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Fresno’s historic T.W. Patterson building ‘chilling’ out

Rick Roush in the lobby of the historic T.W. Patterson building, which he purchased 20 years ago for $560,000.Downtown Fresno’s historic T.W. Patterson building is pretty cool — and it’s about to get even cooler.

Mayor announces program to aid Fresno homebuyers

Mayor Ashley Swearengin announces new homebuyer assistance program at Thursday morning press conference.At a news conference this morning, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin unveiled a new $7.5 million program sponsored by Wells Fargo that will provide up to $15,000 in down payment assistance grants for eligible homebuyers in Fresno.

Fresno's Downtown Business Hub unveils Spanish instruction

From left to right: Ismael Herrera, member of the Board of Education for Fresno County; Martha Rosas, CEO of America Hispanic Communication Group; Dora Westerlund, CEO of Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation and Diana Enriquez, director of Instituto Novohispano celebrate the opening of the Spanish-language school.   Spanish reading, writing and speaking skills are quickly becoming invaluable tools in the corporate world and local business leaders say the Central Valley is a prime location for building a workforce for the future. 

Fresno's UEI college takes new Manchester Mall campus

Tina Guilliams and Hector Gomez participate in lab training for the dental assistance program at UEI College. At a time when many private career colleges are facing increased scrutiny, Fresno’s United Educational Institute (UEI) is continuing to raise its profile within the community.

Report: Foreclosure rates mostly decline in Central Valley

Foreclosure rates in the Fresno area decreased for the month of February over the same period last year, according to new report from CoreLogic.

Valley hospitals receive mixed marks on safety

Central Valley hospitals received a variety of health grades in the latest Hospital Safety Score from the Leapfrog Group. 

Drought: California governor seeks fine for water wasters

(AP) — California businesses and residents that waste the most water as the state copes with a drought should face $10,000 fines, Gov. Jerry Brown said, as his administration rejected calls from cities to relax its mandatory water conservation targets.

The Arc celebrates opening of new Fresno center

The 15,000 square-foot Loewen Achievement Center building at 4490 E. Ashlan Avenue is located just west of Highway 168.The Arc Fresno/Madera Counties is hosting a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration of its new Loewen Achievement Center today.

Injured Hanford vet receives keys to mortgage-free home

From left, Daisy Bobadilla, Mike Robinson, Fidel Bobadilla, Jr. and Barbara Robinson. The Robinsons own Robinsons Carpet One in Hanford.Hanford-based Robinsons Carpet One played a role in putting a combat-injured veteran into a new home mortgage-free this past weekend.

Valley Commerce Bancorp Q1 income up 7 percent

Valley Commerce Bancorp, holding company of Visalia's Valley Business Bank, announced first quarter income of nearly $795,000, up 7 percent from $743,000 last year.