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5 hrs ago | Merced Sun-Star

Charter high school for science and technology approved

A charter school for high school students focusing primarily on science, technology, engineering and mathematics will open in 13 months, but the move is opposed by a number of local school district superintendents.

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Related Topix: Education Etc., Merced, CA

Tue Jul 29, 2014

Merced Sun-Star

Merced County fires contained; focus remains on Yosemite blaze

The El Portal fire along the edge of Yosemite National Park had charred more than 3,000 acres and was 19 percent contained Tuesday, a jump from the 5 percent containment cited by fire officials the day before.

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Related Topix: Fire, El Portal, CA, Yosemite National Park, US National Parks, Yosemite National Park, CA, California

Merced Sun-Star

Merced County Fair announces new dates and slogan

The Merced County Fair will be moving up its starting date by one week in 2015 to avoid any conflicts with other fairs, officials announced Tuesday.

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Related Topix: Alameda County, CA, Pleasanton, CA

Merced Sun-Star

Applause for two supes

I commend the representatives of districts 1 and 2 on the Merced County Board of Supervisors for having the moxie to reject their $1,357 raise.

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Related Topix: Cellphones, Merced, CA

Merced Sun-Star

Morse's defense attorney criticizes investigation

The attorney representing the son of the Merced County district attorney in a murder case on Monday blasted the investigators who arrested his client, Ethan B. Morse.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime, Merced, CA

Mon Jul 28, 2014

The Modesto Bee

Stanislaus County hopes to seek funding for groundwater efforts

The Board of Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. today in the basement chamber of Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St., Modesto.

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Related Topix: Stanislaus County, CA, Modesto, CA, Turlock, CA, Ceres, CA

Merced Sun-Star

Merced County supervisor's daughter files claim against county

The daughter of Supervisor Deidre Kelsey has filed a claim against Merced County seeking $200,000 and a formal apology for damage to her reputation after county officials made public an internal investigation of the Public Defender's Office.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, Merced, CA, Fresno, CA

Merced Sun-Star

Candidates file for Merced College trustee seats

With four Merced College trustee seats up for election this November, three hopefuls have filed to run with two weeks left before the deadline.

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Related Topix: Los Banos, CA, Livingston, CA, Atwater, CA, Planada, CA, Le Grand, CA

Merced Sun-Star

Around Town,

A beginning dog obedience class will start today at 6 p.m. at Applegate Park in Merced.

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Related Topix: Merced, CA, Atwater, CA, Commerce, CA

San Francisco Chronicle

The high toll of needed testing on Bay Bridge rods and bolts

The tab for more testing of high-strength steel fasteners on the Bay Bridge's nearly new eastern span keeps on rising.

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Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Drought, Jerry Brown, US Governors, San Francisco County, CA, San Francisco, CA

Merced Sun-Star

Bookstore manager a force for foster children, education in Merced

Robyn Piro, Merced College's bookstore manager, checks the corners of a book for damage inside the store on Friday.

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Related Topix: Merced, CA, Atwater, CA

Sun Jul 27, 2014

Merced Sun-Star

Supervisors consider public defender appointment, new incentive program

The Merced County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider the appointment of a new public defender and establishing an incentive program for businesses to make capital improvements.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law

Merced Sun-Star

Mental health services in Merced expanding to match need

Three out of four children in California with mental health needs don't get treatment, according to a new report.

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Merced Sun-Star

DA responds to son's arrest in triple homicide case

"When he learned an arrest had been made in connection with this case, he immediately told us he had information concerning the investigation and insisted on meeting with the detectives which he did, voluntarily and alone.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime, Merced, CA

Sat Jul 26, 2014

SFGate

California drought: As land sinks, farmers' brainstorm on water

Dean Peck, with the San Luis Canal Co., opens a gate to release water to a farmer near Los Banos .

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Related Topix: Boat Disaster, Weather, Natural Disasters, Drought, Los Banos, CA, Chowchilla, CA, Madera County, CA

Merced Sun-Star

Firefighters battling blaze in Livingston/Stevinson area

Firefighters with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection are battling a vegetation fire that has grown to 10-to-15 acres near Highway 140 and Howard Road, between Livingston and Stevinson.

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Related Topix: Stevinson, CA, Natural Disasters, Wildfire, Fire, Livingston, CA, Gustine, CA, Los Banos, CA

Merced Sun-Star

District Attorney's son arrested on suspicion of murder

Ethan B. Morse, 18, son of Merced County District Attorney Larry D. Morse II, has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and is being held without bail at the Mariposa County Jail.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime, Mariposa County, CA, Atwater, CA

Merced Sun-Star

Out and About

"Once Upon a Story Time" with Jazmine, every Saturday through Aug. 9 at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the Merced Mall Center Court.

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Related Topix: Merced, CA, Atwater, CA, San Jose, CA, Santa Clara County, CA, Le Grand, CA

Los Banos Enterprise

Mayor Villalta unopposed so far in seeking third term

Villalta filed papers July 18 and will appear on the ballot in November asking voters for a third term in office.

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Related Topix: Los Banos, CA, Education Etc.

Fri Jul 25, 2014

Merced Sun-Star

Two Merced County supervisors decline raise

Two of the five Merced County supervisors declined a 1.4 percent raise that took effect July 1, boosting supervisor salaries from $96,904 to $98,261 a year.

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