As summer winds down there's a looming fear for many students heading back to school: a shortage of ADHD medications. The CDC estimates six million children between the ages of three and 17 have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
According to the American Red Cross, every 2 seconds, someone in the United States is in need of blood or platelets. Donations are used for blood transfusions, surgeries, and even cancer treatments. Houchin Community Blood Bank in Bakersfield is pulling out all the stops, offering donor incentives, to help put a dent in the blood donation shortage. 23ABC's Ruby Rivera visited the blood bank to find out more.
As part of Kern County's recently passed $4.4 billion budget, roughly $1 million will go to planning and designing a new county animal shelter. The new facility will help with the chronic overcrowding that the Kern County Animal Shelter has been dealing with for years. 23ABC's Corey O'Leary spoke with Kern County Animal Services Director Nick Cullen to learn more.
Patty Kasper, a FASD advocate and host for this year's Fueling Hope 5K, says she lives with FASD, and the run is an important way to let people in Kern County know about and learn to recognize the signs and behaviors people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders may experience. 23ABC's Raquel Calo spoke with Kasper to learn more.
There was a party Friday morning in the parking lot of the Walmart Neighborhood Market on East Brundage Lane in East Bakersfield. The staff were celebrating the store's recent remodel with a grand re-opening event that saw Walmart present several community organizations with grants. 23ABC's Steve Virgen reports.
The Bako Market will be returning to Downtown Bakersfield on Saturday, September 2 at the Mechanics Bank Arena following the event's summer hiatus. On Friday afternoon, preparations were well underway. One of the vendors who will be present at the Bako Market is JuJu's Bakehouse owner Jocyl Tero. 23ABC's Sam Hoyle visited Taro to see how she's getting ready for the market.