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Researchers Continue To Investigate Animal Strandings On California Coast; Heavy Rainfall A Factor?

We’ve been seeing a spike in the number of sick, or dead sea birds and mammals along our coastline during the last few weeks. Researchers are trying to pinpoint the cause, but say the recent heavy rain may have been an unexpected contributing factor.

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A Central Coast university has some big news in the works.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is going to announce next week that it’s received the largest financial gift in its history. Details of the amount of the gift, and exactly how it will be used will be disclosed next Wednesday.

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We’ve been seeing a spike in the number of sick, or dead sea birds and mammals along our coastline during the last few weeks. Researchers are trying to pinpoint the cause, but say the recent heavy rain may have been an unexpected contributing factor.

Environmental groups are worried about the executive order signed by President Trump on Friday which could reopen parts of the California coastline to new offshore oil and gas leases for the first time in three decades.

Trump signed what’s known as the “America First Offshore Energy Executive Order.” It could open federally regulated areas of the Pacific, Arctic, and Atlantic oceans to new exploration.

The Santa Barbara based Environmental Defense Center, which has battled oil and gas  development for 40 years, calls the move a misguided attack on our climate.

A South Coast city has had a rash of commercial burglaries, and police are urging business operators to take extra precautions.

Eight of the commercial burglaries have taken place in Oxnard since April 23rd. The burglars are breaking into the businesses during the overnight areas, and are focusing on cash registers and safes.

Oxnard Police detectives note that while some businesses commonly leave some cash in registers so they are ready for use in the morning, that practice makes easing pickings for burglars.

A coalition of environmental groups on the Central and South Coasts have filed a lawsuit against a water district, saying a dam it operates isn’t releasing enough water to help endangered steelhead.

The lawsuit was filed by San Luis Obispo Coastkeeper and Los Padres ForestWatch against the Santa Maria Water Conservation District. The suit seeks an increase in water releases from Twitchell Dam, which is on the Cuyama River, which feeds into the Santa Maria River.

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