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According to researchers at Rice University, children from high income families will experience hearing 30 million more words by age four than children of low income families. That’s from parents or others just reading or talking to young children, just describing the world around them. Researchers say this so-called “word gap” has big implications for brain development, educational achievement and long-term success. Now a national program from a group called Too Small To Fail is taking on...

M Street Arts Complex

Over the past decade, downtown Fresno's arts scene has blossomed with new galleries and studios, not to mention live-work lofts and an area filled with public art that's been dubbed the mural district. This month, there's a big new addition to that scene with something called the M Street Arts Complex, by developer Granville Homes. The facility held its grand opening this past weekend and this Thursday night it will host its first Art Hop, with an exhibit titled "Spectacle: A Closer Look at...

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Bob Mitchell grew up in a vibrant neighborhood. “We had cleaners, ice cream parlors, and the types of amenities that make a community whole,” Mitchell recalls. But over the years, the community changed. “As Fresno continued to grow, West Fresno began to see its demise,” he says. “West Fresno was one of the older communities, but as you can see now, it is just a shell of what it once was.” Now, many of those amenities are gone. But it does have heavy industrial facilities and lots of low...

Rebecca Plevin / Valley Public Radio

About a dozen West Fresno residents and advocates gathered in front of Fresno City Hall today to express their disapproval of a text amendment that would pave the way for Granville Homes to plant a 360-acre almond orchard in their neighborhood. Among them was Venise Curry, a West Fresno resident and physician. She’s concerned the proposed operation could expose residents to dust and pesticides, and harm their air and water. “We are opposing this text amendment on the grounds of public health,...