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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.

A 2015 natural gas leak in Los Angeles is now affecting supply levels around the region. The utility company SoCalGas says environmental restrictions on one of its reservoirs is the cause. 

Courtesy of Monterey County Office of Education

Central Coast schools are experiencing teacher shortages, connected to a larger statewide - and national - phenomenon of fewer people going into the profession.

Aera Energy  and Chevron have filed separate lawsuits against Monterey County, alleging the passage of Measure Z will shut down oil production in the county. 

Some Central Coast residents are gearing up for a trip to Sacramento. A growing movement is organizing rallies at state capitols on Monday, December 19 in the hours before the Electoral College is scheduled to vote for the next president and vice-president. The demonstrators hope to persuade electors from casting their ballot for Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

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California Governor Jerry Brown Tuesday sent a letter to President Obama, requesting the president permanently ban offshore oil and gas exploration in California’s coastal waters.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.

Covered California announced Wednesday it is extending the deadline for enrolling for health insurance through the state exchange. Uninsured Californians looking for coverage to start on January 1 now have until midnight on December 17 - Saturday night - to sign up. Covered California says over 25,000 people enrolled in the past two days alone.

Methane emissions skyrocketing

Dec 12, 2016
USDA

California regulators are meeting this week to discuss plans to cut methane emissions 40 percent by 2030. The reduction is required under a recently passed state law and scientists now say global concentrations of the powerful greenhouse gas are growing faster than at any other time in the past two decades. 

Congress passes controversial water bill

Dec 10, 2016
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

This week the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate approved a massive national water bill with an amendment aimed at water policy in California. Some say the $558 million dollar package is an important step toward helping farmers after years of drought. But others worry it stands to hurt protected wildlife.

End of the road for California's Field Poll

Dec 9, 2016

The poll that gauged the opinions of Californians on political and social issues for nearly 70 years will cease operations next year. The director of the Field Poll announced today that the company will no longer release the non-partisan poll, which was founded in 1947 by Mervin Field.

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. 

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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.

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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.

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The Obama Administration confirmed this week there will be no new oil drilling allowed in federal waters off California’s Central Coast, at least for the next five years. 

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.

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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 protests 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. 

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