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Drought drags on for farmers with no water coming from feds

Drought drags on for farmers with no water coming from feds

Drought-plagued farmers in the Central Valley shouldn’t be looking to the federal government for help when it comes to water for their fields. ... Read More

Local politicians named Tech Champions

Local  politicians named Tech Champions

STOCKTON — State Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton), and Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) were among five state legislators designated Tech Champions by TechAmerica for their consistent leadership and support of the technology industry in the state legislature... Read More

Sheriff: Modesto cockfighting operation busted

Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies broke up a cockfighting operation in south Modesto on Saturday.

The sheriff's department said responding deputies found several people participating in rooster fighting, approximately 50 roosters in cages, three dead roosters, a cockfight ring and items used to prompt the roosters to fight in the backyard of a home in the 2000 block of Poland Road.

Deputies arrested the home's resident, 42 year old Felix Burciago on suspicion of animal cruelty - fighting animals or birds, and possession of implements used to fight roosters.

Animal Control removed the birds.

Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts campus gets accreditation

Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts campus gets accreditation

MODESTO — The Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts Physical Therapy program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Gurnick has campuses across Northern California, including one in Modesto... Read More

Fashion designer turns attention to Ecco Domani Wines

Fashion designer turns attention to Ecco Domani Wines

MODESTO — Ecco Domani Wines announced Thursday that fashion designer Zac Posen will dress its Pinot Grigio bottle in an exclusive limited-edition design for summer 2015.

This is the first time that Ecco Domani Wines, which is marketed and distributed by Galo Wines in the U.S., will use a fashion designer to dress one of its bottles... Read More

Bird flu found in commercial turkey flock in Stanislaus County

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal agriculture officials say they have found avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in central California.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Saturday that the facility in Stanislaus County has been quarantined and birds from the affected flock will not enter the food system.

Testing occurred after the flock experienced a spike in deaths.

Officials said there is no immediate public health concern and the detected strain - H5N8 - is not known to harm humans. There have been no human cases of this strain of the bird flu reported in the U.S. or internationally.

The bird flu strain H5N1 ravaged poultry across Asia in 2003 and is more easily spread among humans.

Reminder: To kill bacteria and viruses in poultry and eggs, cook food to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Boy bitten, wounded by Tracy police K9

A teenage boy was bitten and injured by a Tracy police K9 Thursday night, police said.

The teen was treated at a nearby hospital and then released. Police said the boy suffered minor injuries.

The incident happened around 8:45 p.m. on the 1700 block of Cherry Blossom Lane. Police said an on-duty officer parked and secured his patrol car with the K9 in the back seat before walking away from his unit.

At some point, the K9 got out of the car and attacked the boy.

A good Samaritan, who was driving by, saw the dog jump at the teen. The driver got out of the car and pulled the dog off the boy. Neighbor Gary Manuel ran outside after hearing the boy's screams.