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Jackets bearing a logo that is similar to the one used by the United Farm Workers labor union will be removed from Urban Outfitters stores after a dispute over the trademark.

The Economist

Three years ago, The Economist published an article that chronicled the toll the great recession had taken on the people and the economy of the San Joaquin Valley, calling the region the Appalachia of the West. Last week, the UK-based publication published another set of articles about the region, detailing an economy that continues to struggle and the potential economic impact of the planned high speed rail system. Tom Nuttall, the U.S. West Coast Correspondent for The Economist joined us on...

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State officials have launched an investigation into a demolition accident at a former PG&E power plant in Bakersfield which injured several bystanders on Saturday. Demolition contractors had planned to use explosives to topple two large structures at the plant just south of Rosedale Highway at Coffee Road. But the blast sent debris and shrapnel beyond the 1000 foot safety zone setup by officials, striking people who had gathered to watch the explosion. One curious onlooker at a local...

The planned implosion of a former PG&E power plant injured several early Saturday morning in Bakersfield.

California Economy Inches Up in World Ranking

Jul 11, 2013

There’s new evidence that California’s economic outlook is improving. A new study shows the state is regaining its place as the world’s eighth-largest economy this year after falling to ninth during the recent downturn. “There are numerous signs that the state has finally moved into positive ground after this very long and deep recession," says Steven Levy, Director of the Center for the Continuing Study of the California Economy, which conducted the study. He says upswings in key industries...

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

For decades, the summertime family road trip has been an enduring tradition for most Americans. Nearly all of us share memories of piling into the family station wagon, minivan or SUV (depending on your generation) to hit the road in search of the summer fun. But sometimes the journey can be just as memorable as the destination itself. Roadside attractions, from classic to kitsch, are a vital part of the American road trip tradition. For travelers hitting the highways en route to Central...

Ezra Romero / Valley Public Radio

With the official start of summer just three days away, the Valley Public Radio news team decided to take our weekly meeting out of the the office and into North Fresno. We landed at a restaurant with cuisine from the America’s south of the Hemisphere. The place: Limón Peruvian Cuisine . Our meal was wonderful. Between the three of us we ordered a whole chicken spiced with citrus and herbs, sweet potato fries and a tasty sirloin, pea and mushroom risotto. But the highlight was the secret that...

Ezra Romero / Valley Public Radio

Consumers nationwide love big ice cream names like Dreyer’s and Haagen-Dazs . But do they know that the milk in these ice creams flow from San Joaquin Valley cows? To answer this question, Valley Public Radio's Ezra Romero visits ice cream factories in Kern and Tulare counties to report on how Big Dairy in the San Joaquin Valley is contributing to the nation's ice cream supply. ______________________________________________________ Clifford Fung, eats a lot of ice cream. Three to five times a...

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

UPDATED: 5/17/13 (see below) Could Fresno foodies soon be enjoying a gourmet meal at the top of the tallest privately-owned building in Central California? Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin suggested as much with this interesting nugget of information during her State of the City address today: "Plans were just submitted in this particular city's downtown for a high-end restaurant and lounge on the 15th and 16th floors of the tallest building in Central California." That building would be the...

Ezra Romero / Valley Public Radio

In a region of the country known for its agriculture exploits and groundbreaking farming techniques a new sort of innovation is developing. The Fresno Grizzlies along with Fresno Idea Works held the first ever Mini Maker Faire in Fresno on Sunday. Valley Public Radio’s Ezra Romero has this report.
----- It was a regular day at the ballpark. The crack of the bat, the crowd cheering as a player hits a ball out of the stadium and Parker -- the Fresno Grizzlies mascot – making the audience...

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