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Valley economic index stays strong despite drop

Peters Business Building at Fresno StateThe San Joaquin Valley Business Conditions Index decreased slightly in October but still exceeded the growth threshold for the 11th consecutive month.

Corporate wellness programs gain momentum

Called “recess breaks,” employees of Kaiser Permanente in Fresno gather to exercise together as part of the health care organizations wellness program.As more Americans gain insurance coverage through work, employers are increasingly turning to wellness-based incentives and other health care programs to help keep their staff healthy.

Madera Co. industrial vacancies inch up in Q3

While Madera County's industrial properties have grown scarcer over the last few years, a little more space opened up during the third quarter for incoming businesses to fill.

Smittcamps to be awarded for philanthropy

Bill and Linda Smittcamp have supported Children's Hospital Central California for more than 20 years.Local business leaders Bill and Linda Smittcamp will be honored with the Outstanding Philanthropist Award during the Association of Fundraising Professionals Central Valley Chapter's annual luncheon tomorrow.

Democrat Yee wins controller race

(AP) — Democrat Betty Yee defeated Republican Ashley Swearengin in the race to become California’s chief fiscal officer.

Report: Valley water use drops

A new report on daily water use throughout the state showed Central Valley communities conserving more than ever.

Voters renew Measure Z for another decade

Fresno County voters have signed off once again on Measure Z, the one-tenth-of-one percent sales tax to help support the Fresno Chaffee Zoo.

Prop. 48 North Fork casino measure fails

California voters on Tuesday rejected an Indian gaming compact for a casino in Madera County.Voters on Tuesday rejected a ballot measure that would have allowed a Native American tribe near Fresno to build a Las Vegas-style casino off its reservation, a proposal portrayed by opponents as a precedent-setting referendum expanding gaming beyond tribal lands.

Kingsburg to hold second business plan contest

Javier Garcia and Misty Almendarez, finalists in last year’s contest for their Sports Fan Barbershop, have opened their business in Kingsburg.The City of Kingsburg will once again host a business plan contest with the winner receiving $25,000 worth of goods and services to help start a business.

Rack Room Shoes to open at Tulare Outlet Center

Rack Room Shoes will open a 7,000-square-foot store in the Tulare Outlet Center at 1401 Retherford St. on Wednesday.