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On Valley Edition: Valley Economy; Medical Marijuana; Fig Fest

Aug 9, 2011

Segment 1: Valley Economy
As world markets continue to try to make sense out of the US debt downgrade, and nationwide poor job creation numbers, what does it mean for Valley residents and the local economy. Host Juanita Stevenson talks with Fresno State business professor Dr. Bill Rice, and Cal State Bakersfield business professor Dr. John Emery about what the latest developments mean for local residents.

Segment 2: Medical Marijuana
County Supervisors in both Kern and Fresno Counties are reviewing changes to local laws involving medical marijuana dispensaries. Some want these collectives banned, or restricted to certain parts of the county. Other say this is a bad idea and runs against the wishes of California voters, who passed Prop 215 in 1996. Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin, Dale Gieringer, Director of Cal NORML, and attorney Phil Ganong debate the issue.

Segment 3: Fig Fest in Fresno
Figs have been an important part of the Central Valley economy for well over 100 years. On Saturday August 13, the annual Fig Fest event takes place at Fresno State, celebrating this delicious local crop. In this segment of Valley Edition, host Juanita Stevenson is joined by Karla Stockli, CEO of the California Fig Advisory Board, and Chris Shackelford of Clovis restaurant Trelio, to talk about Fig Fest activities, and also the upcoming Fig Feast.