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KCBX News began covering stories in February, 2014. The first on-air newscast happened during All Things Considered on March 3, 2014. KCBX added local news content to Morning Edition in September, 2014.

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Effective immediately, PG&E said Tuesday it will cease any efforts on its part to renew the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant operating licenses.

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Santa Barbara County is moving forward with a plan to give residents and businesses the option of choosing sustainable energy when picking a power provider. 

Karen Garcia, KCBX News

UPDATE: June 20, 2016

Sine we first published this story on Friday, June 17, 2016, additional restaurants have announced their plans to pull Justin wines from their menus. These include:

Update: Sherpa Fire almost completely contained

Jun 15, 2016
Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire @EliasonMike

UPDATE: Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 5:23 p.m.

Completed fire lines now surround 93-percent of Santa Barbara County's Sherpa Fire, which started on Wednesday afternoon, June 15th.  The estimated number of acres burned has been reduced to 7,474, due to more accurate mapping of containment lines, according to the Unified Command Center.

PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

The City of Santa Barbara will soon have a new police chief, following a nationwide search to fill the vacant position. 

UPDATE: New numbers for Central Coast primary results

Jun 10, 2016
Randol White

The election offices for San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara  and Ventura Counties are out with updated returns for several key California Primary races.

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Controversy is growing over a vineyard-expansion project in the Paso Robles Wine Growing region.

The plan calls for the clear-cutting of an oak forest on land owned by Justin Vineyards. Much of the project has already been completed, but what remains currently on hold.

PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

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A new study shows San Luis Obispo County's wine industry helps generate $1.9 billion for the regional economy. 

California Voters Approve Proposition 50

Jun 8, 2016

California voters have approved the lone statewide measure on Tuesday's primary ballot.

Proposition 50 asked whether the state Senate or Assembly should be allowed to suspend one of its members without pay with a two-thirds vote.

California will have an all-Democrat battle this fall for its first open U.S. Senate seat in nearly 25 years.

Attorney General Kamala Harris leads a field of 34 candidates with 39.6 percent of the vote, followed by Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez with 18 percent. The top Republican, former state party chair Duf Sundheim, trails with 8.7 percent. 

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally, Monday, June 6, 2016, in Lynwood, Calif. Clinton has commitments from the number of delegates needed to become the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee for president.

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PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

California voters will choose between two Democrats in the contest to replace U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, a historic matchup made possible by California’s top-two primary system.

Central Coast election offices are busy preparing for Tuesday’s Presidential Primary.

On Tuesday, Californians will send two U.S. Senate candidates to the November general election. Under the state’s “top two” primary system, those candidates can be from any political party – but polls show two Democrats in the lead.

Of the 12 Republicans on Tuesday’s primary ballot, just three have drawn enough support to qualify for televised debates.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally Sunday evening at Sacramento City College.

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Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaigned furiously throughout California this weekend ahead of Tuesday's primary. Clinton wrapped up with a rally in Sacramento Sunday night.

Clinton gave her standard stump speech - about half an hour - before a full house at the Sacramento City College gymnasium.

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Vote-by-mail ballots are sorted into their appropriate district after arriving at the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder building in Norwalk. The earliest-arriving mail-in ballots are the first to be counted on election day. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

For the last few weeks we've been answering questions about the election. With just a few days to go before California's primary on Tuesday we're back with more voting tips and help. 

Lisa Osborn, KCBX News

The criminal indictments against the pipeline company at the center of last year's oil spill on the Santa Barbara County coast are now public record.

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PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

During a campaign speech in Sacramento on Wednesday, Donald Trump repeated claims about how many votes he’s received in the Republican presidential primary.

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A large crowd gathered to see Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Vallejo last month.

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A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit from two Bernie Sanders supporters over voting rules in next week’s California primary. The suit sought to make it easier for California independent voters to cast ballots in the presidential race.

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California’s Central Coast is suffering from an ongoing farm worker shortage.

The City Heights neighborhood has historically had the lowest voter turnout in San Diego, but some refugees are bucking that trend by pushing for all of the eligible voters in their communities to cast ballots.

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Central Coast universities are looking for ways to get more women interested in pursuing degrees in computer science. 

With the June primary just a week away, presidential candidates Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have descended on Southern California, delivering stump speeches that often include references to trade, offshoring and the need to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.

“We’re going to start making things again," Trump told cheering supporters at an April campaign stop in Costa Mesa. "We’re going to start our manufacturing businesses.”

Clinton struck a similar tone last week at a campaign stop in the city of Commerce.

Bernie 2016

Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders will once again focus on Central Coast voters on Tuesday following several local rallies over the past week. 

In her campaign for Barbara Boxer’s U.S. Senate seat, California Attorney General Kamala Harris often mentions the record settlement her office negotiated with five of the largest mortgage lenders after the home foreclosure crisis.

The deal that brought about $20 billion in relief to California won national media attention for Harris. But the mortgage meltdown continues affecting homeowners to this day.

California is home to some of the most popular tourist attractions anywhere: Disneyland, the San Diego Zoo and Yosemite National Park quickly come to mind. They’ll likely be top destinations for travelers over the Memorial Day holiday.

But an old wives’ tale in Sacramento would have you believe the state Capitol building ranks "second only to Disneyland" in annual visitors across the Golden State.

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

The California Assembly is now considering a bill designed to bar private communications with Coastal Commissioners by outside parties.

Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire

Update: May 30, 2016 at 5:27 p.m.

Investigators are no longer searching a coastal area north of San Francisco for the missing Bay Area teenager whose Amber Alert culminated on the Central Coast last week.