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Study Links Oil And Gas Activity in San Joaquin Valley To Earthquakes

Feb 4, 2016
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Scientists have linked wastewater disposal from oil and gas activity to earthquakes in California for the first time. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the new study looked at earthquake activity in the southern Central Valley.

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The water is safe to drink.

That’s the message from the City of Fresno after residents in the northeast part of town reported discolored water. The issue came to the city’s attention with social media.

Public Works Director Tommy Esqueda said Thursday the city extensively tested the water in the lines and at five of the homes and found that the problem is not in the public water delivery system.

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Fresno County has released a controversial report into the 2009 death of Seth Ireland. The 10 year-old died after he was severely beaten by his mother's boyfriend. County social workers had investigated complaints regarding the family at least four times in the year before the boy's death. 

The report was an internal review of actions by the county's Department of Children and Family Services. It details how individual social workers evaluated the case, including some instances where they didn't follow protocol, or act swiftly enough. 

Valley Children’s Hospital has regained its level two trauma designation.

The designation means critically injured children can be taken right from the site of their accident to the hospital. Previously they would be sent to Fresno’s Community Regional Medical Center or to Modesto.

Children’s gave up its designation 10 years ago due to an inability to maintain the services needed for 24-hour trauma care.

Children’s CEO Todd Suntrapak says that is no longer the case.

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To begin the 2016 edition of Young Artists Spotlight, we celebrate the majesty of the cello with two talented young musicians. Both Keegan Bamford and Emma Hill are students of Fresno State professor Dr. Thomas Lowenheim and are members of the Youth Orchestras of Fresno. Keegan attends Fresno's University High School, while Emma is studying at Clovis West. They both perform on FM89 with pianist Hatem Nadim.

Support for Young Artists Spotlight comes from the Bonner Family Foundation, Dr. Alice Martinson and Carole Sturgis. 

While election day may still seem far away for many Californians, the residents of the 31st Assembly District don't have to wait until June to vote. Instead they'll be asked to select a candidate in April to fill the seat left vacant after Henry T. Perea resigned last year. That's in addition to the regularly schedule primary in June and general election in November for the seat. Four candidates are vying for the spot, including front runners Clint Olivier , (a Republican) and Joaquin Arambula (a Democrat).

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This week on Valley Edition reporter Jeffrey Hess tours a tiny house building company in Fresno. VE Host Joe Moore leads a discussion on the 31st Assembly District special election. He is joined by Republican Clint Olivier and Democrat Joaquin Arambula.

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There’s a new CD out this week that is sure to capture the interest of classical music lovers, especially those from the San Joaquin Valley. It’s the debut recording of  24 year-old violinist  and Valley native Eric Gratz. A decade ago Gratz was performing with the Youth Orchestras of Fresno.

Today he is the Concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony, and an in-demand soloist, performing worldwide. He joined us on Valley Edition to talk about his new recording and his burgeoning career. Listen to the interview above. 

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Small could be the new big, at least when it comes to houses. The so-called Tiny House Movement has taken off in the last year with numerous shows and even a popular Netflix documentary about living in homes of just a few hundred square feet. For one local company, tiny homes are huge business.

At a time when many potential homeowners are going big, a small but growing number of people are downsizing into homes that are smaller than your average garage.

That is where Nick Mosley and his father Pat come in.

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There’s a new candidate in the race to become Fresno’s next mayor. FM89’s Joe Moore reports Henry R. Perea’s announcement that he plans to run could shake up the race to lead the 5th largest city in the state.

After years of rumors, Perea made it official Friday, announcing his candidacy to replace the termed out Ashley Swearengin. Perea has served on the Fresno County Board of Supervisors since 2004, and before that he was a member of the Fresno City Council.

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