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Towtruck Driver Surveys Wrecked Car Entangled With Lightpost
Recent reports state that nearly 800 teens die in traffic crashes during summer months.

Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers

Posted: 6/18/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - According to a recent national study by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are deadly for teen drivers. An average of 261 teens dies in traffic crashes during each of the summer months, a 26 percent increase compared to the rest of the year. This represents an average of nearly 800 teen deaths during the summer months.

Over the past five years, nearly 4,000 teen drivers and passengers, between the ages of 13 and 19 years old, died in traffic crashes between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Those deaths make it the deadliest season for teens.

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Placer County Fair Prepares For Summer Beach Party

Posted: 6/18/2014

Cody Webb Rides his Motorcycle Over Rocks in the Ultimate Enduro Event
Come see NorCal Ultimate Enduro at the Grandstands Thursday, June 19th. Cody Webb shown above.
Photos courtesy of KE Spencer and Co.

PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Just in time for June’s lazy days of summer, the Placer County Fair is getting ready for a Summer Beach Party. The annual Fair set for June 19-22 is just in time for hot weather and kids already getting bored with summer vacation.

Under the new management of CEO Carrie Wimer, plans are in the works for a “new and improved” Placer County Fair. “We are excited about the new entertainment level with some great West Coast bands back on Sunset Lawn, more strolling entertainment and for the kids, Circus Imagination. We want to make sure there is something fun around every corner whether it’s the Giant Alligator, Skip Banks in his giant yellow balloon, or a visit to see the farm animals and the goat costume contest.”

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Our Region Has Long Been a Popular Racing Venue

Three Local Team Drivers Chosen to NASCAR NEXT Program

By Linda Harper
Posted: 6/4/2014

Brandon McReynolds in his Racecar
NEXT Driver Brandon McReynolds in the BMR (Bill McAnally Racing) #16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota.
Photos courtesy Bill McAnally Racing, Roseville

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento region has long been a popular racing venue, showcasing tracks like the All American Speedway in Roseville who host NASCAR’s Whelen All – American Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series, Sacramento Raceway where fans cheer on their favorite NHRA drag racers, Big Time Motocross Raceway and All Star Karting in Rancho Cordova. Over the last few years, our Capital City and surrounding areas has exploded from its “sleeper” status, into a highly respected and recognized racing Mecca that attracts events, teams and individual participants from all over the nation. Like other celebrated racing cities, the Sacramento area proudly fosters young drivers, bringing them up the ranks, preparing them for careers in Stock Car, Sprint, Formula, Karting and Motorcycle sports.

On April 25th, at Richmond International Speedway, NASCAR named 12 promising young drivers to its NEXT program, an action taken by the industry giant for the last four years, designed to spotlight NASCAR’s rising stars.

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Cost of Driving is Cheaper in 2014

Posted: 6/4/2014

Dramatic Interior Shot of a Yong Woman Driving a Vintage Car

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - New research from AAA finds that the average annual cost of owning and operating a new car has decreased by 2.7% in the United States for 2014.

The 2014 edition of AAA’s annual Your Driving Costs study estimates the overall cost of owning and operating a new average sized sedan fell to 59.2 cents per mile, a 1.64 cent per mile decrease from 2013. This decrease amounts to an average of $8,876 in yearly costs, based upon 15,000 miles of annual driving.

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A Smiling Teacher Shares a Bird Nest With Kindergarten Class
Seventy-three percent of Americans support the concept of charter schools. The short story is that charter schools work, and are an asset to a public education system that is slow to embrace innovation despite an ever-changing and increasingly global world.

Setting the Record Straight

By Kara Kerwin
Posted: 5/21/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Americans are fans of fantasy and myth—the resounding success of franchises like Twilight and Harry Potter offer strong evidence to support this claim. But when it comes to our education system, Americans must learn to distinguish fact from fiction.

This is especially true of our nation’s charter schools. Despite the fact that over 2.5 million children are served by over 6,500 charter schools across the country, the majority of Americans have been swayed by tall tales and misinformation about the role of charter schools in our public education system.

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Diabetes Linked to One-Third of all California Hospitalizations

A special report from California Center for Public Health Advocacy
and UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

Posted: 5/21/2014

A Young Woman Holds Out Sterile Needle and Vial of Insulin
Diabetes is responsible for a long list of complications, including blindness, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, amputations and premature death. Since 1980, diabetes cases have more than tripled nationally to 20.9 million. In California alone, diabetes cases have increased by 35 percent in ten years

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Patients with diabetes account for one in three hospitalizations in California, according to a comprehensive new study on the prevalence of diabetes in hospitals and its impact on providers and spiraling health care costs.

The study of hospital discharge records conducted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research with support from the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA), found that among all hospitalized California patients aged 35 or older (the age group that accounts for most hospitalizations), 31 percent had diabetes. Although diabetes may not be the initial reason for these hospitalizations, the disproportionate share of patients with diabetes highlights the impact this disease is having on California’s health care costs.

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It’s Time to Fight The Bite

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 5/7/2014


Young Scientists Score Big at Regional Science Fair

Posted: 4/9/2014


Snowpack at 35% of Average

NID Special Report
Posted: 4/9/2014


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