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Foundation Awarding Millions Of Dollars In Scholarships In Santa Barbara County

This is a big week for thousands of new, and returning college students on the Central and South Coasts. For more than half a century, the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara has been awarding scholarships to help students in need get the means to continue their educations. This week the foundation is presenting scholarships to a wide range of new, and continuing college students.

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The Franklin Trail in Carpinteria is coming back after some of it was badly damaged by the Thomas Fire along with a heavy blast of rain in January.

Volunteers have been walking the route and trying to strengthen the trail paths in places where the dirt has been eroded in an area about Carpinteria High School.

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Firefighters stopped a fire burning in a Ventura County apartment complex before it could spread to other units.

The blaze was reported at about 11 a.m. Tuesday on the 1500 block of Patricia Avenue.

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A rocket successfully lifted off from the Central Coast Tuesday afternoon, carrying seven satellites into orbit.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried five small communication satellites into space, as well as two research satellites.  The NASA research satellites contain instruments to map things like the melting of polar ice caps, and rising sea levels.

Even with a winter season that had a major storm event, Santa Barbara is not making enough of a water comeback from the drought conditions to report a solid supply.

The city says it is working from a 10-year drought emergency plan using a water shortage timeline that began seven years ago in 2011.

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Big Changes For South Coast Library; Breaks Away From Santa Barbara County System

In a back room at the Goleta Valley Library, four volunteers are busy putting new bar codes on books. This is a big time for the Fairview Avenue institution. As of June 30th, the Library is leaving the Santa Barbara County Library System, and becoming independent.

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KCLU Honored With Edward R. Murrow Awards

KCLU is once again the winner of Edward R. Murrow awards, with Reporter Debra Greene winning one and News Director Lance Orozco winning two 2018 Regional Murrow awards.

President Trump said on Twitter on Wednesday that he’s going to sign into law “big changes” to the Dodd-Frank banking regulations put in place after the financial crisis.

The bill passed the House late Tuesday, with supporters saying it would make it easier for midsize and regional banks to lend. It already passed the Senate in March.

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After 10 years of marriage to a husband she says was a philanderer, and dealing with her suffocating in-laws, Alpa Go, a mom in Metro Manila, threw in the towel. She wanted out, for herself and her two children.

"I just wanted to cut ties with him," she said speaking in Tagalog. "If I ever achieve my goals, I don't want to do it carrying his name. And if I acquire properties in the future, I don't want to have to share with him. What if I'm gone?" she asks — meaning what if she's dead. "Then he would benefit instead of the kids."

Unveiling a new policy after months of controversy and debate over players taking a knee or otherwise making statements during the national anthem, the NFL says all of its athletes and staff "shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem" if they're on the field.

The State Department said that a U.S. government employee assigned to Guangzhou, China, has reported experiencing "vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure."

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that "the medical indications are very similar and entirely consistent" with the symptoms reported by Americans working at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba. "We have medical teams that are moving to be on the ground there. We are working to figure out what took place both in Havana, and now in China, as well."

Though Americans spend an estimated $80 billion to $100 billion each year in hopes of easing their aching backs, the evidence is mounting that many pricey standard treatments — including surgery and spinal injections — are often ineffective and can even worsen and prolong the problem.

Tourism helps keep the wheel of Las Vegas' economy spinning, but a hitch could slow the spokes as tens of thousands of hospitality workers are preparing to strike as early as next month.

Here's a hypothetical: Would you drop out of a prestigious school to pursue a music career? What if there was a huge buzz around your high school bedroom recordings — lush atmospheric pop with some of the most incisive lyrics about love and loss — that you never expected anyone to hear, but when people did hear it, they loved it?

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President Trump intensified his attack on federal law enforcement as he sought to strengthen his case that the FBI's investigation into whether his campaign conspired with Russia actually amounted to unlawful political snooping.

"I hope it's not so, but if it is, there's never been anything like it in the history of our country," the president said Wednesday.

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