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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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UCSB symposium marks 50 years of Black studies department

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Mahader Tesfai

As a scholarly discipline, Black studies emerged out of protest. In 1968, responding to student activism rooted in the Civil Rights Movement, UC Santa Barbara was among the first universities in the nation to establish a Black studies department. Students and scholars advocated for African Americans to be included in the academic record. 

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State legislation concerning the closing of San Luis Obispo County’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant is moving forward. 

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Racially-inflammatory behavior at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo has become a focal point over the past week and a half, stemming from an incident regarding a student wearing blackface at a campus fraternity party.

On Tuesday Cal Poly's president announced that he was suspending all Greek life on campus - indefinitely. That affects all official activities of fraternities and sororities. The administration also hired a campus diversity specialist, enacted new diversity initiatives, and touted some that are already in place. 

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In the hours before Cal Poly State University President Jeffery Armstrong announced he was indefinitely suspending official activities of all Cal Poly Greek fraternities and sororities, racially-inflammatory materials began showing up in buildings around campus. 

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Cal Poly State University president Jeffery Armstrong announced Tuesday in an open letter to the campus community he is suspending all Greek life on campus, after learning of another recent incident of racially insensitive behavior at a fraternity.

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Before a system outage hit the Internal Revenue Service Tuesday morning, the deadline for filing federal taxes was April 17 at midnight. Now the deadline has been postponed until midnight April 18 for most taxpayers. But Santa Barbara County residents and businesses qualify for a further extension from the IRS.

Greenfield banks its future on cannabis

Apr 16, 2018
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Located in the heart of the Salinas Valley, Greenfield used to be known as the Broccoli Capital of the World. Now the small town is banking its future on cannabis. Greenfield has 11 marijuana grow facilities going up over the next two years. 

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Cal Poly State University's student media outlet, Mustang News, published a letter to the editor Friday from the Cal Poly student who wore blackface at a fraternity party on April 7.

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Hundreds of Cal Poly University students are protesting at this hour, frustrated at what they say is a lack of action on the part of university officials to deal with perceived racism on the campus. 

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It was standing room only at Wednesday night’s candidate forum for the public office of San Luis Obispo County Sheriff. 

California's vintners and grape growers are among the latest potential victims in the escalating trade spat between the U.S. and China.

Responding to U.S. plans to impose import duties on goods from China, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce reciprocated by introducing new tariffs on 128 U.S. products, including an additional 15 percent import tariff on wine.

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Cal Poly's Open House weekend takes place April 12-14. The annual event showcases the Cal Poly campus to "new students, their families, and the community while offering a glimpse of life as a Mustang," according to the event's web page.

Events include the 'Campus Preview at Farmers' Market' Thursday, Friday's 'Admitted Students Discovery Day,' and on Saturday, the Poly Royal Celebration, including the famed Cal Poly Rodeo.

But some Greek organizations may not be in attendance at all events.

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An emergency town hall was held Monday night at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Hosted by the university’s Black Student Union, the meeting was called in response to the recent release of racially-insensitive photos, one of which showed a student wearing blackface at a fraternity party. 

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Sudden oak death is a forest disease that’s killed millions of trees across California and Oregon over the past couple of decades. It’s been progressively colonizing new areas, but an annual citizen scientist effort works to stop it. 

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Over the weekend racially insensitive photos from a Cal Poly fraternity party swirled through social media. One photo in particular featured a student in blackface. The incident has struck a chord both locally and across the country.

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A racially insensitive photo of fraternity members at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo is circulating on social media, during the university’s annual Polycultural Weekend, a time designed to acquaint prospective students with the university’s social and academic culture. 


Rally calls on state officials to 'Free the CSU'

Apr 5, 2018
Mick Bruckner

Students and faculty from across the California State University (CSU) system gathered at the state capitol in Sacramento Wednesday, with the goal of getting the attention of Governor Jerry Brown and state legislators about what demonstrators say is a continuing decline in CSU funding.

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Local politicians, public school representatives, and solar and offshore wind energy company officials gathered in Avila Beach Monday to mark the introduction of federal legislation aimed at encouraging the renewable energy industry on the Central Coast. 

New mural adds to vibrant Paso Robles art scene

Mar 31, 2018
Carol Tangeman/KCBX

These days, many consider the arts scene in Paso Robles to be thriving. A new downtown mural adds to a blossoming of public art. But it hasn’t always been so. 

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San Luis Obispo’s Cal Poly is hosting the Association of Western Forestry Clubs Logging Conclave this week, or as it’s more casually known: timbersports - the largest collegiate timbersports competition west of the Mississippi.

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April 1 marks the opening of a new facility in San Luis Obispo County aimed at providing mental health services. The county’s Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) is designed to provide urgent treatment to those with psychiatric emergencies. 

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Controversy surrounding the 2017 death of county jail inmate Andrew Holland dogged San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson at another of his town hall meetings Wednesday. 

The infinite possibilities of "Portals"

Mar 27, 2018
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San Luis Obispo County’s Cuesta College has spent the past month connecting individuals across the planet. It’s part of a global art project called "Portals." Unlike media you typically use to connect to the world, Portals is an immersive experience. You are supposed to feel as if you’re in the same room as someone else in another country, or on another continent.

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Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands of people across the country took to the streets to protest gun violence in communities and schools. Local March For Our Lives events coincided with a national rally in Washington, DC.

Santa Maria in Santa Barbara County was no exception. 

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San Luis Obispo County’s public works department is looking at changing the boundary of the Los Osos Valley Groundwater Basin, considered by the state to be in critical overdraft. That means the state’s recent groundwater management law, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), requires the 11-square-mile underground water source to be stringently managed and conserved, and curtails unregulated pumping. 

Housing on the Central Coast: affordable to whom?

Mar 25, 2018
Randol White/KCBX News

Can the Central Coast ever be an affordable place to live? That question was pondered Thursday at the San Luis Obispo County Housing Summit. Local leaders, city planners, home builders, and realtors from across the state met to share experiences in creating affordable housing. But the big question being asked is, what kind of housing is necessary? 

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San Luis Obispo County roadways are getting a big chunk of money for improvements, more than a quarter of a billion dollars' worth.

What is the state of San Luis Obispo?

Mar 22, 2018
The City of San Luis Obispo

What’s the state of San Luis Obispo? That’s what city leaders sought to convey this week.

San Luis Obispo's mayor and city manager held the inaugural State of the City address at City Hall Wednesday night for members of the community willing to brave the rain. And while city officials touted many accomplishments, they said there are still plenty of challenges ahead.

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There are two big events planned for Saturday in San Luis Obispo; one is the March for Our Lives, during which area students and supporters will demonstrate for gun control. The other event celebrates military culture, and offers the public a rare opportunity to visit Camp San Luis Obispo, an active California National Guard base. 

Matt Klepfer

Demonstrators temporarily shut down a San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, calling for the resignation of the county sheriff and reform of county jail operations and policies.

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