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Drought
4:27 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Drought Friendly Recipes For A Drying California

Alaskan True Cod Taco with Pickled Radish and Radish Top Salsa
Credit Sarah Forman

In response to California’s historic drought some chefs are creating meals that use less water. Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero reports from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Sustainable Foods Institute.

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Valley Writers Read
4:14 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

"Scent Of A Father" by David Mas Masumoto on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear a story by local author and farmer David Mas Masumoto titled "Scent Of A Father." 

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News
1:07 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Olivier: No Reason Manchester 'Can't Be Prosperous'

A Fresno City Council member says he sees no reason why the struggling Manchester Mall cannot be successful. A new ownership group is planning a renovation of the nearly dead shopping center.

The company, Omninet, thinks an overhaul can revive the Manchester Mall which sits at the corner of Blackstone and Shields in central Fresno.

It’s in the district of City Council member Clint Olivier who says he sees no reason the property can’t be successful, despite multiple previous attempts failing.

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The Moral Is
5:51 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Commentary: Too Many "Firsts" When Talking About Women Running For President

Is America ready to elect a woman to the Presidency? In this edition of The Moral Is, Communication Professor Diane Blair argues that how we talk about women’s presidential candidacies emphasizes their novelty in the presidential political arena and belittles the long legacy of the women’s political leadership and accomplishments.

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News
2:33 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Company To Renovate Fresno's Manchester Mall

Artists drawing of mall renovations from thenewmanchester.com
Credit Omninet Properties

A new company is preparing to renovate Fresno’s nearly dead Manchester Mall. Omninet is asking the city for a small section of land to increase the appeal of the struggling shopping center.

The company has plans to renovate and refresh the mall which sits at the corner of Blackstone and Shield in central Fresno.

The mall’s management declined to comment on the plan, but a company website is up touting the project, including a video targeted at attracting new tenants.

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Environment
2:31 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

UC Merced Expert: Forest Thinning Could Free Up Water, Reduce Fire Risk

UC Merced scientists say thinning overgrown Sierra forests to the density of around 100 years ago could free up as much as 1 million additional acre feet of water a year. (file photo)
Credit Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Forest managers throughout California say that thinning forests to a more natural state is a good way to reduce the severity of wildfires. Now scientists suggest that it also could offer help in saving water in the drought. 

Researchers at UC Merced think that thinning overgrown forests throughout the Sierra could result in as much as a million acre feet of extra water each year for the state. That’s enough water to fill Pine Flat Lake on the Kings River east of Fresno.

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Government & Politics
1:59 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Valley Edition Interview: Talking Politics With John Ellis of The Fresno Bee

What would a potential shake-up in district lines mean for Republican incumbent David Valadao (pictured) in CA-21? We ask the Fresno Bee's political expert John Ellis.

This week we take a look at the world of politics with John Ellis of The Fresno Bee. We talk about John's recent article that suggests how a case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding redistricting in Arizona could shake up local congressional districts, including the hotly contested seat in CA-21 currently held by David Valadao. We also talk about what candidates are already jockeying for position for Assembly and other races throughout the regions. 

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Valley Edition
1:48 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Valley Edition: May 12 - Oil Industry, Politics, Vets On the Farm

This week on Valley Edition we look at how low oil prices are hurting Kern County's economy, and why veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are turning to farming for a new career. We also get a report on why some DACA youth are having trouble renewing their work permits, and why raw food advocates have a problem with California almonds. Plus we talk politics with John Ellis of the Fresno Bee and about this weekend's Pirate Festival at Kearney Park with Diane Hull.

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Immigration
1:26 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Thousands Of Young Immigrants In Limbo, Losing Work Permits

Brenda Ordaz is one of thousands of young immigrants whose work permit expired, despite having applied on time.
Credit Diana Aguilera / Valley Public Radio

Thousands of undocumented people gained work permits in 2012 as part of an Obama administration effort to shield young people from deportation. Now, as it comes time to renew their paperwork some of these same immigrants- known as “dreamers”- are losing the chance to work legally in the states. Fm89’s Diana Aguilera reports how some people in the Central Valley are left in limbo.

Brenda Ordaz, 22, describes herself as a country girl. She enjoys taking care of her roosters and living in the rural community of Madera. It’s the place she calls home.

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Agriculture
1:13 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Raw Almonds Might Not Be As "Raw" As You Think

  When you’re talking about raw almonds the product may not be quite what you think. All California almonds, which would be virtually all the nuts in the country, are either heat-pasteurized, or sprayed with a fumigant. The processes are intended to prevent food-borne illness. But, some almond aficionados say the treatments change the flavor, and mislead consumers. Lesley McClurg in Sacramento has the story.

In a warehouse near Newman, California millions of almonds are heated in huge metal containers.  

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Inside FM89
5:35 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

FM89 Classical Host Kristina Herrick To Retire

Valley Public Radio listeners will bid a fond broadcast farewell this May to longtime FM89 host Kristina Herrick, who is moving out of state to be closer to family in the Pacific Northwest. Herrick has served as a classical announcer at the station for several decades, and also host of the award-winning early music program In The Mode.

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Inside FM89
5:14 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Valley Public Radio To Break Ground On New Facility May 19

A rendering of the new broadcast facility for Valley Public Radio which breaks ground May 19th, 2015 in Clovis at Temperance and Alluvial Avenues.

Valley Public Radio/FM89 is breaking ground for a new permanent facility at a ceremony on May 19th 3-5PM at the Technology Park in Clovis.  The Assemi Family, together with the James Irvine Foundation and lead donors, have made it possible for Valley Public Radio to raise $1.6 million dollars in preparation for ground breaking and the start of construction.   These funds are dedicated to building a new facility, which can further community reporting and support civic engagement. 

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News
2:32 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Fresno Parks High On City Leader's Budget Priorities

Fresno City leaders are vowing to use growing revenue to restore neglected city parks. Many parks fell into disrepair as a result of budget cuts during the recession.

With the city’s tax base recovering, the Mayor and City council members say now is the time to fix and expand the city’s public parks.

Standing in a park in East Fresno, Mayor Ashley Swearengin says the city should spend nearly 6-million dollars on repairs and renovations across the city.

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Health
5:38 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

New Legislation Would Allocate $1 Million For Valley Fever Research

Some experts say drought conditions may increase the risk of valley fever in California.
Credit Valley Public Radio

The fight against valley fever may reach a new milestone. A bill in the state legislature would fund research for this disease in hopes of finding a cure. 

The bill introduced by State Senator Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, would allocate $1 million to fund research into a valley fever vaccine. Valley fever- also known as coccidioidomycosis- cases have increased dramatically over the last decade, including in the Central Valley. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 9,500 cases were reported nationwide in 2013.

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Environment
5:36 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

New Program Brings Solar Power To Low-Income Fresnans

Solar panels were installed on a Fresno home as part of the Low-Income Weatherization Program.
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

A new statewide program using cap-and-trade money to fund solar panels for low-income residents launched this week  in Fresno. Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero reports.

Salvador Mendoza and his family are one of the first 1,780 households in the state to receive rooftop solar panels through California’s Low-Income Weatherization Program.

Mendoza has lung disease and lives in one of the most economically impoverished parts of Fresno.

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News
1:46 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Kern County Hit Hard By Low Oil Prices

Most drivers in California have cheer the long run of low oil prices and the effect it has in driving down the price at the pump. But for Kern County the low prices are bad news for the county and the industry that thrives there. The low price has created what some call a ‘fiscal emergency’.

Kern County is routinely one of the top oil producing counties in the country with an industry more than 100 years old.

But that production has made the county massively dependent on the industry and the global price of oil.

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Drought
1:16 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Brown Defends Delta Tunnels Project, Agriculture Industry

Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at the Association of California Water Agencies conference Wednesday in Sacramento.
Credit Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

California Gov. Jerry Brown says opponents of his Delta water tunnel proposal should just “shut up.” He spoke to the Association of California Water Agencies in Sacramento Wednesday.

One day after the State Water Resources Control Board set mandatory reduction requirements for every local water agency, Brown thanked the agencies for helping California through the drought.

And then, he turned to what many in the room believe is their future water source: two tunnels underneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to move water south.

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Health Care
11:51 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Nurse Practitioner Scope Of Practice Bill Passes Senate

file photo

Nurse practitioners could care for patients and prescribe medications without a doctor’s supervision under a bill that’s passed the California Senate. Ben Adler has more from Sacramento.

Democratic Senator Ed Hernandez has tried for years to allow more medical professionals to provide primary care, given a significant doctor shortage. This bill would expand what’s called the “scope of practice” of nurse practitioners.

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Valley Writers Read
4:10 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

"Lulu Garlic, Contraband" By Robert Walton on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by local author Robert Walton, titled "Lulu Garlic, Contraband." 

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News
2:35 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Fresno County DA Launches Anti-Corruption Task Force

The Fresno County DA is launching a new public integrity Unit to crack down on elected officials and public employees breaking the law. The plan is to investigate complaints about misbehavior from the public.

Through letters, fax and e-mail Fresno County DA Lisa Smittcamp is hoping to ferret out public officials and employees breaking the law.

Smittcamp says the newly formed three-member unit will follow up on complaints of wrong-doing.

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