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An exterminator’s mission to save bees



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MODESTO — Usually pest control services aren’t known for saving insects. But that’s not the case with Cornerstone Pest Management, which specializes in safely relocating honeybees.

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Levee breach plugged for now

MANTECA — A breach in a levee in south San Joaquin County that forced as many as 500 people from their homes was plugged Monday night. But the evacuation order was still in place Tuesday morning.

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Don Pedro spillway to open this afternoon

(Updated at 1:30 p.m. with information from 1 p.m. press conference).

TURLOCK — Turlock Irrigation District will open the spillway at Don Pedro Reservoir this afternoon.

The spillway gates will likely open at 3 p.m. and stay open four days, TID said during a 1 p.m. press conference.

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Fiscalini Farms turns methane into electricity

MODESTO — Just as dairy operations are getting pressure to reduce their carbon footprint, two Modesto-area dairy businesses are receiving recognition for environmental innovation.

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California’s drought conditions improve dramatically



STOCKTON — This rainy winter is helping parts of California emerge from its epic drought. In fact, slivers of San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties are drought-free, according to a U.S. drought monitoring agency.

A year ago, the entire state was under some degree of drought. As of Jan. 24, 38.73 percent is drought-free. Those areas include the Bay Area and all of California north of Sacramento.

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2014 rankings: University of the Pacific is diverse, smart and cool

2014 rankings: University of the Pacific is diverse, smart and cool

University of the Pacific awards more doctoral degrees to Asian American students than any other college in the country. Pacific alumni have the sixth-highest salaries among recent graduates who earned diplomas at West Coast colleges. And the university counts among the 15 most popular, 50 most beautiful, 50 smartest and 100 “coolest” campuses in the nation.

Those are just some of the rankings Pacific chalked up this year in assessments from popular magazines and websites, including Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Payscale.com, PolicyMic.com, Lumosity, Sierra Magazine and more.

“It’s wonderful when these rankings emphasize what we already know about Pacific,” said Provost Maria Pallavicini. “Pacific is a special place that prepares students for success through rigorous academics and superior teaching. While no ranking should be taken too seriously, we appreciate being recognized in so many areas.”

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Recycling is Big in CA! CalEPA official outlines strides over last 25 years

Recycling is Big in CA! CalEPA official outlines strides over last 25 years

 An unwrapped toy for the Child Abuse Prevention Council was the admission ticket for the Stockton Chamber's annual "Refreshments with the Recyclers" Holiday luncheon at the Stockton Hilton Wednesday.