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Atwater

Atwater, Merced County support half-cent tax

Two governing boards in Merced County this week threw their support behind plans to put a half-cent sales tax on the November ballot. Atwater City Council and the County Board of Supervisors each supported the measure, which is estimated to raise $450 million countywide over 30 years for local and regional transportation projects.

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Where in Merced can I get a passport?

In August, passport services at the Merced post office were discontinued, so you’ll have to go elsewhere to apply. If you must apply for a new passport, it’s better to do it as soon as possible.

Community

Merced council says ‘yes’ to medical cannabis dispensaries, deliveries

The city of Merced appears to be on its way to having four medical cannabis dispensaries, but the future of cultivation remains uncertain. During a special meeting Wednesday, which was also the unofficial holiday of marijuana, the council gave staff direction for a new ordinance that would allow dispensaries and deliveries of medical cannabis in town.

Livingston

Collision in Livingston area kills at least one

A collision between a big rig and a Dodge Ram killed at least one passenger around 5 p.m. Tuesday, California Highway Patrol reported. There were few details immediately available on the crash on Lincoln Boulevard near Atwater Jordan Road, officers reported.

News

Chowchilla employer Brake Parts to cut about 40 workers’ jobs

One of Chowchilla’s largest private employers said Tuesday that it will cut its workforce by about one-third to become more competitive. Brake Parts Inc.’s vice president of human resources says global pressures compelled it to save money by moving production to its plant in northern Mexico.

Crime

Deputies identify Chowchilla man killed in crash

A farm laborer killed this week when his vehicle struck a tree has been identified as a Chowchilla man, Madera County Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday. Fredy Ramirez-Orellana, 32, of Chowchilla was killed between 8 and 9 a.m. Sunday when the John Deere Gator utility vehicle he was driving struck an almond tree in the 22000 block of Avenue 24 on Campos Bros. Farms property.

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Ash Wednesday Mass held at UC Merced

Ash Wednesday Mass held at University of California, Merced in Merced, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016.
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Ash Wednesday Mass held at UC Merced

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Lloyd Pareira 01:22

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