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Modesto native to lead NASCAR marketing

Modesto native to lead NASCAR marketing

Modesto native Jill Gregory has been promoted to lead NASCAR Marketing, NASCAR announced Thursday.

As the head of marketing, Gregory will lead brand marketing, marketing and media research and NASCAR creative design... Read More

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A bathroom break won this Modesto woman $5 million!


In Modesto, a woman walked into a CVS store just to use the restroom while on her way to work. She walked out a millionaire.

"I stopped to use the restroom because I couldn't hold it until I got to the office," Daniel said, according to a news release from the California Lottery. "I walked into the CVS, used the restroom and on my way out I saw the Lottery machine."

Daniel said she's a fan of scratch-off lottery tickets so when she spotted the machine in the CVS located at 901 N. Carpenter Road in Modesto – she put her $20 in, grabbed her ticket, scratched the bar code off and scanned it.

When the screen showed she was a $5 million winner, Daniel's immediate reaction was surprising.

"I was very calm," she said in the news release. "I was just smiling, no screaming or anything like that."

Escalon grass fire destroys 5 buildings, damages 1 home


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UPDATE 9:45 p.m.: Firefighters were able to get 100 percent containment on the 40-acre Escalon grass fire by Thursday night. One home was damaged and five out buildings were destroyed by the blaze.

Grass fire threatened south Modesto homes


Seven homes and a church were saved from a grass that was burning near a south Modesto neighborhood Wednesday evening.

The fire, which started around 6:15 p.m., burned 15 acres in a field near Crows Landing Road and Crater Avenue, Modesto Fire Department spokesperson Jessica Smart said.

A out building was destroyed by the fire, Smart said.

Smart said more than 40 firefighters helped contain the blaze. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is unknown.


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Detectives investigating dead body inside Modesto garage


A person helped lead Modesto police to a dead body that had been stored inside a northeast Modesto triplex on Tuesday.

The dead body, later identified as 53-year-old Kenneth Sedra Jr, of Modesto, was found in the 3100 block of Coffee Road according to Modesto police.

Evidence at the scene indicated that the homicide happened inside the garage, but the cause of death is unknown pending the Stanislaus County Coroner's report, Modesto police said.

If anyone has information regarding this homicide, call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Western United Dairymen hires new CEO

Western United Dairymen hires new CEO

MODESTO — Western United Dairymen has hired Anja Raudabaugh as the organization’s new CEO, it announced Thursday.

Raudabaugh has been executive director of the Madera County Farm Bureau since 2011. Before that, she was a project manager for a Fortune 500 company, and as the senior legislative assistant for Rep. Doug Ose, when he represented California’s 3rd District in Washington, D.C... Read More

List of best industries for job growth revealed

List of best industries for job growth revealed

The career site has released its list of the hottest industries for job growth for the next five years.

The United States is expected to create about 8 million new jobs through 2019 and not just in health care and technology sectors.

“While it’s not surprising that technology and health care made the list, the accumulation of new jobs will take place within a diverse mix of industries requiring a broad range of skills and experience,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation... Read More