City gateways need makeovers

Transportation leaders want to launch a beautification effort along Highway 99 throughout Stanislaus County, particularly in Modesto, Ceres and Turlock.


County risks citation for damaged landfill fence

The landfill that receives trash from throughout the county threatens to litter nearby Interstate 5. Stanislaus County supervisors are poised to take emergency action Tuesday to repair 740 feet of wind-damaged fence at Fink Road Landfill west of Crows Landing.


Emanuel says it has cut readmission, infection rates

Emanuel Medical Center did not contest that it’s the most heavily penalized hospital in California under quality improvement policies in the Affordable Care Act. In a response, the hospital said it has adopted quality improvements since being acquired by Tenet Healthcare Corp. in August.


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Mosquitoes may breed early in north San Joaquin Valley

Owing to warmer-than-normal temperatures, residents could be scratching after they dry out from the rainfall this weekend. Dave Heft, general manager of the Turlock Mosquito Abatement District, said the conditions should be right for mosquitoes to breed in puddles, flower pots and trees in residential areas of the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

Ken Carlson

More Latinos signing up through health exchange

Covered California reported that a larger number of Latinos are applying for insurance from the state’s health exchange. Through Monday, more than 300,000 state residents had inquired about coverage and were found to be eligible under the federal health law. Latinos made up 50 percent of those who gave information about their ethnicity.