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Environment
12:00 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Yosemite's historic bridges named to most endangered list

Half Dome, Yosemite National Park
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

Earlier this week, the National Trust for Historic Preservation issued its annual list of the nation's most endangered historic sites, and for the second year in a row, Central California is in the spotlight. And this year, the preservation group is focusing attention on efforts to save several historic stone bridges in Yosemite National Park. FM89's Joe Moore has this report.

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Valley Edition
5:44 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

On Valley Edition: Pension Reform; Lowell Rebirth; JazzFresno

Today's special election day edition of Valley Edition features a series of report on government reform, from the state's new top two primary, to effort at pension reform. We'll also hear about the effort to revitalize Fresno's historic but troubled Lowell neighborhood, and a new program for music students from the group JazzFresno.

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Government & Politics
3:00 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Pension math spurs calls for reform

When you look up the origins of word “pension” in the dictionary, you’ll see that it comes from the Latin verb, pendo, which means to pay or value, and to weigh or hang. It’s actually the same root that gives us nouns like pendant. And back here in the 21st century, the costs of providing a defined benefit retirement programs are increasingly weighing down budget across the state.

According to some estimates, California's three largest statewide pension systems, CalPERS, CalSTRS and the UC Retirement System could have a combined shortfall of as much as $500 billion.

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Business & Economy
5:50 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Assembly Passes Farm Worker Safety Act

The ag industry may soon see some changes, now that the Farmworker Safety Act was approved by the state Assembly yesterday afternoon. 

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Government & Politics
11:56 am
Thu May 31, 2012

With Realignment, Fresno County Jail Floor Likely to Reopen

Since 2010, the second and third floors the Fresno County Jail in Downtown Fresno have been empty. Budget cuts resulted in the layoffs of around 70 officers who worked in the jail, forcing Sheriff Margaret Mims to close the floors, and begin the early release of prisoners.

"Right now our capacity is at about 2,300 inmates and we run at 100 percent capacity almost all of the time," said Mims.

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Environment
7:51 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Planning Commission Rejects Jesse Morrow Mountain Mine

A sign along Highway 180 voices objections to the planned mine on Jesse Morrow Mountain east of Sanger.
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

This afternoon the Fresno County Planning Commission rejected plans for a controversial hard rock mine on Jesse Morrow Mountain, on Highway 180 east of Fresno.

The vote had been delayed from a meeting in February, in which several hundred people spoke out against the plan. Residents today weighed in on the proposal from multinational mining company CEMEX, citing concerns about traffic, aesthetics and air quality.

The project will likely be appealed to the Fresno County Board of Supervisors.

Valley Edition
1:32 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

On Valley Edition: Seth's Law; Water Meters; Renzi Exhibit

This week on Valley Edition we talk with the mother of Seth Walsh, the Tehachapi teen who took his life after being bullied at school about his sexual orientation. We'll learn more about a new state law that aims to prevent such tragedies, and a new film about bullying. We'll also learn more about the City of Fresno's ongoing operation to install water meters at every home in the city, and about a new exhibit at the Fresno Art Museum that celebrates the legacy of one of Fresno's greatest artists, sculptor Clement Renzi.
 

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The Moral Is
7:38 pm
Sat May 26, 2012

Commentary: Religious Tolerance Should Guide Same-Sex Marriage Policy

What happens when the principles of religious liberty and the separation of church and state meet contemporary culture and politics? As Fresno State Professor Andrew Fiala explains in this week’s edition of the commentary series The Moral Is, tolerance is the common thread that should guide society’s actions. 

The views expressed on The Moral Is are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Valley Public Radio.

Valley Edition
1:40 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

On Valley Edition: Jobs for Vets; Community Gardens

This week on Valley Edition we talk about programs that aim to give Valley veterans who are returning from combat a leg up in the job market. We talk with a group from Fresno that is trying to turn around troubled neighborhoods, in part through community gardens. And we'll also talk with the CEO of the new Downtown Fresno Partnership, which is encouraging Fresno residents to jump off the city's tallest landmark, for a good cause. 

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Agriculture
6:39 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Obama Praises UFW on 50th Anniversary

The United Farm Workers of America celebrated its 50th anniversary in Bakersfield this weekend. The two-day convention attracted hundreds of workers from the around the valley, and even the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis. Solis made the trip from Washington D.C. to speak with the supporters and honor one of the co-founders of the union, Dolores Huerta, with a special coin commemorating her activism for the community.

The conference ended with a video speech from President Obama, who praised the union for their hard work for fair pay for farm workers.

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Business & Economy
3:15 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Fresno Hearing Seeks Solutions to Ag Metal Theft

Agricultural metal theft continues to be a problem in the valley, and Sacramento lawmakers are paying attention. The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing today in Downtown Fresno searching for solutions.

Four years ago, the state legislature passed a bill by then Assembly member Tom Berryhill that aimed to crack down on the theft of metal from farmers. The bill required recyclers to keep detailed records on materials and sellers.

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Valley Edition
1:46 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

On Valley Edition: Election Preview; Attachment Parenting; Arte Americas

This week on Valley Edition, we preview the upcoming June primary election and talk about this year's ballot measures and candidates. We also debate the pros and cons of attachment parenting with moms and with an expert in child development. And finally we get a preview of this year's Nights in the Plaza Friday night concert series at Arte Americas in Fresno.

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Valley Edition
1:54 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

On Valley Edition: Mental Health; Valley Health Setbacks; heART Beat

This week on Valley Edition we talk about access to mental health care in Fresno County. We also hear about a new study that has bad news for Valley residents, as the Valley is actually experiencing setbacks in a number of key health indicators. And we close the program with an interview about an event called heART beat that aims to help support music programs in the schools. 

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Government & Politics
9:57 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Prop 28 Would Change Term Limits

Currently, California lawmakers can serve a total of fourteen years: six in the Assembly, and eight in the Senate. Nick Schroeder from the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office says Prop 28 would allow a legislator to serve up to twelve years.

“Fundamentally, what this measure does is it allows a person to serve more years in one house, either in the Assembly or Senate but fewer total years in the legislature…”

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Government & Politics
8:20 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

California residents leaving the Golden State

Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

From the days of the gold rush to the state's early agricultural pioneers, California’s history is one of emigration. In more recent years industries from motion pictures to aerospace and computer technology drew hundreds of thousands of people to the state, to search out a new life.

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Valley Edition
1:59 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

On Valley Edition: Leaving California; Kids on the Farm; California Reads

This week on Valley Edition, we look at the changing demographics of California, which is now a net exporter of people to other states. How did the California dream turn out to be a nightmare for so many? We talk to some residents who've left, and also to experts who are using the newly revised population estimates to plan the state's future. We also talk about the role of kids on family farms, and learn about the California Reads program taking place in Kern County.

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Valley Edition
2:06 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

On Valley Edition: Learn2Earn; Parks; Fresno Film Festival

This week on Valley Edition, we talk about the new program called Learn2Earn, the future of parks programs in the cities of Fresno and Bakersfield in an era of tight budgets, and learn about the upcoming Fresno Film Festival.

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Commentary
7:30 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Commentary: High Pay For Quasi-Government Officials Troubling

Sometimes in order to get the most, you have to pay the most. Or at least that’s the conventional wisdom behind high compensation for CEOs. But what happens when the company in question is operated under the arm of the federal government? On today’s edition of the commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State business law professor Ida Jones says the result can sometimes be very costly to taxpayers.

The views expressed on The Moral Is are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Valley Public Radio.

Valley Edition
2:18 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

On Valley Edition: High Speed Rail Controversy; Planning Fresno's Future

This week on Valley Edition, we talk about the future of California's troubled plan for high speed rail with the agency's President, Dan Richard. We also look at the big decision the Fresno City Council will make later this week on how to guide the city's growth for the next several decades.

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Valley Public Radio News
9:45 am
Tue April 17, 2012

High speed rail chair promises compensation, better communication for the Valley

California High Speed Rail Authority Chairman Dan Richard addresses an audience in Fresno on April 3, 2012.
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

After years of criticism and skyrocketing cost estimates, California’s plan for high speed rail took a detour earlier this month, with the release of the project’s new business plan. Supporters say the proposal is “better, faster and cheaper” and could save $30 billion when compared to previous cost estimates for the project.

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