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TAFT — The state's new moves aimed at the oil industry to halt steam injection and hydraulic fracturing are going to hit Kern County's small producers the hardest, and they could have a major impact on the county's property tax revenue.

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Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, this week announced plans to roll out a new look in the produce sections of its stores — but it turns out the changes have already been rolled out in the affected Bakersfield stores.

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A mistrial was declared after several days of deliberation by a Kern County jury Thursday in the case against Eddie Leyva, the father of a 3-month old baby who died in 2014. A separate jury on Nov. 15 convicted the baby's mother, Vanessa Wolfe, of second-degree murder and child abuse causing…

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The Bakersfield Condors hosted their 16th Annual Field Trip Day game Thursday against the Stockton Heat and, once again, local students were out in full force. An announced crowd of 7,680 was in attendance to watch the Condors fall to the Stockton Heat, 4-3 in overtime. Either way, it was a …

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Kern County Superintendent of Schools has issued a two hour delay on Thursday to El Tejon Unified School District and Peak to Peak Mountain Charter. 

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Investors slammed local energy stocks after news hit Tuesday that California's governor intends to expand his crackdown on in-state oil production.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story Nov. 19 about California Gov. Gavin Newsom issuing a moratorium on permits for wells using high-pressure steam to extract oil, The Associated Press reported that a Chevron well suffered a massive leak, while others that use that method have not had spills…

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Sheriff Donny Youngblood announced Wednesday several promotions in the department. A ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Friday Nov. 22 in the Sheriff’s Auditorium at 1350 Norris Road.

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Clinica Sierra Vista will host a World AIDS Day conference on Dec. 2 to help bring awareness to the fight against HIV and to commemorate those who have died from it, according to a press release. 

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Kern Behavioral Health & Recovery Services will host a career expo on Saturday where dozens of behavioral health positions will be available, according to a news release.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom cracked down on oil producers Tuesday, halting approval of hundreds of fracking permits until independent scientists can review them, while temporarily banning another drilling method that regulators believe is linked to one of the largest spills in state history.