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Blue light special: As Tuesday's memorial for Nelson approaches, porch-light salute gains momentum

These blue lightbulbs are available at the Kern County Bridal Association for a donation of $6, which goes to a scholarship fund in Officer David Nelson's memory.

Blair Budai and Kyle Brown want to help reinforce law enforcement’s thin blue line.

That’s why since the June 26 death of Bakersfield Police Department Officer David Nelson, fatally injured in a single-vehicle crash during a pursuit, the two men have been raising funds for a memorial scholarship established by Nelson’s family in his name.

Bakersfield’s free, public memorial ceremony for Nelson, a two-year patrolman who had recently finished coursework to become a field training officer, will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Rabobank Arena.

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An artist's rendering of the proposed HECA plant.

HECA wins six-month suspension of state review

Hydrogen Energy California has won a regulatory timeout, giving its developer six months to close a key business deal or face termination of the controversial, $4 billion chemical and power plant proposed in western Kern County. Rather than halt a long-running government review of the coal-fired

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