Friday, March 23, 2018


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Suspect In 2015 Modesto Homicide Apprehended In Louisiana

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department detectives have identified Christopher Jose Schopp of Modesto as a suspect in the May 1 shooting death of Vang Xiong.

Detectives believe Schopp lured Xiong and his brother to an orchard in the 2600 block of West Whitmore Avenue in Modesto about 7:15 p.m. for a drug deal, according to a statement released Saturday night.

Two armed men arrived with Schopp, and during the drug deal one of the men shot Xiong. Schopp and the two men fled in an unknown type car and were last seen driving east on Whitmore.


You Can’t Hide Anywhere From The Zika-Carrying Mosquito

The mosquito that carries the Zika virus is now in all five counties in the central San Joaquin Valley.

The Merced County Mosquito Abatement District said Monday that it has identified the Aedes aegypti mosquito in the city of Merced. And on Monday, Tulare County officials said the mosquito has been found in the city of Tulare.

In August, Kings County mosquito officials said they had identified the mosquito.


Target Is Raising Minimum Hourly Wage To $15 By End Of 2020

Target Corp. said Monday that it is raising the minimum wage for its workers to $11 an hour starting next month and then to $15 by the end of 2020.

The company said the move will help it better recruit and retain top-quality staff and provide a better shopping experience for its customers.

The initiative is part of the retailer’s overall strategy, announced this year, to reinvent its business, including remodeling stores, expanding its online services and opening up smaller urban locations.

Target quietly raised entry-level hourly wages to $10 last year, from $9 the previous year, following initiatives by Wal-Mart and others to boost wages in a fiercely competitive marketplace. But Target’s hike to $15 an hour far exceeds not only the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour but the hourly base pay at Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private employer, and plenty of its other retail peers whose minimum hourly pay now hovers around $10.


Trump Issues New Travel Ban Restricting Entry From 8 Countries

President Trump has issued a presidential proclamation banning or restricting travel from eight countries, adding Chad and Venezuela and North Korea to the original list of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen.

The administration is taking a tailored approach, providing a variety of conditions, ranging from suspended immigrant and non-immigrant travel to allowing travel for nonimmigrants with additional scrutiny.

Since the travel ban is condition-based, if and when the conditions change for any of the eight countries, the proclamation can be changed. Also, at any time, the Secretary of Homeland Security can recommend that countries be added. The restrictions are indefinite, however, since they don’t have a 90- or 120-day limit like the previous travel bans Trump issued in January and in March.


Secret Service Arrests Man With Guns Near White House On Sunday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Law enforcement officers arrested a man with multiple firearms near the White House on Sunday morning, the Secret Service and Washington Metropolitan Police Department said.

The man was arrested after he approached uniformed Secret Service officers at an intersection close to the White House, the Secret Service said in a statement on Monday.

A report by the Washington police on Sunday suggested a different version of events, saying the man was urinating in public when law enforcement officers approached him.

The man said he “came to the White House in order to speak with (Admiral) Mike Rogers and (General) Jim Mattis for advice on missing paychecks and how to get the dog chip out of my head,” the police report said.

Law enforcement officers searched the man’s car, a vehicle with Tennessee license plates bearing tags for the Fraternal Order of Police, an association of police officers, where they found firearms, brass knuckles, three folding knives, and ammunition, the report said.


Merced City School District Seeking Scientists and Engineers

Are you a local scientist or engineer? Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge and inspiring future generations? Then the Merced City School District would love to collaborate with you!

As I’ve shared in past columns, our district is expanding our award-winning STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math) program, which includes integrated lessons in the classroom as well as educational excursions and hands-on learning in our new state of the art STEAM Center. We are also in the process of planning our second annual districtwide science fair. All of these offerings create more opportunities to partner with experts from our community and to show our children the types of careers they can aspire to attain.


California Lawmakers Look To Free Older And Younger Inmates

To ease overcrowding in state prisons, California lawmakers want to release more of the state’s older prisoners and more of the inmates who were young when they committed their crimes.

The two bills sent to Gov. Jerry Brown in the waning days of the legislative session are the latest attempt to keep the prison population below the cap set by federal judges, with the goal of eventually ending federal oversight.

One requires parole officials to consider whether “age, time served and diminished physical condition” reduced the risk for future violence by older inmates. And the other mandates officials consider whether young people fully understood their actions and if their lack of maturity allowed for a greater chance of rehabilitation.


T-Mobile, Sprint Close To Agreeing On Deal Terms

T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.O) is close to agreeing tentative terms on a deal to merge with Sprint Corp (S.N), people familiar with the matter said on Friday, a major breakthrough in efforts to merge the third and fourth largest U.S. wireless carriers.

The transaction would significantly consolidate the U.S. telecommunications market and represent the first transformative U.S. merger with significant antitrust risk to be agreed since the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump in January.

The progress toward a deal also indicates that T-Mobile and Sprint believe that the U.S. antitrust enforcement environment has become more favorable since the companies abandoned their previous effort to combine in 2014 amid regulatory concerns.

The latest development in the talks between T-Mobile and Sprint comes as the telecommunications sector seeks ways to tackle investments in 5G technology that will greatly enhance wireless data transfer speeds.


Republican Sen. John Mccain Announces Opposition To Health Care Bill, Dashing Hopes For GOP Leaders


Fresno City Council Voted To Ban Businesses That Sell Marijuana For Recreational Purposes

Fresno, Calif. (KFSN) — City Council President Clint Olivier mounted the charge to put off a decision on imposing a ban on recreational marijuana dispensaries, brushing off one accusation he was the king of promoting drug use in Fresno.

“If I am going to be the king of anything, it’s of personal responsibility and human freedom because that’s what this is all about,” said Clint Olivier, Fresno City Council President

Council Member Garry Bredefeld is behind the move to ban dispensaries, he attacked Olivier’s position that the war on marijuana had failed, and maintained places that sell pot are bad for the city.

“If we take your premise, we should make everything legal, because we’ve lost the war. We talk about neighborhoods I’m worried about the quality of neighborhoods and where these dispensaries would go,” said Bredefeld.