RAISIN CITY - California, the nation's leader in heat-related deaths among farmworkers, sought to turn that trend around three years ago with a new law aimed at ensuring people toiling in sweltering fields had such basics as a water break and an umbrella for shade.
Since the law was adopted, however, 11 farmworkers have died in possible heat stroke deaths, eight of them confirmed. That's nearly twice the number of such deaths in the nearly three years before the laws were passed, and five of the deaths occurred this year alone.
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