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Is the rising jobless rate a good thing?

Economists said the higher unemployment rates, oddly, reflect continued improvement in the economy in June. Thousands of Californians, including in Merced County, flooded into the job market, in part because of the end of the school year but also because of optimism. Employers were hiring, but not in sufficient numbers to accommodate everyone.

News

West Nile virus prompts Valley warnings

Vector control officials are reminding the public to take precautions against mosquito bites after a recent upswing in the number of mosquito samples testing positive for West Nile virus locally and statewide.

UC Merced

UC Merced’s next phase gets final approval

UC Merced received final approval from the Board of Regents on Thursday for an expansion plan that will nearly double the capacity of the decade-old campus by 2020, enabling enrollment growth to 10,000 students, according to officials.

News

Stephan Gray Memorial Golf Tournament in Atwater

The 11th annual Stephan Gray Memorial Fund/Merced Police Officers Association Golf Tournament tees off at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Rancho Del Rey Golf Club, 5250 Green Sands Ave. in Atwater. The cost is $100 per person. Sponsorships are available for $100 and $250. For more information, call 209-769-1310.

Politics & Government

Are we a nation in fear, as Trump’s convention speech claims?

While experts denounce Donald Trump’s apocalyptic portrayal of a country beset by violence and fear as exaggerated, they acknowledge that there are many in America who respond emotionally to high-profile police shootings, Islamic jihadist attacks or killings by police of unarmed men – especially when they receive unprecedented attention not just on television, but also in today’s world of social media.

Videos

Puppy rescue by City of Merced Fire Department

Truck 51 of the City of Merced Fire Department found and rescued a puppy that fell two floors down in an HVAC system on Wednesday, July 20, 2016.
City of Merced Fire Department
Puppy rescue by City of Merced Fire Department 1:42

Puppy rescue by City of Merced Fire Department

Merced migrant students wrap up summer program 1:34

Merced migrant students wrap up summer program

School Stories: Student, community collaboration on display in Merced 1:45

School Stories: Student, community collaboration on display in Merced

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Pokemon Go players take ownership of parks