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The award-winning KCBX Newsroom works to bring you local stories that represent our Central Coast listeners and supporters.

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.

In the years since, KCBX News has had local stories featured on NPR and The California Report.

KCBX News, Karen Garcia

A building abandoned for decades in one San Luis Obispo community could soon be restored as supportive housing for people with mental illness.

California's Attorney General Kamala Harris talks during a news conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015.

Richard Vogel / AP

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.

KCBX News, Randol White

The Central Coast is well known for being “The 805” based on our area code. There’s even a popular beer named to reflect that fact.

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Dozens of structures, many of those homes, had been destroyed by San Luis Obispo County's Chimney Fire during its first full week. 

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UPDATE: Monday, August 22, 2016 at 10:46 a.m.

The U.S. Forest Service said Monday morning that the Rey Fire had grown to 23,546 acres with 20 percent containment.

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Several charter schools in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties are being accused by the Southern California branch of the ACLU of having illegal policies that force parents to volunteer their time, as well as accusations of problems with economic and racial diversity.

Kristen Lepore | KPCC

California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996. Will it be the fifth to legalize recreational pot this November? We traveled to Sacramento to host a live event about the pros and cons of Proposition 64, which would legalize adult use of cannabis.

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The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to extend an urgency ordinance aimed at protecting oak woodlands. 

San Luis Obispo County Twitter Feed

UPDATE - August 24, 2016 at 7:07 p.m.

New evacuation warnings were put in place Wednesday for people living near San Luis Obispo County's Chimney Fire. 

KCBX News, Bree Zender

A new food recycling program is starting Monday here on the Central Coast. You’ll be able to put food directly into the green yard waste bins if you have them. Patti Toews from the San Luis Obispo Integrated Waste Management Authority is here to talk with us about it.

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, condemned inmate Martin Navarette peers out his cell on death row at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif.

AP Photo / Ben Margot

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 Legislature Kills Fentanyl, Whistleblower Protection Bills

Aug 11, 2016
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Assembly Appropriations Committee Chair Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) chat in a Capitol hallway Thursday before their committees took up more than 500 bills combined.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

California lawmakers churned through more than 500 bills one-by-one in the blink of an eye Thursday.

The Senate and Assembly appropriations committees froze some measures while advancing and amending others – all without any debate or explanation.

Michael Ashmore

Many residents of Santa Maria and the Central Coast turned out to cheer on their local Olympic favorite, 23-year-old Josh Prenot as he swam to a silver medal Wednesday night during the Men's 200 Meter Breaststroke competition at the Olympic games in Rio. 

KCBX News, Randol White

Incumbent San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx will likely have more company on this November's ballot as local activist Heidi Harmon is now preparing to be part of the race.

Ben Margot / AP

This Dec. 21, 2012 file photo shows Senate intelligence committee chair, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., speaking at a Capitol Hill news conference in Washington.

Ann Heisenfelt, File / AP

Californians will decide in November whether to legalize recreational marijuana through Proposition 64, a much-debated measure on the state’s ballot.

KCBX News, Rebekah Nolan

A group of prisoners at the California Men's Colony (CMC) in San Luis Obispo County are working to train former shelter dogs so that the animals can one day act as companions for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

In November, voters will get a chance to elect a new U.S. senator for California. That hasn't happened in 24 years.

Competing for retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer's seat are two Democrats -- California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Orange County.

Both participated in a debate hosted by KPBS before the June primary as part of the station's California Counts election collaboration with KPCC in Pasadena, KQED in San Francisco and Capital Public Radio in Sacramento.

Nipomo Community Services District (NCSD)

The Nipomo Community Services District (NCSD) Board passed a Stage IV Water Shortage resolution back on July 27, bringing new conservation goals into focus.

James Gathany

The first Zika virus case on the Central Coast was reported recently in Monterey County. 

KCBX News, Randol White

The latest numbers from Case-Shiller CoreLogic show the West Coast continues to see a strong housing market with prices in May rising more than 5 to 6 percent in several key California cities, and double digit jumps in Portland and Seattle, far out-pacing much of the rest of the country.

Ben Bradford / Capital Public Radio

California delegates expressed their dissatisfaction with the party's nomination process Monday night by booing loudly on the convention floor throughout Monday night's speeches.

Ben Bradford / Capital Public Radio

The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is over after four days of soaring speeches, political hob-knobbing and some intra-party bickering. We spoke with delegates from the Clinton and Sanders camps about what they'd like to see happen now. 

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San Luis Obispo County staff is currently working to draft an urgency ordinance designed to restrict new cultivation of medical marijuana within the County and outright ban it in certain areas.

The move comes following a 3-2 vote by SLO County Supervisors this week who were urged to do so by County Sheriff Ian Parkinson.

New Times Reporter Jono Kindade discussed his recent piece on the issue with KCBX News Director Randol White.

NOTE: This transcript is from an interview that was edited for time purposes:

Ben Bradford / Capital Public Radio

Event staff watch protesters chant during Hillary Clinton's speech accepting her Democratic nomination on July 28, 2016.

Ben Bradford / Capital Public Radio

Hillary Clinton's speech accepting the Democratic nomination sounded much different on TV than it did where the California delegation sat in the convention center.

Protestors yelled and chanted throughout the speech, only to be overwhelmed by the rest of the arena chanting their candidate's name.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

Paul Sancya / AP

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.

Mark J. Terrill / AP

California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

Mark J. Terrill / AP

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. 

Paul Sancya / AP

California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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San Luis Obispo County

Testing of groundwater and soil samples is underway at the San Luis Obispo Airport, as an independent testing company works to find the source of chemical contamination showing up in the well water of neighboring homes.

State Sen. Kevin de Leon, D- Calif., speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Monday, July 25, 2016.

Carolyn Kaster / AP

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.

Ben Bradford / Capital Public Radio

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