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Fourth grade students lobby for California state nuts

Posted 11:31 a.m. Friday
Updated 11:33 a.m. Friday

— A California fourth grade class is pushing to make almonds, pistachios, walnuts and pecans the official state nuts.

Merced Assemblyman Adam Gray supported the elementary students' idea and drafted a bill.

The Fresno Bee reported (http://bit.ly/2q3LFDR ) Thursday that Gray's bill is headed to the Senate this summer after passing through the Assembly.

The students travelled to Sacramento last month to a bill hearing. They brought the Modesto Nuts minor league baseball team mascots: Al the almond, Wally the walnut and Shelly the pistachio.

At first the students were only lobbying for the almond, a crop valued at $4 billion that creates more than 100,000 jobs. Legislators who heard Gary's bill wanted the major nut crop of their districts to get an official designation too.

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