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Modesto’s Fremont students write letters to save shade trees

A rumor that shade trees at Fremont Elementary School would be axed over spring break prompted heated discussions, with students starting a letter-writing campaign to protect the campus canopy. The 14 trees are safe for now, Modesto City Schools officials said Tuesday, and parents and students will get to have their say at a meeting being planned for later in April.
 

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Governor orders water reduction of 25 percent

Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping.

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Jeff Jardine

Odds are against Turlock Turf Club staying at fairground

At the Turlock Turf Club, the players’ biggest worry these days isn’t whether their horses will win, place or show. They are more concerned about the place itself, and whether they’ll be able to keep going there to place bets and socialize with friends they’ve made over the years.

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