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These Avocados Could Be The Answer To Growing The Crop Statewide

Customers love the guacamole served tableside at El Torito in Downtown Fresno so much that about half of them order it. Daniel Avalos is the general manager there. Avalos and I just ordered some guac. For $10 the appetizer is created on a platter in front of us. “She cuts the avocados in half and then she’s getting the pulp out of the avocado and putting in the molcajete where we smash the avocado and mix it with veggies,” says Avalos. Avalos says the restaurant goes through about 500...

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'Let Black People Go' Shouts Accused Murderer In Court

It was a loud and defiant first court appearance for 39-year old Kori Muhammad the man accused of four murders, including three that police say were motivated by racist hate. Muhammad entered the courtroom shouting that more natural disasters would strike the U.S. and saying ";let black people go with reparations." He shouted second phrase - demanding reparations - at least two more times during the short court proceeding. Though he is most well-known now for the allegedly racially motivated...

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UC Merced Researcher: Plants Are Shielding Us From Climate Change – For Now

Recent data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimate that carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) concentrations in the atmosphere have risen close to 40 percent since before the industrial revolution. The effects of this rise on climate, sea levels and human societies are still being modeled, but one long-standing mystery for scientists has been how plants respond to rising CO 2 levels, and how their ability to store the greenhouse gas feeds back into the carbon cycle. UC Merced...

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Watchdogs And Feds Say San Luis Reservoir At Risk If An Earthquake Strikes

Some of the same people who warned state leaders about the probability of Oroville Dam failing are now sounding the alarm at San Luis Reservoir in Merced County. It’s the first time since before the drought began that San Luis Reservoir in the hills west of Los Banos is nearly full at about 97 percent . Thousands of drivers wrap around the man-made lake daily and many stop at the Romero Overlook Visitors Center to stretch their legs. From the site there’s a view of the dam, rolling hills and...

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With Drought Assistance Forecast To End Tulare County's Looking For Solutions

Earlier this month Governor Jerry Brown declared the California drought over in all but Tulare, Kings, Fresno and Tuolumne counties. Now the state says it won’t fund drought assistance programs past June. Tulare County is still seeing drought impacts and to continue drought assistance there it'll take about $4 million annually. More than $19 million has been spent on drought assistance in Tulare County alone. "I don't know when the governor is going to say that Tulare County is in a drought,...

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Young Artist's Spotlight - Tulare County Youth Orchestras

Today on Young Artist's Spotlight we feature a number of soloists and ensembles from the Tulare County Youth Orchestras. Sophia Weber - violinist performing La Cinquantaine by Gabriel-Marie accompanied by Rod Henczel
David Navarro & Cameron Silva - cello duo performing Nocturne by Charles de Beriot unaccompanied
Amy Robles - pianist performing Waltz in A Minor by Frederic Chopin
Brent Sunio - violinist performing Elves Dance by E. Jenkinson accompanied by Rod Henczel

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Will A New Deal Prevent Immigration Raids In Madera County?

Since the beginning of April, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has announced more than 350 arrests in raids from New York to Virginia to Texas. Presumably, they could happen anywhere at anytime. But a new quid pro quo with the government has Madera County hoping it can both do away with raids and keep its residents safe. In most of California, county jails are run by county sheriffs. Not so in Madera, where District Attorney David Linn explains the jail belongs to its own Department...

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Interview: Medical Marijuana Companies Target Hanford

Of all places in the Central Valley the City of Hanford has been targeted by a number of companies wanting to establish medical marijuana cultivation businesses. After one business dropped out last month, two others are now interested. H anford Sentinel Reporter Seth Nidever j oined Valley Edition this week t o tell us more and to chat about what one water district near Hanford is doing to prevent flooding from snowmelt. To listen to the interview between Seth Nidever and KVPR Reporter Ezra...

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Drone Racing Buzzes Into The Valley

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in March, Dennis Spear watches his 15-year-old son Matthew Spear pilot a tiny metal drone through a course at a park outside Fresno. “[They’re] like a swarm of angry bees, ” Spear says. Drones have exploded in popularity as the price of the tiny machines has fallen. More than 700-thousand drones were sold in the United States last year. These drones aren’t what you may have seen in the neighborhood or heard about on the news. They are smaller than a Frisbee and are...

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Interview And Story: Fresno Drivers, Truckers Pan Road Taxes, Fees

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders have a huge challenge this week: Convince all but one Democrat in the California Legislature to vote for new fuel tax increases and vehicle fees to repair the state's crumbling roads and highways, an incredibly unpopular vote. To tell us more about the deal Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler joined KVPR's Ezra David Romero on Valley Edition. Take a listen to the interview below. Drivers in Fresno are expressing a largely negative view about the tax. Among...

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Bakersfield College "Hackathon" Brings Health Advocates Together

Today, Bakersfield College kicks off a new event to address health problems in the San Joaquin Valley--its first-ever public health “hackathon.” Over 100 people from across Central California have signed up for the hackathon, which aims to use technology to address public health challenges like chronic disease, food insecurity and environmental health. Nurse and public health student Elizabeth Patterson says her project idea involves helping young adults mentor each other about sexually...

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Outdoorsy 6: Rocks, Fossils and Gold

For today's show, we're exploring the Valley's natural resources. Those can include lots of things, like water, historical artifacts, and animal species, but today we're focusing on rocks, minerals and ancient fossils. We’ll tell you how to find neat resources like these in and around the Valley, and how you and your kids can learn more about them. The audio version even features a few bonus geology puns! GOLD IN THE REGION So we’ve had a really wet winter and spring this year. Reservoirs are...

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Valley Edition: April 25 - Fresno Shooting; Arvin Bikes; High-Speed Rail; Avocados; Bakersfield Jazz

Today on Valley Edition our team reports stories on a bike program for kids in Arvin with a unique donor and how a researcher near Visalia is looking for the perfect avocado for Central Valley growing conditions. We also learn more about last week's quadruple shooting in Fresno. Later we are joined by the Fresno Bee's Tim Sheehan to talk about California high-speed rail. Ending the program we learn all about the Bakersfield Jazz Festival.

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That Sinking Feeling: Corcoran Fears Floods Thanks To Subsidence, Snowmelt

A new map released by NASA earlier this year shows that large portions of California are sinking. The worst of it is in the San Joaquin Valley. One of the main reasons is the over pumping of groundwater, especially in the last five years of drought. All that sinking and all the snow melting in the Sierra has Central Valley water managers like Dustin Fuller worried. He's managing an army of earth movers that are scraping top soil off farmland that surrounds the Corcoran State Prison in Kings...

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From Fresno With Love: Valley Chihuahuas Welcomed In Midwest

Animal shelters in the San Joaquin Valley are inundated every year with thousands of rescued dogs, cats and even pigs. But what happens to the animals that no one seems to want? While some shelters may euthanize, others go to great lengths to keep them alive. One group of animal rescuers has found a creative solution to a supply and demand problem. It’s almost 11 p.m. in an industrial zone of south Fresno. A small back lot near Highway 99 is dark except for the headlights of a van with tinted...

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Valley Public Radio Wins Six "Golden Mike" Awards

The Radio Television News Association of Southern California has awarded Valley Public Radio six prestigious "Golden Mike" Awards at its annual awards banquet in Los Angeles. The event which took place on January 28, 2017 at the Universal City Hilton honors excellence in broadcast news production. Honorees from the station included reporters Jeffrey Hess, Kerry Klein, and Ezra David Romero and ranged in categories ranging from "Best News Reporting" to "Best Government and Political Reporting....

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From Fresno With Love: Valley Chihuahuas Welcomed In Midwest

Animal shelters in the San Joaquin Valley are inundated every year with thousands of rescued dogs, cats and even pigs. But what happens to the animals that no one seems to want? While some shelters may euthanize, others go to great lengths to keep them alive. One group of animal rescuers has found a creative solution to a supply and demand problem. It’s almost 11 p.m. in an industrial zone of south Fresno. A small back lot near Highway 99 is dark except for the headlights of a van with tinted...

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Ezra David Romero

New Town On The Rise Along Highway 41 Will Change Madera County

An explosion of building is ramping up just north of Fresno in Madera County. This area of rolling hills on the way to Yosemite could become a city the size of Clovis. All this development could be good for the county's finances, but as FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports people who already live there say it could change their way of life. Kimberly Gomes is a realtor who grew up in the Madera Ranchos. It’s an unincorporated community of less 10,000 people just minutes from Fresno. It’s been...

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Just One Breath: Valley Fever

Kerry Klein / KVPR

California Prisons Reduce Risk Of Valley Fever For Inmates

As communities across the southwest struggle to prevent valley fever, a sometimes-debilitating fungal disease, one community appears to have made progress: California state prisons, where inmates are at a significantly lower risk of valley fever than they used to be. Here, we explore why—starting with one man who wasn’t so lucky. Richard Nuwintore was barely three weeks into his sentence at Taft Correctional Institution when he began to cough and experience chest pain. Within a few days, it...

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