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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?”

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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.

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Riverbank, fire district clash over who should pay assessment on former ammunition plant property

For years the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District has been out around $50,000 a year because no one can agree on who is responsible for paying an assessment levied for fire services on a 173-acre industrial complex in Riverbank. The former Army ammunition plant on Claus Road is owned by the U.S. Army but leased by the city of Riverbank as part of the Department of Defense’s 2005 Base Realignment and Closure. The plan is for the Army to eventually convey the property to the city, but in the meantime, neither the city nor the Army believes it is responsible for paying the assessment.

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Firefighters save more than people’s lives

Firefighters’ first priority at a structure fire is to preserve life; after that their focus is to contain the fire and salvage property. Even while one crew battles the blaze another is throwing tarps over property and searching for items the resident will need or that are irreplaceable. These are some of the stories about what they look for and what people ask for.