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  1. Missed paper? New delivery partnership will put an end to that

    By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
    Friday, Apr 04 2014 06:00 PM

    Starting immediately, home subscribers of The Californian will have their newspapers delivered by a company that actually intends on making sure those papers arrive daily, on time and in a spot where readers can find them. Like their porches.

    The Californian has partnered with CIPS Marketing Group Inc., a leading marketing and distribution firm, to oversee all facets of daily and weekly home-delivered newspapers.

    Delivery of The Californian, as readers in certain circulation areas know all too well, has been unacceptably sporadic. The partnership with CIPS will end most of those difficulties as the switchover winds down. Lingering and isolated problems may persist during the next few weeks' transition period, but missed papers should be...

  2. Diamond Foods to pay $5 million in SEC deal over walnut costs

    Diamond Foods Inc. will pay $5 million to settle charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission for its role in an accounting scheme. The SEC said Thursday that it charged the San Francisco-based snack maker and two of its former...

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    LOIS HENRY: If water's involved, progress can be drip by drip

    Time for a McAllister Ranch water banking update. If you're wondering why I keep such close tabs on this water banking proposal, I have two reasons. First, it's water. Any increase in water storage is of acute interest to this community...

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    Paramount goes head-to-head with its own success

    It's a tall order even for the branding geniuses who made Cuties a household name: top their own phenomenal success. Delano-based Paramount Citrus this week kicked off a five-year, $100 million marketing campaign to persuade consumers to...

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    Hurdle for high-speed rail: Where is the money?

    SACRAMENTO -- A judge's rulings this week ordered California's high-speed rail authority to rewrite its funding plan, bringing to the surface again one of the biggest hurdles facing the ambitious, $68 billion project: Where will the money...

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    Health law's small business insurance site delayed for a year

    CHICAGO -- The Obama administration is delaying yet another aspect of the health care law, putting off until next November the launch of an online portal to the health insurance marketplace for small businesses. The move, announced...

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    Businesses opposing contraception in health law get Supreme Court hearing

    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to referee another dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law, whether businesses can use religious objections to escape a requirement to cover birth control for employees. The...

  8. OC Register closes deal to buy Riverside Press-Enterprise

    LOS ANGELES -- The publisher of the Orange County Register has finalized its purchase of the Riverside Press-Enterprise for more than $27 million, the newspapers' owners announced Thursday. Freedom Communications Holdings Inc. bought the...

  9. Dow closes above 16,000 for the first time

    NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 16,000 for the first time Thursday as encouraging news on the job market pushed stocks higher. The Dow has been on fire lately, propelled higher by a combination of solid corporate...

  10. USGS finds land sinking rapidly in Central Valley

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Land in California's San Joaquin Valley is sinking more rapidly than usual because of increased pumping from underground sources, a phenomenon that is damaging vital water infrastructure, the U.S. Geological Survey said...

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    Bakersfield, ag district battle over use of Kern River water

    A trial over whether the City of Bakersfield is obligated to continue selling Kern River water to an agricultural water district is underway in Ventura. The city had sold the water, about 70,000 acre feet a year, to the North Kern, Cawelo...

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    Billboard portraying soldier and Muslim woman coming to Bakersfield

    An American soldier in uniform. A Muslim woman in his embrace. A glittering diamond on her left ring finger. All to pitch an anti-snoring product? If the billboard on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles was designed to attract attention and...

  13. Railroads back retrofitting of older tank cars

    OMAHA, Neb. -- Proposed new safety standards for rail cars that haul flammable liquids gained support from U.S. railroads Thursday, but it's not yet clear whether the companies that own most of those cars will support the upgrades to...

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