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Perdue Comes to Valley, Hears Trade War, Deportation Concerns

LOS BANOS — The parade of plaid-shirted gentlemen sat politely in the octagonal Germino Building at the Merced County Fairground. About 200 farmers participated in a town hall meeting Friday with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and four California congressmen. Perdue answered hot-button ag issues about tariffs and labor with...

1 Dead, 9 Hospitalized in Hazmat Spill Near Los Banos

LOS BANOS — One person has died after a hazardous material spill, and nine others were taken to a hospital for treatment. Merced County Sheriff's Deputy Daryl Allen says the spill happened around noon Thursday in a rural area near Los Banos, about 80 miles east of San Jose. He...

Algae Bloom at 'Warning' Level in San Luis Reservoir

LOS BANOS — The California Department of Water Resources is urging people to avoid contact with the water at San Luis Reservoir in Merced County due to a bloom of cyanobacteria, commonly called blue-green algae. The department announced Thursday that the bloom has been elevated from "caution" to a "warning"...