California’s working poor grow poorer

The nonprofit Rural Foundation for Community Advancement organizes food giveaways several times a month in Earlimart.

EARLIMART -- After a day of picking grapes for $9.25 an hour, Eva Montes waits in line for food aid in the parking lot of the Veterans Memorial building in Earlimart, a community of 8,537 people.

“You can’t make enough money for what you spend,” Montes says in Spanish while waiting with other farmworkers for her number to be called. Today she’ll take home a box of bagged greens and other produce distributed by a local nonprofit.

“Sometimes, you don’t earn enough to buy things for what the children need for school, or food for the house,

A woman and child were sent to the hospital after the car they were riding in rolled on Highway 99. The car was changing lanes when the driver noticed a truck in the lane at the last second. The driver overcorrected and lost control of the car. Drugs or alcohol are not thought to be a factor.

Two sent to hospital for minor injuries after single vehicle crash

A woman and child were sent to the hospital after the car they were riding in rolled on Highway 99. Shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday, a white Chevrolet Cobalt was driving in the fast lane at approximately 60 mph, California Highway Patrol Officer David Avis said. The driver began to change lanes, but

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