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Wednesday marks 60 years to the day since Hollywood legend James Dean lost his life on a rural San Luis Obispo County highway.

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.

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Local and Federal authorities are investigating a drug-running boat found on a Central Coast beach Monday morning. 

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A Central Coast elementary school is officially opening its doors for classes Monday after nearly two weeks of closure. The San Gabriel Elementary School campus closed earlier this month after threatening letters and a hazardous liquid were left on it.

Lisa Osborn

Pope Francis has declared a controversial figure in California history a saint. During a visit to Washington DC this week, the Pontiff canonized Father Junipero Serra, the Spanish Franciscan priest is known as of the father of the California Mission System.

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.

UCSB reports record-breaking donations approaching academic year

Sep 23, 2015
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UC Santa Barbara begins the academic year Thursday on the heels of an historic fiscal year. 

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The Templeton community is continuing to raise support for a seriously injured high school football player. Templeton High Junior Isaac Lindsey was injured during a game Friday night against San Luis Obispo High. 

Lilian Carswell, USFWS

Protections for sea otters in the Santa Barbara Channel are being maintained following a recent ruling by a Federal Judge.

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Live cabaret performances were a popular Sunday evening destination in downtown San Luis Obispo this past spring. Recently, there’s been a push to form a cabaret community on the Central Coast.

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A local professor and his team are waiting for companies to license their recently-patented product. It's an anti-browning formula that extends the shelf-life of sliced fruits and vegetables. 


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

The Central Coast is full of entrepreneurs with a lot of creative and innovative business idea, but the trick is getting those ideas through the necessary steps it takes to bring them to fruition. 

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Investigators are still evaluating the scene at an Atascadero elementary school, after threatening letters and a hazardous package were left on campus last week. 

SLO PD to launch body camera pilot program

Sep 15, 2015
San Luis Obispo Police Department

The San Luis Obispo Police Department will begin testing the use of body cameras over the next year. The department says it will start the pilot program with ten cameras, given to officers in varying positions. 

San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Dept.

In honor of 9/11, the City of San Luis Obispo is dedicating a recently completed World Trade Center memorial at Fire Station No. 1 Friday.

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A well-known Central Coast business will soon shut it doors, after more than 30 years of supplying wigs, masks, makeup, and Halloween outfits.

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Scientists say a very strong El Niño this winter could batter the Central Coast with incredibly large Pacific storms. The City of San Luis Obispo is already starting to prepare for just such a situation. 

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. 

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The non-partisan San Luis Obispo County League of Women Voters took a stand this summer against the proposed Phillips 66 oil train project.

Haggen fires back, sues Albertsons for more than $1 billion

Sep 1, 2015
Jordan Bell, KCBX News

The grocery wars are heating up here on the Central Coast as the Haggen chain filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Albertsons for more than $1 billion. 

Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

A new survey shows recent Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara graduates make higher salaries than many of their counterparts nationwide.

Central Coast olive farmers expecting bumper harvest this fall

Aug 28, 2015
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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. 

Jessica Paterson

  A bill to clarify where drones can fly in California is headed to the Governor's desk. 

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. 

Lisa Osborn, KCBX News

Two powerful women in Congress are making a push for more stringent oil industry safety standards on the Central Coast. 

Unusually warm ocean temps may be behind influx of starving birds

Aug 25, 2015
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.

Santa Barbara County is implementing e-cigarette and smoking rules that are tougher than laws on the books in most of the cities in the area. 

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A landmark business in downtown San Luis Obispo is preparing to expand its operation to the outskirts of town.