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Teachers from Fresno to Merced County ask for help as first day of school approaches

Teachers are preparing their classrooms as students and families gear up to return to Central Valley schools in the coming days and weeks. And some teachers are asking for help … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

K-9 helps seize suspected drugs in SUV during Fresno County stop. See where it was found

A driver was arrested during a traffic stop in Fresno County after a California Highway Patrol officer and K-9 located suspected narcotics in a hidden compartment inside the vehicle, authorities … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Three die in Merced County crash. Here’s what the CHP knows so far about the collision

An early-morning collision left three people dead Sunday in Merced County, the California Highway Patrol reported. CHP officers responded about 5:55 a.m. to the area of Santa Fe Drive, west … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

In a win for endangered piping plovers like Chicago’s Monty and Rose, the Great Lakes has record breeding season

CHICAGO — Monty and Rose, who achieved local fame in 2019 as the first federally endangered piping plovers to raise a family in Chicago in almost 60 years, are gone … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Rain tamed Colorado’s summer wildfire season but how long will luck hold?

DENVER — Months into what state officials warned could be the worst wildfire year in Colorado’s recorded history and so far those fears have yet to materialize. August is looking … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Notorious crime-ridden Merced motel torn down. ‘It was slumlord material at its finest’ 

A longtime local hotbed for crimes like illegal drug use, prostitution and sex trafficking is no more in the City of Merced. The former Siesta Motel on West 16th Street … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Rush to build more chips puts environmental progress in peril

The CHIPS and Science Act, which President Joe Biden is poised to sign into law next week, was pitched as a once-in-a-lifetime chance to revitalize the U.S. semiconductor industry and … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Yosemite National Park rangers arrest suspect for alleged assault, seeking witnesses

Park rangers at Yosemite National Park are hoping hikers can help them gather more information about an alleged assault that happened on Thursday. The incident took place around 7 p.m. … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Police seek public’s assistance in locating missing 61-year old man in Merced

The Merced Police Department is seeking help from the public in locating a 61-year old Stockton man that was staying at a care facility in Merced. Cal Lee was last … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Housing prices have dipped statewide. How does the market look for Merced County?

After a couple years of house prices rising in Merced County, the median selling price of a house in the local market dipped a bit in June. The drop in … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

‘We’re the guinea pigs.’ Valley groups speak out about California climate change plan

This story was produced by Fresnoland, a nonprofit news organization that partners with The Fresno Bee. Dozens of central San Joaquin Valley residents expressed frustration about the California Air Resources … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

History of DDT ocean dumping off LA coast even worse than expected, EPA finds

LOS ANGELES — After an exhaustive historical investigation into the barrels of DDT waste reportedly dumped decades ago near Catalina Island, federal regulators concluded that the toxic pollution in the … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Tijuana sewage spill shutters Imperial Beach and Coronado shorelines, yet again

SAN DIEGO — Adam Wraight pulled a blue sewage "warning" sign out of the sand near Imperial Beach Pier on Thursday morning, replacing it with the more ominous yellow and … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Los Banos burglary suspect arrested after resident sees intruder inside home, calls 911

A 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary in Los Banos on Wednesday after a resident allegedly saw him inside a home and called 911. Leonel Alonso of Los … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Merced police chief set to retire at the end of the year, city officials say

Merced Police Chief Thomas Cavallero’s tenure as the city’s top cop is expected to come to a close at the end of the year. The law enforcement veteran is planning … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

NJ sues Monsanto over ‘reckless’ PCB contamination, including along Delaware River

PHILADELPHIA — The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection filed suit Thursday against Monsanto for “extensive damage” caused by PCB contamination, citing “reckless long-term discharge of” polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) statewide … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

San Diego to ban natural gas in new homes and businesses as part of climate fight

SAN DIEGO — San Diego leaders have declared a war on natural gas to dramatically shrink the city’s carbon footprint and reach net-zero emission by 2035. The City Council voted … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

53 products recalled by international food producer based in Fresno. Here are the items

Lyon Magnus, an international food and beverage manufacturing company that’s based in Fresno, is recalling 53 products because of potential microbial contamination, the Food and Drug Administration announced. The recall … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

41 large polluters to get free passes in Washington state carbon trading market

SEATTLE — Washington is required by law to eliminate or offset all of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. But generous exemptions for more than 40 of the state's biggest … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Great white sharks are thriving in Monterey Bay thanks to warming waters, study shows

If you're heading out to California's Monterey Bay this summer, you're going to need a bigger boat. Great white sharks are on the rise in the area, and warming waters … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading