Plans For Two New South Coast Power Plants Up In Air; But Two Existing Facilities Now Set To Close

It’s a heated subject on the South Coast. Efforts to build two new power plants in the region have created a firestorm of controversy for years. Now, not only are both of the projects up in their air, there are also plans to shut down two existing power plants in the region.

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Two Santa Barbara County High Schools were placed on lockdown shortly before the time of the national school walkout Wednesday, after a social media posting indicated there might be violence on campus.

The posting indicated there was a gun on campus at Righetti High School in Santa Maria. Righetti and St. Joseph’s High School were both placed on lockdown at about 9:30 a.m. while the threat was investigated.

Ventura County’s Chief Executive Officer just got a huge vote of confidence from county leaders.

Ventura County Supervisors extended CEO Mike Powers contract for another two years.

There’s a pair of storms on the way for the Central and South Coasts, but rainfall amounts aren’t expected to be heavy enough to cause problems in the region’s brush fire burn zones.

A storm arriving Wednesday night is expected to drop between a quarter of an inch, and half inch of rainfall before leaving our area tomorrow. Then, another storm will arrive Thursday night, perhaps generating a quarter of an inch of rain before it wraps up late Friday, or early Saturday.

A Santa Barbara County man is accused of being a drug dealer who supplied opioids to nine people who overdosed on the same night early this month.

The young men were at an Isla Vista home March 1st when they ingested an unknown amount of alcohol and prescription pain relievers, and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment.

One of the world’s biggest pop music stars is returning home to the South Coast to do a benefit for Thomas Fire and flood survivors, and first responders.

Katy Perry will perform at the Santa Barbara Bowl in May.

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President Obama wants to finally make good on one of his signature campaign promises: closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Republican-controlled Congress is unlikely to go along, but the debate has raised another question: If the prison closes, what would happen to the naval base itself?

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz warned about handing over the entire base in a debate this month on CNN.

Ailing electronics maker Sharp has accepted a takeover bid from Foxconn, the company that assembles iPhones. After the deal was announced, Sharp's stock fell more than 14 percent. And Foxconn now says it will postpone finalizing the sale due to late-arriving information.

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The title of this followup to V.E. Schwab's 2015 fantasy novel A Darker Shade Of Magic might be considered a warning for impatient readers: In A Gathering Of Shadows, plenty of shadows gather. Portents simmer. Tension mounts. Disaster looms. Evil threatens. But nothing much comes of any of it until the final pages, which dash to an intense cliffhanger ending.

When Taevin Lewis first arrived at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis — a long plane ride from her native Tennessee — she was a little lost.

"I didn't know where to go," remembers the sophomore biology major. "I didn't know where a lot of the offices were."

And it wasn't just the campus map. She didn't know some of the basics of college life: How to sign up for classes, how to sign up for a campus job, how to maintain a checkbook.

While Apple and the FBI fight in court over the government's demand that the tech company to help it break into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, Congress is trying to find its own solution to the digital security/national security debate.

Iranians vote on Friday for Parliament. The results could signal whether they are ready to engage more robustly with the West, following a deal with world powers aimed at preventing the country from developing nuclear weapons.

Hardliners have effectively controlled the country's political system since Iran's revolution. But Hassan Rouhani, the current president, is considered a moderate and has worked to improve relations with the West. The election will be a crucial test of his agenda.

What if you had to go to the hospital, and when it came time to return home, your landlord said you couldn't move back in? Across the country, thousands of nursing home residents face that situation every year. In most cases, it's a violation of federal regulations. But those rules are rarely enforced by the states. So, in California, some nursing home residents are suing the state, hoping to force it to take action.

It's increasingly likely that the next time you have an encounter with a police officer, he or she will be wearing a body camera. And depending on how things go, you may be left wondering: "Can I get a copy of that video?"

There's no single answer to that, or other pressing questions, such as whether you can tell an officer you don't want to be recorded. In the year and a half since the Ferguson, Mo., protests, police departments have been rushing to adopt the cameras.

But when it comes to body camera policies, departments are all over the map.

Last year, Ford asked people if they could imagine themselves buying or riding in a self-driving vehicle.

Out of the eight countries surveyed, India and China had the highest positive answers at 84 percent and 78 percent, respectively, compared to the U.S. and U.K. at 40 percent and 30 percent, respectively, the study found.

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