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    Brown signs nation's first statewide plastic bag ban into law

    By FENIT NIRAPPLI, The Associated Press
    Tuesday, Sep 30 2014 09:55 AM

    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways.

    A national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers immediately said it would seek a voter referendum to repeal the law, which is scheduled to take effect in July 2015.

    Under SB270, plastic bags will be phased out of checkout counters at large grocery stores and supermarkets such as Wal-Mart and Target starting next summer, and convenience stores and pharmacies in 2016. The law does not apply to bags used for fruits, vegetables or meats, or to shopping bags used at other retailers. It allows grocers to charge a fee of at least 10 cents for...

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    Julie Farmer sentenced to 3 years in prison, fined $2.9 million

    FRESNO — Julie Dianne Farmer, the only defendant to go to trial in the Crisp & Cole mortgage fraud case, was sentenced Monday to three years in prison — 14 less than prosecutors had sought in what a federal judge called an emotional...

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    Skateland closed after 59 years

    Bakersfield lost a local institution Sunday when Skateland roller rink closed after nearly six decades in business. Owners Natalie Dunn Fries, 57, and Leslie Dunn-Meyers, 50, are in the process of selling the family-owned skating rink to...

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    CHP: Investigation into deputy-involved crash that killed woman could take months

    Authorities say it could take two months or more to complete the investigation into Sunday morning's crash involving a Kern County sheriff's deputy that resulted in the death of a 72-year-old Bakersfield woman. The California Highway...

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    PETE TITTL: There's a lot more to love about La Costa

    Walking into the new La Costa Mariscos, you feel like a proud parent. This is a child who's grown up, struck out on his own and is on the cusp of a bright future. The family-owned restaurant, a staple of downtown for two-plus decades...

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    BVARSITY FOOTBALL TOP 25: Friday full of upsets shakes up rankings

    A week full of upsets in the Central Section shook up the rankings considerably, though most top teams survived. Top-ranked Fresno-Edison had a bye, and top-five teams Bakersfield and Ridgeview shook off slow starts to rout L.A.-Salesian...

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    Bakersfield native Kessler coming on strong for USC

    LOS ANGELES -- Cody Kessler didn't mince words while reflecting on Saturday's 35-10 win for USC over Oregon State at the L.A. Coliseum. The Centennial graduate completed 24 of 32 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns as the Trojans...

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    FRIDAY REWIND: Four key players hurt in Week 4 action

    It was not a pleasant night for four marquee offensive stars in Bakersfield on Friday. Three running backs and a quarterback all left games early with injuries after each made their marks on the field. Matt Smith (Bakersfield Christian),...

  9. BC's early lead blows away in loss to Allan Hancock

    SANTA MARIA -- Bakersfield College didn't have as many missed tackles Saturday afternoon against Allan Hancock as it did a week earlier vs. Long Beach. But when they occurred, they were devastating. Hancock converted missed tackles into...

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    Assessor candidates get back to bashing each other

    Kern County Assessor-Recorder candidate John Lifquist didn't really approve this week's Facebook attacks on his opponent, Russell Johnson. He hadn't even seen the long social media posts, accompanying unflattering pictures of Johnson,...

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    High-speed rail faces tough climb over Tehachapis

    No one said it would be easy building high-speed rail over the Tehachapi Mountains. But who knew it would be this hard? Newly released documents show engineers trying to find the most efficient bullet-train route from Bakersfield to...

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    Bakersfield heroes honored Friday, including hero cat

    A veterans group gave an award to a cat Friday. Oh, and the organizers also made time to salute some of the men and women who helped make the world safe from tyranny and fascism. The U.S. Exercise Tiger Association, which honors veterans...

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    Pig handling stuns fair-goers

    Kern County Fair-goers were outraged Thursday when hundreds of sold hogs housed in a three-section ring erupted in fights. Fair workers, attempting to stop several of the fights, kicked and grabbed the animals and used what looked like...

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