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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.

Courtesy of San Luis Obispo Fire Department

Three San Luis Obispo men have been arrested in connection with a fire in a computer lab at San Luis Obispo High School early Thursday morning. Firefighters were able to save the surrounding building but the flames destroyed the computer lab itself.

City of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara residents will have to make a new year's resolution soon not to water their lawns. This week the city council approved a ban on lawn watering, effective January 1, 2017.

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Santa Barbara city officials and law enforcement launched a series of surprise inspections Tuesday at 164 residential and motel units owned or managed by Dario Pini, a well-known and controversial landlord in Santa Barbara.

Immigrant advocates brace for Trump administration, others call for patience

Dec 6, 2016
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Civil-rights advocates here in California say they’re preparing for likely conflicts with immigration policies expected under the incoming Trump Administration and they're getting out in front of the issues before January's inauguration.

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San Luis Obispo's California Polytechnic State University - known as Cal Poly - has a record number of applicants for the 2017-2018 school year. Nearly 57,000 prospective students applied, roughly 50 more than last fall.

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Central Coast farmworkers are invited to a town hall meeting Monday night in Santa Maria. Santa Barbara County supervisors Janet Wolf and Salud Carbajal are hosting the meeting, and they say the public workshop is intended to be a space for farmworkers to “air grievances” and describe living and working conditions in the area’s agricultural industry.

USDA

Hundreds of concerned parents, health workers and educators turned out Thursday evening in Salinas to urge state officials to increase restrictions on the use of agricultural pesticides near schools. Over a dozen growers also attended, concerned about a new proposal that limits the application of pesticides during school hours.

Greta Mart/KCBX

New numbers released this week show that only about half of marijuana cultivators in San Luis Obispo County have registered their grows with the county after officials passed an ordinance requiring it.

Greta Mart/KCBX

After winning the race for mayor of San Luis Obispo by a mere 47 votes, challenger Heidi Harmon held a press conference on the steps of City Hall late Monday afternoon to thank her supporters and urge citizens to get involved with local government.

Randol White/KCBX

Pacific Gas and Electric has agreed to pay out $85 million to San Luis Obispo County and several Central Coast cities and public schools to help ease the proposed closure of California's last nuclear power plant.

High surf advisory Monday for Central Coast

Nov 28, 2016
Greta Mart

The weekend's stormy weather has moved on and the chance of showers remains low for much of the Central Coast. The National Weather Service has issued a high surf warning for the area's beaches through 9 p.m. Monday.

Harmon edges out Marx for SLO mayor by 47 votes

Nov 23, 2016
San Luis Obispo County Public Health

It appears Heidi Harmon is the next mayor of San Luis Obispo. The county’s election office released an updated tally just after 4 pm Wednesday in the closest local race of the recent election. While San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder Tommy Gong has not certified the results, Harmon leads by a margin of 47 votes.

No change for Santa Barbara County's winery rules

Nov 22, 2016
Flickr member Damian Gadal

In a move that surprised many, Santa Barbara County officials have struck down a controversial and long-planned update to the county’s winery ordinance. In a 4-to-1 vote, the Board of Supervisors rejected the adoption of new rules governing the area’s wine country.

Bree Zender

One day in October, Arroyo Grande resident Julie Holt's first grader brought home a flyer from school that made Holt raise some questions.

Bree Zender

KCBX's pioneering news director, Randol White, established the station's news department in 2014. He is now moving on to host All Things Considered for Capital Public Radio in Sacramento. KCBX Reporter Bree Zender spoke with Greta Mart, an accomplished radio journalist, who is replacing White as KCBX news director.

Don Barrett/Flickr

Monterey County is now the seventh county in California to ban fracking. Voters there approved Measure Z last Tuesday by a margin of 11 points.

Vandenberg Air Force Base

The Atlas V rocket on Vandenberg Air Force Base launched successfully this morning. The rocket carries the WorldView-4 imaging and data satellite into orbit.

Dylan Ring

Students are expressing their feelings regarding last night’s election of Donald Trump as p rotests are taking place on college campuses throughout California, including Cal Poly .

Santa Barbara County

The top political race on the Central Coast this political season was for control of the 24th Congressional District, currently held by retiring Democrat Lois Capps.

As results come in across the country, NPR reporters are updating this breaking news blog in real time.

Bree Zender

Some San Luis Obispo County residents who have recently changed their party affiliation have received two ballots in the mail.

DigitalGlobe

A rocket launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base that was delayed back in September because of a wildfire is now scheduled to be launched this Friday, Veterans Day.

WATCH: Your guide to California's 17 propositions

Nov 7, 2016
Randol White

WHAT: KPCC's Larry Mantle and voting experts host a one-hour special "voter cram session" covering all 17 statewide ballot initiatives. To see a detailed breakdown of the propositions, check out KQED's Election 2016 voter guide .

KCBX News, Dylan Ring

The recent closures of several recycling centers in San Luis Obispo County are putting a financial and time strain on members of the area's homeless population who regularly depend on the money earned by cashing in those California Redemption Value (CRV) cans and bottles.

Mission Blue

David Helvarg is an ocean advocate and author of The Golden Shore: California's Love Affair with the Sea . He will be giving a series of speeches and book signings here on the Central Coast. The Cambria Land Trust will host Helvarg on Sunday afternoon from 3-5 on November 13, in Cambria at Vet's Hall. He'll also be signing books at Barnes & Noble Saturday afternoon November 12 and give a talk at the Central Coast Aquarium in Avila Beach the evening of November 12. Note: This interview was...

KCBX News, Randol White

A growing number of Central Coast residents are choosing to vote-by-mail, but not everyone is clear on whether postage is necessary.

Lompoc Police: Metal pins found in Halloween candy

Nov 3, 2016
Lompoc Police Department

The Lompoc Police Department said Thursday night that they're getting reports of metal pins found in candy collected by local children on Halloween night.

Flickr member Damian Gadal

The Santa Barbara County wine industry will get another chance to address lawmakers regarding a proposed set of new rules for wineries and vineyards.

National Park Service

Starting Wednesday, November 2, visitors will be allowed back to Santa Rosa Island after a week-long drug smuggling investigation closed a portion of the Channel Islands National Park to the public.

KCBX News, Randol White

UPDATE : October 31, 2016 October was a very wet month for the Central Coast, bringing widespread above-average rainfall totals to Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.

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