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Almost half of Stanislaus Countys 68,000 residents 65 and older did not have sufficient income in 2007 to meet their basic needs. In the second part of a two-day series, reporters Kevin Valine and Patty Guerra take an in-depth look at chronic poverty in the county, profile some of those affected and share ideas to combat it. Go to modbee.com/poverty.
A health care crisis is sweeping the Central Valley, devastating middle-class and poor families and threatening to overwhelm the region's fragile safety net. With it lies a troubling new reality: Across class lines, people are struggling to access care or simply are going without.
Their faces tell just one piece of the story. They were young and old, a range of races. They came from all corners of the county, though the majority were concentrated inside Modesto's city limit. They are the homicide victims of Stanislaus County.