Major New Study On Latinos And Diabetes Kicks Off In Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County is going to be home base for what researchers hope will be a groundbreaking new study on the causes behind the higher-than-average rate of diabetes among Latinos. Diabetes is an epidemic in America. The percentages are even higher in the Latino population. In Santa Barbara County, diabetes cases increased 41% in the Latino population in the last decade. Now, the Sansum Center is spearheading a decade-long study which researchers hope will answer some key questions about the high numbers.

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A new study which shows a number of state courthouses could be at risk of collapse during a major earthquake includes some on the Central and South Coasts.

The list shows more than 100 courthouses statewide could suffer substantial damage, and cause a serious loss of life without costly upgrades.

Santa Barbara County is going to be home base for what researchers hope will be a groundbreaking new study on the causes behind the higher-than-average rate of diabetes among Latinos.

Diabetes is an epidemic in America. The percentages are even higher in the Latino population. In Santa Barbara County, diabetes cases increased 41% in the Latino population in the last decade.

Now, the Sansum Center is spearheading a decade-long study which researchers hope will answer some key questions about the high numbers.

More than a thousand people packed Santa Barbara's Granada Theater Tuesday, for a memorial to remember Michael Towbes.

The philanthropist and businessman passed away in April at the age of 87.

Towbes was the president of Montecito Bank and Trust, a developer, and a major supporter of nonprofits and the arts.

An entertainment lineup which includes some classic 70’s and 80’s music acts plus a popular comedian has been announced for the 2017 Ventura County Fair.

Huey Lewis and the News, KC and the Sunshine Band, Sugar Ray, and The Spinners are among the headliners for this year’s fair, which runs August 2nd through 13th.

The country music lineup features Billy Currington and Wynonna.

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias is also set to perform.

The fair includes a night of motor sports, and wraps up with two days of professional rodeo.

A former school district employee on the South Coast has been sentenced to a year in jail after prosecutors say she wrote fraudulent checks on district accounts for her personal use.

Ladonna Fulcher had entered guilty pleas to three felony counts of misappropriation of public funds. The 49 year old woman had worked in the Ojai Unified School District’s business office for a decade. Investigators say that for more than two years, she used district checks for everything from rent to car payments, stealing more than $64,000.

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The list shows more than 100 courthouses statewide could suffer substantial damage, and cause a serious loss of life without costly upgrades.

Oil producers across the country are watching to see what OPEC does at its meeting in Vienna this week, since the cartel of oil-exporting countries has recently played a big role in turning around a two-year U.S. slump.

There are more than twice as many U.S. rigs drilling for oil as a year ago, a turnaround that's felt keenly in places like the Bakken oil patch in North Dakota. Cigarettes and chewing tobacco are flying off the shelves of the gas station Angela Neuman manages in the town of Williston.

There's a rich body of evidence that links chocolate to heart health.

Now comes a new study that finds people who consume small amounts of chocolate each week have a lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation, a heart condition characterized by a rapid or irregular heartbeat.

When President Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney, unveiled the administration's budget blueprint earlier this week, which calls for significant cuts to food stamps, he noted that the aim of the budget was to get people working.

"If you're on food stamps and you're able-bodied, we need you to go to work. If you're on disability insurance and you're not supposed to be — if you're not truly disabled, we need you to go back to work," Mulvaney said Tuesday.

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The NBA has announced that Charlotte, N.C., will host the 2019 All-Star Game, after the state partially repealed its controversial law that limited civil rights protections for LGBT people.

The professional basketball league moved last year's All-Star game from Charlotte, where it was originally scheduled, to protest the state's HB2 law.

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A few years ago, a rumor started going around the casino world. There was a crew of Russians hitting up casinos across the U.S. They'd roll up, find their favorite slot machine, play for a couple hours, and walk out with thousands of dollars. They didn't lose.

All of it was caught on camera, but there was no evidence that these men ever physically tampered with the slot machines. There was, however, something unusual about the way the men played: They always kept one hand buried in their pockets or in the bags they carried with them.

The revised Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will leave 23 million more people uninsured in 2026 than if that act, also known as Obamacare, were to remain in place. The GOP bill would also reduce the deficit by $119 billion over 10 years.

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