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Jeff Jardine

Will state bail on bail? AB 42 would eliminate bucks for bonds as judge decides who stays, goes

Tuesday in Sacramento, state legislators likely will take a step toward joining a number of other states in the nation that have eliminated bail altogether. Assembly Bill 42 goes before the State Assembly’s Committee on Public Safety on Tuesday, where it is expected to move on to the appropriations committee toward a possible floor vote in June. If passed, those arrested would no longer have to pay monetary bail. A judge would determine whether they would be released on their own recognizance or are too much of a threat to society to go anywhere but a jail cell to await trial.

Bee Investigator

Speed enforced by aircraft: Is it really?

Have you every been caught speeding? How about by a California Highway Patrol officer 6,000 feet overhead? Signs on the highways warn that the speed limit is enforced by aircraft, but one Bee reader wanted to know, “Do they really still do that?”

Jeff Jardine

Held to answer for murder, Carson case outcome will end one career or another

Judge Barbara Zuniga held Modesto defense attorney Frank Carson and two others over for trial for the murder of Korey Kauffman, and the trial’s outcome has huge ramifications. No matter how it ultimately ends, the consequences already are life and career altering. If Carson, Baljit Athwal and Daljit Atwal are convicted, they’ll spend decades or perhaps the rest of their lives in prison. Meanwhile, an acquittal could do serious damage to DA Birgit Fladager should she run for a fourth term.

Jeff Jardine

Cannella knew his vote would be taxing in ways beyond raising gas prices

Blasted on social media for his vote to add 12 cents per gallon in taxes to gasoline to fund road repairs and other transportation improvements, State Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, crossed party lines and party diehards. In return, Merced and Ceres get ACE train service, UC Merced’s Gateway project will be funded and county roads will get money for repairs. He can live with that.

Bee Investigator

Victims, advocates help pull human trafficking out of the darkness

Human trafficking has been a problem for decades in the United States, with California leading the nation in reported incidents, but only recently has the issue come to the forefront. Experts say changes in state and federal law and survivors coming forward to tell their stories have spotlighted the issue, resulting in more government funding and the creation of nonprofit organizations to combat the problem.


Schools that are great for everybody

Joe Johnson, of the College of Education at San Diego State University and director of the National Center for Urban School Transformation, speaks to future and current school leaders at Stanislaus State in Turlock, CA. (Nan Austin/
Schools that are great for everybody 2:34

Schools that are great for everybody

Modesto getting 1:20

Modesto getting "notable" crosswalks

Celebrating 75 years of marriage 1:40

Celebrating 75 years of marriage

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Stanislaus Sports Weekly: Five things to know this week