Central Coast

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

A Los Angeles-based grocery chain may expand its presence on the Central Coast in the coming months. Smart & Final, LLC has put in its bid for 27 Haggen stores in California, including six Central Coast locations. 

San Luis Obispo County

The state will continue to provide money to pay for emergency plans related to Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant now that Governor Jerry Brown has given his signature. The new law also addresses seismic safety. 

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A local airport wants its passengers to be able to skip the security line. Enrollment for 'TSA Pre Check' at the Santa Barbara Airport is now being extended through the last week of October. It's the only Central Coast airport participating currently.

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

Some Central Coast grocery workers have a chance to remain in the industry, following the announcement Haggen will be closing all its California locations.

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

All Haggen stores throughout California, including several on the Central Coast, will likely be put up for sale as the Washington-based grocery chain looks to exit the area.


Local environmental groups are preparing for International Coastal Cleanup Day. The annual event begins Saturday morning at several dozen sites throughout the Central Coast.

United States Department of the Interior

Another high profile endorsement is being touted in the 24th District Congressional race. Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) is throwing her support behind Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider. 

National Park Service

Central Coast fourth graders have a new offer from the federal government to visit the area's local national parks over the next year—for free. 

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New signs posted in Morro Bay are warning the public of a shark sighting. Several surfers reported seeing a large shark about 200 yards north of Morro Rock Wednesday morning. 

Twitter @KilerRidge

The olive industry in San Luis Obispo County is on track to have a bumper harvest this coming fall. This time around, drought is not a big factor in the equation. 

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Central Coast residents and businesses cut their water usage by 30.6 percent in July, saving slightly more than June's 30.3 percent. 

Joseph Brandt, USFWS

There is a new live streaming video service that lets you peak into the wild nests of an endangered California bird. It's the first ever publicly-available live video of wild condor nests. 

Pacific Wildlife Care

UPDATE: Aug. 26, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

Pacific Wildlife Care in Morro Bay said Wednesday that 10 new birds have come into the facility since announcing the problem on Tuesday.

California Department of Fish and Game

Sightings of potentially dangerous wildlife in urban areas this week on the Central Coast have prompted agencies to issue safety alerts. 

Twitter user @Fareed4Congress

The congressional campaign of a local Republican candidate is gaining momentum. Justin Fareed announced he now has the official endorsement of Arizona Sen. John McCain.