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Almond farmers unshaken by lower prices, cooling markets amid bumper crop

Almond harvest has begun in the San Joaquin Valley and with it comes the hope of better prices, expanding markets and stronger consumer demand. Growers could be looking at a bumper crop, but that comes as the industry faces falling prices and cooling demand in some previously hot markets. Despite that, growers remain optimistic that they can develop new products and find new markets to ensure their nuts keep flying off the store shelves as fast as they are shaken off the trees.

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Feds indict 2 Explo Systems owners, 4 officials

Federal prosecutors in northwest Louisiana unsealed a 32-count indictment Wednesday against owners and officials of a company accused of leaving 7,800 tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant at a Louisiana National Guard facility.

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UN body says Sioux must have say in pipeline project

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe must have a say with regard to a $3.8 billion oil pipeline that could disturb sacred sites and impact drinking water for 8,000 tribal members, representatives of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues said Wednesday.

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Central Valley assemblymen give opposing views on farmworker overtime bill

California Assemblymen Joaquin Arambula, D-Kingsburg, and Devon Mathis, R-Tulare, offer opposing views of the farmworker overtime bill that was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. Agricultural workers already receive some overtime pay under California law thanks to a 2002 state directive that entitles them to extra wages if they work more than 10 hours in a day or more than 60 hours in a week. AB 1066 would expand that to bring it more in line with other industries, offering time-and-a-half pay for working more than eight hours in a day or 40 in a week and double pay for working more than 12 hours a day.
Hector Amezcua The Sacramento Bee
Central Valley assemblymen give opposing views on farmworker overtime bill 7:41

Central Valley assemblymen give opposing views on farmworker overtime bill

Take a tour of the new Habitat for Humanity Fresno ReStore 1:17

Take a tour of the new Habitat for Humanity Fresno ReStore

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Hmong farmers struggle in drought

Hobby Lobby store opens to large crowds in Fresno 2:06

Hobby Lobby store opens to large crowds in Fresno