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This month in Tulare, voters are being asked to weigh in on a big issue – whether or not to support a $55 million bond measure for hospital construction at the Tulare Regional Medical Center. The hospital last issued an $85 million bond back in 2005 to fund a new tower for the hospital. But the project went out of control, and construction stopped as the money ran out, with the tower incomplete. Will voters choose to support the hospital in a special mail-in ballot election? And if they don’t...

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The World Ag Expo began its three day run in Tulare Today/Tuesday. FM89's Ezra David Romero reports this year’s show is as much about software as it is farm equipment. There are plenty of new tractors this year at the World Ag Expo. But it's not companies like John Deere and Caterpillar stealing the limelight. It’s rather groups that make products that fit in the palm of a hand. Marisa Carpenter is a spokesman for the expo. CARPENTER: “There’s a lot of mobile based items and I think they’re...

Tulare County Symphony

The Tulare County Symphony is a vital part of the south valley's musical landscape. This year the orchestra has assembled a season featuring a varied selection of musical masterworks, guest soloists and new ideas that aim to bring new audiences to classical music. Musical director and conductor Bruce Kiesling joined us on Valley Edition to talk about their upcoming concert on October 3rd at the Visalia Fox Theatre, featuring music of Latin America, as well as the rest of the 2015/2016 season.

Tulare Union High School website

Public schools in California would be banned from using ‘Redskins’ as a team name or mascot under a bill headed to Governor Jerry Brown. Democratic Assemblyman Luis Alejo says it’s time for California to restrict what many consider a racial slur. Alejo: “The ‘R word’ was once used to describe Native American scalps sold for bounty at a time when our state condoned the killing of native peoples. Such terms have no business being used as a mascot in our public schools or otherwise.” But...

John Chacon / California Department of Water Resources

A provision in the newest California budget could give the state the power to force mergers between small water providers and larger companies. A number of small central valley water utilities are facing dried up wells and dirty water due to the drought. Many of the smallest water providers in the valley have just one well and lack the resources or customer base to continue to provide clean water. Laurel Firestone with the Community Water Center says merging with bigger companies gives those...

"Redskins" Bill Advances In California Legislature

Jun 17, 2015
Tulare Union High School website

Sports teams using the nickname “Redskins” are coming under increased pressure nationally to abandon the name. As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, a bill at the state Capitol would make California the first state to ban public schools from using “Redskins” as their nickname or mascot. The NFL’s Washington Redskins are the most prominent sports team with the nickname that Native Americans say is offensive. But they’re not alone. Public schools in many states have Redskins mascots. All face...

Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

As the world’s largest agricultural trade show comes to an end today in Tulare County, FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports on how the farm show boosts the local economy. The World Ag Expo in Tulare isn’t only about the latest in farm technology. It’s also about bringing outside dollars into the Valley. "The regional impact is that the hotels are full from Saturday to Saturday and there’s a tremendous amount of excitement and energy in the region," says Tricia Stever Blattler is the director of...

Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

Fashion is a high dollar business, with million dollar runway shows across the globe. This year at the largest agricultural expo, the world of farming is borrowing an idea from the fashion industry, with a special show of its own. FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports. I’m in the front row of a fashion show unlike any other. Bright lights, models and a catwalk are replaced by blue skies, tractors and a dirt arena. This fashion show, otherwise known as the Arena Equipment Showcase at the World Ag...

The World Ag Expo began its three day run in Tulare on Tuesday. FM89's Ezra David Romero says this year's show has a focus on drones, robotic technology and apps for the farm. Romero: "Everyone's really excited about drones this year. I know drones are a hot topic, so there's three or four different drone exhibitors. A lot of them are using infrared technology and GoPro-style cameras and they're flying over fields and making these maps that are a composite of their acreage, and they're...

Tulare County Office Of Emergency Services

The drought in Central California has hit many farmers and homeowners hard. Perhaps those hardest hit are in Tulare County where the number of dry wells spiked this week. New data released today from the Tulare County Office of Emergency Services reports the number of private well failures in the county grew by 19 percent since October 6. Andrew Lockman with the agency says the increase is due to more homeowners reporting dry wells and new data from partnering agencies. “As we find additional...

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