The study found the Valley, including Merced, Fresno, Madera and Stanislaus counties, ranked low in air quality, high in poverty, high in uninsured population and high in Medi-Cal coverage, compared to the rest of the state.
Merced adopted a $233 million budget this week, what one councilmember called the "best budget" he's seen in his eight-year tenure. The 6-0 vote on Monday approved the budget, which has a general fund of $41.7 million.
A Dos Palos man says law enforcement officers have not explained why they came onto his property about a month ago, killed his dog and urinated on a fence. George Aguaristi filed a $1 million claim with Merced County for the loss of Samson.
Dairyman Scott Silveira said he's "confident" he has claimed the Merced County District 5 Supervisor race with more than 60 percent of the vote. He said he's "excited" about digging into the county's inner workings and figuring out how to "get out of the way" of Merced County business.
The race between county Superintendent Steve Tietjen and Merced River District Superintendent Richard Lopez seemed to be settled on Wednesday when Lopez took to Facebook and thanked his supporters while speaking about his campaign in the past tense.
Merced County's district attorney-elect said Wednesday she is "grateful" for the "decisive" victory at the polls on Election Day, and she looks forward to bringing "greater transparency" to the office.
The Election Day polls will see incumbent District Attorney Larry Morse II take on his first opponent in challenger Kimberly Helms Lewis since taking office in 2006. The two camps have lobbed accusations in the past few months.
Authorities released the name of a woman on Wednesday who suffered "major injuries" in a crash the previous day that killed three people at the edge of Merced city limits, according to the California Highway Patrol.