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Expanding California’s water supply: You can’t store what isn’t there

Expanding California’s water supply: You can’t store what isn’t there

California’s approval of a $7.5 billion water bond has bolstered prospects for expanding reservoirs and groundwater storage, but the drought-prone state can effectively use no more than a 15 percent increase in surface water storage capacity because of lack of water to fill it, according to a new analysis released Nov. 20... Read More

Obama's immigration plan brings relief to local families

Obama's immigration plan brings relief to local families


President Obama will announce executive action on immigration in a primetime address on Thursday. His remarks are eagerly anticipated by millions across the country, including families here in Sacramento.

Gloria Casillas came to the United States 10 years ago where she met her husband and had a 6-year-old son who is an American citizen. While waiting for immigration reform, her biggest fear was getting deported and separated from her son.

The president's impending executive action brought relief because it meant she would be able to drive and work legally in the country. But she felt for
those who may not qualify for the protection.

Hughson High School football players cited for hazing


Two high school football players were cited for battery for an alleged hazing incident at Hughson High School, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department said.

Deputy Anthony Bejaran said the department received a complaint on Oct. 31, but would say when the alleged hazing happened. Bejaran said other players were present at the time of the incident and no sexual battery occurred. He did not say where the victims were allegedly hazed on school campus.

The names of the suspects or the victims will not be released because they are minors.

The next step in prosecution is up to officials at Stanislaus County juvenile court.


2 teens arrested in connection with homeless attacks in Sonora


A homeless man in Sonora was attacked for a second time by the same two suspects, according to Sonora police, but this time, the suspects were caught.

Tuesday, two 17-year-old Sonora teens were taken into custody for felony battery resulting in great bodily injury. They were then turned over to the Tuolumne County Probation Department. The names of juvenile suspects are not generally released by authorities.

Sonora police stated the homeless man was attacked around 7:17 p.m. Tuesday near Save Mart on Stockton Street. The man had previously been beaten so severely that he was taken to a Modesto-area hospital for treatment of a skull fracture. A description of the man's injuries in the Tuesday assault was not provided.

Since Oct. 1, police said there have been five attacks on homeless people. One of the teens arrested Tuesday is a person of interest in those crimes, according to police.

Former Tiger Tennis ace helps celebrate new tennis complex

Former Tiger Tennis ace helps celebrate new tennis complex

Thirty years ago, Eve Zimmerman threw herself on newly resurfaced tennis courts at University of the Pacific – and kissed them. That passion brought her back to her alma mater recently to help celebrate the groundbreaking for what is planned as one of the finest tennis facilities on the West Coast, the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center.

Made possible by a $1.5 million gift from Zimmerman, the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center will include 12 courts, a 5,500-square-foot clubhouse, covered player benches, and a new electronic scoreboard. It will occupy a portion of the footprint of the former Amos Alonzo Stagg Memorial Stadium.

“This facility will enable Pacific tennis players to shine as Tigers should,” said Zimmerman, who played for Pacific from 1980 to 1984 and went on to become a world-ranked professional player. Returning to Pacific for Homecoming, she will be making her first visit to the campus since she graduated.

North Modesto church damaged in fire


MODESTO - Modesto Fire is investigating a two-alarm fire that caused nearly $200,000 in damages to a Modesto church.

Fire crews responded to a structure fire just after 1:30 Saturday morning at the Holy Family Catholic Church on the 4200 block of Dale Road, near Pelandale Ave in Modesto.

When they arrived, they discovered heavy smoke coming from the attic of a social hall behind the church.

Modesto Fire said the church was in the process of a holiday boutique, and the hall was full of products that were destroyed.

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Babysitter, child injured in Turlock hit-and-run crash


A child and a babysitter were injured in a hit-and-run crash in Turlock while crossing the street with two other children Tuesday evening.

Turlock Police Officer Ron Reed said the child suffered a minor injury to the mouth, the babysitter sustained a head injury and the other two children were okay. The babysitter was conscious and alert while being taken to the hospital. EMS stayed with the children until parents arrived. Both suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The babysitter was walking in the crosswalk while pushing the three children in a stroller around 6 p.m. at Main Street and West Avenue when they were hit by a vehicle, Reed said. The vehicle drove away from the scene after the crash.

Reed said a witness, who saw the crash, followed the vehicle for about a mile, where Turlock police were then able to pull the driver over.