Hospitals that treat California’s poorest patients are faring badly under the Affordable Care Act’s drive to improve quality. Under ACA authority, Medicare is imposing fines on safety-net hospitals at twice the rate paid by other hospitals, according to an analysis by the Center for Health Reporting.
Two lists of candidates are being recommended for the committee charged with carving Merced into districts for local elections, and the Merced City Council will decide whether to approve the nominees during the regular meeting Monday.
The Employment Development Department projects that education, health care and other social services will generate about 2,000 jobs in Merced Count, according to a 10-year projection. That industry will provide the most new jobs of all 12 industries tracked, but three others will also see large growth.
Students with the Enochs High School Gay-Straight Alliance have made it onto, and on top of, the traditional homecoming court. In the past year students elected the school’s, and Modesto’s, first gay homecoming king and transgender homecoming princess.
Taxpayer dollars meant to support children in Merced County welfare programs were funneled to a nonprofit that sells produce from a food truck, just a few years after county officials got rid of an oversight committee formed to keep an eye on the money.
Farmers again will get no federal river water for more than 2 million acres of cropland in the San Joaquin Valley, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Friday. Though the announcement was no surprise in another year of drought, it sent ripples of anxiety through the farming industry on both the east and west sides of the Valley, which rely on water from the federal Central Valley Project.
Water conservation efforts in Merced have had some success as the city tries to reach the 20 percent reduction goal, and now leaders are bracing for what is predicted to be another dry year. Leaders said they believe it’s likely the state will call for more stringent conservation efforts from cities.
More than 330 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students from Merced County schools will demonstrate their knowledge and learning skills when they compete in the Academic Pentathlon on Saturday at Golden Valley High School in Merced.
The Afghan army is waging its largest-ever solo offensive against the Taliban, hoping to strike a decisive blow ahead of the spring fighting season and prove it can rout the insurgents without the aid of U.S. and NATO combat troops.
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