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6:00 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Rise in Mixteco Speaking Students Poses Challenges for Watsonville Schools

Teacher George Feldman works on math with a group of first graders at Ohlone Elementary School.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety

More than four million California residents were born in Mexico, so the state has a lot of experience with students learning English as a second language. In Watsonville, though, public schools have struggled to educate a growing number of Mexican students from indigenous backgrounds: it’s a little bit trickier when English is your third language.

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Local
11:55 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Year’s Dry Start Hurts Ranchers, Farmers

Joe Morris brings part of his herd up a hill in Hollister. Morris owns Morris Grassfed in San Juan Bautista. He says the current drought is the worst he's experienced in more than two decades in business.
Credit Vinnee Tong

Many people across California are thinking the same thought lately: If only I could make it rain.

The state just endured its driest year ever, according to the National Weather Service. And rainfall levels this year -- at halfway through our rainiest months -- aren’t much improved. Now the state has created a team to address the drought, with many waiting for Gov. Brown to officially declare it an emergency.

Farmers and ranchers are already feeling the pain.

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