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For the first time in nearly a decade, Fresno is not one of the top ten cities in the nation for auto theft. 

The study released this month from the National Insurance Crime Bureau shows that at least when compared with other cities, Fresno is faring better when it comes to vehicle theft. As recently as 2011, Fresno led the nation in stolen cars. Last year it dropped to number nine, and this year all the way to 13.

Organic Sotne Fruit Jubilee

The Ecological Farming Association is throwing a delicious event later this month.

The Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee is an evening of fruit tasting and sales of over 60 varieties of peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots, and pluots. The event incudes live entertainment, farm tours, a Kids Craft corner, jam making, a Japanese tea ceremony, flower arranging and stone fruit drinks, artisan treats and pies.

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This week on Valley Edition Host Joe Moore leads a conversation about the 2016 primaries. He is joined by Fresno State Political Science Professor Jeffrey Cummins, Republican Political Analyst Jim Verros and The Bakersfield Californian's Christine Bedell. The group chat about a few surprises that came out of the primaries and  the races they are looking forward to in November. 

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This week on Valley Edition Fresno Bee Reporter Barbara Anderson joined VE Host Joe Moore to talk about Zika virus. Anderson  recently wrote several pieces about how Central California residents are worried that the virus could spread in communities like Clovis unless spraying is successful. 

To listen to interview click play above. 

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As details continue to emerge about the shooter who killed at least 49 people Sunday at a LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, many are asking if this could happen here. Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims joined us on Valley Edition to talk about this mass shooting means for the debate over firearms, and the way law enforcement agencies share information about suspected terrorists, or those who sympathize with the self-described Islamic State.

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This week on Valley Edition Host Joe Moore speaks with The Fresno Bee's Barbara Anderson about Zika prevention in Fresno County. We also hear from Fresno Sheriff Margaret Mims about her response to the mass shooting in Orlando and an operation called Gold Star targeting gangs.

Fresno police are forming a dedicated unit to go after domestic violence offenders because domestic violence calls and charges are up.

Domestic violence crimes are up more than thirty percent in 2016 compared to the same time last year.

That is on top of three years of increasing reports of domestic violence in the City of Fresno.

Police Chief Jerry Dyer has formed a domestic violence task force to go after offenders, 83 of which have currently have outstanding arrest warrants.

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Residents of the Central Valley are continuing to react to the murder of more than 50 people in a shooting at an LGBTQ club in Orlando. The mass murder has created waves of outrage across the country.

Sunday night, hundreds of people marched in the Fresno’s Tower District for a candlelight vigil remembering the victims of the worst mass shooting in American history.

Jason Scott with the advocacy group Gay Fresno says the attack is causing great sadness and anger but also resolve.

After years of declines, Fresno has seen an increase in its homeless population. City leaders think there may be an unexpected reason for the rise.

According to the city’s official homeless counts, over the last 8 years there has been nearly a 50% decline in Fresno’s homeless population. But last year the number of people living on the street actually increased over the previous year, for the first time since 2011.

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin says one explanation might be Prop 47, leaving more people on the street who would otherwise be in jail…

Jim Milbury / NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region

Before Friant Dam was built in the 1940s to store water for farms and cities across Central California, Chinook Salmon called the San Joaquin River home. The infrastructure project severely slowed flows on the river and the salmon went extinct. Now more than sixty years later salmon are slowly being reintroduced into the river, but some people say it’s just too late for the fish to thrive again here. Their reasoning?  Climate change.

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