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Fresno Diocese Rolls Out Survivor Compensation Program. Lawyers Claim It’s Because Of Proposed Law

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno has been under pressure the last few months to release its own list of priests who have been accused of sexual abuse. Although a list hasn’t been released yet, the diocese is rolling out a settlement program for survivors. Some attorneys who represent survivors find it to be strategic and controversial. “The problem with that process is it allows the Catholic bishops and the diocese to hold onto the secrets and to continue thus the practices they’ve...

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A Central Valley Sheriff is encouraging carriers of concealed weapons to use their guns in the event of an active shooter or other threat. It started when Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreax decided he was tired of hearing about active shooters taking innocent lives.

“They’re going into situations where the playing field is not an even game by any means, and that we have people that are having to run for their lives based on someone coming in, overpowering them with a gun,” says Boudreaux.

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A Bakersfield College student and farmworker who was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after publicly reading a poem critical of the agency was released Monday afternoon after two NFL players and immigration advocacy organizations posted his bail.

 

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In 2024, a state law will require the dairy industry to begin to significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. A recent legal settlement will help Tulare County, the nation’s leading dairy producer, to meet that goal.

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Over the last 200 days of legislative session, freshman Congressman TJ Cox has brought the House Committee on Natural Resources Chair Raul Grijalva to the San Joaquin Valley for a water tour, co-sponsored Valley Fever legislation, and thrown his support behind a number of Democratic party agenda items. Last weekend, he held an open house at a new district office in Selma. 

 

National Park Service

 

And now it’s time for the weekend. We’re taking you on an armchair listening tour of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.  Scientists, park rangers and others have recorded 265 sounds in the park that are now accessible to the public on the national parks website. It’s called the Soundscape Library and it offers interactive maps, photos and information along with recorded sound from the foothills all the way up to the alpine peaks. 

 

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The Fresno Unified School District board voted 6-0 this week to censure board member Terry Slatic for unethical conduct. The censure means Slatic can’t attend internal staff meetings and he must notify school administrators before visiting district campuses. He’ll also need an escort. And before he takes on leadership roles as a trustee, he must take an anger management course. For more on this, Kathleen Schock spoke with Slatic and board member Veva Islas.

Courtesy of Stacy Williams

We’ve just heard from Fresno Unified Trustees Terry Slatic and Veva Islas about the board’s motion to censure Slatic. But there’s also a group of concerned citizens and parents who want Slatic to be recalled from the board, in part because Bullard High School students say he threatened to kick kids off the cheer team if they brought up a blackface incident again. The incident involved two cheerleaders who were allowed to stay on the team.  We spoke with Stacy Williams, who is leading the recall effort. 

 

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Homelessness is on the rise in many Valley counties and with that comes increased concerns about addressing people’s basic needs like health care. On Wednesday, Clinica Sierra Vista marked National Health Care for the Homeless Day with a free health fair  including vaccines, screenings and even haircuts. We met Frances Ruth Redmond-Sconiers at the event. She’s 68 and she says she's been living on and off the streets for the past few years.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

One of the biggest fears during any earthquake is that the movement could damage major infrastructure. The recent Ridgecrest earthquakes jolted less than 50 miles away from Lake Isabella, where the Isabella Dam is in the midst of a $600 million improvement project by the US Army Corps of Engineers. How did the dam fare during the earthquakes, and how much longer until the upgrades will be complete? We sat down for an update with Army Corps project manager Anthony Burdock.

On this week’s Valley Edition: The Fresno Unified School Board voted to censure Trustee Terry Slatic for unethical conduct. We’ll hear from Slatic himself and from Trustee Veva Islas, who wants him recalled.

And later, when you’re homeless, health care becomes much more complicated. We talk to a 68-year-old woman about the obstacles she’s experienced.

We also hear from freshman Congressman TJ Cox in his new Selma District Office.

Listen to those stories and more on the podcast above.

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