For the first time since taking office in 2006, Merced County District Attorney Larry Morse II faces a challenger. Kimberly Helms Lewis, a 47-year-old a veteran attorney and prosecutor, will run in the June 5 primary.
A 56-year-old Turlock woman was injured when her SUV struck the Highway 99 center guardrail before overturning off of the right shoulder near Sultana Drive in Merced County about 11 a.m. Thursday, according to the California Highway Patrol.
There are some reports of localized flooding in Merced County as a storm hangs over the central San Joaquin Valley, but the most significant weather phenomenon reported early Thursday caused a closure in the foothills.
With the shifting plans around the state's high-speed rail and its rising costs, Merced's mayor headed to Sacramento this week to speak with officials in an attempt reaffirm the bullet train's importance to the region.