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Ione Could Lose Youth Authority Facility

The foothill town of Ione fears it may lose a long-time employer if the California Youth Authority closes the Preston Youth Correctional Facility as some reformers recommend.

The town has been home to a youth facility for 110 years — starting with the castle-like Preston School of Industry for troubled youths. An independent report to Governor Schwarzenegger today recommends closing the correctional center by 2006.