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Reader: How can The Bakersfield Californian post the (March 19) headline, "Jury acquits Kern High teacher who allegedly sexted with student"? They said (Kern High School District teacher Johnny Gray Watson) wasn't guilty of that (charge) and the girl (who had accused him) admitted it wasn't …

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Optimism is strong among local oil producers that recently healthy barrel price levels will hold steady enough to justify new investment through the end of this year, even as market-related conditions remain in flux and state regulatory complications threaten to sideline proposed drilling an…

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Kern County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 1500 block of Pearl St. on Sunday at approximately 5:30 a.m. for a baby that was not breathing. The baby was transported to a hospital where they were pronounced dead.

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At least the fourth lawsuit in a month was filed this week claiming the Kern High School District could have prevented alleged sexual misconduct between a district employee and a student, capping several months of legal disputes involving accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior by distr…

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A new study out of UCLA faults California's county agriculture commissioners for failing to propose alternatives to dangerous pesticides whenever possible and overlooking risks associated with using different chemicals on the same or adjacent fields within the same period of time.