Federal official in Modesto today

An international trade expert with the Department of Commerce will speak in Modesto today. Ro Khanna will talk about President Obama's job creation initiatives and how they might apply to the Northern San Joaquin Valley, where the unemployment rate hovers near 20 percent. He also will touch on trade issues involving agribusiness. The meeting is 2 to 4 p.m. at the Stanislaus County Central Labor Council office, 1125 Kansas Ave.