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.
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.
The fuel, maintenance and operations contracts for Merced County’s bus system will be opened to a competitive bidding process, the Merced County Association of Governments decided in a majority vote earlier this month.
A public display scrutinizing the use of antibiotics in Foster Farms chickens greeted hundreds of residents Friday, sending a powerful message about what advocates say is continued misuse of the drug by the giant poultry producer.
Artists and guests rubbed elbows Thursday during the opening night of a show at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center. The show combines the semiannual “The Really Big Show,” which is made up of established Arbor Gallery artists from the region, with the work of up-and-coming talent. While giving artists a chance to display their work, the show also brings Merced’s relatively small arts community together to meet and share ideas.
A blur of mixed feelings. That’s how Merced County immigration advocates and members of mixed status families would best describe their reaction to President Barack Obama’s executive order that promises to shield more than 4 million unauthorized immigrants from deportation.