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6:47 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Ellen and Portia donate money to help build sheriff's station in Carpinteria

Ellen DeGeneres on the set of her television talk show
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Celebrity couple Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are helping the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office build its Carpinteria station.

Sheriff's Spokesperson Kelly Hoover confirmed to KCBX that the part-time Montecito residents donated $10,000 to the cause.

The Santa Barbara Independent reports it will be used on bicycle gear, beach patrol, and other station improvements.

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Santa Barbara County
6:36 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

UPDATE: Emergency services beefing up for Isla Vista's Halloween weekend street party

Last spring's Deltopia event saw rioting, arrests, and injuries—something residents are hoping to avoid during this year's Halloween celebrations.
Credit Mike Eliason/SBC

A crowd estimated to be in the range of 30,000 people is expected this weekend for Halloween in Isla Vista.

In anticipation of the large street party, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department is boosting its staffing level by 25 personnel.

The resources will remain in place through the weekend. A temporary trauma tent will be set up to treat people and additional ambulances will be on standby as well.

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Crime
6:22 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Santa Maria police release route kidnapper used to molest girl

Credit Santa Maria Police Department

Santa Maria Police are looking for a man they believe kidnapped and molested a girl this past Sunday night.

Investigators say the man took the girl from a common area at the apartment complex where she lived and escorted her to nearby Sanchez Elementary School where the lewd acts then took place. School was not in session at the time.

Sergeant Daniel Rios says the department has released the route, day and time that this crime occurred with hopes of generating more leads.

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Weather
6:31 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Rain remains in the Central Coast forecast for Friday, chances improving

Satellite imagery showing the fast moving cold front expected to hit the Central Coast later this week.
Credit National Weather Service

The Central Coast is expected to see the strongest rain event of the season this Friday afternoon into Saturday morning as a fast moving cold front heads toward the area.

Bonnie Bartling is with the National Weather Service in Oxnard and says rain totals along the Central Coast will be more significant the farther north you go.

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Crime
6:23 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Santa Barbara murder likely the result of domestic violence say police

Credit Stock photo: Flickr member Tex Texin

A 39-year-old Santa Barbara man was in custody Wednesday evening as the primary suspect in the death of a 39-year-old woman who appeared to be teh victim of a domestic violence violence attack.

Investigators say the victim in this crime died of injuries she received during the assault.

The suspect and the victim were not married but did have a daughter together who was present during the violent act. Police say the girl was physically unharmed and is now being taken care of by Child Welfare Services.

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Arts
3:27 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Santa Barbara Teen Publishes 'survival guide' to bullying

Aija speaking to students about her new book
Credit Aija Mayrock

 

KCBX News Director Randol White speaks with a Santa Barbara teenager about her new book The Survival Guide to Bullying.

Ajia Mayrock breaks down the tools she used to stay positive in Junior High and High School and talks about what helped her to eventually thrive.

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Crime
5:57 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

San Luis Obispo PD plans to enforce special Halloween weekend safety rules

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Law enforcement in San Luis Obispo says it's working to keep Halloween celebrations from getting out of control this year.

Fines for several party-related infractions will be doubled during the period of time from 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning until Monday morning at 7:00 a.m.

Open alcohol container, excessive noise and unruly gatherings are among the violations included in what's being called a Safety Enhancement Zone.

Urination in Public and Possession of Dangerous Weapons are also violations covered by the doubled fine enhancement.

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Energy
5:37 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Group asks US Court of Appeals to intervene on Diablo Canyon seismic safety issue

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant on the San Luis Obispo County coastline.
Credit San Luis Obispo County

An environmental group working to shut down Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in San Luis Obispo County is taking its argument to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C.

Diablo Canyon is the only nuclear power plant still operating in California.

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Agricuture
1:30 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

How chocolate can help control the spread of disease in West Africa

David roasting cocoa beans
Tom Neuhaus

On Saturdays in West Africa, it's funeral day. The rituals start early in the morning with locals blasting the music of Bob Marley and local artists to commemorate lost lives. People wear red and black while attending funerals.

People are dying from preventable diseases. Currently, Ebola is grabbing the headlines, but malaria and dysentery have long been the top deadly diseases in West Africa.

A Central Coast professor says he has a model to help combat the problem. The plan involves chocolate.

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Crime
6:41 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

We're most worried about personal information, credit getting hacked

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A new Gallup poll shows hacking is the number one crime concern for Americans. Nearly 7 in 10 surveyed say they're most worried about having their credit card information stolen by hackers at retail stores.

Second on the list—at 62 percent—are those concerned about having their computer or smartphone hacked and that information stolen by unauthorized persons.

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Politics
5:43 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

UPDATE: Santa Barbara moves forward with plan to place district elections on 2015 ballot

Santa Barbara City Hall
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UPDATE: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 6:40 p.m.

The Santa Barbara City Council is moving forward with plans to put the issue of district elections before the voters in November 2015.

Members agreed during Tuesday night's meeting to direct staff to work on the issue. The city is currently facing a lawsuit demanding district elections be implemented.

Mayor Pro Tempore Cathy Murillo voted for the resolution to move forward and had a lot to say to those who brought the lawsuit prior to registering her vote. 

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Education
6:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Largest gift in UCSB history to be used on a housing project for visiting scholars

Artist rendering of the visitor housing project for the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.

A massive donation to UC Santa Barbara—in fact, the largest in school history—is helping the University move forward with a major construction project.

Wall Street investor and billionaire Charles Munger is giving $65 million to the help with the effort. The money will be spent on a new visitor housing facility for the campus-based Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.

The Institute's director, Astrophysicist Lars Bildsten, says the addition will help visiting scholars make better use of their program time when on the UCSB campus.

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Community
6:10 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Isla Vista residents ask California college students to 'stay away' this Halloween

Credit KCBX News - Jordan Bell

Students at more than a hundred colleges and universities in California are being encouraged to avoid Isla Vista this Halloween. Letters went out Thursday to the various schools  from the Associated Students at UC Santa Barbara and students Santa Barbara City College.

October marks the new academic school year for UC Santa Barbara. Students have moved back Isla Vista this month, after a tragic close to their last academic year. 

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Crime
5:56 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Construction set to get underway on $20 million SLO County Juvenile Hall expansion

Construction is set to get underway next week on a $20 million expansion of San Luis Obispo County's Juvenile Hall.

The facility is located on Highway 1, not far from the Cuesta College campus and Camp San Luis Obispo.

The project will add 20 new sleeping rooms, three classrooms, a mental health treatment office, two interview/counseling rooms, a multipurpose gymnasium, staff bathrooms, male and female staff locker rooms, a training/conference room, and staff offices to the existing structure.

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Science & Technology
4:23 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Cal Poly grads win 2014 TechPitch competition with pickup truck device

The LiftGator won the 2014 TechPitch competition Wednesday night at the Alex Madonna Expo Center in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Credit Superior Solutions Manufacturing, Facebook Page

A pair of Cal Poly Mechanical Engineering alums are the winners of this year's Tech Pitch competition held last night at the Alex Madonna Expo Center in San Luis Obispo.

It was 22-year-old Justin Russo who gave the presentation for his company's removable LiftGator device designed for pickup trucks. He runs Superior Solutions Manufacturing with fellow Cal Poly grad Marty Affentranger. Their device is a product out of the HotHouse incubator. The Lift Gator makes it easy to load heavy items into truck beds.

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