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Tulare City Council to get Update on First Responders Tax Measure

Tulare City Council to get Update on First Responders Tax Measure

At today's meeting, the Tulare City Council will receive an update on Measure I.

It was adopted by voters in 2005.

The measure provided money to maintain and improve vital city services such as Police, Fire, and paramedic services, 911 response times, anti-gang programs, street and pothole repair, parks, recreation, library, tree trimming, code enforcement and other services.

It adds .05 to every $10 purchase.

Heat Wave Continues: 'Flex Alert' Issued For Tuesday

Heat Wave Continues: 'Flex Alert' Issued For Tuesday

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The heat has yet to break, but Californians are being urged to turn down their air conditioners.

Operators of the state's electricity grid have declared a Flex Alert for Tuesday, telling customers to curb their power use as California's inland regions face yet another day of sky-high heat.

The California Independent System Operator says conservation will be critical with peak demand forecast at 47,500 megawatts.

Customers are being asked to set their air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher, to wait until after 7 p.m. to use major appliances and to turn off anything that isn't necessary.

A similar alert was issued for Friday.

The National Weather Service has issued excessive-heat warnings from Santa Barbara County through southeastern California and in much of the San Joaquin Valley.

West Nile Virus Increases With Hot Temperatures

West Nile Virus Increases With Hot Temperatures

The triple-digit temperatures are having a major impact on the spread of West Nile Virus here in the Valley.

Experts say the heat speeds up a mosquito's life cycle, and that means more breeding.

It also accelerates the West Nile Virus replication process.

Mark Berman and his family are visiting the Valley from the Netherlands.

He knew nothing about a recent collection of mosquitoes that were infected with the disease.

Tourist Mark Berman says, "We are going to spray absolutely, don't plan to get bitten or ill."

The mosquitoes were discovered in the Sherwood area, near Sanger in eastern Fresno County.

Steve Mulligan District Manager of the Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District says throughout the nation, the virus is at its biggest spike since 2003.

Mulligan says this dry hot weather isn't helping the issue.

Need A Job? Hundreds Available At Big Fresno Fair

Need A Job? Hundreds Available At Big Fresno Fair

The Big Fresno Fair will hold its 2nd annual Job Fair on Wednesday, August 15, 2012.

It will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Commerce Building at the Fresno Fairgrounds -- 1121 S. Chance Avenue.

The fair is looking to fill about 800 positions, which include ticket sellers, parking attendants, customer service representatives, carnival and office staff and security guards.

Applicants are asked to take along their photo ID and Social Security card to the job fair. Applications will be available on-site.

The 2012 Big Fresno Fair runs October 3-14.

For more information on the job fair, visit: www.fresnofair.com/fairgrounds-employment.

Refresher Campaign Spotlights 10-20-Life Law

A who's who of Valley law enforcement believes there's a new generation of criminals who were too young when 10–20–Life became law 15 years ago. Mike Reynolds co-authored the law. "Most offenders do not find out about 10–20–Life until they're standing in front of a judge. That's too little too late."

So now there's a refresher campaign that spells out the consequences of using a gun. The message will be on billboards, bumper stickers and television.

Mike Reynolds says there was a forty percent decline in gun violence after a similar media campaign in 1998. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer supports the refresher campaign. "Criminals watch television. They read the paper. They know that law enforcement has lost a significant amount of resources." Chief Dyer wants criminals to know there are severe consequences from crimes using a gun.

Warning! Email Scam Going Around

Warning! Email Scam Going Around

The Madera County Sheriff's Office is warning the public about an email intended to terrify recipients into wiring money.

A 71-year-old Oakhurst woman became the latest target.

Sheriff John Anderson says the woman received an email from someone claiming to be an assassin, hired to murder her. He says while the email is patently ludicrous, its message -- laced with vile threats -- was sent to incite fear.

The woman contacted deputies, who are now investigating.

"Our office takes all terrorist threats seriously, credible or not," Sheriff Anderson said. "Whoever sent this pulled an extremely sick stunt in an outrageous attempt to extort money."

The sheriff's office says if anyone receives an email like the one pictured here, do not respond to it. Instead, call authorities immediately.

Big Fresno Fair: Concert Series, Local Performer Contest

Big Fresno Fair: Concert Series, Local Performer Contest

The Big Fresno Fair has announced its concert lineup for this year:

Wednesday, October 3
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 4
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 6
7:00 p.m.

Monday, October 8
7:00 p.m.

with opener Jamie Grace

Tuesday, October 9
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 10
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 11
7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 12
7:00 p.m.

with opener Ryan Beatty

Saturday, October 13
1:00 p.m.