Modesto OKs Centre Plaza’s first rent hike in 12 years

It’s going to cost a lot more to hold a business meeting, seminar, trade show, prom or other event at Modesto Centre Plaza, the city’s downtown convention center. The City Council on Tuesday evening approved increasing the center’s daily rental rates by an average of 48 percent.


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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.

Jeff Jardine

Jeff Jardine: Young Modesto writers make healing personal

Somerset Middle School teacher Susan Romero discovered that 15 of her students in 2012 had lost loved ones and were dealing with the emotions of those losses. So she persuaded 13 of them to write about their experience and assembled it into a book intended to help other teens face the same dilemmas.