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Local News

Los Banos priest under investigation moved out of area

A Los Banos Catholic priest under investigation for possible sex crimes involving a teenager has been moved to an undisclosed location where there ...

 The Rev. Robert E. Gamel

Merced County hires expert to help draft groundwater ordinance

The topic of groundwater is a complicated one, but regulating the scarce commodity – which is as precious as liquid gold for struggling farmers in a drought year – is even tougher.

California allocates more water than available for use, according to new UC study

California is deficit-spending its water and has been doing so for a century, according to new research from the University of California.

Merced council again sets tighter restrictions on construction change orders

Merced City Council seemed to reaffirm its position on Monday to shrink the amount of contingency dollars spent on construction projects without approval. They said contractors abuse the contingency and should draw up more accurate plans when dealing...


Merced High grad Randall signs to swim at D-II Urbana

Former Merced High and Merced College swimmer Ryan Randall hopes his third signing is the charm.

Merced High graduate Ryan Randall, left, swam for Merced College in 2013 and earned All-America recognition.

Microsoft’s ex-CEO Ballmer leaves board

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company’s board, closing a chapter on 34 years with the software giant.

Steve Ballmer will spend more time with the Los Angeles Clippers, which he bought for $2 billion, and teaching a class at Stanford.

Field Poll: Strong support for California health insurance rate-regulation measure

A separate measure to quadruple the cap on medical malpractice awards has backing of a smaller majority.

Living & Entertainment

Around Town, Aug. 20, 2014

The Original Merced County Certified Farmers Market is 7:30 to 11 a.m. today and every Wednesday at the shopping center off Yosemite Avenue and Paulson Road and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at 18th and N streets. For more information, go to www.mercedcfm...