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Clearing the smoke on vaping: SJ vape shop owner speaks out about health, anti-smoking benefits of e-cigarettes

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STOCKTON — Amid a rising tide of bad publicity about e-cigarettes — locally, nationally and internationally — James Wilson, co-owner of a Stockton vaping shop, says his business performs a public service by providing a steppingstone for cigarette smokers as they try to become nicotine-free.

“My job here is to help people quit smoking,” Wilson said this week. “It’s what we’ve preached since we opened.”

Wilson’s business, Vapor Mo’s, opened a little more than two years ago and is located in a strip mall on Pershing Avenue north of Robinhood Drive. There is also a Vapor Mo’s in Turlock.

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Why another city bus service might be leaving Stanislaus County

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CERES, Calif. — Another bus service in Stanislaus County might be coming to an end. The Ceres Area Transit [CAT] is the latest bus service in the county that may have to hand their operation’s reins over to another agency.

“The bottom line is if we don’t want to pay penalties we need to find someone else to operate our transit system for us,” said Fred Cavanah, transit manager for Ceres.

Years of declining ridership on the CAT have translated to a possible $15,000 penalty, payable only from the city’s General Fund. The only way to avoid making that payment is to hand the reins over to another agency.

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Turlock Woman Accused Of Financial Abuse Of An Elder In Escalon

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ESCALON (CBS13) — A 36-year-old woman was arrested in Escalon on charges of identity theft and financial abuse of an elder, Escalon police said.

On September 9, a detective took a 91-year-old’s report of financial abuse who had 15 unauthorized charges on her debit card totaling over $1,200.

ALSOSuspects Arrested For Alleged Kidnapping, Rape Of Sacramento Woman In Mendocino County

Investigation showed several of the charges were connected to the elderly woman’s caretaker, 36-year-old Marie Guist, of Turlock.

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Modesto migrant shelter providing legal aid to kids 2 days after pressure from lawmaker

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After an inquiry by California Rep. Josh Harder, a shelter for migrant children in Modesto is providing required legal services to the kids.

The shelter houses immigrant children facing legal proceedings over whether they can stay in the U.S. It opened about two months ago and reportedly did not provide legal services to the children until Wednesday night.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement, which contracts with local facilities to house the migrant children, is required by law to offer legal services for the children. The agency received $100 million for immigration-related services, including legal assistance for child migrants, from Congress earlier this year.

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Does the rainbow flag have a place on city-owned flagpoles in Turlock?

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Article from The Modesto Bee

Turlock officials have postponed a request to raise the rainbow flag on city property in support of LGBTQ+ people.

Supporters said the move would reinforce Turlock’s commitment to diversity in the wake of the Straight Pride event in Modesto last month.

“Just a simple flying of the flag would say so much,” resident Jeannie Robinson told the City Council on Tuesday evening.

The request would require a change to a policy, adopted in 2017, that limits what flags can fly, City Attorney Doug White said. Only the American, California and Turlock flags are generally allowed at city buildings and parks. Military flags can fly at Central Park, which has a war memorial, and at the Public Safety Facility.

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California’s Trump-blocking environmental bill may be delayed in fight over water

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It started out as a bold effort by the California Legislature to prevent the Trump administration from rolling back protections for the environment and labor.

The bill, proposed by one of the state’s most powerful Democrats, would attempt to negate every environmental regulation proposed by President Donald Trump’s administration for the duration of his term or terms. It has a clause that would expire the day he leaves office in 2025 if he wins a second term.

Now, in the waning days of the legislative year, the debate over Senate Bill 1 has become a classic fight over California water. Facing fierce lobbying from well-financed water districts, the bill’s author, Senate President Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, acknowledged Tuesday that the bill might get pulled from consideration until next year.

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Turlock Boy, 16, Killed After Crashing ATV While Working In Orchard

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MODESTO (CBS13) – A Turlock High School student was killed after crashing an ATV he was riding while working at an orchard in the Modesto area, authorities say.

The incident happened on Sept. 7 near Hawkins and Keyes roads. California Highway Patrol says, around 4 p.m., officers and medics responded to a reported ATV accident in an orchard.

Officers found that a 16-year-old boy had been ejected from an ATV that rolled over. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene, officers say.

Drugs or alcohol were not factors in the accident, CHP says.

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Man with ax tased, arrested after 8-hour standoff

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LA GRANGE, California — A man was arrested after an 8-hour standoff on Sunday for attacking and threatening a woman with an ax and a rifle, according to Tuolomne County Sheriff's Office.

Victor Medina, 35, allegedly attacked the woman and threatened her with an ax. Deputies say as the woman was leaving, she saw Medina pointing a rifle at her.

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Safest city in Stanislaus? Newman by a far sight, new crime report says.

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Newman not only is the safest city in Stanislaus County, it’s among the 20 safest in all the state, according to a new report.

Security Baron, a consumer-focused website dealing in matters of home security, property security, cybersecurity and more, used FBI crime-reporting data from 2016-17 to rank 300 California cities. It considered rates for homicide, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, theft, vehicle theft and arson. It also factored in the number of police officers per 1,000 people.

The report includes 300 cities, and Newman is the only one in Stanislaus County to be in even the top 150. Oakdale ranks 151st, Ceres 241st, Turlock 242nd, and Modesto 277th.

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They were ripped from a loving home and sent to Mexico. Local family wants them back

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services just released a report stating that immigrant kids separated at the border from their parents are suffering the trauma and anxiety of being ripped from all they’ve known and held in American detention camps.

Many of the kids are afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and some spend their days crying inconsolably, the report said.

A family in Roseville understands this pain completely because they are linked to two small children who were taken from their home and all they’ve known and are now living in another country with people they didn’t know at first.

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