Three people were killed and one person was injured early Thursday morning in a head-on crash on Highway 46 between Wasco and I-5.
A single vehicle rollover accident at Panama Lane and Ash Road Wednesday night has left one man dead.
The investigations for both are on-going.
An official at Grimmway Academy in Arvin has been arrested on suspicion of distributing child pornography. Kern County prosecutors say James Wofford used a smartphone app to transmit the material. Wofford spent a year in the NFL playing for the Minnesota Vikings.
A group of nonprofits and businesses has started a crowdfunding campaign to assist families affected by the drought and wildfires. The California Drought Relief Fund will help people primarily in the Central and Salinas valleys, as well as wildfire victims across the state.
Governor Brown has appointed Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez to the Board of State and Community Corrections. The move will first have to be approved by the state Senate.
A bill to raise California's cigarette tax has been introduced in the state Legislature. It will from 87 cents per pack to $2.87 and also will apply to electronic cigarettes.
There will be lane closures starting at 8 p.m. Thursday on northbound Calloway Drive at the Rosedale Highway intersection for restriping of the roadway.
An around-the-clock lane closure will be in effect on eastbound State Route 58, between Real Road and H Street, beginning this Friday night and extending through next Monday afternoon. The inside travel lane will be closed, but all other lanes will remain open while the work is underway.
The Chevron Weather Center reports it will be sunny and hot with highs near or at 100 on Thursday and Friday. A cooling trend starts Saturday with highs in the 90s this weekend.