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Hispanics urged to increase political involvement

Hispanics urged to increase political involvement

With a population of 14.99 million, Hispanics are now the largest ethnic group in California, making up about 38 percent of the population... Read More

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Public health urges prenatal immunization to combat rertussis risk

Public health urges prenatal immunization to combat rertussis risk

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith warned parents about the continued dangers of pertussis (whooping cough)... Read More

State health officer warns about danger of Valley Fever

State health officer warns about danger of Valley Fever

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith is warning Californians to be aware of a potentially fatal infectious disease known as Valley Fever... Read More

Modesto police use simulator to help train officers in different scenarios


STOCKTON, CA - Modesto police offered reporters the chance to use the department's force options simulator Thursday. The machinery displays, on a large screen, the types of encounters police deal with. The person watching has to determine the level of threat and then how to respond to that threat.

Modesto police officers will spend about four hours on the machine every two years. There are hundreds of scenarios and the endings of those encounters can be changed so they wrap up peacefully or violently.

"We try to teach our officers to be open minded, be aware of your surroundings, and control the situation so they go home at night," said Sgt. Terry Seese of the Modesto Police Department.

He said the video training reminds officers encounters with the public can't be predicted.

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Career educators look at Patterson High’s logistics training program

Career educators look at Patterson High’s logistics training program

PATTERSON — Leaders in career and technical education gathered in Patterson July 20-23 for their annual summit and to check out Patterson High School’s logistics training program... Read More

Water reductions exceeding state goals amid drought

Water reductions exceeding state goals amid drought

SACRAMENTO – Californians reduced water usage by an estimated 27.3 percent in June, exceeding the 25 percent mandate set by Gov. Jerry Brown as a result of the state’s historic drought... Read More

Union negotiations hold up Modesto school calendar


Students in the Modesto City School District return to the classroom Aug. 10. While the district has nailed down the first day, the rest of the school year is still up in the air.

"Usually, we develop that and we agree to that way before the next school year starts," California Schools Employees Association (CSEA) President Aaraon Castro said.

Sari Wyld, a mother of three, took her 3rd and 1st grader to Franklin Elementary to sign up for an after-school program. Her oldest, Christian, isn't as excited about the start of school year as his mom.

"I don't want to go back to school," he pouted.

Wyld is originally from the Bay area. With her family hours away, planning for her children's care is her only choice.

"I don't have people here to watch my kids," she said.