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Business & Economy
12:42 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

'The Economist' Profiles the San Joaquin Valley's Struggling Economy

Credit The Economist

Three years ago, The Economist published an article that chronicled the toll the great recession had taken on the people and the economy of the San Joaquin Valley, calling the region the Appalachia of the West.

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Community
12:00 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Fresno Nonprofit Aids Afghan Women, Infants with New Hospital

Physcians work with a newborn at Afshar Hospital's neonatal unit in Kabul.
AMOR - American Medical Overseas Relief

Right now in Afghanistan, infants who otherwise might die are getting a new chance at life at Ashfar Hospital in Kabul. The 24 bed neonatal department is the latest addition to the facility that first opened in 2009. It was constructed by a Fresno based non-profit organization called AMOR, which stands for American Medical Overseas Relief.  The NGO also runs the facility, which provides health care services for thousands of Afghans.

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Valley Edition
11:42 am
Tue August 6, 2013

On Valley Edition: AMOR; The Economist; Downtown Photo Walk

AMOR aids over 3,500 patients each month in it's facility in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Credit AMOR / American Medical Overseas Relief

  

This week on Valley Edition we take a look a look at a few issues and organizations that are impacting the region. Host Joe Moore speaks with Davena Witcher, development director for American Medical Overseas Relief (AMOR), about the organizations medical work in Kabul, Afghanistan. 

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Commentary
11:07 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Commentary: With Liberty and Justice For... Some?

Ida Jones
Credit Fresno State

The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin has sparked a national dialogue about race and justice. In this edition of Valley Public Radio’s commentary series The Moral Is Ida Jones, Professor of Business Law at Fresno State, says the verdict makes her question our nation’s commitment to the principles of justice and fairness.

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What happened to the principles of justice and fairness the U.S. was supposed to represent?

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Government & Politics
6:35 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

In Sacramento, Lawmakers Start Sprint To End of Session

The Assembly Chamber at the California State Capitol.
Capital Public Radio

After spending a month working around their home districts, California Assembly members are back at the Capitol to finish up final the six weeks of the legislative session. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, there’s no shortage of things to get done.

Members of the California Assembly buzz around the chamber like kids just back to school after a long summer break. Colleagues greet each other and catch up, having spent a month away from Sacramento on summer recess. And like a stern teacher, Speaker pro Tem Nora Campos had to ask everyone to settle down.

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Science
6:25 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Robotic Sub Fails In Study of Tahoe Earthquake Fault Line

A robotic submarine in Lake Tahoe was supposed to study the deepest earthquake fault line… but not every experiment works out as planned.
Amy Quinton Capital Public Radio

An unmanned robotic submarine designed to explore Antarctica has taken a detour to Lake Tahoe. Its mission was to study the deepest earthquake fault line, more than 1,000 feet beneath the surface. It’s an area geologists had never seen before. But as Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, they still haven’t.

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Business & Economy
6:06 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Investigation Launched Into Bakersfield Demolition Accident

A YouTube video by user Doug Winston captures the explosion at the plant in Bakersfield
Credit YouTube user Doug Winston / http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkMxEZUAoS8

State officials have launched an investigation into a demolition accident at a former PG&E power plant in Bakersfield which injured several bystanders on Saturday.

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Education
10:32 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Stakeholder Meetings Announced for New School Funding Formula

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Credit Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

California education officials are reaching out to school districts, teachers and parents as they prepare to implement the state’s complicated new school funding system. They’re holding informational meetings starting this week at several county education offices across the state.

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Fracking
10:23 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Feds, State to Study Fracking in California

The federal government has announced a sweeping study of fracking and other oil and gas extraction techniques in California.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will lead the study.  BLM California State Director Jim Kenna says it’s in response to lawsuits attempting to block oil and gas development on public lands.

“Certainly, the intent would be to reduce legal challenges – hopefully because people trust the information and are more aware of what is going on.  But the bottom line is, the science will find out what it finds out,” says Kenna.

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5:07 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Implosion of Bakersfield Power Plant Injures Spectators

The planned implosion of a former PG&E power plant injured several early Saturday morning in Bakersfield.
Several spectators were injured, including a 44-year-old man who could lose at least one leg or maybe two, after shrapnel flew from an abandoned steam power plant Pacific Gas and Electric imploded at 6 a.m. Saturday. At least three people were injured in the parking lot of Lowe's on Cofee Road, including a man facing "one obvious amputation, possibly two," said Bakersfield Police Lt.
Government & Politics
1:17 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Won't Delay Release of Thousands of California Inmates

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Credit Flickr user Mark Fischer / Creative Commons License / Flickr.com

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to delay the release of thousands of inmates from California’s prisons. In a decision announced today the Justices denied a stay requested by Governor Jerry Brown. Brown is fighting a ruling from a federal three-judge-panel that orders California to reduce its prison population by about 10-thousand inmates by the end of the year. Three Justices voted to grant the stay.

Attorney Mike Bien represents inmates involved in the court case. He says the decision is significant because it appears the state was gambling everything on this stay.

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Government & Politics
4:00 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Brown Raises $10 Million for Governor's Race; GOP Nowhere Close

California Governor Jerry Brown (file photo)
Credit Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

California Governor Jerry Brown is leaving his potential Republican challengers in the dust when it comes to raising money for next year’s election.

Newly-released fundraising totals show the Democratic governor ended the first half of 2013 with more than 10 million dollars in the bank.  None of his challengers has raised even $50,000 dollars.

Republican political consultant Beth Miller says Brown’s fundraising advantage and 54 percent approval rating in a new poll show he’ll be hard to beat next fall.

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Health Care Reform
3:48 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Bill Would Break Down Language Barriers for Immigrants Receiving Healthcare

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Credit Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

A provision of federal healthcare reform may make it easier for immigrants to deal with language barriers.

Under the Affordable Care Act, California is eligible to receive $270 million to set up an interpreter program for Medi-cal patients.

The state would have to contribute 30 million dollars. The money would fund the program for three years.

Maximus Weikel is with Interpreting for California, which is urging the state to put up its share of the money. He says it would cover common languages, and those that are less well known in the United States.

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Commentary
10:21 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Commentary: Is Juicing an Eating Disorder?

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Credit Flickr user shutterbean / Creative Commons License / Flickr.com

Los Angeles is the only place I’ve ever been invited to someone’s house for a meal and been served a glass of juice, period. That morning, I sat on my host’s patio, sipping a small, bright glassful of antioxidant-rich juice, listening to the gentle crash of waves, and thinking that surely the plate of bagels must be coming. It never did.

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Environment
10:26 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

PPIC Poll: Nearly Two-Thirds of Californians Favor Action Now on Climate Change

Credit Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Californians are now more likely to urge swift state action to slow global warming than they were during the recession.  Ben Adler has more from Sacramento on that and other findings from the Public Policy Institute of California’s new poll on environmental issues.

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Education
6:16 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

CSU Campuses Expand Online Course Offerings

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Credit Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

California State University students can now enroll in more online classes than they’ve been able to.

CSU’s Mike Uhlenkamp says starting Thursday students can take online classes at any CSU campus - even courses not available at their home campus.

“A student can be enrolled at Sacramento State but take a course that’s available online from Channel Islands," says Uhlenkamp.

He says the new system will help make up for a lack of available spots in high-demand classroom courses.

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Education
6:04 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Controversial Transgender Rights Bill Awaits Action from Governor Brown

Sixteen-year-old Ashton Lee says he sometimes feels isolated in school.
Credit Max Pringle / Capital Public Radio

A controversial transgender student bill is awaiting action from California Governor Jerry Brown. As Max Pringle reports from Sacramento, it would

allow transgender students to play on sports teams and use the facilities of the gender with which they identify.

Sixteen-year-old Ashton Lee says he sometimes feels isolated. His school district in Manteca views him as a girl but he identifies as male.  Lee says getting assigned to girls P.E. and having to use the female restrooms unfairly singles him out. 

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Government & Politics
8:29 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Advocates for Hunger Striking Prisoners Petition Governor Jerry Brown

Advocates for prisoners on a hunger strike to protest conditions in California’s gang segregation unit known as the SHU are taking their grievances directly to Governor Jerry Brown.
Credit Max Pringle / Capital Public Radio

Supporters of California prisoners on a weeks-long hunger strike against the prison system’s gang isolation program are urging Governor Jerry Brown to end practices they say are inhumane. Max Pringle reports from Sacramento.

Dozens of family members and supporters of the hunger strikers delivered more than 60,000 signatures to the Capitol. They’re calling for a halt to harsh conditions in the Security Housing Units, or SHU’s. Ronald Ahnen is a Politics Professor at St. Mary’s and member of California Prison Focus. 

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Connecting California
3:04 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Commentary: Puig & Trout - How California Holds Back the Young

Columnist Joe Mathews says the LA Dodgers decision to start Yasiel Puig's season in the minors reflects a larger societal trend.
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There’s a nasty California disease spreading so fast that even our baseball teams have caught it.

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Health Care Reform
11:26 am
Tue July 30, 2013

What Does Obamacare Mean For You? We 'Ask Emily'

Emily Bazar

What does Obamacare mean for you? With the expansion of coverage just months away, we asked Emily Bazar,  senior writer with the California HealthCare Foundation’s Center for Health Reporting at the Annenberg School For Communication and Journalism at USC. She's the author of a regular column called "Ask Emily" which aims to answer questions about the complex and sometimes confusing law, also known as the Affordable Care Act. She joined us on Valley Edition to talk about issues like:

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