><p>The Fresno County Public Library announced today the opening of four new literacy service centers throughout the Central Valley.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14.4444446563721px; line-height: 1.5;">The county’s free literacy services has expanded to the Tranquility, Mendota, Sanger and Orange Cove libraries.</span></p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:09:47 +0000 Diana Aguilera 37752 at http://kvpr.org Fresno County Library Opens Four New Literacy Centers California's Cap and Trade System Could Help Ease Central Valley Pollution http://kvpr.org/post/californias-cap-and-trade-system-could-help-ease-central-valley-pollution <p></p><p><span style="font-size: 14.4444446563721px; line-height: 1.5;">California’s cap and trade program could help clean up pollution in the Central Valley. </span>FM89’s<span style="font-size: 14.4444446563721px; line-height: 1.5;"> Diana Aguilera explains the early stages of the effort.</span></p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:49:44 +0000 Diana Aguilera 37728 at http://kvpr.org California's Cap and Trade System Could Help Ease Central Valley Pollution Clovis PD Launches Nation's Largest Electric Motorcycle Fleet http://kvpr.org/post/clovis-pd-launches-nations-largest-electric-motorcycle-fleet <p></p><blockquote><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tweet Me:</span><br /><em style="line-height: 1.5;">- One charge will last up to 125 miles for Clovis PD's 5 new electric motorcycles. Oh &amp; they go up to 95 mph.</em><br /><em style="line-height: 1.5;">- Clovis has 5 electric motorcycles &amp; they have the most of any PD in the nation.&nbsp;</em></strong></p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:35:57 +0000 Ezra David Romero 37723 at http://kvpr.org Clovis PD Launches Nation's Largest Electric Motorcycle Fleet It's "Gut-And-Amend" Time At The Capitol http://kvpr.org/post/its-gut-and-amend-time-capitol <p>It happens every year in the waning days of the California Legislature: A bill is amended to address a completely different subject, then brought up for a vote without going through the full legislative process. It's known as “gut-and-amend.” And although the practice draws scorn from many, lawmakers insist there are good reasons to use it. Ben Adler has more from Sacramento.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:00:20 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 37702 at http://kvpr.org It's "Gut-And-Amend" Time At The Capitol California Senate Passes Groundwater Management Plan http://kvpr.org/post/california-senate-passes-groundwater-management-plan <p>With days to go before the end of the legislative session, the California Senate passed a groundwater management plan Wednesday. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p><p>Forty percent of California’s water comes from groundwater, yet the state has never had a plan to manage it. That could soon change if a measure approved in the Senate makes it through the rest of the legislative process.</p><p>The bill would require local governments to set up groundwater management agencies. The agencies would have five years to implement a management plan.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:48:14 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 37701 at http://kvpr.org California Senate Passes Groundwater Management Plan Perea Says Cap And Trade Plan Will Hurt San Joaquin Valley http://kvpr.org/post/perea-says-cap-and-trade-plan-will-hurt-san-joaquin-valley <p>California's landmark anti-global warming law will reach a new milestone in January 2015. That's when the state's cap and trade regulations begin to apply to transportation fuels like gas and diesel.</p><p>It's part of an effort to reduce the state's CO2 emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020. But industry groups and the state's non-partisan Legislative Analyst's Office say the regulations could also drive up prices at the pump.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:35:22 +0000 Joe Moore 37632 at http://kvpr.org Perea Says Cap And Trade Plan Will Hurt San Joaquin Valley Valley Edition: August 26 - Cap And Trade; Visalia, Homelessness And Peter Frampton; Stagecoaches http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-august-26-cap-and-trade-visalia-homelessness-and-peter-frampton-stagecoaches <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week on </span><a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/valley-edition" style="line-height: 1.5;">Valley Edition</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> we talk with </span><a href="https://twitter.com/AsmPerea" style="line-height: 1.5;">Assemblyman Henry T. Perea</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;on why he thinks California's cap and trade system will hurt the Valley. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:57:21 +0000 Ezra David Romero & Joe Moore 37606 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition: August 26 - Cap And Trade; Visalia, Homelessness And Peter Frampton; Stagecoaches New Book Tells Story Of Early California Stagecoach Days http://kvpr.org/post/new-book-tells-story-early-california-stagecoach-days <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Imagine for a moment a trip from the valley through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. You'll likely picture a windy road that meanders through dry golden hills marked by large oaks, granite outcroppings and the occasional settlement.</span></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:52:09 +0000 Joe Moore 37607 at http://kvpr.org New Book Tells Story Of Early California Stagecoach Days California Bill Would Tackle Laborers' Working Conditions http://kvpr.org/post/california-bill-would-tackle-laborers-working-conditions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many California agricultural workers aren’t employed directly by farmers, but by labor contractors. Now a new bill in the California legislature would bring about more protections for those workers, but as </span>FM89’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Kerry Klein reports, it’s also the source of controversy.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">-----</span></p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:14:09 +0000 Kerry Klein 37441 at http://kvpr.org California Bill Would Tackle Laborers' Working Conditions The Smoke is Clearing for Junction, Way Fires http://kvpr.org/post/smoke-clearing-junction-way-fires <p></p><p>Firefighters are making progress containing two wildfires that sparked in the San Joaquin Valley on Monday.</p><p>The Junction Fire, which led to evacuations of thousands of homes in and around Oakhurst, is now estimated to be 612 acres in size and is currently 40% contained. Nine structures have been destroyed and 2 injuries reported.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:55:05 +0000 Kerry Klein 37390 at http://kvpr.org The Smoke is Clearing for Junction, Way Fires Commentary: Time To Give Ex-Felons Voting Rights http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-time-give-ex-felons-voting-rights <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Felony disenfranchisement laws have a long history in the United States, but individual state laws vary considerably. Recently the U.S. Attorney General called on states to consider repealing laws that prohibit felons from voting after their release from prison. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:20:04 +0000 Diane Blair 37368 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Time To Give Ex-Felons Voting Rights Commentary: Do We Have More Morality Than An Asteroid? http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-do-we-have-more-morality-asteroid <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For many, climate change is still and unsettled issue.&nbsp; Yet it is indisputable that throughout its long history, our planet Earth has undergone major species-destroying transformations.&nbsp; We know this through a reading of the paleontological record that documents dramatic transformations over billions of years.&nbsp; In this edition of The Moral Is, Professor </span>Madhusudan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Katti<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of Fresno State’s Biology Department explores whether, as a result of industrialization, we are yet Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:10:36 +0000 Madhusudan Katti 37367 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Do We Have More Morality Than An Asteroid? Commentary: Don't Look For Simplistic Solutions In Teacher Tenure Debate http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-dont-look-simplistic-solutions-teacher-tenure-debate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled in a case called </span>Vergara<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> vs. California that California education statues related to teacher tenure violate the equal protection laws of students, essentially depriving students of effective teachers by failing to remove ineffective teachers from classrooms.&nbsp; In this week’s edition of </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">The Moral Is</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Fresno State education professor Dr. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:01:05 +0000 Jacques Benninga 37366 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Don't Look For Simplistic Solutions In Teacher Tenure Debate 400,000 Medi-Cal Applicants Still Waiting for Coverage http://kvpr.org/post/400000-medi-cal-applicants-still-waiting-coverage <div><p>The state of California says about 400,000 applicants to the Medi-Cal program are still waiting for their coverage. Administrators say they’ve made a lot of progress on the backlog in recent weeks. But as Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone tells us from Sacramento, consumer advocates say the state could be doing more to get people coverage faster. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:31:18 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 37364 at http://kvpr.org 400,000 Medi-Cal Applicants Still Waiting for Coverage Fast-Moving Way Fire Threatens Homes in Kern County http://kvpr.org/post/fast-moving-way-fire-threatens-homes-kern-county <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Junction Fire isn’t the only wildfire burning through the San Joaquin Valley today.</span></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:14:28 +0000 Kerry Klein 37341 at http://kvpr.org Fast-Moving Way Fire Threatens Homes in Kern County Junction Fire: Residents Recall Flight From Blaze http://kvpr.org/post/junction-fire-residents-recall-flight-blaze <p>UPDATE: Wednesday August 20th 9:00 AM - Fire crews made good progress on the Junction Fire Tuesday and the blaze is now 40 percent contained. The mandatory evacuation orders for areas west of Highway 41 have been lifted except for Road 620. Areas east of Highway 41 remain closed. Highway 41 to Yosemite is now open.</p><p>--------</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:59:11 +0000 Ezra David Romero 37340 at http://kvpr.org Junction Fire: Residents Recall Flight From Blaze Fresno County To Eliminate Health Safety Net For Undocumented, Ending Contract For The Poor http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-county-eliminate-health-safety-net-undocumented-ending-contract-poor <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Fresno County Board of Supervisors voted today to end specialty health care services to its undocumented residents and took a step to end its contract for medical services for the poor.</span></p><p>The county took advantage of a recent court ruling to exclude undocumented residents from the program. The change would take effect&nbsp;December 1.</p><p>In a majority vote, the county also took a step to end its long running contract with Community Regional Medical Center for its indigent population.</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:07:06 +0000 Diana Aguilera 37344 at http://kvpr.org Fresno County To Eliminate Health Safety Net For Undocumented, Ending Contract For The Poor In Groveland, Community Healing Puts Rim Fire in the Past http://kvpr.org/post/groveland-community-healing-puts-rim-fire-past <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nine months after the Rim Fire tore through the nearby forest, Kevin Reynolds and Randi Jones decided to live out a dream.</span></p><p>Reynolds: "We kind of wanted to rise from the ashes just to let people know there are still opportunities out there."</p><p>The two of them opened an old-fashioned meat market they had envisioned before the fire hit. Instead of being scared by the fire the couple says they were inspired.</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:05:22 +0000 Ezra David Romero, Kerry Klein & Diana Aguilera 37338 at http://kvpr.org In Groveland, Community Healing Puts Rim Fire in the Past