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• A horrific scene was discovered. Fresno Humane Animal Services is caring for more than 900 small animals found in a truck with an interior temperature was 107 degrees.
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• Residents of the Riverland Resort near Kingsburg had to move out Monday due to flooding caused by snow melting that has swollen the Kings River. “It came up quick,” one resident said.
• Attention shoppers: Wrap your brain around this: As of April, 8,600 stores were either closed or slated for closure in 2017. Who will close next in Fresno?
• Gov. Jerry Brown and state politicians will receive a 3 percent pay hike starting in December. It’s their fifth raise in as many years as California’s budget picture continues to improve.
• Carrie Fisher’s autopsy report shows the actress had cocaine, traces of heroin, other opiates and MDMA, which is also known as ecstasy, in her system. But it could not determine when Fisher had taken some of the drugs. She was not quiet about her substance abuse, for years speaking openly and writing about it.
• A report from the Environmental Defense Fund found that lead is present in 20 percent of baby foods tested.
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•Yum, yum! Fresno’s food truck scene is growing once again. A new venue called Fresno Streatz opened downtown.
• What will become of the beloved Manchester Center carousel that so many Fresnans remember riding as kids?
• Nation’s report card is in, and Fresno Unified is nearly rock bottom.
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• Yikes! Three Fresno men were arrested Friday after one of them allegedly threw a beer bottle at a woman at the Avila Pier and fractured her skull.
• Then on the spooky side. These parents are looking for a live-in nanny, and they’re willing to pay about $63,000 per year for a person willing to do the job long-term. The catch? The house is haunted.
• And, here’s one way to get free airplane tickets for life.