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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.

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Being an Olympic bobsledder from Monterey sounds out of the box. And that’s why Nick Cunningham tried out for the U.S.A. men’s bobsled team. 

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San Luis Obispo County announced a $10 million dollar settlement this week related to the Los Osos Wastewater Project. 

California law protects private workplaces and companies from ICE raids

Feb 13, 2018
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The State of California issued an advisory Tuesday to help employers understand a new law aimed at protecting immigrant workers. 

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On the one-year anniversary of the Oroville Dam evacuation order, California lawmakers have sent a dam safety bill to Governor Jerry Brown. 

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Nipomo Mesa residents dressed in red, and off-road vehicle enthusiasts wore blue on Wednesday, squaring off at a meeting of the California Coastal Commission about Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area in San Luis Obispo County. 

Monterey County declares hepatitis A outbreak among homeless

Feb 7, 2018
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Monterey County is the latest county in California to declare a hepatitis A outbreak among its homeless population. 

Rachel Showalter

San Luis Obispo County has a significant homeless population, many of whom own pets. A program offered by Cal Poly veterinarian students helps many of these pets receive health care. 

Greta Mart

Santa Barbara County officials are asking Montecito residents to suggest ideas on how to rebuild. After the January 9 mudslides and debris flow destroyed hundreds of homes and killed at least 21 people, crews have been working around the clock to remove hundreds of tons of mud, dirt and boulders from Montecito’s streets. In the process, county staff are trying to make longer term decisions about what’s next. 

Farming and ranching census deadline approaches

Feb 1, 2018
Greta Mart

Central Coast farmers and ranchers have just a few days left to be counted by the USDA Census of Agriculture. The data could impact funding for agricultural research and nutrition programs.

SLO filmmaker gleans wisdom from longevity

Jan 31, 2018
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What is a life well lived? 40 people with 3,000 years of collective life experience answer that question in a new documentary film produced by San Luis Obispo resident Sky Bergman. 

Styrofoam ban fails in California Senate

Jan 30, 2018
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To-go cups and containers made of expanded polystyrene - otherwise known as Styrofoam - are already banned in all of Monterey County, and in many Central Coast cities such as Carpinteria, Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach and Morro Bay. State lawmakers have tried several times to enact a statewide ban over the past decade, but this week the California Senate rejected a bill that would ban restaurants, food vendors and grocery stores from using Styrofoam containers. 

Proposed bill removes visa cap for undocumented crime victims

Jan 29, 2018
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Central Coast Congressman Jimmy Panetta wants to expand protections for crime victims who are undocumented immigrants. 

California governor pushes for 5 million zero-emission cars

Jan 26, 2018
Greta Mart

Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order Friday to boost the number of zero-emission vehicles on California roads.

Brown defends high-speed rail and twin-tunnels project in State of the State

Jan 25, 2018
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California Governor Jerry Brown defended two massive and much-scrutinized infrastructure projects in his annual State of the State address Thursday morning: high-speed rail and twin-tunnels to move northern California water south. 

Military activity at Camp Roberts ramps up

Jan 25, 2018
Greta Mart

Military officials say Central Coast residents can expect to see increased activity around the California National Guard post that straddles the border of Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties, adjacent to Highway 101. Camp Roberts officials said over the next few months, there will be more soldiers on the base and more military vehicles on the roads. 

Greta Mart

Besides having to rebuild their homes and community, survivors of the January 9 Montecito debris flows are now wrangling with their insurance companies. 

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Heavy rainfall triggered destructive mudslides in Montecito, near Santa Barbara, around 2 a.m. on January 9. Officials confirm at least 21 people died after being caught in crushed homes, flash flooding or debris flows. Two weeks after the disaster, Highway 101 is now open in both directions between the junction of SR 150 and Milpas Street in downtown Santa Barbara. 

Emma Weitzner

The Weddell seal lives in Antarctica. It’s the southern-most breeding mammal in the world and can dive to depths of 2,000 feet, staying under the water for up to 90 minutes. A team of five Cal Poly graduate students and professors recently returned from a ten-week research trip in Antarctica, studying Weddell seal pups. 

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An estimated 4,000 people gathered in downtown San Luis Obispo Saturday for the 2018 Women’s March event. Organized by the group Women’s March SLO, a rally replaced the march of 2017, which motivated an estimated 10,000 to walk around downtown in the pouring rain.

California education leaders say help available for DACA students

Jan 17, 2018
Cuesta College

California’s community colleges and universities are urging their students who are DACA recipients to take advantage of what may only be a temporary window to renew their temporary status. 

State exploring twin tunnels project alternatives

Jan 16, 2018
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The Brown Administration is considering building one Delta tunnel instead of two, as part of a plan to send more Northern California water south.

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State regulators have approved Pacific Gas & Electric’s plan to close the Diablo Canyon Power Plant, California's last nuclear power generating facility. 

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The Trump Administration has announced a plan to open up California waters to offshore oil exploration and drilling. Intending to replace a current plan in place through 2022, the U.S. Department of the Interior said it will release a new draft proposal for offshore lease sales starting in 2019. 

Influenza cases spiking on Central Coast

Jan 4, 2018
Greta Mart

Hospitals around the Central Coast are seeing a huge influx of patients suffering from flu symptoms

So far, 'disappointing' Sierra snowpack - but that could change

Jan 3, 2018
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The first manual snow survey of the season Wednesday shows it was an extremely dry December in the Sierra Nevada. Water managers in California say a bad start doesn't necessarily mean a dry season ahead. 

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A recent New York Times article named the San Luis Obispo Mission and Bubblegum Alley as “the top tourist draws in San Luis Obispo.” Local arts groups hope that someday the downtown might earn an official state designation as a “Cultural District,” highlighting more than history and kitsch. 

New rules for California skydiving centers focus on certification

Dec 28, 2017
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The death of a young man and his unlicensed skydiving instructor last year has led to changes in the rules for California skydiving centers, which now must make sure instructors are certified. 

New year brings expanded services for Denti-Cal

Dec 27, 2017
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Low-income dental patients in California will have new access to important procedures, such as crowns and root canals, starting January 1.

Thomas Fire at 89 percent containment

Dec 27, 2017
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A brush fire exploded on December 4 into a fierce wildfire burning over 440 square miles from Santa Paula to the hills above Santa Barbara, and eastward into the Los Padres National Forest. This week, several hundred firefighters remain on the scene working to extinguish all flames and mop up; containment is now at 89 percent. 

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Mission Community Services Corporation - or Mission Community - is a San Luis Obispo non-profit that helps people of walks of life start small businesses. 

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