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Spring allergies? Some try plant-based diet for relief

STOCKTON, CA - The peak of pollen season is about to hit and depending on Mother Nature, allergy sufferers may have several more weeks or even months of uncomfortable symptoms.

"We had a really wet winter and we started to see tree pollen early, back in February," said allergist Dr. Greg Bensch, who saw 18 patients with allergies before noon Wednesday.

Bensch added, "April and May are on par to be the worst. The peak of the pollen season will be in May, with things hopefully drying up in June."

Some allergy sufferers are fighting pollen with its own plants. Becoming a vegetarian or vegan to combat allergy symptoms is one idea being spread through the Internet.

A nutritionist at the University of the Pacific said it's a popular idea under discussion among dietitians.

"The idea is that there are certain foods that will alleviate allergies and others that will make symptoms worse," said Alexandra Caspero, a registered dietitian.

Bed bugs take over Stockton apartment complex

STOCKTON, CA - Bed bugs have infested the Doyle Gardens Apartment Complex to the extent that the usually once-hidden, nocturnal, creepy crawlers are now being scooped up by tenants and put into Ziplock bags.

"I noticed I had bed bugs in October," former tenant Vicki Robinson said. "I've called the management and the city and nothing happened. Now it's gotten to the point we have to move out."

Now, neighbors surrounding the complex on American Street fear that once the tenants leave, the hungry bugs will then start crawling across the street.

"I had bedbugs in my last place down south and I had no choice but to move," neighbor Rosalinda Jimenez said. "I have kids so if those bugs come across the street. . . oh no. It's possible they could crawl across the street."

Stockton retiree healthcare to benefit from federal funds

Stockton retiree healthcare to benefit from federal funds

STOCKTON - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services notified the City of Stockton that much-needed assistance with the cost of retiree healthcare was on the way in the form of a federal reimbursement of $870,693. The city applied for the funding through the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP), a program authorized through the Affordable Care Act.

The program provides reimbursement to participating employment-based plans for a portion of the costs of healthcare benefits for early retirees and eligible family members.

"This is great news," said Di Smith, interim director of Human Resources. "The cost of healthcare has significantly increased, and the reimbursement will assist the city with the cost to provide benefits for our early retirees. It was definitely worth the hours invested in research and preparing the request for reimbursement."

Early retirees are ages 55 and older and are not, yet, eligible for Medicare.

UOP reacts to '60 Minutes' story

STOCKTON, CA - University of the Pacific officials hosted a campus discussion Monday to talk about the 60 Minutes story Sunday that focused on a sexual assault case.

School president Pamela Eibeck said it was because she was "deeply, deeply committed" to student safety that she wanted to have open channels of communication. "Some of you might have had your confidence shaken as you watched last nights broadcast," she told a crowd of about 75.

It was 2008 when a female basketball player said she was sexually assaulted by three male basketball players. Though she declined to pursue criminal charges, the men were disciplined for their actions by UOP's judicial process. Two of the men were suspended and the other expelled from the Stockton school.

Where have you found the cheapest gas?

Where have you found the cheapest gas?

Ok folks, we want to know...where have you been able to find the cheapest gas in Stockton? We want to hear from you!

In the comments section below, tell us where and when you found cheaper gas, compared to the $4.25+ prices per gallon we are seeing most everywhere nowadays.

Let's help each other save a few dollars at the pump!

Stockton armed career criminal indicted on gun charge

Stockton armed career criminal indicted on gun charge

United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner announced Thursday that a federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment charging Marcus Pride, 34, of Stockton, with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The indictment alleges that on February 26, 2011, Pride possessed a firearm in Stockton after being convicted in 1995 of five felonies - four for armed robbery and one for armed carjacking.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Stockton Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods.

Stockton attorney ready to fight state over building

STOCKTON, CA - A Stockton man said the state of California is making unreasonable demands in its efforts to clear space for a new county courthouse.

"I've been around.  I know what's fair and what's right.  I'm not going to knuckle under because some bureaucrat wants it," said Maxwell Freeman.

Freeman is one of three people who owns a small building that sits in the path of San Joaquin County's new courthouse.  Freeman said the state is willing to buy his building for three-quarters of a million dollars, but he said the state is also requiring he pay for any contamination clean-up that's needed after the building's removal.

It's a fight Freeman's willing to take on.

"Later on, we've seen it happen many times.  They'll find a three- toed frog or arsenic that could be there from early boat-building.  They can't get it in court.  I'll win in court every time," he said.