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  1. Alleged rapist accused of targeting women who walked their kids to school

    A Bakersfield man accused of rape was apparently targeting women who had just dropped their children off at school, according to court filings.

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    'First Look': Walk to help raise awareness of kidney disease

    The human body has two kidneys, each about the size of a fist, located on either side of the spine at the lowest level of the rib cage. Each kidney helps remove waste products and excess fluid from the body.

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    'First Look': First News for Oct. 30

    Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories:

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    Governor makes a call on Arvin pipeline leak

    The Arvin gas pipeline leak that has displaced eight families from their homes since March got swift action from Gov. Jerry Brown at Wednesday's get-out-the-vote rally.

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    County defeats Chevron in landmark tax case

    Kern County scored an important court victory against Chevron USA Inc. this week in a landmark property tax case that had threatened a key source of local government funding.

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    THE GRADE: The ins & outs of education in Kern County

    GARDEN GROWS GOLDEN BELL: The Panama-Buena Vista Union School District will receive a Golden Bell award in large part for a school garden created at Buena Vista Elementary School, the district announced in a news release Tuesday.

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    Halloween: Costumes, candy and maybe rain

    Costume face paint may blur and young trick-or-treaters may pout Friday night because there's a 70 percent chance of rain while they canvas neighborhoods on the hunt for candy.

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    Worth noting: Bricks to be replaced for Centennial Plaza donors

    Local supporters of Centennial Plaza who believe their commemorative bricks or tiles were removed from the plaza now have a way to get them replaced.

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    Brown stumps for Dems, Props. 1 and 2 in Arvin

    He'd like only Democrats to vote on Election Day, Gov. Jerry Brown joked during his first-ever visit to Arvin Wednesday, where he got serious about water and money and stumped for two state propositions and his fellow party members.

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    Guy Fieri's eatery coming to Bakersfield

    Celebrity chef Guy Fieri will open one of his Johnny Garlic's restaurants in Bakersfield, a company spokesman confirmed this week. And this place, with its seared yellow fin ahi and bourbon buffalo meatloaf, is no diner, drive-in or dive.

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    History museum looks ahead

    This aging beauty of Kern County's cultural scene is pushing 75, and looks it.

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