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As key hearing on Chandra Levy killing looms, tensions rise

The testimony of Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Haines, and especially her cross-examination by defense attorneys, could go a long ways toward determining whether Judge Gerald Fisher orders a new trial for Ingmar Guandique, who was convicted of first-degree murder for the 2001 killing of Levy.

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Affordable housing remains short in Merced County, report says

To afford a 2-bedroom apartment at fair-market rent in Merced County, renters need to earn $14.60 per hour

Merced’s apartment rental costs of $759 a month ranked nearly the least expensive in the state

Working at $9 an hour, a household would need a wage-earner to work at least 65 hours per week

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