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Atwater mayor welcomes two challengers in race for seat

Atwater Mayor Joan Faul confirmed plans to seek re-election this November, but the 73-year-old could have competition from two challengers.

Unlike last election, Atwater Mayor Joan Faul could have rivals.

Progress made on Merced fire; Yosemite blaze remains unchecked

A fire on the western edge of Yosemite National Park has blackened more than 2,600 acres and prompted evacuations of three campgrounds and the communities...

Merced County supervisor's daughter files claim against county

The daughter of Supervisor Deidre Kelsey has filed a claim against Merced County seeking $200,000 and a formal apology for damage to her reputation after county officials made public an internal investigation of the Public Defender’s Office.

Morse’s defense attorney criticizes investigation

The attorney representing the son of the Merced County district attorney in a murder case on Monday blasted the investigators who arrested his client, Ethan B. Morse.


Merced Volunteers head to Legion state tournament

The Volunteers hope their success continues when they open the American Legion State Tournament against the Fairfield Expos on Wednesday at noon at Napa High.


New York to push Congress on response to oil train fires

New York state fire officials are pressing Congress for $100 million in emergency funding to pay for a nationwide training program for firefighters...


Dan Walters: An obscure state agency creates big money problems

Whatever attention the public and media devote to state government is concentrated on the governor, other elected officials and the Legislature. But state government is mostly hundreds of agencies, boards and commissions that provide services, make...

Living & Entertainment

Report says surveillance is hampering journalists

Revelations over the past few years about how U.S. security officials have the ability to track people through phone, email and other electronic records are making it harder for journalists to report on what the government is doing, two human rights...