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    New bullet train path to be developed

    BY THEO DOUGLAS The Bakersfield Californian
    Friday, Dec 19 2014 03:33 PM

    The state's high-speed rail agency will collaborate with Bakersfield to develop a new path through the city for the multi-billion dollar bullet train, officials announced Friday.

    Under the agreement reached with the California High-Speed Rail Authority, the new conceptual alignment would parallel Union Pacific railroad tracks from where it enters Bakersfield at 7th Standard Road to downtown.

    It would be about 1 1/3 of a mile shorter and impact between 100 and 150 buildings -- but almost no residential structures, City Manager Alan Tandy said.

    Just two city facilities would be in its way: Weill Park and a Recreation and Parks maintenance building, both of which can be replaced, Tandy said.

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    City/county plan for Canyons land falls through

    A deal that could have turned the ill-fated Canyons residential development into a nature preserve and system of public trails has fallen through. In April, the Metropolitan Bakersfield Habitat Conservation Plan Trust Group voted to buy...

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    Mistrial declared in Oliver shooting trial; retrial set for Jan. 26

    The trial of school shooter Bryan Oliver featured students recounting the terror they felt as Oliver entered a classroom armed with a shotgun, contentious battles between attorneys over Oliver’s intent and strong disagreement between...

  4. Attorneys in Oliver trial to address jury about charges

    Attorneys at the request of jurors Tuesday morning in the Bryan Oliver trial will argue the difference between attempted murder and attempted voluntary manslaughter The jury has been struggling to reach a verdict and wanted to know the...

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    Technical and weather issues delay deliveries

    The Californian had several issues Thursday night that delayed the press start by approximately three hours. Some issues were technical and some were due to the weather. First, a page transmission issue arose from The Californian's switch...

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    Record rain closes freeways, kills power in and around Bakersfield

    Bakersfield was spared the torrential rains that crippled northern California this week but what it did get Thursday night and Friday broke a 63-year-old daily record, forced highway closures, downed trees big and small and knocked out...

  7. BPD urges drivers to avoid Panama Lane/Gosford Road because of poor visibility

    Bakersfield police are advising residents of southwest Bakersfield, particularly near Panama Lane and Gosford Road, to avoid driving because of poor visibility caused by dust. If driving in the area use extreme caution. Numerous collisions...

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    Online shooting threat on Norris Middle School deemed baseless

    After a 14-year-old Frontier High School student made a false threat on social media last week about “shooting up” Norris Middle School that Bakersfield police determined was baseless, it caused a scare Tuesday after a parent again...

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    Byer California to open Saturday at Outlets at Tejon

    Byer California, which offers contemporary women's sportswear and dresses, will open Saturday at the Outlets at Tejon. The 9 a.m. opening marks the beginning of the 50-year-old company's foray into retail under the original Byer...

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    Sandi Taylor named BC's athletic director

    Bakersfield College President Sonya Christian announced today that Sandi Taylor has been selected as the college’s athletic director Taylor has spent the past 15 months as the school's interim athletic director, taking over for Ryan...

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    Kessler's six TD passes lead USC

    LOS ANGELES -- Centennial High graduate Cody Kessler passed for 372 yards and threw two of his six touchdown passes to George Farmer, leading USC to a 49-14 victory over Notre Dame in the 85th edition of the intersectional rivalry Saturday...

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    Kern County animal services director leaving for Nevada job

    Kern County Animal Services Director Shyanne Schull is leaving Kern County to become director of Washoe County Regional Animal Services in Reno, Nev. Schull leaves after less than eight months after her predecessor Jen Woodard was fired...

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    Prosecutor: Grand jury decides not to indict Ferguson police officer in Michael Brown's death

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests. St. Louis...

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