In a stunning move, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield has withdrawn his candidacy for speaker of the House. GOP lawmakers say McCarthy told colleagues at the start of a Republican conference that he was not the right person for the job. He recommended that the election be postponed, and Speaker John Boehner postponed it.
Kern County Sheriff’s investigators are looking for a possible kidnapper. A man tried to lead a 5-year-old girl out of a children’s sports center in northwest Bakersfield Tuesday evening. The mother confronted the suspect, who then let go of the girl and escaped.
A TV news producer and filmmaker has filed a claim against the Bakersfield Police Department. Monte Wilson was arrested during a probation search by the BPD in July while he was filming an anti-gang public service announcement. Wilson was booked on several felonies; however all the charges were dropped. He has no criminal record.
Health and union groups are starting a new effort to raise California's tax on cigarettes by $2 a pack. The current tax is 87 cents.
There will be nighttime lane closures on Highway 58 between Freeway 99 and H Street in both directions. Work is scheduled from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. through this Friday.
The Chevron Weather Center reports it will be mostly sunny and warmer with highs in the 90s through early next week.