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    THE GRADE: Kern County Science Fair results

    AND THE WINNERS ARE ... More than 200 students either placed first, second or third or earned honorable mention distinctions in the 27th annual Kern County Science Fair, held Tuesday at the Rabobank Convention Center. Most first-place and some second-place finishers will be eligible to compete in the 64th annual California Science Fair held at the California Science Center in Los Angeles on May 18-19.

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    ROBERT PRICE: 10 things you need to know today

    1 When there's an increase in the price of West Texas Intermediate, the benchmark crude that reflects the ever-changing health of the U.S. oil industry, Kern County's high school dropout rate tends to tick upward. Why? Because, as Richard Gearhart, assistant professor of economics at Cal State Bakersfield, told a packed house at Wednesday morning's Kern County Economic Summit, the oil fields are more likely to be hiring and a $40,000 salary looks pretty good to a 16-year-old. Do oil field companies actually hire 16-year-olds?

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    Summit examines pain in oil, ag, related industries

    Local business and government leaders got a close look Wednesday at the cracks forming in Kern County's economy as a result of drought and sharply lower oil prices.

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    Rack 'em up: Coveted retailer finally arrives in Bakersfield

    Nordstrom Rack will open its highly anticipated first store in Bakersfield Thursday, and the grand opening will feature prizes, food and other incentives for shoppers.

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    Officials mull annual pass requirement for Hart Park

    Kern County Parks and Recreation leaders are kicking around the idea of creating an annual pass to use one of the county's signature park spaces -- Hart Park along the Kern River northeast of urban Bakersfield.

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    Hop to it with these Easter week events

    With spring break around the corner, parents are likely looking for activities to keep their kids entertained beyond TV and video games. Many local businesses and organizations think they have a solution.

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    'First Look': Water expert panel at Kern County Economic Summit

    Wednesday on "First Look with Scott Cox," Californian columnist Lois Henry made her appearance via telephone and talked about her participation in the Kern County Economic Summit, live from the DoubleTree Hotel.

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    'First Look': Enjoy a sub at Jersey Mike's today, proceeds to benefit Children's Miracle Network

    Today is the day to save a life while chowing down on a sub.

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    Barnes named head of the Kern Community Foundation

    Kristen Barnes, a longtime champion of local philanthropy, has been named president and CEO of the Kern Community Foundation, it was announced Wednesday.

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    'First Look': First News for March 25

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

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