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Merced tallies nine straight months of new manufacturing jobs

Continued job gains in manufacturing pushed Merced County’s unemployment rate down 1 percent in March compared with the same time last year, according to job market analysts. March tallied an unemployment rate of 12.5 percent in Merced County, which is the lowest for this time of year since 2007, the Employment Development Department said Friday. The county added 1,200 manufacturing and 900 government jobs in that time.

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Obama announces new steps to curb gun violence

President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday to help curb gun violence, including by identifying the requirements that "smart guns" would have to meet for law enforcement agencies to buy and use them as well as sharing mental health records with the federal background check system.

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Raiders in Las Vegas? It's still several hurdles away

Raiders owner Mark Davis pledged this week to relocate his NFL team from Oakland to Las Vegas if a proposed $1.4 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium is built, but a move is far from a done deal. Here are some hurdles the proposal would have to cross before becoming reality.

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How Yosemite National Park influences the Valley's economy 02:21

How Yosemite National Park influences the Valley's economy

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How Yosemite National Park influences the Valley's economy

Yosemite National Park attracts about 4 million visitors every year, and those visitors arrive with money to spend. Yosemite is an important economic engine to nearby communities in its "gateway" region within 60 miles of the park. The National Park Service estimates Yosemite generated about $380 million in direct visitor spending at businesses inside and outside the park in 2012, the most recent year for which figures were available (in June 2014). CREDIT: Tim Sheehan / FRESNO BEE
How Yosemite National Park influences the Valley's economy 02:21

How Yosemite National Park influences the Valley's economy

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