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On Valley Edition: Fresno FAX, Trash, Kettleman City Health; Flu; Janka

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This week on Valley Edition, Juanita Stevenson reports on the dispute between Fresno FAX bus drivers and the city of Fresno. Valley Public Radio’s Ezra Romero brings an updated report on the battle over Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s plan to outsource Fresno’s residential trash service. We also look to the effects of pollution caused by diesel in Kettleman City in a report by 89.3’s Rebecca Plevin. Jonathan London, an assistant professor of Human and Community Development at University of California, Davis, also chimes in on the discussion.

In the second segment of the program we talk about the effects of the flu in the Valley.  Has influenza hit the Valley as hard as it has in Los Angeles County and other parts of the country?  We ask Leticia Berber, a healthcare specialist with the Public Health Department of Fresno County, about the reality of the flu in the region and where to get low cost flu shots.

And finally, we speak with Oscar Speace and Janice Noga of “Janka: A Play,” the story of holocaust survivor Janka Festinger told through a play set to perform in Visalia on Saturday Jan. 26. Janice Noga, Festinger’s daughter-in-law, brings the memory of Festinger back to life through the performance.

Show info: “Janka: A Play,” by Oscar Speace. Jan. 26 at 210, 210 W. Center St., Visalia, Calif. $15 per person or $25 for two tickets. Tickets are available at 210 or by calling 559-308-1333.

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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