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Apr 29, 2013 at 10:28 AM

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — It's been a dry winter for California, and temperatures will start to heat up soon. That has fire crews gearing up for what could be a tough summer. Kern County crews are keeping an eye on the weather, and...
Apr 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday it's unlikely that changes he's seeking to the state's environmental protection law can be accomplished this year, although a top Senate Democrat says he's still pursuing...
Apr 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats in the California Senate said Tuesday that they will use their majority to advance seven bills that would tighten the state's already strict gun control laws.

One of the bills, which were receiving...
Apr 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — With an immigration reform bill now in Congress, local community activists hope to drum up support for its passage.

"We have to keep our eyes on the prize, which is a pathway to citizenship," said Roberto...
Apr 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — More than 400,000 unemployed Californians will feel the effects of the federal government’s sequestration spending cuts after cuts to unemployment benefits take effect on April 28.

There will be no...
Apr 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A proposal that sought to ban smoking in apartments and condominiums has failed in a California Assembly committee.

The bill from Democrat Marc Levine of San Rafael was rejected Wednesday on a 5-2...
Apr 26, 2013 at 1:05 PM

LONDON (AP) — Tesco, Britain's largest retailer by sales, is set to pull out of the U.S., selling off its lossmaking Fresh & Easy supermarket chain after it failed to transfer its winning formula from the U.K. to the western states.

No...
Apr 26, 2013 at 12:31 PM

FRESNO, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A Van Nuys man was sentenced Monday to 60 years in federal prison for making child pornography in Delano, where he owns rental property.

Jose Hernandez-Velazquez, 55, produced videos and still images...
Apr 9, 2013 at 4:06 PM

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Those federal budget cuts triggered by so-called "sequestration" are impacting some of the most vulnerable cancer patients. As of April 1, Medicare payments are being cut for chemotherapy drugs, and experts say...
Apr 4, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Sponsored by the Kern Reading Association and Kern County Superintendent of Schools, Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for Grades 4-6, in which students demonstrate their abilities and knowledge of the books they have read in a quiz...
Apr 2, 2013 at 5:17 PM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California endures one of its driest winters, on record, some state water managers are focused on the opposite end of the precipitation spectrum — the one in five residents who live in regions susceptible to catastrophic...
Apr 2, 2013 at 5:02 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CTNS) - A bill that puts more restrictions on ammunition sales passed through a California Legislature public safety committee Tuesday. The legislation requires anyone selling ammunition to another person to check the...
Apr 1, 2013 at 9:49 PM
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — What you do in the privacy of your own home might not be just your business anymore. That's if California Assemblyman Marc Levine pushes his smoking ban through into law.

It's AB 746, and it is sponsored...
Mar 26, 2013 at 5:50 PM

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Justice will be served, just at a much slower rate.

Severe budget cuts by the state to Kern County's court system means longer waiting times and shuttered courthouse doors. The county is suffering...
Mar 20, 2013 at 11:31 AM

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Kern County's Dolores Huerta, an icon in the fight for immigrant and female rights, is being inducted into the California Hall of Fame alongside Hollywood legend Warren Beatty and Hall of Fame football...