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Stockton native Maxine Hong Kingston receives 2013 National Medal of Arts


SACRAMENTO - Writer and Stockton native Maxine Hong Kingston received the 2013 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in a ceremony Monday at the White House.

Kingston was born in 1940 to parents who were Chinese immigrants living in Stockton. She is known for her books detailing the experiences of Chinese immigrants in the United States, and her other honors include a 1997 National Humanities Medal that was awarded to her by President Bill Clinton.

Kingston is a professor Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Stockton man claims he is being fined for brown grass


Stockton property owner Martin Padilla said he was trying to conserve water, but that has led to a hefty fine.

Padilla now has to water his lawn, turning it from brown to green after he received a $429 fine from Stockton Code Enforcement officers.

About a thousand attend funeral for shootout victim


STOCKTON, Calif. - Approximately 1,000 people attended the funeral service for Misty Holt-Singh, a 41-year-old mother of two shot to death during a bank robbery, kidnapping and police gun battle on July 16.

Holt-Singh's service was at Bear Creek Community Church just north of Stockton. A few hundred mourners watched on monitors in an overflow area.

Holt-Singh was a customer at the Bank of the West on Thornton Avenue that was robbed. She was one of three hostages taken by three bank robbers. The other two hostages were injured either from jumping from the getaway car or from being pushed.

Holt-Singh's husband and 12-year-old daughter both spoke at the service as did other family members, long-time friends, and her employer, Stockton dentist Lester Low.

Stockton, CA leading contender for Tesla battery factory says Los Angeles Times

Stockton, CA leading contender for Tesla battery factory says Los Angeles Times

According to an article in yesterday's Los Angeles Times, Stockton is shaping up to be a leading California contender for a Tesla Motors Inc. massive 6500-worker "gigabattery" factory expected to cost up to $5 billion to construct. Caifornia was not even in the running until a few months ago when Tesla announced it was looking in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. But then several state areas stepped up with proposals include Stockton, Concord, Sacramento and Imperial County. San Joaquin Partnership Vice President of Client Services Shelley Burcham says, "There are lots of opportunities here and we continue to put our best foot forward.

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Pear Harvesting is Almost Over...Already

Pear Harvesting is Almost Over...Already

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Dozens of tips phoned in on 4th suspect in Stockton shootout


STOCKTON, Calif. - Two different agencies in Stockton are reporting a significant number of tips coming in as police search for the fourth suspect in a July 16 bank robbery, kidnapping and shootout that turned deadly.

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3 dead in Stockton shootout after bank robbery police chase

The reward for information leading to the fourth suspect had reached $50,000, it was announced Thursday. Almost immediately, Stockton police and Stockton Crime Stoppers reported a big response.

FBI, U.S. Marshals looking for Stockton fugitive wanted on a drug indictment


Federal law enforcement has put out a plea to the public for information about a fugitive indicted on conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Authorities are looking for 21-year-old Javier Fernando Rivera of Stockton. He was described as white, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 130 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

The FBI and U.S. Marshals Service believe Rivera may still be in the Stockton area. He is considered to be armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Rivera was urged to contact their nearest FBI office or dial 911. The FBI can be reached 24 hours a day at (916) 481-9110 in the Sacramento area and (415) 553-7400 in the San Francisco area. Tips can also be submitted on the FBI website.