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Strong reaction is coming in on the newest Star Wars trailer, which was released Thursday morning. Here's a sampling from around The Bakersfield Californian, Bakersfield and our media partners:
The Bakersfield City School District could be short a school board member come May.
District Attorney Lisa Green announced Thursday the formation of a Family Violence Unit within her officer that will prosecute all cases of felony domestic violence, sexual assaults, physical child abuse and elder abuse.
A 38-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of offenses including human trafficking for allegedly forcing a woman into prostitution in several cities throughout California, including Bakersfield.
The head of Bakersfield-based Aera Energy LLC is stepping down this summer after leading one of California’s biggest oil producers for more than seven years.
BCSD TEACHERS PASS RAISES: Most of the 933 Bakersfield City School District teachers who voted Tuesday on a new contract gave it and the two 3.5 percent raises it comes with an overwhelming yes during voting at Sequoia Middle School.
The series of rapes in east Bakersfield during the summer of 2013 were perpetrated by at least three, probably four people, Deputy Public Defender Paul Cadman told jurors Wednesday.
The freshly strewn wood chips along its broad shoulders are a little browner, the drought-resistant seed cover on its median a little more tan, and its chain link fences much more silvery.
A stock transaction announced this week will give a Tennessee-based company a 48 percent stake in the ownership of the refinery on Rosedale Highway, but the deal is not expected to have any immediate effect on plans to upgrade the plant.
A woman and two juveniles suffered major injuries after the vehicle they were traveling in left the roadway and crashed into a tree Monday evening.
Two Bakersfield supermarkets -- the Vons stores on Olive Drive and Stine Road -- will close within about a month as part of a cost-cutting measure following the acquisition of their parent company by Idaho-based Albertsons LLC.
The debate about how to improve Kern County's libraries is collecting momentum.
A Tehachapi man who pleaded no contest in February to aiming a laser at an airplane has been charged with possession of child pornography.