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California sues over Trump's health care law cuts

California is leading a lawsuit by 18 states against the Trump administration. That’s after the President suspended a key component of the health care law this week.

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Firefighters Gain Ground On California Wildfires

Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET Fire crews were starting to gain the upper hand on numerous blazes in Northern California that have killed at least 41 people and destroyed thousands of homes, but officials warned that the deadliest wildfires in the state's history were far from extinguished. The death toll rose Monday after "a private water tender driver assigned to the Nuns Fire tragically died in a vehicle rollover on Oakville Grande in Napa County," according to Cal Fire. The driver has not yet...

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Work continues on entrance to Santa Barbara Harbor

Mar 11, 2014
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A major cruise ship will have to bypass Santa Barbara this week because sand is blocking the harbor entrance. The Sapphire Princess was scheduled to arrive Wednesday morning and send its tenders into the harbor full of tourists.

Harbor Operations Manager Mick Kronman says the sand is a result of the recent stormy weather and a longer-than-usual period without dredging.

Red Flag Warning for Wednesday

Mar 11, 2014

Warm, dry windy weather is prompting a late-winter red flag warning along much of the Central Coast.

Santa Lucia winds (Santa Ana conditions in the LA region) will create a strong offshore push through Thursday morning.

Sustained winds of 40 mph and gusts of up to 65 mph are expected in the mountains of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, with red flag conditions expected during the peak period of Wednesday morning through Wednesday afternoon.

Drought Emergency declared by SLO County Supervisors

Mar 11, 2014
Randol White

An official "drought emergency" has been declared by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. Tuesday's vote was unanimous. 

The declaration could make the application process for federal aid easier for farmers, ranchers, and other water-dependent individuals.

District Three Supervisor Adam Hill says, while the vote was a formality, it does signal an on-going effort by the supervisors to tackle this problem.

Arroyo Grande Fire

Arroyo Grande Police are investigating whether texting is to blame for a roll-over accident Wednesday afternoon that injured a local teenager.

A witness says the car flipped several times after leaving the roadway near Arroyo Grande High School where the 17-year-old boy is a student.

Five Cities Fire Battalion Chief Riki Heath was driving on Fair Oaks Avenue when he came upon the scene, just moments after the crash happened.

Near-riot conditions this weekend in Isla Vista

Mar 10, 2014
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  The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department says deputies were facing a near-riot situation in Isla Vista this weekend. More than 1000 people were in the street at one point on Saturday night, according to the department.

Deputies say the crowd began to grow around a crime scene where a visitor to Isla Vista was stabbed. That victim, a 20-year-old from Rhode Island, was last listed in critical but stable condition at a nearby hospital. A Lompoc resident, 18-year-old Kuriyan Summers-Dickinson, is charged with attempted murder.

Paso Robles turn 125 on Tuesday

Mar 10, 2014
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A big Happy Birthday to Paso Robles which officially celebrates 125 years of being a city on Tuesday afternoon.

The anniversary festivities run from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the downtown City Park, but road closures begin at 2:00. Tuesday's activities are part of a year-long celebration for the city.

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People as far south as the Salinas Valley say they felt Sunday night's 6.9 magnitude earthquake that hit just after 10:00 p.m. off the coast of Eureka in Humboldt County.

Despite widespread shaking and strong epicenter, there have been no reports of injuries or major damage.

The quake hit in a highly-active area where the San Andreas Fault merges with other fault systems.

Drought affects Cambria's approach to Amgen Tour

Mar 7, 2014
Randol White

The drought is playing a big role in how the village of Cambria will host the Amgen Tour of California stage 4 finish in May. 

At the start of this month, leaders in Cambria put into effect mandatory water restrictions to deal with a declared water shortage emergency. At a town informational meeting Thursday night with Amgen organizers, city officials, local business owners and citizens, local concerns—including the water issue—were addressed. 

An administrative law judge says the City of San Luis Obispo needs to reverse course and bring back binding arbitration for the city's police and firefighter unions.

Back in 2011, nearly 3-out-of-4 voters approved Measure B, which put an end to the arbitation practice. Voters also created the binding arbitration method back in 2000.

The judge says the city didn't follow proper procedure before putting the issue back on the ballot with Measure B. The City Council will meet in closed session this Monday to discuss options, including an appeal.

Egg-producing states pile on against California law

Mar 6, 2014
Randol White

A growing number of states are joining a recently filed lawsuit aimed at bringing down a California law regulating egg producers.

Representatives from Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska, and Oklahoma signed onto a lawsuit today, that was filed last month in Fresno's Eastern District Court by Missouri's Attorney General, Chris Koster.

The major egg producing states are worried about a law set to take effect next year that would require out-of-state farmers provide enough room for chickens to stand up and spread their wings, if they're to sell their eggs in California.

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