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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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It’s not every day that two Fresno musicians release a new CD on the prestigious Smithsonian Folkways record label. But Agustin Lira and Patricia Wells aren’t your typical Fresno musicians.

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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. 

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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.

Valley Public Radio

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.

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.

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