• BY STEVEN MAYER smayer@bakersfield.com
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A century and a half ago, the land below the Panorama Bluffs was carpeted with elderberry and cottonwood, oak and sycamore, honey mesquite and mule fat — a shrub also known as water-wally.

  • BY HAROLD PIERCE The Center for Health Journalism Collaborative
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Despite opposition from health officers, the State Assembly unanimously passed two bills Thursday authored by Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, that could streamline and standardize case reporting of valley fever, a respiratory disease endemic to Kern County and the southwestern United States.

  • BY JASON KOTOWSKI jkotowski@bakersfield.com
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An admitted gang member accused of gunning down Delano grape grower Jakov Dulcich repeatedly denied involvement in the killing after being told a witness identified him as the shooter and the suspect vehicle — a silver Kia registered to his mother — was found set ablaze at the Kern-Tulare co…

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(AP) — Sean Hannity is President Donald Trump's most vocal defender on television, and a week ago he was on the air criticizing the FBI raid on the president's personal attorney Michael Cohen as evidence that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's "witch hunt" against the president has become a ru…