South Coast City Trying To Build Buzz About Helping Bees

A South Coast community is now a sanctuary city for bees. The City of Santa Barbara is the latest to step up to become part of an awareness campaign for the key pollinators called “Bee City, USA.”

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Another mosquito on the South Coast has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The Ventura County Environmental Health Division says it received confirmation from the California Department of Public Health that a mosquito sample collected the third week of September from the city of Simi Valley Wood Ranch Marsh tested positive for the virus. This is the second mosquito sample collected this year from Ventura County to test positive for West Nile. One bird also tested positive for the virus in the Simi Valley area this year. More positive test results are expected.

A former Santa Barbara County winemaker has been sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to embezzlement, and tax fraud.

Santa Barbara County prosecutors say Christian Garvin stole money from his employer, Oreana Winery, over a seven year period. They say Garvin, who was also the winery’s manager, set up a separate account with a name similar to Oreana, and diverted some checks to it.

In addition to the prison sentence, Garvin was ordered to pay a million dollars in restitution and $1.7 million dollars in fines.

A blaze which gutted a South Coast laundromat is now being called suspicious in nature.

The early Monday morning blaze on the 1900 block of De La Vina Street caused an estimated half million dollars in damage, including $300,000 to the building and $200,000 to the contents.

Flames were shooting out of the windows of the laundromat when firefighters arrived, but they were able to keep it from spreading to neighboring businesses. No one was hurt.

A community leader in Ventura County detained on immigration charges is now free on bond.

Luis Lopez-Diaz was taken into custody August 29th after Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents found him while looking for someone else at an Oxnard apartment complex. ICE officials say when agents questioned Lopez-Diaz, they discovered he didn’t have legal status in the U.S., and that he had been deported from the U.S. five times in the past.

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A postponed launch of a military satellite from the Central Coast has been rescheduled for Saturday night.

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Santa Barbara County Based Relief Agency Helping Victims Of Two Major Quakes In Mexico

As rescuers continue to claw through mountains of rubble in, and around Mexico City looking for survivors of this week's big quake, a Santa Barbara County based group is gearing up for a different type of relief effort.

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For many people, the Jewish High Holidays are a time of celebration and spiritual renewal. But for those who have a more ambivalent relationship to their faith — those who might identify as culturally Jewish rather than religious — this time of year can be challenging.

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We want to talk a bit more about this key question of how the proposed Republican health care bill could affect people who need health care, particularly people with chronic or life-threatening health problems.

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As the nation has debated the GOP proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, NPR member station reporters have been talking to people around the country about how the proposed changes in the health law would affect them.

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