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Arroyo Grande residents hit with reductions after emergency water declaration

Residents of Arroyo Grande are facing major water cuts after the City Council unanimously declared a Stage I Water Shortage Emergency Tuesday night. Low water levels at Lopez Lake, the city's primary source of water, is a big reason for the emergency declaration. Currently about 95 percent of the city's supply comes from Lopez, in an effort to protect the city's groundwater source from saltwater intrusion. Customers will be assigned a tiered amount based on their 2014 water consumption...
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As Antibiotic Resistance Spreads, WHO Plans Strategy To Fight It

The world is losing some of the most powerful tools in modern medicine. Antibiotics are becoming less and less effective at fighting infections. The problem has gotten so bad that some doctors are starting to ponder a "post-antibiotic world."Common infections that have been easily treatable for decades could become deadly if the current growth of antimicrobial resistance continues."Globally this is a really big issue," says Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general for health security at the...
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Residents of Arroyo Grande are facing major water cuts after the City Council unanimously declared a Stage I Water Shortage Emergency Tuesday night.

Low water levels at Lopez Lake, the city's primary source of water, is a big reason for the emergency declaration. Currently about 95 percent of the city's supply comes from Lopez, in an effort to protect the city's groundwater source from saltwater intrusion.

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Green energy—and the definition of that would depend on who you talk to—is a growing part of the Central Coast economy. Solar energy in particular has really taken off in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Monterey Counties.

According to Atascadero-based Solarponics, San Luis Obispo County has more solar generation per-capita than any other county in the nation. And in terms of major solar fields, the Central Coast's inland region has just about any other location beat.

Proposed Laetitia housing development will soon go before SLO County Planning

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Karen Garcia, KCBX Newsroom

Laetitia Vineyards has been working on a project to build small groups of houses on property it owns between Arroyo Grande and Nipomo, while maintaining much of the grape vines that are currently there. The industry refers to this type of development as an ag cluster.

We were given a tour of the area surrounding the vineyards by neighbor Tim Toomey, who lives just a few minutes away from the entrance of the proposed housing project.

"My family has been in this area for five generations, this land here was part of the original rancho Nipomo," he said.  

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Crews on Tuesday were in the process of digging up the pipeline that failed exactly one week earlier, spilling an estimated 100,000 gallons of crude oil on nearby land and into the Santa Barbara Channel.

Plains All-American Pipeline Company said just about all of the oily soil surrounding the pipeline had been removed from the area as of Tuesday evening.

The affected section of pipe, once removed, will be sent to a third-party inspector to determine what could have caused the rupture.

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A new study shows how record-high temperatures are adding to the severity of the ongoing drought. 

A group of scientists led by UC Santa Barbara's Shraddhanand Shukla, were trying to determine whether record-high temperatures had a measurable effect on the drought in 2014.

In order to determine the severity, they substituted nearly 100 years of temperatures in a hydrologic modeling exercise.

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Musicians with the San Luis Obispo Symphony plan to meet sometime in the coming days to figure out the best path for moving forward. The meeting follows their recent vote of no confidence in response to the current Board of Directors' decision to sever its contract with Conductor Michael Nowak.

Barbara Spencer is a spokesperson for the musicians and said Monday, the manner in which they were alerted to Nowak's departure continues to be a sore spot. The Board sent out a press release before discussing the situation with the orchestra members.

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Saturday marks one year since a man with a knife and gun took the lives of six students in Isla Vista.

A candlelight vigil is scheduled at The People's Park starting at 8 p.m. Parents of those who died will be in attendance,  including Kelly Wang, the mother of George Chen, one of the men stabbed to death that night in the killer's apartment.

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The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, located beneath the border of France and Switzerland, was restarted this spring with a goal of making scientific history—once again.

The facility achieved that goal a few years ago when researchers found evidence that the Higgs boson, or “god particle", exists.

City of San Luis Obispo

The City of San Luis Obispo and former Police Chief Steve Gesell reached an agreement Thursday regarding his exit earlier this month from the department, according to an official city press release. 

"The agreement ensures that no legal action will result from the separation, and is compliant with the severance clause in his offer of employment," its states. 

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Governor Brown declared a state of emergency for Santa Barbara County Wednesday to aid in cleaning efforts after an oil pipeline rupture at Refugio State Beach.

The ruptured pipeline could have released 105,000 gallons of crude oil into the water off the Santa Barbara County coastline. Crews are working, on and off the shores, to ensure safety and rehabilitate marine life. 

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