MID board turns down electric rate increase

The Modesto Irrigation District board turned down staff’s request to raise power rates 3.5 percent, saying they’ll draw from reserves to plug a budget gap. They may revisit power rates after an expected irrigation price increase in January.

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No charges in Ferguson case; chaos fills streets

A grand jury declined Monday to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and inflamed deep racial tensions between many African-Americans and police.


Low gas prices ease holiday travel

AAA predicts that more than 5.6 million Californians plan to travel 50 miles or more over the upcoming four-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend. But the gas for drivers to get there will cost less.

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Local medical residencies are interviewing candidates

With all of the people enrolling in insurance and Medi-Cal through health care reform, it seems that local hospitals and clinics could use more doctors. At this time of year, we see a lot of medical school graduates in town to compete for training opportunities with the Valley Consortium for Medical Education.


Entertainment icon Nichols a model for what’s possible here

The death of entertainment icon Mike Nichols on Wednesday triggered heartfelt compliments from the stars of Hollywood and Broadway. Film director Steven Spielberg, for example, said that Nichols’ 1967 movie “The Graduate” was “life altering – both as an experience at the movies as well as a master class about how to stage a scene.”

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