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On Valley Edition: Drought; High Speed Rail; Buck Owens Book

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This week on Valley Edition we delve into the topics of drought in California, transgender law, high speed rail and more.

Starting off the program Valley Edition Host Joe Moore speaks with meteorologist Steve Johnson about 2013 marking California’s driest year on record. The two talk weather conditions, water and what 2014 may hold for the San Joaquin Valley.  Johnson is the owner of Steve Johnson and Associates and is with Atmospheric Group International.

Later in the program, Moore interviews Fresno Bee Reporter Tim Sheehan about California’s $68 billion high speed rail project. Sheehan, who covers about high speed rail, talks about the rails history, current state and future growth.

Ending the program, Moore is joined by Owens and Grammy nominated producer and author Randy Poe to talk about the country music giant Buck Owens. The two talk about Poe’s new book titled “Buck 'Em! The Autobiography of Buck Owens.”

Joe Moore is the President and General Manager of Valley Public Radio. During his tenure, he's helped lead the station through major programming changes and the COVID-19 pandemic, while maintaining the station's financial health. From 2010-2018 he served as the station's Director of Program Content. In that role, he also served as the host of Valley Edition, and helped launch and grow the station's award-winning local news department. He is a Fresno native and a graduate of California State University, Fresno.
Ezra David Romero is an award-winning radio reporter and producer. His stories have run on Morning Edition, Morning Edition Saturday, Morning Edition Sunday, All Things Considered, Here & Now, The Salt, Latino USA, KQED, KALW, Harvest Public Radio, etc.
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