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Bribery probe targets Los Banos school board member, Merced contractor

Greg Opinski, a Merced Union High School District board member and owner of Greg Opinski Construction, was arrested Monday on a warrant charging him with four counts of bribing public officials, authorities said. Opinski, 54, is accused of paying off at least one trustee with the Los Banos Unified School board in connection with the controversial expansion project at Mercey Springs Elementary School.

Crime

Suspect in 2014 Livingston screwdriver attack surrenders at border

After more than two years on the run in Mexico, a man wanted for attempted murder in Livingston surrendered this week to authorities. Juan M. Trenado, 27, of Modesto turned himself in Tuesday at the San Ysidro U.S. border crossing on the southern edge of San Diego in connection with the 2014 stabbing of two men in Livingston, Livingston police said in a statement.

UC Merced

UC Merced has ‘bang for the buck’

The Washington Monthly College Guide ranks UC Merced as No. 8 in its “Best Bang for the Buck: Western Colleges,” a list of colleges helping students from low-income families attain degrees at affordable prices.

Education

Fill the bus with books for children

In this digital age, there’s still something so special about holding a book in your hands and flipping through the pages as the words create a mental movie. Video by Sara Sandrik/Merced City Schools

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Fill the bus with books for children

In this digital age, there’s still something so special about holding a book in your hands and flipping through the pages as the words create a mental movie. Video by Sara Sandrik/Merced City Schools
Fill the bus with books for children 1:11

Fill the bus with books for children

DA's press conference on bribery arrest 4:31

DA's press conference on bribery arrest

Mobile dairy brings ag life to students 0:37

Mobile dairy brings ag life to students

Dozens escape fire at Merced complex 1:07

Dozens escape fire at Merced complex