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Jobless rate falls across California, in Valley

California’s jobless rate fell to 6.5 percent in March, the lowest it’s been in nearly seven years, the California Employment Development Department reported Friday. The jobless rate also fell in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

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After small victory, Gray pulled from water committee

Adam Gray on Wednesday was booted off the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, one day after an unlikely victory when the committee narrowly approved his water legislation aimed at protecting communities near the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers.

 

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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.