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Panel amends bill on Valley river flows

The Assembly Natural Resources Committee amended a bill that would require the state to address the impacts to groundwater of increased flows on the lower Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers.

 

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Ken Carlson

Oakdale boy diagnosed with viral meningitis

Stanislaus County public health officials responded this week to a case of meningitis involving a student at Fair Oaks Elementary School in Oakdale. Dr. John Walker, county public health officer, said the 8-year-old boy was hospitalized and returned home Friday.

Kevin Valine

Modesto pays $105K to settle lawsuits, claims

Modesto paid $105,071.44 in the first quarter to resolve 22 lawsuits and claims filed against it. The payouts cover Jan. 1 through March 30 and include such incidents as a city vehicle rear-ending a car, falling trees and limbs damaging cars and buildings, and a malfunctioning automatic parking lot gate at Modesto Airport striking a truck as it was leaving the lot.

Kevin Valine

Modesto putting College Avenue on a diet

College Avenue is going on a diet. The City Council voted Tuesday to put College from Needham Street to Briggsmore Avenue – a distance of roughly 1.6 miles – on what is called a “road diet,” which is a traffic calming technique that slows traffic, reduces accidents and makes a road friendlier for walkers and bicyclists.