MERCED The first of four city budget meetings started Monday night with City Manager John Bramble explaining his somewhat optimistic assessment of municipal finances."We are starting to turn the corner," said Bramble. "I wish I could say we were around it, but we're just not there yet."
FRESNO Fears of a potential farm labor shortage have caused San Joaquin Valley growers to boost wages to as much as $10 an hour this year to attract and keep workers for the harvest season.
MERCED A 33-year-old Merced man died after being shot at Fahrens Park early Monday, Merced police reported.
MERCED A former Mercedian will be one of the contestants on the ABC reality game show "Wipeout" when it airs tonight, her mother said.
GUSTINE Merced County sheriff's deputies and drug task force agents descended upon a massive marijuana growing operation in the Fremont Ford State Recreation Area on Thursday. More than 15,000 plants were eradicated during the operation about five miles northeast of Gustine Airport, said Sgt. Rich Howard of the Merced Multi-Agency Narcotics/HIDTA Task Force.
MODESTO A man accused of fatally shooting a store clerk in 2009 pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Wednesday. Mark Burgess, 25, and Ernesto Morales Jr., 24, both of Merced, are accused of killing Harinder Sanghera, 28, of Ceres.
MERCED From the silly to the sacred, the 2013 Spring Choral Concert by the Merced College Chorale and Chamber Singers has something for nearly every musical taste. Each song really is so different musically that it keeps the practicing as well as the performing exciting to experience, soprano Lori Rupp said. In order to make it all happen, even our animals noises from one song must have all the singers end up on the right chords.
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A bill making its way to the state Senate floor would make it easier for companies to relocate to the former Castle Air Force Base, according to county officials.The elimination of redevelopment agencies in 2011 limited the county's ability to sell property on the former military base.
A new Medicare program that punishes hospitals with high patient readmissions rates is forcing administrators to reach out and improve how patients are cared for even after they're wheeled out the hospital doors.
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TURLOCK Mark Speckman's cell phone is attached to a loop of Velcro encircling his right arm. When he's ready to text or call up something, he activates it easily with his stumps for hands.
A national news magazine has singled out several area school districts as the best for their efforts to prepare students for college or careers.
Two people have been arrested in the shooting of a 39-year-old man earlier this week in Merced's Loughborough area.
MERCED The City Council has voted to approve a highly contested development plan for medical office space adjacent to a residential neighborhood in north Merced. The council meeting went for about four hours as each side make their cases for and against the project. It was 11:30 p.m. Monday when the council voted 4-2 to approve a zoning change that would allow the development.
ATWATER On their special day Tuesday, teachers got more than just a pat on the back. As part of National Teacher Appreciation Day, instructors at Buhach Colony High School in Atwater were treated to a spa day, which included massages, pedicures, manicures and other pampering.
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