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Proposed Monsanto merger could have big impact on agriculture

Proposed Monsanto merger could have big impact on agriculture

FRANKFURT, Germany — Agricultural businesses may have to deal with a new company when buying their seeds. Bayer has offered a $62 billion deal to buy Monsanto which…

Facility ready for Pacific’s new physician assistant program

SACRAMENTO — The University of the Pacific has completed its facility improvement in Sacramento for its planned masters of physician studies program. The program, which aims to help…

Gas prices surge as summer driving season begins

Gas prices surge as summer driving season begins

WASHINGTON — Gas prices are rising heading into the Memorial Day weekend. The national price per gallon sits at $2.28, the highest of the year. Nationally prices have…

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Economy

New overtime rules could impact 12.5 million workers

New overtime rules could impact 12.5 million workers

New overtime rules will likely make an additional 12.5 million employees eligible for overtime protections,…

Unemployment rate sinks across Central Valley

SACRAMENTO — Unemployment shrank across the Central Valley in April. The lowest Valley unemployment rate was…

Federal Reserve poised to consider interest rate hike

Federal Reserve poised to consider interest rate hike

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve appears ready to raise interest rates again. At a meeting…

April prices make biggest jump in three years

April prices make biggest jump in three years

WASHINGTON — A surge in the price of gasoline helped push consumer prices up in…

People

Longtime Business Council president to retire

STOCKTON — Ronald S. Addington will retire as president of the Business Council Inc. of San Joaquin County on June 1. He has held the position since 1992.…

Big Valley Mortgage adds sales manager for Central Valley

Big Valley Mortgage adds sales manager for Central Valley

ROSEVILLE — Al Gonzalez will lead Big Valley Mortgage’s expansion efforts in the Central Valley. Gonzalez is the new Central Valley division area sales manager. He will oversee…

Modesto accountant to lead area CPA chapter

Modesto accountant to lead area CPA chapter

MODESTO — Preston L. Osbourn II, of Atherton & Associates LLP in Modesto, is the new president of the San Joaquin Chapter of the California Society of Certified…

Guest Columns

Getting capital through royalty-based financing

Getting capital through royalty-based financing

Every business needs equity capital at some point; the problem is, not every business has the necessary equity to acquire it…

Construction

U.S. home construction jumps in April

WASHINGTON — Home construction ramped up in April as housing starts jumped 6.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.17 million units, according to the…

Education

Facility ready for Pacific’s new physician assistant program

SACRAMENTO — The University of the Pacific has completed its facility improvement in Sacramento for its planned masters of physician studies program. The program, which aims to…

Logistics & Infrastructure

Closeup: Port’s new chairman brings real estate skill

STOCKTON — The Port of Stockton Commission has a new chairman. R. Jay Allen, a five-year member of the commission, was unanimously elected at the beginning of…

Health Care

Doctors Medical Center gets “A” for patient safety from Leapfrog

MODESTO — Doctors Medical Center was the only hospital in Modesto to receive an “A” grade for patient safety from the watchdog group Leapfrog. Doctors Medical Center…

Transportation

Gas prices surge as summer driving season begins

WASHINGTON — Gas prices are rising heading into the Memorial Day weekend. The national price per gallon sits at $2.28, the highest of the year. Nationally prices…

Tourism & Attractions

Yosemite’s Tioga Road is open for the season

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Those wanting to take Tioga Road though the upper elevations in Yosemite National Park can do so, starting today. The road opened at…

Real Estate

Central Valley home prices rising faster than national average

IRVINE — Home prices in the Stockton and Modesto markets rose faster over the past year than the national average and faster than the statewide average, according…

Politics & Government

Stockton mayoral candidates sound off on business issues

STOCKTON — Stockton voters will head to the polls to pick from among seven mayoral candidates running in the June 7 primary. The top two candidates will…