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Year in Review: Technology

While not the Mecca of software developers and innovators that made the Silicon Valley famous, the Central Valley fostered its own underground of ambitious and tech savvy entrepreneurs in 2014.

Year in Review: Sports & Entertainment

Central Valley sports and entertainment isn’t a news category where much changes from year to year. But 2014 proved to be an outlier, and perhaps the year’s biggest stories involved the Valley’s entertainment landscape.

Year in Review: Government

Throwing in some controversial measures, plans and an election year, it was a busy 2014 for government in the Central Valley.

Year in Review: Construction and Real Estate

The Square at Campus Pointe near Fresno State kicked off major work this year to usher in a new movie theater and retail stores in 2015.Several commercial, industrial and residential projects gained renewed momentum in 2014 as the Central Valley economy continued to recover from the recession.

Year in Review: Agriculture

Local nurseries remained busy this year despite the drought. Almonds, such as these young trees in Fresno County, were a popular choice.For all the attention the California drought has brought to the San Joaquin Valley, local growers undoubtedly find themselves in the same situation they were in this time last year, if not worse.

Year in Review: Health Care

Children's Hospital Central California switched to its former name, Valley Children's Hospital.The outlook was good for the health care industry this year as Covered California recovered from its rocky debut; the long anticipated Clovis pharmacy school opened and several Central Valley hospitals expanded their clinical services.

Year in Review: Transportation

An artist's rendering shows the high-speed rail train traveling through Fresno. Work begins January 6, 2015Long mired in delays before judges and government boards, high-speed rail planners cheered victories this past year, even as opposition lingered.

California snow survey shows higher snowpack 

(AP) — The winter's first survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday found more snow than last year at this time, but officials said much more is needed to end the California drought.

First of many Papa John's opens in Fresno

A new Papa John's pizzeria opened in Fresno's West Pointe Shopping Center over the weekend, the first of several planned in the Central Valley by Preferred Restaurant Brands.

Early learning center to open in Orange Cove

The Fresno County Public Library will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at its Orange Cove branch on Jan. 10 as it opens its new Early Learning Center that caters to children ages 0 to 5.