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Tuesday, Aug 26 2014 06:52 AM

'First Look': First News for Aug. 26

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

BC ENROLLMENT UP, COLLEGE ADDS COURSES: Bakersfield College students scurried into their fall classes Monday, but some in the science department were waiting to be enrolled into classes. There were 34 students on wait lists for microbiology courses by the first day of classes for most students. Each of three microbiology courses has room for 24 students. Bakersfield College added 14 courses and 16 new professors who started Saturday, when fall classes officially began to open more seats for students. This year enrollment was at 17,485 students for the fall semester as of Aug. 20. Fall enrollment is the highest it has been since 19,080 students enrolled in 2010. Read the full story here.

ABERNATHY SETTLES MORE TAX DEBTS AFTER CALIFORNIAN RAISES QUESTIONS: Political consultant Mark Abernathy has long talked about turning the former Bush house on Monterey Street into a museum. That is until Monday, days after The Californian started asking questions about the unpaid bills. Abernathy then paid them in full. Not only has that not happened, Abernathy hasn't been keeping up on his property tax payments. The Abernathys owed $1,897.83 on the onetime Bush house. They also owed $5,625.93 in property taxes on the Moore Apartments -- a two-story, four-unit rental property on 13th Street near the Historic Downtowner Inn. Read the full story here.

SAFE DRINKING WATER, STORAGE MONEY IN BOND: The $7.5 billion water bond on the November ballot is laden with funds to enhance ecosystems and safe drinking water programs, and increase storage -- all of which directly or indirectly benefit Kern County. This bond would include $520 million for safe drinking water programs in smaller cities; $2.7 billion for storage, including funding for the Temperance Flat Dam northeast of Fresno; and $200 million to enhance stream flows in northern California. Read the full story here.


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

CORRECTIONAL OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRING TO SMUGGLE DRUGS, PHONES INTO PRISON: A Taft Federal Correctional Institution guard pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to smuggle cellphones, cash, alcohol, heroin and methamphetamine into the prison. According to court documents, between November and Feb. 27, 38-year-old Ramon Cano conspired with inmate Gerardo Alvarez-Montanez to smuggle in the contraband in exchange for cash. Cano is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 15. Read the full story here.

MAN SENTENCED FOR TRYING TO SELL 17 POUNDS OF METH TO DEPUTY: An Arvin man was sentenced Monday to six years and eight months in federal prison for attempting to sell 17 pounds of methamphetamine to an undercover Kern County deputy. Jorge Guevara, 35, attempted to sell the drugs in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant in Bakersfield with co-defendant Jerardo Villareal. The drugs were found hidden in thier vehicle. Villareal is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 22 and faces five to 40 years in prison and up to a $5 million fine. Read the full story here.

AIRPORT VALET LAUNCHES SERVICE TO CRUISE PORTS: Airport Valet Express has expanded its services to offer reservation-based transportation from Bakersfield to the Long Beach and San Pedro cruise ship ports. Since July, the nine-month-old Bakersfield company running buses to and from Los Angeles International has also provided trips departing Bakersfield at 8 a.m. and arriving at 11:45 a.m. in time for early boarding. Return trips leave the ports at 1 p.m. Round trips cost $109 if purchased 15 days in advance. After that, they cost $129. Read the full story here.



49ER'S LEVI STADIUM HEAVY WITH WI-FI: The San Francisco 49ers were recently blown out by the visiting Denver Broncos in a preseason game. The silver lining: The new Levi's Stadium's Wi-Fi network held up beautifully, serving up more than 2.1 terabytes of data to nearly 25,000 fans. Levi's Stadium is the 49ers' brand-spanking-new home in Santa Clara, California. Built at a cost of more than $1.2 billion, the open stadium boasts a number of high-tech features fit for a Silicon Valley crowd, including a beast of an in-stadium network set up to serve a total capacity of about 68,500 fans. There were close to 42,000 fans in attendance at last week's preseason game, and a an average of 16,862 were connected to the stadium's Wi-Fi network throughout the game. Fans in attendance at last week's game also made good use of the team app's food-ordering feature.



BLOOD SUGAR ADVANCES: Researchers are working on a way to use laser technology to measure blood glucose non-invasively. While there is still a way to go before they have a laser device that is portable and suitable for home use, they believe one day it will replace the need for diabetics to draw blood to test their glucose levels. The device works by sending a laser beam through skin cells - without causing damage - to be absorbed by sugar molecules. The target is not blood sugar as such, but the sugar content of dermal interstitial fluid, which has a strong correlation with blood sugar. The amount of absorption of the laser beam is thus an indicator of the amount of glucose in the blood.



BC FOOTBALL ALUM KILLED IN ARKANSAS: Former Bakersfield College football player Brandon Hobdy was shot and killed along with another man early Sunday morning near Magnolia, Ark., according to authorities. Hobdy, a 23-year-old from Garland, Texas, entering his senior season at Southern Arkansas University, played wide receiver for the Muleriders after playing for BC from 2010-2011. They were innocent bystanders at an off-campus event. Read the full story here.



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