Central Coast oenophile Archie McLaren dies

The Central Coast has lost a wine legend. Archie McLaren died in his Avila Beach home Tuesday evening. He was 75. McLaren was the founder of the 32-year-old Central Coast Wine Classic , the week-long festival that put many area winemakers on the map. It also raised millions for local charities, and helped support KCBX over the years. KCBX's Greta Mart sat down with KCBX president and general manager, Frank Lanzone, to look back on McLaren’s legacy , philanthropy, and his colorful outfits.

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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio Softens On Gun Restrictions

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says he would support raising the age limit to 21 for those wanting to purchase AR-15-style rifles. "If you are 18 years of age, you should not be able to buy a rifle," Rubio said at a CNN town hall meeting Wednesday night. "I will support a law that takes that right away." Rubio, who has an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association, said he does not support arming teachers, but does support background check regulation reform. Rubio also said he was "reconsidering...

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High surf hits Central Coast beaches

Feb 18, 2014
Greg Perry

Waves up to 11 feet are expected along the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County coastlines through Thursday night. The National Weather Service based in Oxnard has issued a high surf advisory for the west and northwest facing beaches along this stretch.

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Granddaughter of legendary country star Hank Williams and daughter of Hank Jr., Holly's album "The Highway" was named Top 10 of 2013 by People Magazine and includes the track "Giving Up", named in the top 50 songs of 2012 by NPR Music.

With a distinctly personal spin on common country music themes like love, loss and desire, The L.A. Times recently said of Williams "There’s still more of an indie-folk flavor to most of her songs, but now she’s making music that best fits the tales she has to spin, and if that takes her into rootsy country, or meaty rock a la the Band, so be it."

Randol White

February started with welcomed rainfall here on the Central Coast. The short-lived series of storms brought several inches of rain to some areas of California, yet much more is needed to help the state end its drought status.

The City of San Luis Obispo, while certainly feeling the effects of a record dry year, is in a relatively good position to handle the current situation. Water resources and systems put in place over the past decade or so are helping to push off mandatory rationing for the foreseeable future.

California is now officially in drought status

Jan 17, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO – Californians are being asked to cut their water consumption by 20 percent, following the driest year in recorded state history. 

Governor Jerry Brown officially announced drought status for the state at a Friday morning press conference in San Francisco.

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