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KSEE 24’s Evan Onstot joined us on Valley Edition to talk about local politics, the row over bonuses paid out to top City of Fresno employees and high speed rail.

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This week on Valley Edition Reporter Ezra David Romero explores why Tulare County is considering red tagging drought stricken rental homes. Later we speak with Eric Eidlin on how German high speed rail compares to plans for California High Speed Rail. Eidlin is a regional policy fellow of the German Marshall Fund and works for the Federal Transit Administration.

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This week on Valley Edition our reporting staff takes a look at West Fresno and the issues faced there. FM89's Diana Aguilera looks into West Fresno's troubling and often overlooked history of segregation. While KVPR's Jeffrey Hess reports on the possible future development of the area. Later Fresno City Councilman Oliver Baines joins the conversation.

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This week on Valley Edition we hear from Ben Bergman, with partner station KPCC in Pasadena, in a series called "The Future of Water." Bergman reports from Madera where he speaks with farmers about where water will come from 25 years from now.

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This week on Valley Edition we take a look at the notion of whether Fresno can be poverty free. VE Host Joe Moore was joined by Assistant Professor at UC Davis M. Anne Visser, Zocalo Public Square's Joe Matthews and Sher Moua with Fresno Building Healthy Communities. 

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Grapes, including raisins, are the third largest crop in California grossing almost $6 billion in 2014. To harvest the labor intensive crop it takes thousands of workers. But as Ezra David Romero reports a new raisin grape variety bred in Central California could severely decrease that need for workers.

It takes a lot of hand labor to harvest raisins, three or more rounds of pruning, quality control and picking. And to pay those workers costs a lot of money. That’s why the raisin industry is desperately searching for a way to spend less on labor creating a larger profit margin.

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On this week's program FM89's Ezra David Romero reports on a new raisin variety that could severely decrease the labor needed to grow and harvest the crop. Also KVPR's Diana Aguilera reports on how farmworkers are impacted by STDs in the Central California town of Mendota.

Stillian Kirov is only sixth conductor of the Bakersfield Symphony. Before accepting the position in Kern County he was an associate conductor of the Seattle Symphony. Earlier this year he was named Music Director of Symphony in C in New Jersey. He accepted the position in Bakersfield in June. 

Kirov spoke with Valley Edition Joe Moore about his plans for the symphony and details about the upcoming season. For the the interview click above.

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On July 31st, 2015 the staff of the Buck Rock Fire Lookout in the Sequoia National Forest spotted smoke from a small lightning caused fire near Rough Creek. The blaze would quickly grow in the tinder dry forest, eventually becoming the largest fire recorded in this part of the Sierra, destroying over 151,000 acres. 

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This week on Valley Edition the program begins with Political Junkie Ken Rudin speaking with VE Host Joe Moore about Kevin McCarthy and how he could become the next House Speaker.