In one of this first speeches since securing enough delegates to win the nomination, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump rallied supporters at the Selland Arena in downtown Fresno today.

The speech touched on familiar themes but also took on a topic important to the Central Valley.

“Wow! Thank you, everybody! What a crowd. What a crowd,” said the ever-confident Trump as he took the stage, waving, smiling at cheering supporters and giving his signature thumbs up.

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A new national ranking of American cities shows Fresno is no longer in last place when it comes to providing access to public green space. 

The City of Fresno moved up one spot from dead last to second to last in a ranking of the 100 largest US cities when it comes to public access to parks. Adrian Benepe is Senior Vice President with the group behind the ranking, The Trust For Public Land. 

High-Speed Rail Authority

Supporters of California’s ambitious High-Speed rail project are making a lot of big promises about what the line can achieve, everything from less greenhouse gas emissions to fewer cars on the road. One of the most far-reaching claims is the potential to revolutionize towns where there will be stations like Fresno and Merced.

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The democratic candidates for president are turning their attention to California and the Hillary Clinton campaign is bringing the big guns to the Central Valley.  Former president Bill Clinton made a campaign stop in the valley this week

  “I am here today to introduce William Jefferson Clinton the 42nd president of the United States,”

Joaquin Armabula, 31st district assemblyman introduced the former president who bounded on stage to give the sales pitch for his wife, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

A group of valley law enforcement leaders is coming out against a gun control measure that is expected to be on this fall’s ballot.

The measure, pushed by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, would, among other things, limit gun magazine sizes and require a permit to purchase ammunition.

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims says the measure would do nothing to prevent crime or mass shootings like the attack in San Bernardino.

The Fresno County Board of Supervisors is not accepting a study about possible development in a 5-thousand acre area along the San Joaquin River north of Fresno. Opponents saw the study as a first step toward commercial development along the river bottom.

The so-called ‘Friant Corridor Feasibility Study’ was intended to be a first look at potential places for development from the north edge of Fresno to the Community of Friant.

This week on Valley Edition FM89's Jeffrey Hess reports on a new tax that could bring a boost to Kern County Libraries. We are also joined by Fresno Bee Journalists Barbara AndersonBoNhia Lee and Andrea Castillo to talk about their reporting on blight in Fresno.

Courtesy of The Fresno Bee

Black mold, collapsing ceilings, and units without heat in the middle of the winter – those are just some of the horrible conditions at the dilapidated Summerset Village Apartments last year.

U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

The control tower of the Terminus Dam at Lake Kaweah is currently full of more than 90 feet of water. The flooded tower has crippled the dam’s ability to release water.

At some point on Sunday, April 24th, a water value in the control tower broke and water began pouring into the tower, which controls the release gates on the Terminus dam.

It wasn’t until the next day when the flooding was even noticed and by then the tower was quickly filling.

Friday, divers began swimming into the tower to seal the valve and begin inspecting the damage.

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Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin yesterday cut the ribbon for a new park in southeast Fresno. And this isn’t just any park.

Fresno skateboarders have a new skate park to play in. It’s located behind Romain Park near the junction of routes 41 and 180. And it’s unlike any other skate park in Fresno: it was designed by skateboarders. Hundreds of teenagers and young adults took part in the planning process—including Manuel Martinez.