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On Valley Edition: Foster Youth; Heat Illness

Segment 1: Foster Kids
FM89’s Tracey Scharmann reports on how a program at a local college is helping former foster youth gain not only an education, but also a solid foundation in life as independent adults. Host Juanita Stevenson also talks with guests Colleen McGauley, Executive Director, of CASA of Kern County; Cathi Huerta recently retired director of the Fresno County Department of Social Services, Margaret Jackson, Director of the Cultural Broker Family Advocate Program, and Deshunna Ricks, former foster youth.

Segment 2: Heat Illness
The record-breaking heat wave that has scorched the Eastern U.S. is a stark reminder of California's vulnerability to dangerous summer temperatures. Those who work in the heat must take extra precautions to stay safe. The state is stepping in as well, conducting sweeps of outdoor work sites to make sure employers are protecting their employees. California workplace-safety officials say they are investigating six possible heat-related deaths since April, including those of two farmworkers in Southern California. Meanwhile, Valley farmers and farmworkers are at odds with each other over different interpretations of the state's heat safety laws. FM89’s Shellie Branco files this report, and host Juanita Stevenson talks with an expert on heat illness, Dr. Matthew Murphy, a senior epidemiologist with the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA.

Segment 3: Around Town – Comedy in the Valley
Host Juanita Stevenson talks with Fresno Bee entertainment reporter Mike Osegueda about the Valley’s burgeoning comedy scene, and Tracey Scharmann provides a sound montage of Central Valley comics talking about their work.

Juanita Stevenson has lived and worked in Fresno for the past 24 years. She is perhaps best known to Valley residents as a longtime reporter and news anchor with local television station ABC30, and has also worked at stations KJWL, KYNO and ValleyPBS. She is the recipient of the 2001 Associated Press Award for Best Reporting, and the 1997 Radio & Television News Directors Association Regional Edward R. Murrow award for Best Reporting.
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