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    Way Fire evacuations, road closures lifted

    Wednesday, Aug 20 2014 04:50 PM

    All evacuations and road closures related to the Way Fire were lifted at 4 p.m. Wednesday, the U.S. Forest Service announced.

    The fire began Monday and has burned 3,367 acres between Wofford Heights and Kernville. More than 1,000 people were evacuated from homes.

    Eight residences have been destroyed, along with outer buildings, and more than $1.35 million has been spent fighting the blaze.

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    Morning collision kills Bakersfield woman

    A three-car crash Monday morning killed a 66-year-old Bakersfield woman when a black Dodge pickup ran a red light and struck her vehicle. The 8:35 a.m. crash occurred at the intersection of Old River Road and Ming Avenue, according to...

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    GET strike ends; buses to roll Tuesday

    The Golden Empire Transit bus strike officially ended late Sunday afternoon --and bus service is expected to resume Tuesday -- after union employees approved a three-year contract. The union voted 158-29 to accept the GET board's latest...

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    GET, union reach tentative contract deal

    Golden Empire Transit and its striking bus workers union reached a tentative agreement on wage increases Friday that could end a contentious, five-week stalemate that has stranded thousands of riders, it was announced late in the day. GET...

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    GET board to meet behind closed doors Saturday

    There’s no immediate end in sight for the five-week bus strike, but Golden Empire Transit’s board of directors plans a 3 p.m. executive board meeting Saturday with GET management staff and CEO Karen King to discuss contract proposals....

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    GET union overwhelmingly rejects 3 percent raise

    Golden Empire Transit’s employee union overwhelmingly rejected a 3 percent raise Thursday, meaning the 5-week-old bus strike will continue. The vote was 161-19 against accepting the raise. All 257 bus drivers, mechanics and servicers —...


    Deputy who struck and killed two pedestrians takes plea deal

    A plea deal was reached Thursday in the case of a Kern County sheriff’s deputy who struck and killed two pedestrians in Oildale in 2011, bringing an abrupt end to a case that outraged local residents and led to a payment of $8.8 million to...

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    KHSD insurers to drop assault case appeal

    Kern High School District insurers announced Wednesday they are dropping efforts to appeal a nearly $1.5 million verdict in a civil suit involving an autistic girl harmed in a school bathroom in 2009. KHSD's insurance company --...


    Lauren Bacall, sultry-voiced actress, dead at 89

    NEW YORK — Lauren Bacall, the slinky, sultry-voiced actress who created on-screen magic with Humphrey Bogart in "To Have and Have Not" and "The Big Sleep" and off-screen magic in one of Hollywood’s most storied marriages, died Tuesday at...

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    Union to take latest GET contract offer to employees

    After five weeks on strike, the Golden Empire Transit employee union agreed Tuesday to take the agency board’s latest contract proposal to its members for a vote.   GET’s latest offer includes a 3 percent wage increase for all striking...

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    Actor-comedian Robin Williams dead at 63

    SAN FRANCISCO — Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an...

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    Tony Stewart will not race today at Watkins Glen

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Tony Stewart will not race Sunday at Watkins Glen International. Just a few hours after telling USA TODAY Sports that Sunday would be "business as usual," and Stewart would race as scheduled, the team has reversed...

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    NASCAR’s Tony Stewart hits, kills driver on NY track (updated)

    CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — NASCAR driver Tony Stewart struck and killed a sprint car driver who was walking on a dirt track during a race in upstate New York on Saturday night. Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said his department’s... Daily Deal!

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