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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.

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

National Park Service

The National Park Service said Wednesday that it's keeping the public off of Santa Rosa Island, located off the coast of Santa Barbara, because of safety concerns related to drug smuggling. 

Google Maps

Work is underway to fix a major computer problem that has services shut down at DMV offices along the Central Coast and throughout the state.

San Luis Obispo County

The San Luis Obispo Library is being remodeled. Get the details about it here.  

Take a deep dive into the history of Santa Margarita

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On this week's library segment, take a deep-dive into the history of Santa Margarita. We chat with Cheri Roe, author of Santa Margarita - Images of America.  

Donald J. Trump Facebook Page

A new study out of UC Santa Barbara suggests a possible reason why many white Americans are throwing their support behind Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump this year. 

Credit Draft Enviornmental Report

Phillips 66 on Wednesday filed an appeal to overturn the denial of its oil-by-rail plan by the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission

On October 5, the Commission denied a rail line extension from the oil company’s Nipomo Mesa Refinery to the main rail line. 

Randol White

Voter registration in San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Santa Barbara counties is at an all-time high. 

Chris McGuinness / New Times

California's drought has brought in many different effects on places around the state and, in this case, a cemetery. The Arroyo Grande Cemetery stopped watering its grass last year due to drought conditions. Now, while it cut down on water costs people with loved ones in the cemetery are upset because it doesn't look like it's in tip top shape anymore. Chris McGuinness is a reporter for The New Times where he's been reporting on this cemetery. KCBX's Bree Zender spoke with him on Thursday.

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The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to delay approval to build an anaerobic digester -- which would turn methane emitted from composted food into energy to power homes in the area.

Matt Rz

Matt Ritter is a professor of biology at Cal Poly and an author of several natural history books. And he's going to be at the Deep Ecology Collaboratory on October 21-23 at Rancho El Chorro in San Luis Obispo. You can check out more details at ecologistics.org.


Last month, a group of 375 of the world’s top scientists signed onto a letter designed to draw attention to the risks of climate change. 

US Forest Service

Fee increases of nearly 300 percent may be in the future for many campsites, trailheads, and recreational facilities in Los Padres National Forest. Several outdoor recreation organizations are raising concerns over the sites in the forest being handed over to a private organization, which is why the fees are increasing. 

UC Berkeley Forest Pathology and Mycology Laboratory

A disease that kills oak trees along the California coast is spreading quickly and working its way south from Northern California, according to the most recent surveys done by the UC Berkeley SOD Blitz teams.

CDC - James Gathany

A northern San Luis Obispo County resident has been diagnosed with the Zika virus.

Ann McDowell with San Luis Obispo County Public Health told KCBX on Thursday that the person was infected while traveling to Morales, which is south of Mexico City. 


NPR's hit podcast, Hidden Brain, explores the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior. There's several new episodes coming out this fall. KCBX's Bree Zender sat down with Shankar Vedantam, Hidden Brain's host and creator, to talk about making the podcast.

Randol White

Central Coast residents who signed up to vote-by-mail will start getting their ballots this week. The packets would have gone out on Monday, but the Postal Service was closed for Columbus Day. 

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton faced off in the second presidential debate Sunday night at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

NPR's politics team — with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more — did live annotating of the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

Video is courtesy of PBS Newshour:

Pinnacles National Park

A 5-and-a-half month old California condor chick has taken flight in Pinnacles National Park

This endangered condor chick is the first to be successfully raised solely in the wild in more than 100 years. All other California condors have been raised with assistance from a condor rehabilitation program.

Condor Program Manager Rachel Wolstenholme said that staff at Pinnacles have been observing the remote nest since the bird hatched in February.

Google Street View

Dozens of nurses who work at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton filed claims against the institution for what they’re calling “widespread violations of California labor laws.”

KCBX News, Randol White

Rattlesnakes throughout California will soon become far less visible, in some cases hiding from sight entirely as we enter the cooler late fall and winter months. But some populations of snakes will remain active right through this period.

Phillips 66

The proposal by Phillips 66 to increase the number of trains bringing crude oil to its Santa Maria refinery will not move forward with a recommendation by the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission. 

Longwood University

Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence squared off in the vice-presidential debate Tuesday night.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, have provided a full transcript of the debate, with fact-checking annotations.

Toxic algae detected in San Luis Obispo's Laguna Lake

Sep 30, 2016

Toxic algae found in waterways throughout California has reached record levels this year and was detected in San Luis Obispo's Laguna Lake in late September.

Five years removed from one of the most sweeping criminal justice reforms ever implemented in the state, California’s 58 counties are still coming to grips with the effects of the plan known as Public Safety Realignment.

Realignment aimed to satisfy a U.S. Supreme Court order to reduce the state prison population by some 30,000 inmates by transferring responsibility for non-serious, non-violent and non-sexual felons to counties.

Today, at least 40 California counties have either completed or are planning jail construction projects.

Scientists are worried about the health of the Morro Bay Estuary because of a rapid decline in a plant considered to be at the base of the system's food chain.

Prop. 61, the drug pricing initiative, explained

Sep 28, 2016

One of the 17 statewide propositions facing California voters on the November ballot is Proposition 61, which is intended to lower prescription drug prices.

Below, Impatient breaks down this initiative, which besides being one of the most complicated ballot measures, has sparked by far this year's most expensive campaign fight over an initiative.

In a nutshell

Under Prop. 61, certain state agencies would pay no more than what the Department of Veterans Affairs pays for prescription drugs.

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.

Brock Turner’s brief jail term for sexual assault sparked outcry across California and the nation earlier this year.

KCBX News - Randol White

This week's heat wave hit during mid-harvest for many local wine-grape growers—one of the Central Coast's top crops.

Susanica Tam/KPCC

File photo: Loretta Sanchez greets her supporters from the Ironworkers Union on the night of the California primary election in Anaheim, California, on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Susanica Tam/KPCC

Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez failed to show up for more votes than any other U.S. House member running for another office, according to an analysis by Roll Call covering the first three weeks in September.

First United Methodist Church of Arroyo Grande

If you go less than a mile away from Camp Arroyo Grande, it’s like you’re in a different world.

It’s right near the Arroyo Grande Village and Highway 101. There’s lots of local businesses, gas stations. A busy street.