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Millions of Gallons Of Oily Water Have Surfaced In A Kern County Oil Field, And More Keeps Coming

Juan Flores remembers sitting in a meeting in July when his phone started blowing up. He’s a community organizer with the non-profit advocacy group Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment. “A fellow colleague in environmental justice work, he literally called me three times,” he says. Not wanting to disturb his meeting, Flores declined the calls at first. “By the third time, I said now this is something important and serious so let me actually step out and take the call,” he says. The...

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Four people were shot dead and six others wounded in a shooting Sunday night in the backyard of a Southeast Fresno home. 

"This was a gathering, a family and friend gathering in the backyard," Fresno Police Lt. Bill Dooley said at a press conference Sunday. "Everyone was watching football this evening when unknown suspects approached the residence, snuck into the backyard and opened fire.”

Shooters opened fire on 10 people in the backyard. Others inside the house were not harmed, police said. 

Targeting wealth inequality and the climate change crisis, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders addressed a large crowd at Fresno City College Friday amid a sea of “Bernie” signs and episodic chants of his first name. 

Sanders spoke about a litany of proposals his administration would support including health care as a human right, free college education, the legalization of marijuana in every state, expunging the records of people arrested for marijuana crimes and erasing student debt. 

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders sat down for a brief interview with Valley Pubic Radio before he addressed a large crowd outdoors at Fresno City College Friday.  He  spoke with News Director Alice Daniel and FM89s Kathleen Schock about climate change and the Green New Deal for Public Housing Act, which aims to transform public housing into energy efficient homes. He also addressed DACA, education reform, unsafe drinking water and air pollution in the Valley.

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Juan Flores remembers sitting in a meeting in July when his phone started blowing up. He’s a community organizer with the non-profit advocacy group Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment. “A fellow colleague in environmental justice work, he literally called me three times,” he says.

Not wanting to disturb his meeting, Flores declined the calls at first. “By the third time, I said now this is something important and serious so let me actually step out and take the call,” he says.

In early 2019, reporters from the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism obtained a list of criminal convictions through a Public Records Act request of nearly 12,000 current or former law enforcement officers and people who applied to be in law enforcement over the past decade.

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In 2013 the state implemented the Local Control Funding Formula, a new method of funding K through 12 schools. The goals were to give districts more flexibility in how they spend funds, and to provide more resources for “high-needs” students. However, a recent state audit - which included Clovis Unified - found that billions of dollars earmarked for high-needs students are instead being used to support the general student population. FM89’s Kathleen Schock breaks down the audit with Clovis Unified Legislative Analyst Steve Ward and Fresno County Deputy Superintendent Dr. Kathryn Catania.

On this week's Valley Edition, we go up in the air for an aerial view of Kern County’s Cymric Oil Field. And on the ground in Tulare County, will a village of tiny homes help solve the homeless crisis? 

You may know McFarland for the Disney movie about an against-the-odds cross country track team winning the state championship. But now the town is in the spotlight for a different reason - two investigative reporters tell us about its “second chance” police department. 

 

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California scientists want to know how much cannabis people are consuming on a daily basis. The information could help them set safer standards for the amount pesticide pot farmers should be using on crops.

Capital Public Radio’s Sammy Caiola got a sneak-peak at the research.

Outside Perfect Union dispensary in Sacramento, interviewers sat at a folding table and asked customers to talk about their weed habits.

“Did you smoke out of a joint, blunt, bowl? … It’s a Sunday? A bowl.”

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About two dozen people rallied in downtown Fresno Tuesday in support of the nationwide #RiseForDACA and #HomeIsHere campaign. 

 

The rally was in response to the start of oral arguments the Supreme Court heard in the case brought by the Trump Administration to end DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The Obama-era program gives people brought to the U.S. as children work permits and protection from deportation. 

 

Live Coverage of the House Impeachment Inquiry

Nov 12, 2019
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Valley Public Radio will offer live special coverage of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump in the U.S. House of Representatives. The coverage from NPR begins Wednesday November 13, 2019 at 7:00 AM, with a hearing before the House Intelligence Committee. Further coverage will air on Friday November 15 at 6:00 AM as hearings continue.

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