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  1. Martinez names Benicia's Brad Kilger as new city managerRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Apr 29 | Inside Bay Area

    Brad Kilger, since December 2010 the city manager in Benicia, has been chosen as the new city manager for Martinez, and is expected to be formally appointed to the post at the City Council's meeting Tuesday. Killer was selected from approximately 40 candidates as part of a national search done for the city by Bob Murray and Associates.

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  2. Replenishing aquifersRead the original story

    Mar 25, 2016 | Contra Costa Times

    A historic 2014 law requiring water agencies across California to replenish the state's imperiled aquifers created a new problem: Many local officials just weren't sure how to do it. But this winter's abundant rains are triggering a flood of experiments that have turned the state's agricultural regions into aquifer-recharge laboratories.

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  3. Groundwater law, winter rain trigger flood of aquifer-recharge experiments around the stateRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 25, 2016 | Contra Costa Times

    A historic 2014 law requiring water agencies across California to replenish the state's imperiled aquifers created a new problem: Many local officials just weren't sure how to do it. But this winter's abundant rains are triggering a flood of experiments that have turned the state's agricultural regions into aquifer-recharge laboratories.

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  4. Man charged in killing of Modesto doctor, four othersRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 9, 2016 | Contra Costa Times

    Prosecutors on Monday filed new charges against Martin Martinez, formally accusing the Modesto man of killing his girlfriend, Dr. Amanda Crews, her two daughters, his mother and his niece last summer. The five slayings occurred July 18. Crews, 38, was found dead at her home on Nob Hill Court in east Modesto.

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  5. Concord: Guy Bjerke initially passed over to lead weapons station projectRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 1, 2016 | Contra Costa Times

    Guy Bjerke, hired last year as Concord's director of community reuse planning, initially did not make the cut for the high-profile job after a panel of experts said he lacked the experience to lead the Concord Naval Weapons Station project, records show. But Bjerke, a politically connected former councilman, was given a second chance to make his case.

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  6. California drought: Stormwater floods Modesto almond orchard in experiment to restore aquiferRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 19, 2016 | Contra Costa Times

    In an effort to restore California's desperately depleted ancient aquifers, scientists are testing an approach that seizes surplus winter rain and delivers it to where it's most useful: idle farms and fields. On Tuesday, roiling muddy water from the storm drains of the city of Modesto flooded an almond orchard, where UC Davis researchers will track its progress as it slowly percolates -- over weeks, months, even years -- into a 45-foot-deep underground reservoir.

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  7. Two convicted of murder for 2009 stabbing of San Jose student at light rail stationRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 12, 2016 | Contra Costa Times

    While Jo Ann Wood and Andre Perkins spent the past six years waiting to see justice for their daughter Kristina Harris Perkins, who was stabbed to death in 2009 on a light rail station platform while trying to break up a fight, Monday's guilty verdicts against a pair of defendants didn't come with closure. "She's not here," Wood said outside Judge Sharon Chatman's courtroom.

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  8. Modesto police may buy crime-fighting planeRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 6, 2015 | Contra Costa Times

    Police officials will make their pitch Wednesday for why they need to purchase a crime-fighting airplane at a meeting of the Modesto City Council's newest committee -- the Safer Neighborhoods Community Advisory Board. The council decided last month not to vote on whether to purchase the aircraft and sent the proposal to two of its committees for public discussion before bringing it back to the council.

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  9. Pleasanton students name presidential turkeys: 'Honest' and 'Abe'Read the original story w/Photo

    Nov 24, 2015 | Contra Costa Times

    When President Obama pardons the White House turkey on Wednesday, it will be a moment of pride for some Pleasanton fifth graders. The White House picked their name for the two select birds: Honest and Abe.

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  10. California's wild weather: Tornado near Modesto, snow at 4,000 feetRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 16, 2015 | Contra Costa Times

    A cold front that whipped up a damaging tornado in a central California town moved south Monday, buffeting the Los Angeles area with gusts topping 60 mph. Drivers in mountain areas were urged to use caution as light snow and hail fell at elevations as low as 4,000 feet.

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  11. Tornado strikes Central California town, damages homesRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 15, 2015 | Contra Costa Times

    Authorities said a tornado struck a Central California town, causing damage to some structures and knocking down trees and power lines. The National Weather Service said video and witness reports confirm a tornado touched down in Denair, about 13 miles southeast of Modesto, on Sunday afternoon.

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  12. California lawmakers travel to Australia for drought lessonsRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 20, 2015 | Contra Costa Times

    California lawmakers are joining environmental, labor and business leaders on a trip to see how Australia managed its longest and most severe drought on record. The nine-day visit that began Monday comes as California finishes its fourth year of drought.

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  13. Stanford football: Hard work pays off for Stanford's JonesRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 29, 2015 | Contra Costa Times

    Sacrificial work paid off for Stanford inside linebacker Craig Jones. Cardinal football coach David Shaw awarded Jones, who has two years of eligibility remaining, a scholarship on Thursday.

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  14. CHP officers arrestedRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 15, 2015 | Contra Costa Times

    A long and largely forgotten death investigation in California's Central Valley has led to a vast and unexpected set of arrests that included three current and former Highway Patrol officers and a prominent defense attorney. They were among nine people arrested in the 2012 disappearance and killing of Korey Kauffman, stemming from the belief that he was stealing the attorney's antiques, law enforcement officials said at a news conference Friday in Modesto, California.

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  15. Modesto: Man suspected in five killings pleads not guilty in earlier death of 2-year-oldRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 23, 2015 | Contra Costa Times

    The man suspected of killing five people over the weekend has pleaded not guilty in the earlier death of a 2-year-old boy. The boy, Christopher Ripley, was the son of suspect Martin Martinez's girlfriend, who was among five people whose bodies were found in a quiet Modesto neighborhood Saturday afternoon.

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  16. Video: Cousin talks about man accused in horrific Modesto killingsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 20, 2015 | Inside Bay Area

    Gina Martinez, a cousin of Martin Martinez who is suspected of multiple murders in Modesto, talks about Martin Martinez outside of Martin's father's home in San Jose on Monday, July 20, 2015. Martin "Marty" Martinez, 30, is a suspect in the slayings of five people, including three children, in Modesto on July 18, 2015.

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  17. Authorities continue probe of grisly Modesto slayings and suspect who fled to San JoseRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 20, 2015 | Contra Costa Times

    A man who fled to San Jose from Modesto after authorities say he killed five people -- including his own 6-month-old daughter and her mother -- remains in a Santa Clara County jail cell awaiting extradition as investigators in the Central Valley work to piece together what spurred the grisly and devastating act. Martin Martinez, 30, is being held without bail in connection with the slayings, with the expectation that Stanislaus County prosecutors will file to have him transferred to that county.

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  18. Modesto murder suspect captured early Sunday in San Jose mall parking lotRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 19, 2015 | Contra Costa Times

    A fugitive suspected of killing three children and two adults in Modesto was captured early Sunday in the parking lot of a popular shopping mall, according to the San Jose Police Department. Acting on an alert from Modesto police that suspect Martin Martinez was heading for San Jose, police eventually tracked him down at about 1 a.m. at the Oakridge Mall lot near Blossom Hill Road and Santa Teresa Boulevard.

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