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On Valley Edition: Immunization Law; Shrinking Middle Class; Learn2Earn

This week on Valley Edition, we revisit the issue of the state's efforts to replace the former Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) program with the new Community Based Adult Services (CBAS) program. Advocates for those with severe disabilities say the new program is turning away many who should qualify, but the state disagrees. Lauren Whaley brings us a special report from Sacramento.

We also examine a new bill approved by the State Senate that would require parents seeking a personal belief exemption to meet with a physician before opting out of immunizations for their children. Catherine Flores Martin, Director of the California Immunization Coalition joins us to talk about the bill.

Also on this week's program, we look at the decline of the middle class, both in the San Joaquin Valley and nationally, and what can be done to keep the dream of a good paying job alive. We talk with Rich Morin from Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends project about their new study on the nation's shrinking middle class, and with Blake Konczal of the Fresno Regional Workforce Investment Board about the local job market. We also hear from Linda Davidson of Fresno's new Learn2Earn program. 

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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