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Stop Wal-Mart Action Team to present air-quality film

The movement to stop Wal-Mart from building a distribution center in Merced unveils a new weapon tonight.

The Stop Wal-Mart Action Team is screening a film called "The Weight of the Air" at 7 p.m. at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main St.

The film, which is billed as a documentary, concludes that the proposed Wal-Mart distribution center in southeast Merced would worsen Merced's already poor air quality. A panel discussion will follow the film. Proponents of the Wal-Mart project say it will eventually bring 900 jobs to Merced. The environmental impact report on the distribution center is due out in January.

-- Leslie Albrecht