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New Census figures shine light on Stanislaus, San Joaquin counties

New Census figures shine light on Stanislaus, San Joaquin counties

The U.S. Census Bureau released estimates for its American Community Survey for the years 2007 to 2011. The report provides statistic down to the neighborhood level on measures such as school enrollment, jobs and housing.

The graphic below shows some of the new information about San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties, including figures on home ownership, business ownership and retail sales. 

The information covers the time just before and through the recession.

Stockton women outraged when waiter brings check calling them 'Fat Girls'

Stockton women outraged when waiter brings check calling them 'Fat Girls'

STOCKTON, Calif. - When we pick up the check, we can sometimes expect it to hurt a little, but what happened Thursday night to three Stockton women, is another story. Now, they want the restaurant to pay.

Christina Duran and her friends had enjoyed their evening at the Cameo Club Casino's restaurant, but when the check came, Christina couldn't believe her eyes.

"I got the bill, and I was like, why does the receipt say, 'fat girls?'" Duran said.

At first, her friends assumed she was joking.

"I was laughing at her, and she was like, 'I'm serious.' I'm like, 'No, it does not say fat girls, let me see it,'" said Christina Huerta, who was also at the table along with Isabel Robles.

"[Huerta] was like, 'You're lying,'" Duran said. "And I was like, 'No, I'm serious. Look at it.' She was like, 'fat girls?'"

"I was like, 'Give me that,' and I'm looking at it. I was like, 'Oh, heck no,'" Robles said.

Central Valley printers make their mark

Central Valley printers make their mark

Few industries have the history or have faced the challenges of printers in the Central Valley.

Printers in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties have faced the double whammy of a recession that has cut the number of customers and new technologies that make it easier than ever for people to do work themselves.

For Central Valley jewelers, love conquers all – even the Great Recession

For Central Valley jewelers, love conquers all – even the Great Recession

Whatever the economic conditions, it appears that diamonds are still a girl’s best friend.

That’s fortunate for local jewelry businesses, which may have weathered the economic downturn a bit better than other retailers.

Biggest Central Valley business stories of 2012

Biggest Central Valley business stories of 2012

Agriculture and all that goes with it – from growing to processing to shipping – remains a dominant component of the economies in both Central Valley counties. From the Marine Highway to the wine industry, here are the biggest business stories of the year.

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Gas leak in Stockton neighborhood causes evacuation

STOCKTON, Calif. - More than 80 people were evacuated from their homes Saturday morning after a gas leak threatened homes in an east Stockton neighborhood.

The Stockton Fire Department got calls of a possible explosion on the 3300 block of E. Miner Avenue around 8:30 a.m. When crews arrived on scene, they found an 8-inch transmission line, buried 4-feet deep, leaking gas, PG&E Spokesperson J.D. Guidi said.

PG&E's Brandi Ehlers said the line did not feed directly into the surrounding homes; however, fire crews turned off the gas to the homes as a precaution.

Stockton Fire spokesperson Art Ray said four blocks, between E. Filbert Street and E. Miner Street and Fremont Street, were evacuated as crews worked to contain the leak.

Ehlers said 78 homes were impacted by the gas shutoff. PG&E had 15 field representatives at the scene to turn the gas to the homes back on and relight any pilot lights.

UPDATE: Man found in Stockton field suffered head trauma

STOCKTON, CA - Investigators suspect foul play in the death of a man who was discovered in a field in east Stockton Wednesday afternoon.

San Joaquin County sheriff's investigators said the body was in a field on the 2200 block of E. Carpenter Road. The discovery was reported at approximately 3:30 p.m.

The man was identified as 18-year-old Travae Carltonell, on Thursday. Investigators said Carltonell suffered head trauma.

Throughout the night, investigators gathered evidence and talked to witnesses. At one home, witnesses said they heard two to three shots, then heard a loud crash; when they looked out the window, they couldn't see anything because of the fog.

The sheriff's office said the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the sheriff's office at at (209) 468-4400 or "Text a Tip" to "274637" and in the message area type SJSO, a space, and then your tip.