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On Valley Edition: Mariachi; Water; DUI Alcohol Limit; Bakersfield Beating Update; Pres. Welty

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 This week on Valley Edition we take a look into stories and issues across the region including water, possibly reducing the the legal limit for blood alcohol content for drivers, an update surrounding a Bakersfield man who was beaten to death by law enforcement and more.

This weekend the stage of the Saroyan Theatre will be filled with hundreds of young musicians, with hundreds more in the audience. It’s all part of an en effort by a Fresno composer to break down the boundaries between classical music and mariachi, and to bring young audiences into the world of music, in a fun, interactive way. FM89’s Rebbeca Plevin reports the story. Details for the show are available at http://youthorchestrasfresno.org/.

Also on Valley Edition, host Juanita Stevenson discusses with state and national leaders about the National Transportation Safety Board’s recent proposal to decrease the DUI alcohol blood level form .08 to .05. Joining Stevenson are Deborah Hersman, chairman for the National Transportation Safety Board, and Chris Cochran, assistant director of Marketing and Public Affairs for the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Leading the second half of the program, Steven Mayer, a Bakersfield Californian reporter, brings an update from Kern County concerning the Bakersfield man who beaten by Kern County Sheriff’s deputies.

Ending the show, Valley Public Radio’s Joe Moore interviews Fresno State President John Welty who will retire this summer.  


  • Blood Alcohol Content

Deborah Hersman – Chairman for the National Transportation Safety Board.

Chris Cochran – Assistant Director Marketing and Public Affairs, California Office of Traffic Safety

  • Bakersfield Beating
  • Steven Mayer – Reporter with The Bakersfield Californian. 


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