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The Fresno Chapter of the League of Women Voters will celebrate its 75th anniversary next Monday with a special event featuring Fresno’s first woman mayor, Karen Humphrey. From 1989-1993 Humphrey led the city during both a time of rapid growth and a big change in governance.

Ezra David Romero

A new listing of America’s “Most Endangered Rivers” released Tuesday ranks a Central Valley waterway near the top of the list. 

The environmental group American Rivers says the San Joaquin River Basin is the nation’s second most endangered river.  It trails only the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin in Georgia, Alabama and Florida. The group’s John Cain says four years of drought has taken its toll on the San Joaquin.

Many valley residents struggle to access drinking water—some don’t have enough, while others face contamination. Now, a new law allows the state to step in and help those in need. In its first success story, the law didn't just bring water to a community; it helped end a standoff with a neighboring city.

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This week on Valley Edition Reporter Kerry Klein visits the Tulare County community of Matheny Tract that will soon have drinking water for the first time in 10 years. KVPR's Jeffrey Hess reports on what's going to happen to all the trees being torn out of Fresno's Fulton Mall. Also on the program we hear from Karen Humphrey, Fresno's First Woman Mayor. Humphrey will speak at the Fresno chapter of the League of Woman Voters 75th anniversary on May 18.

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A new report released today shows that Fresno’s health care market is changing. The number of people with health coverage has seen a significant increase, which has been good for the bottom line of local hospitals.  Other market forces are pushing local physicians to consolidate their private practices into larger medical groups, often affiliated with hospitals.

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Crews are currently hard at work cutting down many of the over 100 trees that line the Fulton Mall. They are being removed as part of the project to turn the mall back into a street. But some of the trees will find a new life.

Chainsaws reverberate down the concrete canyon of the Fulton Mall. Workers are cutting into the trunk of a 30 foot tall pine. They then push the smaller section of the tree to earth where it lands with a meaty thunk.

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Farmers gathered in Downtown Fresno today to discuss a trade agreement  that could benefit Valley producers. FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports.

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Acclaimed author Gerald Haslam grew up in the blue-collar Kern County community of Oildale in the 1940's, a child of the Dust Bowl migration to California. He went to school with another boy with a similar background, a child named Merle Haggard.

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UPDATE: Since this story was produced the Pacific fisher population in the Southern Sierra Nevada has been listed as threatened under the California Endangered Species Act. The Pacific Fisher was not listed as threatened under the Federal Endangered Species Act.

Courtsey of Mike Rhodes

Mike Rhodes has covered homelessness in Fresno for over a decade. He’s witnessed police taunt  homeless people, he’s called out government officials for their perspectives on those underserved and most recently he wrote a book combining those experiences.

Rhodes is a community activist and former editor of the Community Alliance newspaper. He joined Valley Edition Tuesday April 5 to talk about his book “Dispatches from the War Zone.” To listen to the interview click play above. 

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