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Oct 12, 2015
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In 1984, Dan Whitehurst, then-mayor of Fresno, California, appeared on Late Night With David Letterman to discuss a depressing distinction: his city had been ranked the least livable in America by Places Rated Almanac. During the discussion, Letterman asked if there’s even anything to like about Fresno. “It seldom gets over 120 [degrees],” Whitehurst said.

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Two Central Valley Counties are among the first in the state to take an aggressive evidence based approach to California’s prison re-alignment. This is the first time the so-called Results First initiative has been used in California.

Kern and Fresno Counties are two of the four California counties to apply the Results First Initiative in their jails.

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Muslim students at Fresno State have been excused from classes today following concerns about nationwide anti-Muslim protests. The President of the college made the decision at the requests of students.

The Saudi Student Association at Fresno State went to the college President Joseph Castro late Thursday evening to say they were worried about protests that are rumored to occur around the nation today and tomorrow.

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak visited Fresno Thursday night to talk technology at the opening of the San Joaquin Valley Town Hall Lecture Series.

Wozniak spoke to a packed crowd at the William Saroyan Theater, including more than 1,000 students, about the importance of science, engineering and technology in the modern economy.

Wozniak says despite disadvantages in the valley such as high poverty and unemployment, it is possible for young people here to replicate his success.

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The surprise decision by Bakersfield Representative Kevin McCarthy to withdraw from the House speakers’ race could mean bad news for the Central Valley, according to local political experts. Many have speculated that having a speaker from the valley could have elevated local concerns in Washington.

In an understated way, this is how Representative McCarthy opened his press conference to explain his decision.

“I think I shocked some of you, eh?”

Diana Aguilera

Today state health officials arrived in Fresno for a four day meeting to tackle what local leaders are calling a chlamydia epidemic.

In a rare occasion, the state department of public health sent a team of experts to Fresno. They’re meeting with local health providers in hopes of reducing the alarming rates of chlamydia, especially in teens and young adults.

“Fresno County is a hot spot for chlamydia and for reproductive and sexual health in general,” says Heidi Bauer, a doctor with the Department of Public Health.

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The head of the Fresno Unified School District is coming under fire after claims that he instructed his staff use a cell phone app that sends messages without leaving any trace. That practice could raise ethical and legal problems for district superintendent Michael Hanson.

Journalist Mark Arax was the first to report that Hanson allegedly used the Cyber Dust app which claims it leaves no record of any of the messages sent or received.

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Fresno State political scientist Thomas Holyoke says the political future of Bakersfield Representative Kevin McCarthy looks bright. McCarthy, Holyoke says, is the odds on favorite to be the next Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. It’s a powerful position that could mean big things for representative and the valley. Holyoke takes on some of the bigger questions facing McCarthy.

Why would McCarthy want this job if John Boehner doesn’t?

It’s not every day that the mayor of Fresno and city councilmember attend the opening of a grocery store, but that was the scene this morning at a new Smart and Final on Blackstone Avenue.

The location grocery store was the center of a heated political debate earlier this year between Mayor Ashley Swearengin and City Councilmember Clint Olivier, who both chose to attend the opening.

The store is moving into a building left vacant when previous grocery store went out of business.

Cultiva La Salud

A local group is putting pressure on Fresno Unified School District to unlock school gates after hours and on weekends. As FM89’s Diana Aguilera reports, they say every child no matter what zip code they live in should have a place to play.

The Fresno-based organization Cultiva La Salud, which means “cultivate health” is asking the district to keep school gates unlocked in south Fresno. They say in an area with high rates of obesity and lack of green spaces, kids need a place where they can play and be physically active after hours.

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