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Tuesday, Feb 11 2014 06:42 AM

'First Look': First News for Feb. 11

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

KMC BLOODLETTING COULD COST COUNTY DEPARTMENTS EVEN MORE: The fiscal bleeding at Kern Medical Center could force the county to cut its general operating budget by 5 to 11 percent -- worse than earlier projected -- and put jobs on the line, the Kern County Board of Supervisors heard Monday. Hospital Chief Financial Officer Sandra Martin told supervisors the public hospital could lose another $18 million in the next six months. That would bring the total losses at KMC this fiscal year, estimated in September to be about $19 million, to about $37 million. In light of the losses departments will be asked today to build budgets for the coming fiscal year that are at least 5 percent smaller than this year's. Read the full story here.

'WENDY WAYNE' PARKWAY RENAMING EFFORT HALTED: Westside Parkway could not be called the "CSU Bakersfield Alumna Wendy Wayne Parkway" until 2017 city officials said Monday, and a CSUB spokeswoman announced an online petition seeking its renaming will be deactivated. A city resolution requires a five-year wait from someone's death before renaming a street or highway in memoriam. Wayne died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in June 2012 at age 64. "We realize now that we were too early in introducing the petition," CSUB spokeswoman Colleen Dillaway said via email. "Once Caltrans assumes the highway we will then determine how best to move forward in the spirit of honoring this wonderful woman who touched the lives of so many." Read the full story here.

STOCKDALE HIGH TEAM QUALIFIES FOR NATIONAL SCIENCE BOWL FINALS: They are one of the most dominant high school teams in the state, reaching the national finals nine times since 2001. And while Stockdale High School's National Science Bowl teams have never won the national championship, the 2014 edition will return to Washington, D.C. in April to try again. Stockdale teams took the top three spots at this past weekend's regional finals at Cal State Bakersfield. The National Finals take place April 24-28. Read the full story here.


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

MOTORIST DRIVES INTO LAKE TRUXTUN: A motorist drove into Lake Truxtun Monday morning after overcorrecting when he drifted onto the south dirt shoulder of Truxtun Avenue. The motorist was driving eastbound when he drifted. He then veered across the westbound lanes, onto the bike path and into the lake. He suffered minor cuts. Alcohol or drugs did not appear to be a factor. Read the full story here.

SEARS OUTLET STORE OPEN ON WHITE LANE: A Sears Outlet store has opened at 2300 White Lane, Unit B, offering an array of discontinued, reconditioned, overstocked, scratched and dented products at discount prices. Inventory at the 40,047-square-foot store ranges from high-end home appliances and grills to patio furniture and home goods, all of which the chain says meet Sears quality standards. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Read the full story here.

MAN CONVICTED OF CONSPIRACY IN ATTACK AT SIKH TEMPLE: A man accused of planning a robbery and assault at a Sikh temple in Bakersfield was found guilty of two felonies Monday and faces up to five years in prison. Nirmal Sehmbey paid a co-conspirator $1,000 to drive from Van Nuys to Bakersfield on Feb. 20, 2011, to assault and rob Manjit Singh after he arrived with his family at the temple on South P Street. Sehmbey is scheduled to be sentenced March 12. Read the full story here.



MEDIA EVERYWHERE, INCLUDING BATHROOM: A new Nielsen company media study shows more TV viewers are watching shows on their own schedule. In the past year, time-shifting of television content grew by almost two hours, averaging 13 hours per month. According to the Associated Press, Nielsen found that the average consumer spends about 60 hours a week viewing content across various platforms. And here's another interesting finding. Forty percent of adults ages 18 to 24 say they use social media in the bathroom.



COVERED CALIFORNIA: The executive director of California's health insurance exchange said Monday he is hiring 400 call-center workers to take calls from people trying to apply for health care. Executive director of Covered California Peter Lee said the extra help should reduce the average wait time of 51 minutes and better serve people who speak Spanish and other languages. The director also said another 150 workers are expected to be hired in coming weeks. The Associated Press says consumers have complained about problems getting through to someone who can help with enrollment questions. Californians need to continue signing up to make the state's health exchange viable.



CSUB'S STAN 4TH AT GOLF TOURNEY: SANTEE -- Freshman Trevor Stan was the first round leader and sits in fourth after day one of the Carlton Oaks Western Illinois Invitational at Carlton Oaks Country Club. Stan posted an even par 72 in the opening round before carding a 79 in the second round. He is two shots behind leader James Holley of San Diego State entering today's final round. The Roadrunners are in sixth place among nine teams, 23 shots behind the co-leaders DePaul and Omaha. CSUB's Brett Kettler was tied for 11th with DePaul's Jonathan Hewett after two rounds. Other Roadrunners: Jin Park (32nd); Dylan Lym (T39). Freshman Izzad Ibrahim (46th); Matthew Deford, playing as an individual, (T50). Read the full story here.




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