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Initiative Foods hosts job fair for employees displaced by fire

Sanger-based baby food plant Initiative Foods will host a job fair Wednesday for its employees after a fire destroyed the plant July 24. The company has focused on helping workers secure new or temporary jobs while the company tries to get back on its feet.

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Monterey County SPCA helps pet owners displaced by fire

SPCA for Monterey County has stepped up to provide evacuees and their pets with some comfort from the Soberanes fire. SPCA is collecting pet food and monetary donations at Carmel Middle School to provide for local pet owners driven out of their homes by the fire. They are also providing temporary housing to pets at their permanent location, across from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and pet rescues for animals that were left behind fire lines.

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Heat turns Valley air unhealthy, prompts warnings about limiting time outdoors

The air in the central San Joaquin Valley is hot – and dirty. Air quality on Wednesday is forecast to reach the “red” level, signifying unhealthy air quality for everyone for at least an hour or two. And for much of the day it likely will be unhealthy for sensitive groups: children, the elderly, people with asthma, other lung problems and heart conditions. The hot, bad air could stick around until the end of the week.

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Fresno, Valley suffer wage gap compared with California, U.S. averages

The average worker in the central San Joaquin Valley earned 3 to 20 percent less in wages in 2015 than the nationwide average, with an even sharper lag of 15 to 30 percent less than the average within California. The gap between pay in the Valley compared to the state and nation was reflected in the latest survey of occupational wages released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for metropolitan areas across the country.

Crime

Hung jury ends marathon murder trial; Fresno prosecutors to try again

A Fresno County judge declared a mistrial Tuesday after a jury said it was “hung on all counts” in a marathon murder trial of two men accused of killing a Fresno convenience store shopkeeper and seriously injuring a employee with a metal pipe four years ago. The length of deliberations rivaled other high-profile Fresno County murder cases.

Clovis News

Out & About: “The Hoots” at Sierra Vista Mall

Clovis Regional Library concluded its special summer program lineup at Sierra Vista Mall with a 45-minute live performance by The Hoots on July 26. The Davis-based music group played their unique, catchy folk songs like “King of Ketchup” and “Clap Your Hands” while tiny tykes danced around and shook maracas.

Videos

Fresno police seek Valley gas station robbers

Fresno police released surveillance video showing three robbers who threatened a store clerk in southwest Fresno and made off with cash and cigarettes during a robbery early Sunday morning, July 24, 2016.
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Fresno police seek Valley gas station robbers 2:00

Fresno police seek Valley gas station robbers

Monterey County SPCA helps pet owners displaced by fire 2:22

Monterey County SPCA helps pet owners displaced by fire

Armed robbery suspect rounded up; victims say police responded in seconds 1:01

Armed robbery suspect rounded up; victims say police responded in seconds

Sweet Potato Project aims to teach skill development to local youth 1:35

Sweet Potato Project aims to teach skill development to local youth