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On this week’s Valley Edition: Black community leaders in Bakersfield are meeting with law enforcement, and calling for more transparency. They tell us about the push to establish a community police advisory board.

Plus, COVID-19 cases are on the rise in every county in the San Joaquin Valley. We bring you our weekly health update. 

Later, we speak to Fresno violinist Patrick Contreras who told us how he’s kept busy during the pandemic, even after losing every major booking for the year.

Futuro Media Group

As the host of the popular NPR show Latino USA and founder of the non-profit Futuro Media Group, Maria Hinojosa shines a light on the experience of the Latinx community in America. And with the release of her memoir in September, Hinojosa will soon be sharing some more personal stories with her fans. FM 89's Kathleen Schock spoke with Hinojosa about her book and the challenges of reporting during a pandemic.

This week on Valley Edition: January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. We talk to people on the front lines tackling this complex problem. 

Plus, elections are changing in Fresno County as it adopts the Voters Choice Model. Madera County is also using that model, so ahead of this year’s primary, we ask the county clerks what local voters need to know.

And later, we hear from one of the nation’s leading researchers on chronic absence in schools.  

Listen to those stories and more on the podcast above.