FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Crews erected barricades Saturday around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend.
The Merced County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will get a second look at the county’s proposed groundwater ordinance, which includes some minor language changes and modifications based on community feedback.
A civil grand jury complaint filed last month blamed Merced County’s tardy food inspections on a lack of oversight and control by management, potentially leading to the third investigation of the county’s Environmental Health Division in three years.
Free turkeys will be distributed to less fortunate families at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Merced County Fairgrounds, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Merced, and 2 p.m. Monday at the Los Banos Fairgrounds, 403 F St. in Los Banos.
Merced hired a firm this week to help it draw up districts for local elections. Voters narrowly passed a measure on Election Day to go away from the city’s at-large voting system, which is an effort to comply with demands from a civil rights group.
Sometimes it takes a vehicle to make an inspirational message possible. The Merced County Office of Education has donated use of an automobile that will make it easier for UC Merced students to visit eighth-graders, urging them to stay in school and consider going to a college or university when they graduate.
Central Valley counties joined a nationwide trend of growing personal income last year, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Merced, Stanislaus, Fresno, Kings, Madera and Tulare counties all registered increases in per capita income – the amount of income for every man, woman and child – between 2012 and 2013.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has set off a new controversy, declaring that women are not equal to men and accusing feminists of not understanding the special status that Islam attributes to mothers.