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    City to close spray parks early, consider tiered rates

    BY THEO DOUGLAS Californian staff writer
    Wednesday, Jul 23 2014 03:18 PM

    The taps at nine Bakersfield spray parks will be turned off Aug. 1, more than a month ahead of schedule, as part of the city’s latest efforts to grapple with the ongoing drought, the municipal Water Board learned Wednesday.

    The city will also upgrade to a Stage 3 drought condition, and while Bakersfield police could begin citing water wasters, they won’t yet.

    An audience of more than 20, including Boy Scouts, other residents and members of nearby water districts also heard the City of Bakersfield Water Board call for a discussion of tiered water rates — higher rates for customers who use more water — at its next meeting, Oct. 1.

    Three members of the Bakersfield City Council comprise the Water Board — which meets six times annually —...

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    Driver faces 23 years in prison in DUI crash that killed 18-year-old Breana Webb

    A drunken motorist who drove the wrong way on Coffee Road before colliding with another vehicle and killing its teenage driver faces 23 years in prison after pleading guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Martin...

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    Controller candidate calls off recount

    The recount battle between John Perez and Betty Yee is over. "They just pulled the plug," Kern County Deputy Registrar Karen Rhea said of Perez's camp at about 4:30 p.m. Friday. "Everywhere." Perez, the former speaker of the California...

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    Breakthrough could end bus strike

    A possible breakthrough emerged Friday in negotiations aimed at ending the strike that has shut down Bakersfield’s public system since Tuesday. Golden Empire Transit District said it received a proposal by the union representing more than...

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    295 on Malaysia plane shot down over eastern Ukraine

    GRABOVO, Ukraine — A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any...

  6. CSUB athletic director resigns to take Michigan job

    CSUB Athletics Director Jeff Konya is stepping down effective Aug. 4 to become the Director of Athletics at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., CSUB announced Monday morning. Konya came to CSUB in November 2010 and his three-plus years...

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    Kern County scores big wins in sludge lawsuit

    The California Supreme Court dealt a serious blow Monday to southland sewage agencies’ eight-year legal campaign against Kern County’s ban on the land application of treated sewage sludge. The seven justices unanimously overturned a state...

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    Distracted driver resentenced to year in jail, no community service or probation

    The distracted driver who crashed into and killed a motorcyclist while on her way to purchase drugs to get high with her mother and friends won't serve a day of probation or perform an hour of community service. In addition, Anna Marie...

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    Justices: Employers don't have to pay for contraception

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. The justices' 5-4 decision Monday is the first time...

  10. Head-on crash closes 178 in Kern Canyon

    A head-on collision that occurred earlier this afternoon in the Kern River Canyon has closed Highway 178 in both directions, the California Highway Patrol is reporting. The crash, located about four miles east of the mouth of the canyon is...

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    McCarthy voted House majority leader

    WASHINGTON -- Kevin McCarthy, the fourth-term Republican lawmaker from Bakersfield, has been elected House majority leader. McCarthy, 49, will be the first Californian and youngest person ever to serve in the House's second-ranking...

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    No charges to be filed against Tandy

    Bakersfield City Manager Alan Tandy will not face criminal charges in connection with an altercation after a hockey game June 8, the Kern County District Attorney's office announced Thursday. Kern County Chief Deputy District Attorney...

  13. Dodgers' Kershaw tosses no-hitter

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