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Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

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...

This week on Valley Edition we are joined by Fresno Police Department Sheriff Sergeant Steven Castro to talk about how the force is using technology to determine the threat score of potential criminals. Fresno Bee Reporter John Ellis also joins the program to chat about California politics. KVPR Reporter Ezra David Romero reports on the future of the California almond industry and FM89 reporter Jeffrey Hess reports on pot . Ending the program we turn our ears to the sounds of modern classic...

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California farmers are known for producing some of the finest fruits, vegetables and nuts in the world. But what if big agriculture here also included marijuana? If the legalization of recreational pot makes it onto the November 2016 ballot and passes, local growers might have a new crop to harvest. FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports that some Central Valley farmers are already eyeing just that possibility. A few years ago Los Banos Farmer Cannon Michael discovered a one-acre illegal marijuana...

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Marijuana is big business in California. By some estimates pot is actually the state's top cash crop. But with the boom in marijuana cultivation, there is also a significant environmental toll. Mountain tops are being leveled, and streams are being illegally diverted threatening species already stressed by the drought. With the possibility of marijuana legalization looming in 2016, the issue of how to clean up the environmental damage caused by pot production is a big concern. To talk about...

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

The Fresno City Council is moving forward with a plan to modify the city's medical marijuana law. But as FM89's Joe Moore reports, the change could be short lived. The new law would amend another passed last year by the council that banned all marijuana cultivation in the city. If the new proposal becomes law, residents would be allowed to grow up to four marijuana plants indoors, for their personal medicinal use. Councilmember Clint Olivier voted in favor of the change. He says with...

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Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims began her third term in office last week. Since she became sheriff in 2006, law enforcement and criminal justice have seen massive changes: big budget cuts, mandatory jail releases, realignment and sentencing reform. In this interview with Valley Public Radio, Mims talks about the challenges of rebuilding the department for the future, the state of the county’s jail population after years of early releases, and about criticism involving the consolidation of...

Segment 1: Valley Economy
As world markets continue to try to make sense out of the US debt downgrade, and nationwide poor job creation numbers, what does it mean for Valley residents and the local economy. Host Juanita Stevenson talks with Fresno State business professor Dr. Bill Rice, and Cal State Bakersfield business professor Dr. John Emery about what the latest developments mean for local residents. Segment 2: Medical Marijuana
County Supervisors in both Kern and Fresno...