The creator and executive producer of the new ABC drama series “American Crime,” John Ridley, spoke with The Modesto Bee about his new show. The series, which follows the families of the victims and the accused in the aftermath of a violent crime in the city, is one of the first to use Modesto exclusively as its backdrop. But aside from some scene-setting shots, the show was not filmed in Modesto.

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Students immerse themselves in history at Patterson competition

A few hundred students competed Saturday in the History Day event in Patterson. This year’s competitors made presentations on topics including Cesar Chavez, Frederick Douglass, Amelia Earhart, Anne Frank and Joseph Stalin. The event is designed to help students learn college-level researching skills, while immersing them in impactful moments and people throughout history.

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GOP candidates in fierce fight for state donors

California is a major source of presidential campaign financing, and in the early race for money, Republicans are streaming into a state where fierce competition is already underway. Months before closely watched caucuses and elections in early primary states, California is experiencing its Iowa moment.

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Modesto students score big in SkillsUSA competition

Valley Charter High School took a couple of dozen students to the SkillsUSA Region 5 competition in Stockton on Feb. 21 and came back with 28 medals. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations.

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Employer announces final layoffs and timing for closing AMR office in Salida

Employees at the American Medical Response billing center in Salida will continue working on borrowed time, but their employer is firm about closing the office in mid-August, according to recent letters to Stanislaus County’s Board of Supervisors. Centrex Revenue Solutions notified the county that another 66 employees will lose their jobs when the operation comes to an end in August. They include medical records employees, billing assistants, quality assurance specialists, a mail room clerk and supervisors who were not included in previous layoff notices.

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