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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.

SB County

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. 

Greta Mart/KCBX

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
California Natural Resources Agency

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. 

Flickr member Mike Baird

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
Kelly M. Grow/CA Dept. of Water Resources

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. 

Carol Tangeman/KCBX

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
Silveira Neto/Flickr Creative Commons

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
evanrudemi/Flickr Creative Commons

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

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. 

Courtesy of MCSC

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

California ranchers will need vet's prescription to use livestock antibiotics

Dec 22, 2017
Flickr Creative Commons/stijn-te-strake-316914

Starting in January, California ranchers will need a prescription from a veterinarian to administer antibiotics to cattle, sheep and other livestock.  

Deadline nears for public comment on National Park Service's proposed fee increase

Dec 22, 2017
Flickr Creative Commons/Edward Stojakovic

The deadline for submitting public comment on the Trump Administration’s plan to raise fees at 17 national parks is 10:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, December 22. 

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The deadline for public comment on a proposed expansion of oil drilling-related operations in San Luis Obispo County’s Price Canyon is 5 p.m. Friday.

ICE agent out of Monterey County Jail by Friday

Dec 20, 2017
Erika Mahoney/KAZU

The Monterey County Jail has faced criticism from immigrant rights groups for working closely with ICE. That’s federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. A new state law is forcing the county to change that practice.

Representatives from those immigrant rights groups stood with Sheriff Steve Bernal Monday as he made an announcement they’ve been waiting to hear.

“ICE will no longer have access to a desk inside our jail by the end of this week,” says Bernal.

The only way ICE agents will be allowed inside the Monterey County jail is if they have a warrant.

Boil order in effect for Shandon

Dec 19, 2017

Residents in the San Luis Obispo County community of Shandon are being asked to boil their water before drinking or cooking. 

California unexpectedly releases guidelines on cell phones and health risks

Dec 18, 2017
Greta Mart

The California Department of Public Health released a new set of guidelines on cell phone use and radiation risk — revisiting a years-long debate about whether the pocket-sized gadgets we can’t live without are slowly giving us cancer. 


Over one hundred thousand people are now evacuated from the Thomas Fire, burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. But workers in the area’s agricultural fields stayed on the job, breathing in smoke and ash as they pick strawberry and celery crops.

Cannabis retailers face challenges as they prep for California marketplace

Dec 12, 2017
Don Goofy/Flickr

The Bureau of Cannabis Control has taken a long awaited-step by releasing online applications for retailers, distributors, testing labs and micro-businesses who want to jump into the new state-sanctioned marketplace in the new year. 

California lawmakers look to other states for single-payer model

Dec 11, 2017

A committee of California lawmakers is working toward a universal health care plan that would cover all state residents. This week they’ll hear from policymakers in other states who’ve attempted to launch similar models. 

FBI investigates wildfire-related fraud

Dec 7, 2017
CA Army National Guard/Staff Sgt. Eddie Siguenza

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is joining efforts to prevent fraud related to recovery efforts from the October Northern California wildfires. 

Health warnings grow for agricultural pesticide chlorpyrifos

Dec 4, 2017
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California’s list of chemicals harmful to humans is about the get longer. An agricultural pesticide widely used on the Central Coast is joining the ranks.  

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On Tuesday afternoon, members of the state agency that regulates utility companies held a public hearing on San Luis Obispo County's Diablo Canyon Power Plant. Four California Public Utilities Commissioners (CPUC) joined administrative law judge Peter V. Allen to hear final oral arguments in Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E) request to retire California's last nuclear power plant.

CA Supreme Court rules in favor of farmworker union

Nov 27, 2017
Sharon Mollerus/Flickr Creative Commons

In a win for farm worker unions, the California Supreme Court Monday upheld a law allowing the state to order unions and farming companies to reach binding contracts. 

California's 2017 wildfire season worst on record

Nov 24, 2017
David Zamboni/SB County Fire

California's 2017 wildfire season was the worst on record according to the state's firefighting agency. More than a half-million acres have burned so far this year, and unseasonably warm weather in Southern California is extending the fire season there. 

The business (and art) of designing a sticker

Nov 21, 2017
Bree Zender

Have you ever thought about a sticker being a piece of art? Most people don’t until they experience them on a deeper level, according to Maureen Vazquez, owner of Pipsticks, a sticker store she opened up earlier this year in San Luis Obispo.

Are animal sounds speech or music? Researchers trying to find out

Nov 20, 2017
Courtesy of UC Merced

Ever hear birds chirp and wonder if they’re talking to each other? Cognitive scientists at University of California at Merced can now answer that question, using a new method for sound analysis. And when they listened closely, they found that some animal speech patterns were a lot like our own.