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Tuesday, Apr 29 2014 06:54 AM

'First Look': First News for April 29

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Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories:

KHSD TEACHER REGISTERS PRIVATE BUSINESS UNDER DISTRICT ADDRESS: The same employee who was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into the possible diversion of Kern High School District resources to his private, for-profit business listed his consulting company's address as 7115 Rosedale Highway -- which also happens to be the address of the school district office at the center osf the investigation. KHSD confirmed Friday it is investigating allegations that some of its special education employees, without the district's knowledge, used district vans and other resources to operate a side business. Anthony Acevedo is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. He is also the registrant listed in a county document that names the business in question, the Alternative Vocational Program, or AVP. Read the full story here.

SEVEN VIE FOR KERN RIVER VALLEY ASSEMBLY SEAT: After six years, term limits are forcing Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway out of her seat representing the 26th Assembly District. And the lack of an established incumbent running again in 2014 is creating something of a free-for-all for a group of relative political newcomers hoping to replace her. Of the state's 80 Assembly seats, only three have more candidates running in this year's June primary election. Seven hopefuls -- four Republicans and three Democrats -- have been attracted like moths to a flame to the race in the 26th District, which includes most of Tulare County, all of Inyo County and the Kern River Valley portion of Kern County. Read the full story here.

RELAY FOR LIFE RACES FOR CANCER RESEARCH: Locals can be forgiven for feeling as if this weekend's Bakersfield Relay for Life cancer fundraiser feels a bit like deja vu. Earlier this month, the 2-year-old Kern County Cancer Fund staged a Camp Out Against Cancer event to help cover travel, lodging and medical expenses for Kern County families affected by cancer. Now in its 23rd year, Bakersfield Relay also has people camping out around an athletic field, but instead of extreme games, it's relay teams walking or running continuous laps on a track. Last year, Relay raised nearly $1.7 million with 365 teams. Saturday's festivities include a car show, hat contest, dancers and music. Shows in the past were local acts, but this year Relay has a nationally known performer on board. Country artist Ashley Monroe is headlining a 9 p.m. concert Saturday. Read the full story here.


In case you missed it, here are the stories that are trending across bakersfield.com.

TWO OF THREE SUSPECTED TARGET THIEVES ARRESTED ON A TIP: Two of the three individuals who allegedly stole items from the Target store at Valley Plaza Mall on April 17 were arrested last week after a tip to a store employee. The suspects were wanted on suspicion of robbery and theft following an incident in which they entered the store with backpacks, allegedly placed items in them and then fled, pushing an employee in the process. The tip came Thursday when someone identified two of the suspects to a Target employee. The employee then told police. A male and female juvenile were arrested April 24 on suspicion of robbery and conspiracy. They were booked into Kern County Juvenile Hall. Read the full story here.

SIX-YEAR-OLD KILLED IN CRASH IDENTIFIED: A 6-year-old killed in a crash on southbound Highway 99 Friday evening has been identified. Paisley Mayall, of Bakersfield, died in the 8:08 p.m. crash north of Rosedale Highway. The vehicle Paisely was in lost control and struck a big rig, according to a coroner's office news release. Read the full story here.

KHSD GRAD RATE BELOW STATEWIDE AVERAGE: Graduation rates in the Kern High School District for 2012-2013 dropped a bit from the previous year's rate and remained below the overall state and national averages. According to the California Department of Education, 79 percent of students that started as freshman graduated during the 2012-13 school year compared to 80.8 percent of the cohort graduating in the 2011-12 school year. Overall, Kern County's graduation rate was 76 percent compared to 76.2 in 2011-2012. Read the full story here.



YAHOO RELEASING COMEDIES: Yahoo plans to release two new comedy series next year and challenge Netflix, which has the Internet's largest video subscription service, according to The Associated Press. The AP says a show called "Outer Space" will be about an alternative universe set in the 22nd century. The other show is called "Sin City Saints" and is about the office antics of a basketball team. Yahoo plans to make money through advertising instead of charging viewers.



SJCH TO RECEIVE DONATION: CALPI Inc. owners Larkie and Bonnie Barnett are making a $21,000 donation to the San Joaquin Community Hospital Foundation. The money was raised at the 15th Annual Team Roping event hosted by the Barnetts in March. The hospital says the donation will be made Wednesday in front of The AIS Cancer Center. Two-thirds of the donation will go to the cancer's transportation fund to provide free transportation to and from the cancer center for patients who need it. The rest of the money will go to the hospital foundation's Greatest Need Fund.



EAGLES ARE FAVORITE TO WIN 10TH STRAIGHT SECTION BOYS TENNIS TITLE: Bakersfield Christian's boys tennis team, seeking its 10th consecutive Central Section championship, drew the top seed in the Division III boys tennis playoff bracket released Monday. Read the full story here.




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