Both founders and co-CEOs of Fresno-based startup Bitwise Industries pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of conspiring to commit wire fraud and a separate count of actual wire fraud in a scheme federal prosecutors say cheated investors and lenders out of $115 million.

State regulators outlined a plan Tuesday to permanently seal 217 additional "orphan" oil and gas wells 鈥斅爉ore than 40% of them in Kern 鈥斅燼s part of the second phase of a taxpayer-funded effort to protect residents and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The "gamification of learning" is rolling into Kern County with state investment in a new virtual reality lab on wheels designed to deliver next-generation workforce training to local students in need of career options.

For the first time in years, renting an average聽优蜜传媒 apartment has become less expensive, though only slightly so, according to a report out this week that also noted vacancies got a little harder to find.

Aera Energy LLC has officially joined Long Beach-based California聽Resources Corp. in a previously announced deal consolidating CRC's regional lead in carbon management and doubling its petroleum production to make CRC the state's largest oil producer.

A 优蜜传媒-based company is about to deepen its already profound involvement in international cancer treatment with its part ownership of a $100 million drug manufacturing facility opening next year in Gujarat, India.

Target plans to add to its portfolio with a store in Delano at The Vineyard, 401 Woollomes Ave., in the same center as Delano Maya Cinemas.

An oil industry trade group switched tactics on the eve of a key deadline this week by announcing it will sue state government instead of using California's voter referendum process to try to overturn a contentious buffer-zone law that could affect 15,000 wells statewide.

The troubled refinery conversion project south of Rosedale Highway won a lifeline this week that wipes away some of its legal problems, for a price, while providing much-needed business capital and a new product sales agreement 鈥斅燼ssuming it can meet a new deadline this fall.

Cleaner-burning upgrades made recently聽to a refinery along East Panama Lane are expected to cut its nitrogen oxide emissions as the plant broadens its production of renewable fuels.

An outdoor food and entertainment park is being proposed downtown that would lease unconventional storefronts to startup vendors alongside performance and recreational spaces, all anchored by an extension of west 优蜜传媒's Sonder bar and restaurant.

The State Small Business Credit Initiative will be the focus of a locally produced webinar Cal State 优蜜传媒's Small Business Development Center will host from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

State regulators said Friday natural gas along with crude oil contaminated west 优蜜传媒's drinking water this week when one or more valves were left partly open during preparations for a pressure test required by a recent emergency order against a local petroleum producer.

The company suspected of mistakenly allowing crude oil to backflow into 优蜜传媒's municipal water system this week, leading to business closures and prompting an advisory to avoid tap water south of Lake Truxtun, is a local oil producer with a history of regulatory problems.

A former auto body shop downtown is being demolished this week as part of a state-monitored cleanup of contamination believed to have originated with the property's use as a manufactured gas plant as many as 136 years ago.