Fresno

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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? Dennis Ball is wearing a Spandex shirt, padded shorts, and clip-in shoes, and he’s looking at me through a tiny mirror on his helmet. He’s president of the Fresno Cycling Club, and he’s taking me on a bike tour of...

The countdown is on. The candidates and their supporters have swarmed the state. It’s just a few days until the big California presidential primary and this time the Central Valley is flexing some political muscle. The unusual attention lavished on the region could be a sign of things to come. Over the course of a week, the Central Valley has had visits from some of the heaviest hitters in American politics. Starting with former President Bill Clinton stumping for his wife, the Democratic...

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The City of Fresno has held a ceremonial groundbreaking on a new public transit system designed to bring faster, more convenient bus service on two major commercial corridors. The Bus Rapid Transit line is a proposal nearly two decades in the making. Officially known as ‘The Q’, the new rapid transit buses are designed to more swiftly carrier riders north and south on Blackstone and east and west on Kings Canyon Boulevard. The plan is to have the buses stop at stations every ten minutes and...

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The Central Valley has been a political hotbed for the last week and might even see another presidential candidate come through before the primary election next Tuesday. Sunday night, Democratic Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders spoke at the Fresno Fairgrounds, rehashing many of his policy positions like tuition-free college and Wall Street reform as well as Valley-centric issues like health care for farm workers. But he also took square aim at the presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. “Trump...

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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...

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 e ver-confident Trump as he took the stage, waving, smiling at cheering supporters and giving his signature thumbs up. Trump opened his more than...

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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. BENEPE: "Fresno has improved slightly. It added a dog park. It added a couple playgrounds. It...

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. For more on the topic we spoke with a few experts this week on Valley Edition. Joining the conversation are Elizabeth Jonasson with the...

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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 42 nd 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...

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. “Voters should be concerned about passing any additional gun control laws....

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