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Californians will vote in a couple weeks on whether or not the recreational use of marijuana should be legalized or not. And as FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports one Central California city is looking at how it can cash in on this green revolution. Patrick Keough wanted out of Coalinga about five years ago. The 18,000 people or so that call this town in the hills of the coastal range home couldn’t support his realty company. “I told my wife I want to leave, I want more opportunity for us and...

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This week on Valley Edition our reporters tackle the issues of rights for farm workers and the decline of officer involved shootings in Fresno , as well as the first hackathon for agriculture . Also on the program we talk about the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Joining the conversation are Fresno State Professor Barlow Der Mugrdechian and the Honorary Consul of the Armenian Embassy Berj Apkarian. Ending the program host Joe Moore chats with UC Davis biologist Peter Moyle about...

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This past weekend a group of computer coders courted a group of farmers in Fresno County to create phone apps for their farms. Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero reports. If you’ve been on the popular dating application Tinder, then you’ve done this before. Swipe right for a potential date or swipe left to reject someone. But here at the first “ Apps for Ag ” hackathon at West Hills Community College in Coalinga , Tinder meets the world of invasive pests with a new app. “We’re opening up...

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After winning the Kentucky Derby without breaking a sweat, California Chrome is one step closer to horse racing’s ultimate but elusive goal - the Triple Crown. The San Joaquin Valley grown colt blew away the field at Saturday's 140 th running of the Kentucky Derby. His 77-year-old trainer, Art Sherman, is now the oldest trainer to win the Derby. Reid Cherner with USA Today has covered nearly 20 years of horse racing and says the race was over when the gates opened. "When jockey Victor...

Harris Farms

It’s every horse owners' dreams. A fairy tale come true. A modest and agile colt with four white feet and a giant white blaze on his chestnut face born in the San Joaquin Valley is now the favorite in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. Just a month ago at the Santa Anita Derby, California Chrome dominated the field. That win in Southern California is just the latest chapter in a remarkable story that has its roots in Fresno County. David McGlothlin, gave me a tour of where it all began, at the Harris...

On Monday afternoon, the federal receiver in charge of health care in California’s prisons ordered the state prison to remove inmates from two Central Valley prisons who are especially at risk of contracting valley fever. A day later, the state and experts are digesting that directive. Valley Public Radio's Rebecca Plevin reports, as part of the Reporting on Health Collaborative’s investigation into the disease. ---- The day after a federal receiver ordered two state prisons to exclude...

Transcript MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: We want to turn, now, to a current effort to address a decades-old tragedy. In 1948, a U.S. Immigration Service plane carrying undocumented immigrants from California to Mexico, crashed. All 32 people onboard were killed. But while news accounts listed the names of the four people in the flight crew, the 28 undocumented victims were just listed as Mexican deportees. This upset folk musician Woody Guthrie and inspired him to write a poem, titled "Plane Wreck at...

This week on Valley Edition we look into an airplane disaster that took place in the hills near Coalinga 65 years ago. The accident grabbed national headlines and even inspired a song by Woody Guthrie titled 'Deportee.' Valley Public Radio reporter Rebecca Plevin explores the tragedy with the help of local author Tim Z. Hernandez and his quest to ensure that those who died in the crash are not forgotten. Hernandez, along with the Fresno Diocese and Holy Cross Cemetery are working together to erect a memorial headstone with the full names of all 28 passengers.

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Author Tim Z. Hernandez was digging through old newspapers at the Fresno County library when a dramatic headline from the late 1940s captured his attention. “ I stumbled upon this headline that said, ‘100 people see a ship plunge to the earth’ or something like that. It was just really a captivating headline. I instantly realized after reading it that it had to be tied into Woody Guthrie’s song, ” says Hernandez. The sky plane caught fire over Los Gatos Canyon/A fireball of lightning, and...

A 5.3 magnitude earthquake struck central California late Saturday night, according to the U.S. Geologic Survey. The quake, which was felt in Fresno and throughout the Central Valley struck at 11:55 p.m. and was centered 30 miles northwest of Coalinga. Info from the USGS: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/nc71863625#summary

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