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Bakersfield City spray parks closed for the summer last night, two days earlier than previously announced.  The city decided to shut down the parks on August 1st because of new state water use regulations.  However, many were surprised when the taps were turned off last night. Some spray parks in the North of the River Park District are closing early as well. However, four of their spray parks will remain open until September 1st. 

 

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A pedestrian, hit and killed by a pickup yesterday in southwest Bakersfield has been identified. The coroner's office says Jesus Rios-Gallegos was dead at the scene  The truck ended up crashing into a front yard at Westholme Boulevard and Wilson Road.

 

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The California Department of Public Health is reporting the first human case of West Nile Virus in Kern County this season. A 34-year-old man, in the eastern part of the county reportedly contracted the disease, however, he was not sick enough to be hospitalized.  West Nile is spread by mosquitoes, so you should get rid of any standing water around your home where mosquitoes can breed.

 

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A Fresno County man, wanted for refusing a chest x-ray and treatment for tuberculosis, has been arrested in Kern County.  Sheriff's deputies say Rosas Cruz was taken into custody following a traffic stop in Lamont. TB can spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

 

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Phone service has been restored to residents in the Taft, McFarland and Glennville areas.  Verizon customers were without their land lines, including 911 service for several hours yesterday.  The outage was apparently caused by a cable cut. 

 

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The coroner's office says a Wasco State Prison inmate, who died last week, suffered a fatal heart attack.  The manner of death for Arron Derickson is considered to be natural. 

 

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A woman has been sentenced to four years in prison under a plea deal for a chase and crash in a stolen car back in March.  Monique Hernandez had originally been charged with kidnapping and carjacking as well, however, those charges were dropped under a plea deal.

 

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The Valley Air District says several wildfires, burning in the Sierra Nevada, are pushing smoke into our area.  The smoke contains particulate matter that can be harmful to your health.  You're urged to be aware of conditions around you, and if you have breathing problems, protect yourself from exposure to the smoke.

 

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There's a lot of mopping up to do today after a water main break shot nearly ten-million gallons of water onto the streets around UCLA.  The water flooded part of the UCLA campus, and left a couple of inches of standing water in the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion and a nearby athletic field. 

 

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A new report finds the southern San Joaquin Valley has shown the most economic improvement in the state since 1990.  The study specifically looked at  Kern, Fresno and Tulare counties.  The report focused on employment rates, business growth rates, population growth rates and future growth.  

 

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The legendary voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers will be back in 2015.  The team announced yesterday that Vin Scully will continue in the broadcast booth for another year. The 86-year-old Scully will be returning for his 66th season of calling games for the club.  


Date

July 30, 2014

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