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The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has voted to allow a water management company to continue disposing contaminated drilling wastewater in an area near Bakersfield for the next 2 ½ years.

A Southern California newspaper reported Valley Water Management Company not only disposes excess drilling waste in unlined pits, but also sprays it on hillsides. The company has until January 2018 to reach full compliance.

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A motorcyclist is dead and the passenger is hospitalized after a crash in Southwest Bakersfield early Friday. It happened just after 3:00 a.m. on White Line near Park View Drive. The motorcycle struck the center median and then hit a car heading eastbound.

A kidnapping suspect is still at large. The sheriff’s department says he may be armed with a shotgun. Three victims were held at gunpoint in a cabin near Twin Oaks Tuesday night. They managed to escape and hike to safety. A pickup truck was stolen from a nearby school, but investigators are unsure if that is connected to this case.

Governor Brown declared a state of emergency throughout California as wildfires continue to rage. Brown says the severe drought and extreme weather "have turned much of the state into a tinderbox." His order requires all state agencies to provide assistance if needed to respond to the fires and mobilizes the California National Guard to help with disaster response. Eighteen large fires are burning across 15 counties, mostly in the northern half of the state.

The Chevron Weather Center reports it will be hot and humid with high temperatures at or near 100. A cooling trend begins Monday with highs in the mid-90s all next week.


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