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Just two years ago California voters approved a water bond that set aside billions to pay for new water storage. Now a new group backed by many of the valley’s most influential farmers says that’s not enough to build new dams and expand existing ones.

Howard Watkins - used with permission

Over 50 years after he helped his led a grassroots effort to save the old Fresno County Courthouse from the wrecking ball Doug Vagim remains a self-described government watchdog. The former Fresno County Supervisor now wants to become the City of Fresno's next mayor.

Effort To End "Surprise" Medical Bills Resumes In Sacramento

Mar 22, 2016
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An effort to do away with “surprise medical bills” narrowly failed in the California Legislature last year, but patient and consumer advocates think they can resurrect it this year. Ben Bradford reports from Sacramento.

Sanchez Bid for Senate Seat Could Hinge On Voter Turnout

Mar 21, 2016
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It’s been two and a half decades since Californians last chose a U.S. senator, but with veteran lawmaker Barbara Boxer set to step down this year, voters have a chance to pick from four major candidates competing to fill her seat.

U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez is one of two Democrats in the running. After 20 years in House of Representatives, the Orange County congresswoman aims to move up to the Senate.

Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

While the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners are playing Oklahoma today in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, they aren't the only roadrunners in Kern County. FM89's Ezra David Romero visited the California Living Museum zoo, also known as CALM, to learn more about the speedy birds that call Southern California home and lend their name to CSUB's sports teams. CALM's curator of animals Don Richardson tells us a little more about these birds and what the basketball team means for the community.

State Water Project Estimates Most Deliveries Since Drought's Start

Mar 17, 2016
CA Dept Water Resources

Cities and farmers who rely on the State Water Project will receive the most water they’ve received since 2012. The California Department of Water Resources announced today that it plans to meet 45 percent of requests for deliveries.

It’s a major increase from December, when the state planned to fulfill only 10 percent of requests. Paul Wenger with the California Farm Bureau says it is welcome news. But he and other farmers are hoping the federal Central Valley Project will be able to meet requests.

High-Speed Rail Authority

A new report from California's non-partisan Legislative Analyst's Office raises questions about the California High-Speed Rail Authority's latest plan to end the project's first operating section near Shafter in rural Kern County. 

State Analyst Questions New High Speed Rail Plan

Mar 17, 2016
California High-Speed Rail Authority

California’s high speed rail project has received fresh scrutiny on its latest proposed business plan. The Legislature's non-partisan budget analyst released a new report today that questions how the project will be funded. Ben Bradford reports from Sacramento.

Infographic courtesy of UCLA Center for Health Policy Research Chronic Disease Program

A new study out of UCLA estimates that 46 percent of adults in California have prediabetes, a precursor to diabetes marked by high blood sugar. The study suggests the risk is even higher in the San Joaquin Valley. In Fresno County, the rate could be as high as 49 percent.  "It's a major issue of health equity," says Harold Goldstein, executive director of UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research and author of the study.

Courtesy Fresno Police Department

Dr. William Dominic was riding his bicycle home from work in late February when a car struck him and drove off. Dominic was severely injured and as of Wednesday was still being treated in the hospital.

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