Merced picks an HSR consultant for first plans

A split Merced City Council has chosen a Sacramento engineering firm to lead the first phase of local planning for California’s high-speed rail project, rejecting the Berkeley-based firm that had been recommended by a city committee.

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Atwater will put ‘God’ on chamber walls

Two “In God We Trust” signs will be unveiled Nov. 11

Members of the public donated the money for the signs, official said

Some say the sign alienates non-religious taxpayers

Merced Sun-Star sports writers Shawn Jansen and Sean Lynch discuss the upcoming Central California Conference season heading into Week 6 of the high school football season.