Blue Shield, Sutter Health sign new contract

Blue Shield of California and Sacramento-based Sutter Health announced Friday they signed a new two-year agreement giving covered patients access to Sutter Health hospitals and medical groups. The contract takes effect Sunday and runs until Dec. 31, 2016. The previous contract expired Dec. 31, causing affected Blue Shield members to fear they may be assigned to other doctors.

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High-flying fun in Enslen Park

Whether you love sunshine or are praying for rain, a sunny to mostly sunny sky is what you’ll see in the days ahead in the Modesto area. Not until Thursday night does the National Weather Service forecast call for a slight chance of rain. Until then, there’s expected to be patchy fog between 10 p.m. and 10 a.m., but otherwise clear with highs ranging from 67 degrees Saturday to 61 Sunday and Monday, then highs just above and below 60 for a few days.

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Lots of room for growth in Modesto

The City Council’s Economic Development Committee will review on Monday how much land Modesto has for homes, stores and industry. The short answer: an awful lot. The city’s urban growth review identifies 1,680 acres within the city for development.

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