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Get a 3D First Look at Merced’s High-Speed Rail Station Design

Merced residents can get a sneak peek and offer input on early design concepts of the California High Speed Rail station coming to downtown ...

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Merced Supervisors Accused of ‘Triple Crown Race’ of Failures Amid Talk of Closing Fire Stations

Two Merced County fire stations may face closure this year amid looming budget concerns and lingering inadequate firefighting staffing level...

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End of Highway 99 Construction in Sight for Merced? ‘We’re Extremely Anxious for This Project to Be Completed’

After years of navigating narrow lanes, off-ramp closures and nightmare traffic jams on Highway 99, Merced-area drivers may soon be able to ...

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Can Merced Schools Find a ‘Rock Star’ Superintendent? Here’s Where the Long Search Stands

Merced City School District is approaching one year without a permanent superintendent as student achievement lags and the board of trustees...

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Beyond Beauty: Almonds Are Vital to Central Valley’s Multibillion-Dollar Ag Economy

More than a captivating canopy of white blooming flowers blanketing the Central Valley, almonds are a multibillion-dollar industry in Califo...

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Downtown Merced Is a Step Closer to Getting an IMAX Theater

■BB Architects submits plans for an IMAX theater in downtown Merced. ■The project is still in early stages and must undergo city review. ■An...

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Four Valley Siblings Running for Office. Are the Sorias a California Political Dynasty in the Making?

Doctors said it would take a miracle for 16-year-old Joe Soria to survive a violent attack that left him clinging to life on a dark street i...

/ 2 months ago

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Surprising Ways and Places You Can Use SNAP EBT Food Benefits

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Californians Worry About Crime, Setting up a Ballot Measure Showdown

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The Pickle Flavor Frenzy and Its Rise in Food Trends

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Kate Hudson Had a Lifetime to Make a Record. The Result is ‘Glorious,’ Out in May

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Long-Lost First Model of USS Enterprise from ‘Star Trek’ Boldly Goes Home

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California Leaders Take Sides in Monumental Supreme Court Case on Homelessness