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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - Kern County supervisors are meeting today to to hear recommendations  for tougher penalties for individuals setting off illegal fireworks. 

    The recommendations will come from Kern County Fire Chief Brian Marshall, as well the city/ county fireworks task force.

    One of the recommendations given is to deploy more enforcement teams to saturate problem areas in metropolitan Bakersfield.

    Another recommendation is to create a Tip Line, where annonymous callers could receive a reward if their information leads to the arrest of people using illegal fireworks.

    Recommendations are also being made for a Social Host Ordinance, which would make a homeowner responsible for the use of illegal fireworks on their property, regardless of who's lighting the fuse.


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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - The covered California bus tour will stop in Bakersfield today to raise awareness about its second open enrollment dates.

    The tour will be at Central Bakersfield Health Center/ Clinica Siera Vista on 301 Brundage Ln. at 4 p.m. today, Nov. 11.

    The tour is making stops in 20 California cities where they say are key communities with people eligible for health care coverage.

    Enrollment for Covered California begins on Nov. 15. 

    You can follow them on their Twitter or Facebook page, as well as get more information on their website

    More about Covered California:

    Covered California is the state's marketplace for the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Covered California, in partnership with the California Department of Health Care Services, was charged with creating a new health insurance marketplace in which individuals and small businesses can get access to affordable health insurance plans. Covered California helps individuals determine whether they are eligible for premium assistance that is available on a sliding-scale basis to reduce insurance costs or whether they are eligible for low-cost or no-cost Medi-Cal. Consumers can then compare health insurance plans and choose the plan that works best for their health needs and budget. Small businesses can purchase competitively priced health insurance plans and offer their employees the ability to choose from an array of plans and may qualify for federal tax credits.

    Covered California is an independent part of the state government whose job is to make the new market work for California's consumers. It is overseen by a five-member board appointed by the governor and the Legislature. For more information about Covered California, please visit 







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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - The American Cancer Society says the Kern County Fairgrounds will be the site for the 2015 Relay For Life of Bakersfield, to be held May 2-3, 2015.  
     
    According to a news release, "With Relay's enormous growth and tremendous community support, we need at least 20-30 acres to accommodate the more than 300 teams that participate annually," said Diana Wilson, local leadership volunteer.

    "The site must provide a huge walking track with room inside for 300 team campsites plus additional space for a survivor tent, luminaria area, kids camp, team food area, and other vendors."

    "Shade and grass for campsites was our team captains' number one priority," said volunteer committee member Christie Ray, "especially for cancer survivors and those still undergoing treatment with delicate health. We also think the dust problem from the Wingspoint location will be solved by our new site at the Kern County Fairgrounds."

    The site also provides fenced security, multiple entrances, and paved parking for thousands of vehicles. To start or join a team for the inaugural Relay at the Kern County Fairgrounds or to register as a survivor or as a volunteer, log on to Facebook or visit www.relayforlife.org/bakersfieldca 

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - An appeals court has made a ruling in the death of a Bakersfield man shot to death by Fresno police in 2010. The ruling says his family can sue the makers of the alcoholic-energy drink, Four Loko, which he consumed just before he was killed.

    Rod Fiorini, 23, was shot to death by police after they say he was drunk and firing a shotgun in a back yard when his roommates called police for help.

    The appeals court says as officers arrived, Fiorini stepped out on his porch with a shotgun resting on his shoulder, but he never fired. However, eight officers fired 63 shots killing Fiorini.

    The family of Rod Fiorini blamed the drink "Four Loco" for his strange and violent behavior. So in 2011, the family filed a lawsuit here in Fresno County, against the manufacturers of the drink. This beverage also known as "liquid cocaine" and "blackout in a can," contained as much alcohol as five to six 12-ounce cans of beer and as much caffeine as approximately four cans of Coca-Cola. 

    The Fiorni's say that combining alcohol, with caffeine and other stimulants created a product that was unreasonably dangerous, increasing high-risk behavior.

    In 2013, a Fresno Superior Court judge threw the case out, agreeing with the manufacturer that the company could not be held responsible for how the product was used. But last week, the Fifth District Court of Appeals disagreed, reinstating the case.

    Four years since Fiorni's death, Four-Loko was sued in 20 states, each with allegations similar to the Fiorinis. In March of this year, the company agreed to discontinue manufacturing. 17 news tried reaching out to both parties, but have not heard back.



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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - There's a settlement agreement in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of two brothers who died at the Community Recycling plant near Lamont.

    17 news has learned the settlement was reached in late September. An attorney for Community Recycling could not disclose the settlement amount, saying it was confidential.

    He did say there was a mutual satisfaction between both parties. The Ramirez family filed a lawsuit against Community Recycling and the county after the death of 16-year-old Armando Ramirez and his brother, 22-year-old Eladio Ramirez in 2011.

    They were killed by toxic fumes while working on a drainage canal at Community Recycling. Last month, the district attorney's office said no criminal charges would be filed against Community Recycling, due to insufficient evidence to prosecute.



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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - A drive through flu shot clinic takes place in southwest Bakersfield Wednesday afternoon.

    Officials at Mercy and Memorial Hospital say the clinic will take place at Mercy Southwest Hospital from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.  

    You must be 18 or older to receive a shot.  Those who are interested are asked to enter the hospital parking area at Old River Road and Howell Drive.  

    For more information, call 661-861-0852.  




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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Despite tougher laws, decades of public education programs and millions of dollars in federal grants for special enforcement and ramped up prosecution -- Kern County's epidemic of drunken driving is getting worse.

    In fact, prosecutors said impaired driving has reached an all time high in Kern and poses a very real and immediate threat to the lives of you and your family.

    The District Attorney's Office says the feeling of safety on local roads is slowly evaporating.

    Prosecutors say in order for the number of DUI cases with injury or death to start going down, people need to step up and realize drinking and driving can change lives forever.

    "I'm 20 years old and I'm currently doing a four-year prison sentence in Kern County Jail, said Kurt Evans, convicted of DUI Vehicular Manslaughter.

    In his orange jumpsuit, Evans described the night he barely survived.

    "I thought it was going to be a normal night hanging out with friends, go to work the next morning. I woke up about a week later in the hospital and don't remember anything," said Evans.

    Evans had been drinking during a camping trip when he got behind the wheel to get more firewood.

    But that evening, he didn't get far.

    "Made it about 40 yards from the campfire and I lost control and started rolling down a mountain. I rolled about 150 to 200 feet," said Evans.

    The crash in Bodfish killed his friend and passenger 18-year-old Kevin Gutierrez.

    "Sleepless nights, endless shame and regrets for a lifetime of one simple choice that could be completely prevented," Evans continued.

    People like Carla Pearson have to pay the price.

    "I will never, ever get over the pain that it has caused myself and also my family. It's just something you don't get over," said Pearson.

    She says the loss of her son is still fresh.

    Adam Pierce was killed in 2002, when he got into the car of a repeat drunken driver.

    Pierce was a 23-year-old Motocross superstar.

    "That day at the memorial, it was a nice day if you can say that -- with all the people that showed up and supported the family and all the love that was given. But, you're not supposed to bury your children, they're supposed to bury you," said Pearson.

    Twelve years after her son's death, Pearson is an advocate with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, helping victims' families go through the legal process.

    "I advocate for the rights of the people all the time, everyday I'm down there. It's long and it's hard but we seem to manage," Pearson said.

    A person she has helped tremendously is Shelley Hatcher.

    Hatcher's son, 22-year-old Josh Stancliff, a Sheriff's Detention Deputy, was killed in 2005 by a drunk driver in a fiery crash on Rosedale Highway.

    "The public just doesn't, they don't understand I guess the consequences that drinking and driving has until it happens to them -- and the thing is, what happened to my son can happen to anyone's son," said Hatcher.

    Her son was at a stop light when he was rear ended by Ryan Edwards.

    Stancliff and his passenger, 23-year-old Corey Wahl, died at the scene.

    "Even if Josh wasn't there in front of Ryan, somebody was going to die that night because Ryan was drinking like a blood alcohol level of 0.23 to 0.257 -- they said in one report," Hatcher said.

    Deputy District Attorney Jim Simson says since 2000, DUI's with injury have dramatically increased.

    He says the numbers for this year might be record-breaking.

    "Based on what I've seen so far in this year, there's no indication whatsoever that the trend we're on is changing," said Simson.

    "When they take that roadway, it's a total disregard for human life. They don't care, they're on a mission, they want to get home and they don't even seem to care about themselves getting home safely," said Pearson.

    The latest state DUI Management Report released last year, shows in 2011, 4,633 DUI arrests were made county-wide.

    And, when you break it down into age categories -- here's what it looks like.

    Under the age of 18 -- 31 people were arrested.

    Age 18-20 -- 389
    Age 21 to 30 -- 2,020
    Age 31 to 40 -- 991
    Age 41 to 50 -- 707
    Age 51 to 60 -- 384
    Age 61 to 70 -- 93
    And age 71 and above -- 18.

    "When you hear stats that one in three people are around you while you're physically driving a car and may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs or both -- our citizens should fear that. We have a big problem here," said Pearson.

    A problem Simson says is out of control.

    "I think if I were to tell someone that you're going to go out tonight and you're going to die by a criminal act -- the chances are far more likely it's going to be as a result of a DUI driver than anything else we experience here."

    Simpson says education is everywhere about drunken driving.

    He says society needs to change how it looks at DUI's.

    "The crime doesn't have the stigma that it deserves. Individuals are still willing to tolerate an intoxicated person walk out of the door with the keys in their hand. I think for there to be change, that stigma has got to be established."

    Pearson agrees and hopes with change, nobody has to experience the heartbreak she has to.

    "You receive a phone call, you're rushed to a hospital, your loved one is on life support, you watch them take their last breath and you didn't even say goodbye or that you're proud of them. It's over, it's done." said Pearson.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports a driver will be under the influence 87 times before they are caught.

    It also says someone is killed in a DUI crash every 51 minutes.

    Carla Pearson says if you know you will be drinking, find a designated driver beforehand or arrange a taxi.

    The BPD wants to remind everyone, if you see a drunk driver, call 911 immediately.

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    Organizers with the American Cancer Society announced today they've reached a deal with the Kern County Fairgrounds...something they've dreamed about for years.

    The first relay for life was at Bakersfield College, and then at Garces High School, but the event quickly outgrew those venues. For years it was held on the soccer fields at CSUB, plenty of room there, but their contract expired.

    The site north of Meadows Field was big enough, but it was way too dusty.

    Finally, Relay For Life has the venue of its dreams...the Kern County fairgrounds.

    Sylvia Cariker, a spokeswoman for Relay for Life, said, "the fairgrounds offer more shade, more grass, and that's what our team captains told us they wanted. And of course we have the availability of some of the buildings there, and we have some great ideas to put into those buildings. So we are very, very excited about this."

    Sylvia Cariker says the fairgrounds should offer what last year's site did not.

    That is, a smoother flow of traffic, easier parking, multiple entrances and exits, more shade, and less dust.

    Cariker says they are hoping for a very high attendance next year.

    Relay for Life takes place May 2 and 3.



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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - New data reveals there are more stay-at-home moms now than there have been in the last three decades, even as the cost of child care and other experiences have gone up tremendously. 

    Michelle Esparza has been a stay-at-home mom for 11 years. She and her husband decided it would be best for their new family for her to quit work as a physical therapist and work at home.

    "I always joke at my husband like I save you a lot of money. I am the taxi, the cook, the maid, all those," said Esparza, who has three girls and adopted three boys.

    "Are there days I want to pull out my hair? Yes."

    With so many kids, she's usually pulling out her wallet. Her monthly trip to Costco runs her between $800 and $1000 per month. For winter coats this year the family spent about $200 dollars.

    It's no surprise that kids cost money, but the cost has gone up. 

    According to the Department of Agriculture,  on average it will cost a family over $241,000 to raise a child born in 2012 to the age of 18. At the same time, 29 percent of American moms stay at home, according to a Pew Research Center report released this year. That's up from an all time low of 23 percent back in 1999.

    "I think that a few decades ago the women went through the liberation movement and so a lot of women went into the workforce and now their children and grandchildren are deciding to stay home with their kids," said Laurie Stamps, a marriage & family therapist at the Bakersfield Marriage and Family Center.

    Stamps said one reason more couples have made the decision to downsize to one income, even as the cost of raising a child goes up, is because more attention is needed for today's kids.

    "There has been a rise over the last decade of special needs children being born," said Stamps. "We're seeing a rise on the autism spectrum, and so probably in those cases often those families want to have one of the parents at home."

    Michelle has the emotional and financial support of her husband who is a manager at a water company. She hasn't made up her mind yet whether she'll ever go back to work.

    "I'll still have kids at home for the next 16 years, so right now I know that being a stay-at-home mom is what i'm going to do and if that's what I end up doing and don't even go back to work i'm ok with that," said Esparza.

    Her kids would be ok with that too.

    "She does everything for us and she's always there and she is a great mom and she cares for us," said Averee Esparza.

    For other moms who are deciding whether to stay home or work, here are a few suggestions from the Bakersfield Marriage and Family Center: one, stay at home a few days with your children and decide if that is something you can truly handle; two, try a part-time job which can give the flexibility of being home when kids are back from school, but allow you work while they are away; three, write a budget proposal with your partner and decide if downsizing to one income is realistic for your family.


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    MOJAVE, CA. - A report released Wednesday by the National Transit Safety Board reveals the feather braking system had been unlocked prematurely by the deceased copilot.

    On-scene NTSB investigators into Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crash interviewed surviving pilot Peter Siebold on Friday, who described how he escaped from the aircraft. 

    Acording to the NTSB, "He stated that he was extracted from the vehicle as a result of the break-up sequence and unbuckled from his seat at some point before the parachute deployed automatically."

    The interview with Siebold revealed that he was unaware that deceased copilot Michael Alsbury had released the feather braking system early.

    The NTSB added that his description of the incident was consistent with other sources in the investigation. 

    NTSB has concluded their on-scene investigation and have returned to Washington D.C. The investigative group will now continue to examine ground data, as well as data from the vehicle's on-board systems. 

    In addition, design data for the feather system components, aerodynamic and inertial forces that acted on the vehicle during the launch, and the systems safety documentation will also be reviewed at the NTSB Recorders Laboratory in D.C.

    The wreckage of the crash has been recovered and stored for future examination.

    SpaceShipTwo crashed on Oct. 31. The NTSB has not revealed details yet on what caused the crash, as the investigation is ongoing and is expected to take up to a year.

    You can follow along with the investigation on the NTSB's Twitter, as well as their website.

    View the full report HERE.




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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - An eight-hour SWAT standoff in the Oleander area ended overnight with the arrest of a man wanted in a Los Angeles-area murder.

    Tthe BPD received a call for assistance from Los Angeles Police last week regarding 37-year-old Dennis Vigil.

    A surveillance team spotted a man believed to be Vigil at a home in the 1700 block of Cherry Street yesterday evening.

    SWAT members were called out and officers closed Cherry Street between Oleander and H Streets.

    After several attempts to have Vigil surrender, officers broke down the front door and deployed tear gas.

    They found Vigil in the attic and he was arrested and turned over to the LAPD.

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    Delano, CA. - The Delano Regional Medical Center has purchased the VFW Hall from the city of Delano, citing the city's inability to maintain costs and maintenance of the aged building.

    According to Director of Marketing Kathie Wright, future plans for the center are premature at best, but they will do an assessment of the crucial healthcare needs of the community and how the purchase can help meet those needs.

    Wright added that the DRMC's primary concern at the moment is to serve the needs of the hospital, which is the only hospital within a 30-mile radius.

    Until a decision has been made on what the building will be used for, Wright said DRMC will keep the utilities on and maintain security of the building. 

    They will also conduct a cost assessment on the aging building before planning what services they can offer to the community, according to Wright.

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    SACRAMENTO, CA. - The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) today announced that it is extending office hours and adding appointment opportunities starting in January, 2015. The move is made to support the issuance of all original driver licenses, including licenses that will be issued under AB 60.

    Beginning Jan. 3, 2015, the following DMV offices in the Kern County area will be open on Saturday.

    Bakersfield
    Bakersfield SW
    Clovis
    Merced
    Visalia
    Fresno

    "DMV is committed to providing excellent customer service to all Californians," said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto. "Customers with appointments have much shorter wait times, and now all customers seeking new driver licenses will have extra appointment opportunities." 

    The DMV is expecting 1.4 million additional driver license applications as a result of AB 60 being implemented on Jan. 2, 2015.

    Here is a look at the additional services the DMV will offer, beginning Jan. 3, 2015.

    · Extended Saturday office hours by appointment for all new driver license applicants at up to 60 DMV field offices across California.

    · Increased number of available appointments in many field offices that will hire additional staff.

    · New driver license applicants will be able to schedule appointments with the DMV up to 90 days in advance, double the current 45-day window.  
    · Starting Dec. 1, 2014, all first-time driver license applicants must make an appointment to visit their local DMV office. However, four new driver license processing centers will continue to offer walk-in (and appointment) service: Lompoc, Stanton, Granada Hills (all opening Nov. 17, 2014) and San Jose (opening Dec. 1, 2014). 

    Appointments are recommended. 

    You can learn more and make appointments on the DMV website.


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    The Bakersfield College emergency alert system is notifying students of a bomb threat on campus around 3:50 p.m. today.They are urging the campus to evacuate.

    The alert states: "BC has received a bomb threat against Panarama Campus. We are asking you to evacuate while we search buildings. Please take all personal items."


    More on the story as new information is available

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    WASHINGTON, - A new report assessing LGBT equality in various cities has concluded and rates 55 cities in California, including Bakersfield. The 3rd annual report surveyed 353 cities across the nation and rated each city with the top score being 100.

    The Municipal Equality Index (MEI) study was conducted by The Human Rights Campaign, which is the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. 

    Bakersfield received a score of 54. The average score for cities in California is 73 out of 100 points, which falls above the national average of 59. 

    There were cities in all regions that earned top marks, which the study asserts that LGBT equality is not directly confined to regions presumably more LGBT friendly.

    "From Mississippi to Idaho, mid-size cities and small towns have become the single greatest engine of progress for LGBT equality--changing countless lives for the better," said HRC President Chad Griffin. 

    Cities researched for the MEI include the 50 state capitals, the 200 most populous cities in the country, the four largest cities in every state, the city home to each state's largest public university, and an equal mix of 75 of the nation's large, mid-size and small municipalities with the highest proportion of same-sex couples.

    "In just three years, the number of municipalities earning top marks for their treatment of LGBT citizens has more than tripled. Simply put, in this country there is an ongoing race to the top to treat all people, including LGBT people, fairly under the law, and it's time our state and federal laws caught up," Griffin said.

    According to the study, more cities are responding well to the survey, despite some states not having state-wide non-discrimination laws

    "In many municipalities, local leaders are taking important steps to provide LGBT people with the protections and security not available at the state or federal level. And because of this leadership, many cities and counties are emerging as welcoming communities where LGBT people are treated with the dignity and respect they've always deserved," said Rebecca Issacs, Executive Director of Equality Federation.  

    Out of all 353 cities studied, 38 cities had a perfect score of 100. That total is up from 25 cities in 2013, and 11 cities in 2012.

    According to the study, cities that scored 100 are setting a standard for LGBT inclusiveness by incorporating policies such as non-dicriminitive laws, equal employee benefits, and "cutting edge" city services.

    "Municipal victories are fueling the movement for equality in states across this nation.  The Municipal Equality Index is a terrific tool to help spur those victories along and celebrate the cities who have worked so hard to get us to this point," said Issacs.

    The MEI rates cities based on 47 criteria falling under six broad categories:

    -Non-discrimination laws
    -Relationship recognition
    -Municipality's employment policies, including transgender-inclusive insurance coverage, contracting non-discrimination requirements, and other policies relating to equal treatment of LGBT city employees
    -Inclusiveness of city services
    -Law enforcement
    -Municipal leadership on matters of equality
    The full report, including detailed scorecards for every city, as well as a searchable database, is available online HERE

    Below you can find the scores for each of the cities studied in California.

    Anaheim: 67, 
    Bakersfield: 54, 
    Berkeley: 95, 
    Brisbane: 51, 
    Cathedral City: 90, 
    Chula Vista: 61, 
    Concord: 62, 
    Corona: 63, 
    Elk Grove: 76, 
    Escondido: 60, 
    Fontana: 59, 
    Fremont: 84, 
    Fresno: 67,
    Fullerton: 58, 
    Garden Grove: 59, 
    Glendale: 61, 
    Guerneville: 74, 
    Hayward: 58, 
    Huntington Beach: 72, 
    Irvine: 68, Lancaster: 88, 
    Long Beach: 100, 
    Los Angeles: 100, 
    Modesto: 63, 
    Moreno Valley: 64, 
    Oakland: 93, 
    Oceanside: 57, 
    Ontario: 65, 
    Orange: 68, 
    Oxnard: 61, 
    Palm Springs: 100, 
    Palmdale: 66, 
    Pasadena: 76, 
    Pomona: 76, 
    Rancho Cucamonga: 59, 
    Rancho Mirage: 93, 
    Richmond: 80, 
    Riverside: 75, 
    Sacramento: 87, 
    Salinas: 59, 
    San Bernardino: 67, 
    San Diego: 100, 
    San Francisco: 100, 
    San Jose: 88, 
    Santa Ana: 59, 
    Santa Clarita: 69, 
    Santa Rosa: 81, 
    Signal Hill: 93, 
    Stockton: 79, 
    Sunnyvale: 69, 
    Thousand Oaks: 64, 
    Torrance: 63, 
    Vallejo: 74, 
    Visalia: 48, 
    West Hollywood: 100.


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    From the Hall Ambulance news release.

    With the holidays approaching, generosity and acts of kindness will be a plenty, with particular focus on the children in our community.  However, there is one segment of the population that will likely go through the season with little attention cast their way—but could use your help. 
     
    For the third year in a row, the employees of Hall Ambulance’s Business Office Division are organizing their Gifts for Seniors drive, collecting items to warm their hands, feet and hearts as the weather turns cold.  “We’re collecting slippers & socks (non-skid), gloves, scarves and lap blankets that we can deliver to residents of local skilled nursing facilities prior to Christmas Day,” said Tracy Burnside, lead projects coordinator in the business office. 
     
    “We thought about all the different ways we could give back collectively,” Burnside said. “Seniors are often left out, isolated from family and with limited resources.”  For that reason, they wanted to help give warmth and smiles to the golden agers of our community.
     
    Gifts for Seniors kicks off on November 12, and runs through December 15.  Items donated will be displayed in a unique manner at Hall Ambulance’s Business Office, located at 1001 21st Street, in downtown Bakersfield.  “Last year, the ladies came up with the idea to decorate the office Christmas tree with the donated gloves, socks and scarves,” said Robin Slater, manager of the business office.  “The result was a purposeful, beautifully decorated tree with items that will certainly be cherished by the seniors who receive them.”
     
    The delivery of these snuggly items are well received by the seniors who respond with smiles, touches and appreciation.  “It makes us feel good knowing we made their day a little brighter,” Burnside said.  “We wish we could provide for more senior citizens and hope the community will support us.”
     
    For more information on Gifts for Seniors, contact Tracy Burnside at (661) 334-5419, extension 169, or visit hallamb.com

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. -  The Kern County Sheriff's Office said they have exhausted leads in the murder of a BNSF Railroad worker and is re-releasing surveillance video they hope will lead them to more clues.

    It's now been nearly three months since the body of the 38-year-old railcar repairman Robert Limon was found.

    He was shot and killed at his workplace -- a Burlington Northern-Santa Fe building on Goodrick Drive.

    Grainy security video shows an unknown individual walking through the railyard around the time limon was killed.

    BNSF is also offering a reward of $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Limon's murder.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the secret witness hotline at 322-4040.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Local leaders lit the fuse to crack down on illegal fireworks. Tuesday morning County Supervisors and Kern County's Fire Chief, discussed recommendations from city and county fireworks task forces.

    Kern County Fire Chief Brian Marshall said, "We have a zero tolerance for the possession and use of illegal fireworks." Local firefighters said it's a big problem in Kern County and this year was the worst. Kern County Fire issued between 75 and 80 citations for illegal fireworks last Fourth of July weekend and confiscated over 3-thousand pounds of illegal fireworks. 

    Marshall presented four recommendations to the board. The first was saturation of the communities that are the most problematic. The second is to create, "a massive educational campaign, working with fireworks vendors, would really get the message out to our citizens," said Marshall. Third recommendation, a "social host" ordinance, to make homeowners responsible for the use of illegal fireworks on their property. And lastly, to create an anonymous tip line to report illegal fireworks.

    The Board of Supervisors will decide whether to adopt the new recommendations in January. Board of Supervisors Chairman, Leticia Perez said, "The ideas of public campaign and social host stuff is really great, it's creative, I think there should be a positive component in addition to prohibition obviously, so we can nip it in the butt."

    Kern County Fire Department said that if you have left over illegal fireworks you can turn them in without facing a penalty.


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    BAKERSFIELD, CA.- Being a stay at home mom is a tough job with no pay and no days off. But more women are adding entrepreneur to the title and making extra cash for their families.

    Fifty-two percent of U.S. companies operate as home businesses, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. And the Center for Women in Business says 40 percent of self-employed workers in California are women, which is a 15 percent increase over the last 13 years.

    If you're thinking of starting your own home business but aren't quite sure how, here is a list from the U.S. Small Business Administration of the 10 steps to starting a business: http://www.sba.gov/content/follow-these-steps-starting-business

    Need help figuring out what type of business is best for you? A list of ideas from Theselfemployed.com is below to help get you started. For more details on each job idea, click here: http://theselfemployed.com/start_ups/the-epic-list-of-45-business-ideas-for-work-at-home-moms/

    ARTIST
    BLOGGER
    BOOKKEEPER
    BRIDAL CONSULTANT
    BUSINESS PLAN WRITER
    CAKE DECORATOR
    CAREER OR LIFE COACH
    CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITER
    CRAFT BUSINESS
    CONSULTING BUSINESS
    COPYWRITER
    DIRECT SALES OR HOME-BASED FRANCHISE
    EVENT PLANNER
    FITNESS TRAINER
    FREELANCE WRITER
    GENEALOGY RESEARCHER & FAMILY TREE DESIGN
    GIFT BASKET BUSINESS
    GRANT WRITER
    GRAPHIC DESIGNER
    HOBBY-RELATED BUSINESS
    HOME-BASED BAKERY OR FOOD BUSINESS
    IMAGE/FASHION CONSULTANT
    INTERIOR DESIGNER/HOME STAGING
    INTERNET MARKETING FREELANCER
    LICENSED DAY CARE OPERATOR
    MENU PLANNER
    NANNY OR BABYSITTER SERVICE
    ONLINE STORE OWNER
    ONLINE TEACHER
    PERSONAL CHEF
    PERSONAL TRAVEL PLANNER
    PET-RELATED SERVICES
    PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER
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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Opening statements are scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, in the trial of accused Taft Union High School shooter, Bryan Oliver.

    Court proceedings started Thursday morning with the swearing in of twelve jurors. Attorneys also selected four alternates, after questioning a dozen potential jurors.

    Hundreds of prospective jurors were considered in the last two and a half weeks, since jury selection began in the high profile case.

    The judge denied requests Wednesday for the jury to be moved from Kern County, or be sequestered.

    News cameras are banned from the trial, but we will be covering it from inside the courtroom.

    Bryan Oliver, 18, faces two counts of attempted murder. Prosecutors say Oliver, then 16 years old, walked into a science class in January 2013 and shot fellow student Bowe Cleveland.

    Cleveland was seriously wounded. Shotgun pellets also grazed teacher Ryan Herber.

    Investigators say Herber and campus supervisor Kim Fields, persuaded Oliver to drop the gun.

    Oliver said Cleveland bullied him, and his attorney plans to present evidence that bullying on the campus went unchecked even though Oliver's parent's reported it to school authorities.

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