Tell us your wages, valley employees
Every year, Parade magazine reports on people's salaries around the country. This year's "What We Earn" report is in a Parade magazine that will appear next month in The Bee. To supplement this report, The Bee is looking for area residents who would be willing to share their name, age, occupation, annual income and comments
about wages in the Central Valley. Arrangements will be made to get photographs of those who are interviewed.
If you would like to participate, call 578-2336 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Commuters, let Bee know how you cope
Gas prices keep rising with no end in sight, and there aren't a lot of options for local jobs. If you're a commuter who is stuck between the high cost of driving and a lack of other options, The Bee wants to hear from you, both on your frustrations and what steps you've taken to make it work. Contact Bee staff writer Ben van der Meer at 578-2331 or email@example.com to share your situation. Responses may be used in an upcoming Bee story.
Raw milk dairies win bacteria battle
California dairies temporarily have won a battle to keep a state law setting new, stricter bacteria limits on raw milk producers from being enforced. Kerman-based Organic Pastures Dairy Co. and another raw milk producer, Claravale Farms Inc. in San Benito County, sued the state, saying the standards could outlaw some of their preferred products. On Wednesday, a San Benito County judge issued a temporary restraining order barring the state from enforcing a law that sets a 10 coliform-per-milliliter standard. Also Wednesday, two Organic Pastures employees were questioned by agents from the Food and Drug Administration. No details were released about the investigation, but the two workers were subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury next month.
Sutter nurses strike at 8 Bay Area sites
About 4,000 nurses at eight Sutter Health hospitals in the Bay Area started striking Friday over a dispute about health care and pension benefits and the closing of hospitals in poor areas. The strike is expected to last 10 days. It affects hospitals in Antioch, Berkeley, Burlingame, Castro Valley, Oakland, San Francisco, San Mateo and Vallejo. Hospital officials said they have brought in replacement nurses and that patient care won't be disrupted.
All hospitals remain open.