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Trial delayed in 2015 slaying of Merced taxicab driver

Joseph E. Castrillo, 20, has pleaded not guilty to murder in connection with the Jan. 5, 2015, slaying of 59-year-old Dean Barker, a driver for the Merced Taxicab Co. and a former Dos Palos police officer. Barker was shot and killed in the front seat of his cab in the 300 block of Mimi Lane, according to the Merced Police Department.

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Got milk? You could get cash back because farmers slaughtered cows to drive up prices

If you bought milk or dairy products in California from 2003 to now, you’re eligible for a little cash. The money is the result of a class-action lawsuit alleging that milk-producing companies, including the National Milk Producers Federation and Land O’Lakes, conspired to limit the production of raw farm milk by slaughtering cows prematurely, thus raising the price of milk and other fresh dairy products.

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Merced Art Hop

The Merced Art Hop in downtown Merced, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.
Andrew Kuhn Merced Sun-Star
Merced Art Hop 1:53

Merced Art Hop

Make-A-Wish Foundation grants Merced teen's wish to meet 1:50

Make-A-Wish Foundation grants Merced teen's wish to meet "Weird Al" Yankovic

Merced Symphony performs for 3,000 children 1:26

Merced Symphony performs for 3,000 children

Naked woman steals sheriff deputy's truck, leads police on 70-mile chase 2:51

Naked woman steals sheriff deputy's truck, leads police on 70-mile chase