Valley Edition

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Valley Edition is a news magazine program dedicated to issues important to Central Valley residents, from health care and government, to education and the environment. Each week host Joe Moore presents a mix of feature reports, in-depth interviews, discussion and analysis. Join us Tuesday mornings at 9:00 AM for the live broadcast, or hear the rebroadcast of the program Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM. Follow us on Twitter @ValleyEdition.

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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.

Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition KVPR's Kerry Klein reports on whether Fresno's streets are safe for cyclists. Also on the show, FM89's Ezra David Romero questions whether restoring a salmon run on the San Joaquin River is a good idea in lieu of climate change. Later in the program VE Host Joe Moore interviews the Bakersfield Californian's Steven Mayer about a Bakersfield Police Department corruption case. We also hear from Emily Bazar about how how aid-in-dying isn't so easy. Plus more!

California Healthline

In the interview below Valley Edition Host Joe Moore Interviews Emily Bazar with Kaiser Health News about how aid-in-dying isn't so easy.

  Starting June 9, terminally ill Californians with six months or less to live can request a doctor’s prescription for medications intended to end their lives peacefully.

If that sounds simple, it won’t be.

City of Bakersfield

A drug and corruption scandal has rocked the Bakersfield Police Department. Former narcotics detective Damacio Diaz has accepted a plea deal in connection with federal charges that could send him to prison for life. Now that he’s cooperating with authorities, he has allegedly implicated others in the department, including his former partner on the force, Patrick Mara, who has also reportedly accepted a plea deal.

Andreas Borgeas For Supervisor campaign

It's been 25 years since Fresno County last considered making changes to the charter that essential acts as the constitution for the county. Now after Fresno Superior Court judges placed county probation chief Rick Chavez on administrative leave, the Board of Supervisors is considering making some significant changes to the document. Among them is a provision that would let the county's Chief Administrative Officer responsible for hiring and firing the probation chief, not the court. That change and others could wind up before voters in a future election.

Kerry Klein/KVPR

May was National Bike Month, and Fresno celebrated with group rides, bike clinics and a city-wide bike to work day. But in two high-profile incidents earlier this spring, one cyclist was killed and another seriously injured while riding in central Fresno. So is bicycling safe here?

Jeffrey Hess / Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition Host Joe Moore leads a conversation about politics in California and nationwide. He is joined by Valley Public Radio Reporter Jeffrey Hess, Fresno Bee Reporter John Ellis and Political Analyst Jim Verros. The group talks presidential primaries, congressional races, local races and more.  

To listen to the interview click play above.

Ken Mettler Facebook

Bakersfield’s Kevin McCarthy might be the second most powerful elected Republican in the nation, but that doesn’t mean he’s getting through the 2016 election cycle without a primary challenge from within his own party.

Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition KVPR's Jeffrey Hess reports on what it's like for a commuter who travels to the Bay Area daily. Later in the program we chat with Ken Mettler from Kern County on why he is running for congress.

Jeffrey Hess/KVPR

The average commute in the Central Valley is just around 20 minutes. Now think of a long commute. Now longer. And longer. How about 6 times longer. That is what thousands of workers in the northern end of the valley are doing every day.

They are the target of high-speed rail advocates who think they can convince these mega-commuters to abandon their cars and move to Fresno or Merced to ride the train. But why are these workers making such a long commute in the first place? Reporter Jeffrey Hess shadowed one to experience the trip and ask that very question.

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