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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.

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Hemp production won’t be banned in San Luis Obispo County. The Board of Supervisors had been considering an urgency ordinance that would put a moratorium on industrial hemp.

UPDATE Friday, JUNE 22 6 P.M.:  San Luis Obispo County certified its election results Friday. Lynn Compton successfully defended her district 4 seat on the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors against challenger Jimmy Paulding by just 60 votes.

Compton's victory will maintain the conservative majority on the board.

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The 44th annual Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration starts Friday, and continues throughout the weekend at Alameda Park. Saturday's parade up State Street is the largest single day event in Santa Barbara County. It's been a tough year for the Santa Barbara community, and this year's parade may be a welcome celebration. 

CalFire

Pacific Gas and Electric announced this week that it is providing $2 million to local wildfire prevention organizations across California. Two are on the Central Coast.

Highway 1 at Mud Creek to reopen late July

Jun 14, 2018
John Madonna

Highway 1 at Mud Creek will open sooner than expected. The road just south of Gorda was wiped out by a massive landslide in May of 2017.

CalTrans moved up the date to reopen this section of Highway 1 from mid-September to late July.

Chumash Tribe's Camp 4 bill advances in Congress

Jun 13, 2018
Bree Zender/KCBX

In Santa Barbara County's Santa Ynez Valley, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ land parcel known as Camp 4 got a step closer to permanent status as “fee-to-trust” reservation land.

Dave Minksy

Why does San Luis Obispo County pay for senior citizen transportation? The roots of that particular social service are in circa 1970s state legislation.

The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) is a governmental agency that receives federal and state funding for — and plans — the county’s regional transportation. This month, SLOCOG voted on awarding a taxpayer-funded grant to a new company for the county’s senior citizen transportation program, instead of one that’s served the county for years.

There remains 818 ballots to be processed in the recent election for the San Luis Obispo County District 4 supervisor seat. As of the June 11 counting session, incumbent Lynn Compton was ahead of challenger Jimmy Paulding by 81 votes. The next counting session is scheduled for Friday, June 15.

2018 PRIMARY UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

Jun 11, 2018
Randol White

California's June 5, 2018 Consolidated Primary Election is behind us, and the Secretary of State has published semi-official elections results; click here to see statewide race results.

On the Central Coast, the San Luis ObispoSanta Barbara and Monterey County county elections offices continue to update results as ballot counting continues. 

CSU, UC among the winners in new California budget deal

Jun 9, 2018
Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio

Gov. Jerry Brown has repeatedly fought requests for more state funding for the University of California and California State University.

Courtesy of kentnagano.com

Celebrated conductor Kent Nagano grew up in Morro Bay in the 1950s and '60s. Nagano returned home this week to lead a benefit concert designed to raise money for the Cerrito Peak Project in Morro Bay. 

MindBody

Mindbody is a large health and fitness tech company headquartered in San Luis Obispo. It recently scored a pretty big name for its annual Bold Conference, an industry event for fitness, beauty and wellness business owners and professionals. The conference's keynote speaker will be former first lady Michelle Obama. 

June 5 primary results will narrow many races, end others

Jun 4, 2018
Randol White

Tuesday is Election Day, and Californians have a jam-packed primary ballot to fill out. 

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Starting this weekend, Central Coast phone users within the 805 area code will need to dial 10 or 11 digits to make every phone call. Calls using just seven digits won’t go through, and callers will hear an error message if they forget to include the area code. 

SLO Peace Coalition

San Luis Obispo’s California Polytechnic State University, more commonly known as Cal Poly, has recently entered into a debate over "disruption." The university is heralded for its science, technology, engineering and math programs, as well as its "Learn By Doing" approach to education. Disruption is a term often tied to innovation and technological advancement in recent years, but the disruption campus officials are currently investigating is tied to how the First Amendment is being interpreted on campus.

Greta Mart/KCBX

With less than a week until the June 5 primary election, candidates for local races are busy making their final pitches to voters. In San Luis Obispo County, two of the county board of supervisors are up for reelection and being challenged for their jobs. 

Greta Mart/KCBX

Recently you’ve been hearing about a new initiative we’ve launched called Central Coast Curious. It’s a way KCBX listeners can pose questions and vote on the ones they are most curious about. The KCBX Newsroom will then investigate and produce a story; the winning question from our first voting round focuses on recycling. 

Courtesy of the Latino Outreach Council

As part of our coverage of the June 5 primary election, KCBX News invited some local candidates to the studio to learn more about their visions, experience and concerns. In this segment, we separately interviewed San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson and his challenger Greg Clayton.

Jessica Paterson

The Mental Health Services Act has long supplied the bulk of funding for California counties to prevent and treat mental illness among Medi-Cal patients. But some counties aren’t using the money. San Luis Obispo County had a $14.7 million fund balance at the end of the 2015-2016 fiscal year. 

Hank Hadley, KCBX

If you've been to the pump recently on the Central Coast, you've probably noticed higher-than-usual gas prices. For weeks, prices have been hovering around the $4.00/gallon mark, and now it's up to $4.29 for regular unleaded in Cambria. 

Courtesy of the Latino Outreach Council

Leading up to the June 5 primary election, KCBX News is presenting interviews with local candidates running for San Luis Obispo County offices. 

Monterey County cuts deal, will not appeal Measure Z ruling

May 16, 2018
Erika Mahoney/KAZU

When the oil companies, landowners and mineral rights owners sued Monterey County late last year, the plaintiffs’ side of the courtroom was packed with lots of lawyers. 

Kevin Baird/Flickr

Tuesday and Wednesday night, the ocean may glow on the Central Coast. A combination of strong winds and cold water have created the perfect combination for a phenomenon called bioluminescence.

Governor's budget earmarks funding for mental, inmate and rural health issues

May 14, 2018
Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio

Governor Jerry Brown has proposed some one-time budget allotments that could improve health services for inmates, the mentally ill and rural residents going forward; all currently key issues in San Luis Obispo County.

Courtesy of Molly Miller/www.storycenter.org/stories/

When you hear the term ‘digital storytelling,’ what do you think of? A Ken Burns historical documentary series? That’s one form. So are the animated videos from StoryCorps, which feature everyday folks sharing stories in an interview form. 

Courtesy of Brigit Binns

As part of our series focusing on interesting people living and working on the Central Coast, we recently invited a Paso Robles couple to the KCBX studio. Casey Biggs is a well-known actor with a lengthy resume of stage, film and television roles. He's also famous on the Central Coast for being the Paso Wine Man.

It’s official. In California, new homes built in 2020 and beyond will be required to incorporate solar panels.

Tyler Pratt/KCBX

NASA successfully launched a spacecraft to Mars from Vandenberg Air Force base on Saturday. It was the first ever interplanetary launch from the West Coast, and if all goes according to plan, just before Thanksgiving the Insight mission will land on Mars and begin drilling down into the surface. The mission's goal? To learn more about how rocky planets form.

Jáshua Bane

At UC Santa Barbara and University of California campuses across the state, workers are striking through Wednesday, calling for better wages and benefits. About 54,000 nurses, custodians, technical and other service workers plan to join picket lines at all ten UC schools this week. UC's biggest union, AFSCME Local 3299, organized the strike. 

The California Office of the Attorney General will investigate incidents of racism, discrimination and harassment at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

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