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A Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train traveling east struck the back end of a semi trailer truck at the Tehachapi Boulevard and Monolith crossing around 5 a.m. Friday. The train pushed the semi nearly a quarter of a mile down the tracks as the engineer brought the train to a halt.

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  • BY CHRISTINE BEDELL cbedell@bakersfield.com
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The City of Bakersfield will move forward with all aspects of the 24th Street widening project after a state appeals court denied opponents' request for an injunction, officials announced Friday.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, succeeding Barack Obama and taking control of a divided country in a transition of power that he has declared will lead to “America First” policies at home and abroad.

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A person was killed Thursday in a crash involving a big rig and another vehicle that blocked three lanes of southbound Highway 99 for hours, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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Gov. Jerry Brown and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones couldn’t have differed more in the style of their recent responses to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s request for “ideas” on the pending repeal of the Affordable Care Act. But the substance, in both cases, was sobering.

  • BY HAROLD PIERCE hpierce@bakersfield.com
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Citing a need to address student health holistically, the Bakersfield City School District has opened three multi-million dollar regional wellness centers funded with a new kind of state education dollars, a first in California, officials said Wednesday.

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The County of Kern agreed to settle an environmental lawsuit against the California High-Speed Rail Authority now that the new route skirts to the east of downtown Bakersfield, according to interim County Counsel Mark Nations.

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An 81-year-old woman whose body was found about a mile from her vehicle earlier this month died from drowning and her death is an accident, according to the coroner's office.

  • BY HAROLD PIERCE hpierce@bakersfield.com
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Bakersfield City School District teachers are expected to approve a two-year contract Wednesday that includes a multi-year pay increase but also temporarily adds three work days to their calendar year, a teacher’s union representative said.

  • BY JAMES BURGER jburger@bakersfield.com
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The Kern County Administrative Office has delayed, for now, a plan to reduce staffing at nine largely rural fire stations after the Kern County Firefighters union objected.

  • BY HAROLD PIERCE hpierce@bakersfield.com
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The Kern High School District and its insurers paid more than $11.7 million last year to settle legal disputes over a wide range of issues, from special education students alleging they received inadequate education to somebody struck by a district vehicle, according to settlements reviewed …