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A Ventura County man was arrested after detectives say they discovered he had hundreds of pounds of illegal fireworks at his home.

Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators say they received information that Alfredo Avalos was selling pyrotechnics from his Fillmore house. After getting a search warrant, they say they found 600 pounds of fireworks at the man’s Fourth Street home.

A project to realign a dangerous section of Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County is now complete.

Caltrans adjusted the northbound lanes of the highway in the Gaviota area, from the Gaviota rest stop to around Mariposa Reina. The collision rate in the area was five times higher than on similar sections of roadway in the state.

The seven million dollar project included realigning curves on a section of the northbound 101 into one long curve. The shoulders were widened, and the highway median and culverts were also improved.

A just released study shows that the arts do more than bring culture to our lives, but also bring a local and national boost to the economy.

The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Study shows that in Santa Barbara County, the arts generate nearly $200 million dollars in total annual economic activity, including more than 5800 jobs. The report shows that the arts are a big economic driver, creating jobs, tourism, and spending.

The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission was one of 250 groups nationwide taking part in the study.

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A Central Coast professor helped create an online weight loss program that has led to significant weight loss for low-income mothers following their pregnancies.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Kinesiology professor Suzanne Phelan says it’s especially important to help low-income women lose weight postpartum.

“They lack access to effective empirical-based weight loss programs and low-income women are at high risk for long-term weight gain and associated comorbidities,” she said.

A museum in Santa Barbara County brings together an interesting combination of elements: art, and nature.

On a nice summer morning in Solvang, tourists are everywhere, sampling the unique, more than century old Danish themed community. But, off of Mission Drive in the heart of the city, there’s a museum which helps highlight another part of the region’s heritage.

A fire near Carpinteria Tuesday morning damaged a home, while two dogs on the property were rescued.

The home near Toro Canyon was empty at the time, when housekeepers found the fire and called 911.

Two young women from Ventura County are being identified as the people killed in a car crash in Santa Barbara County which also left three other injured.

A car plunged off of Gibraltar Road in the mountains northwest of Montecito Monday night, tumbling 300 feet down a steep embankment.

17 year old Lily Brennan and 19 year old Lesli Nunez of Ventura were pronounced dead at the scene. The three other people in the car were injured.

Five people were hurt when some construction scaffolding collapsed on the Central Coast.

The accident happened just after 11 Tuesday morning on the 200 block of Harloe Avenue in Pismo Beach.  It was on a bluff adjacent to the beach.

Some of the injured were trapped in the collapse, and had to be rescued. At least two of the people were reported to be seriously injured.

A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report is trying to encourage efforts to deal with mental health issues in the county’s jail population.

For years, the jail system has by default been the largest mental health facility in the county. County Sheriff’s Office officials say nearly half of the system’s inmates have mental health issues. The new report blasted the company that had provided mental health services for inmates for the last few years. It was also critical of the Sheriff’s Office for what it calls a lack of oversight.

A 30 second sellout of nearly 15,000 seats to a Central Coast concert by one of country music’s biggest stars has led to the announcement of a an unusual, second late night event.

Last week, tickets for the July 27th Garth Brooks concert at the Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles sold out moments after they went on sale. On Twitter, and in a video Brooks said he was so overwhelmed by the response that something had to be done for fans.

A vehicle with five people inside crashed over the side of a windy hillside road Monday night, killing two passengers and injuring three others.

The crash took place at around 9:30 on Gibraltar Road above Santa Barbara.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause.

A brush fire in northern San Luis Obispo County is now 40% contained after burning about 1200 acres of land.

The fire has been burning east of Santa Margarita since Monday afternoon, leading to evacuation orders for more than 200 people in the rural area.

A shelter was set up at Santa Margarita Elementary School. Al least one structure was destroyed. Firefighters made progress in fighting the fire overnight.

It’s been a long road for a man who grew up as the son of a farmworker in Ventura County to become a Santa Barbara County Supervisor, and now, a member of Congress.

Making the jump from local to national politics is always a big one, but there’s no question it’s been a particularly different one for Democrat Salud Carbajal.

The 24th District Congressman took office in January, starting at the same time as the new Trump Administration.

Carbajal sat down with KCLU's Lance Orozco in his Washington, D.C. office to talk about issues ranging from healthcare and the environment to the climate right now on Capitol Hill.

A man who shot to death his wife, and seriously wounded three of her co-workers in a Ventura County dental office will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Jaime Paredes entered a guilty plea to a first degree murder charge for shooting to death his wife, Mariella Paredes, and three attempted murder charges for the attacks on the three others who were wounded.

The 38 year old man used an assault rifle in the July, 2009 attack in a Simi Valley dental office, surrendering after a brief standoff with police.

Law enforcement officials say a man killed his five year old son to get back at his wife because of a contentious divorce, and that there may be a significant Santa Barbara County link in their case.

At a news conference Monday, authorities released more details about the arrest of Aramazd Andressian Sr. on Friday in Las Vegas.

Downed power lines are being blamed for a 250 acre plus brush fire which briefly threatened some homes in eastern Santa Barbara County.

The fire broke out just after 3 p.m. Sunday in the Cuyama Valley, just south of New Cuyama.

Gusty wind quickly expanded the flames, but Santa Barbara County firefighters aided by crews from the Los Padres National Forest stopped the fire’s growth in about two hours. Air tankers and helicopter water drops helped the firefighting efforts.

It was fully contained by sunset. No structures were damaged.

There are ways to make your home more energy efficient. You can learn all about it at a workshop this week on the Central Coast. 

Santa Barbara County has a program called emPower that focuses on helping single-family homeowners achieve energy efficiency. Ashley Watkins with emPower says there are a lot of things you can do.

Firefighters are trying to determine the cause of a brush fire which burned some 250 acres of land in eastern Santa Barbara County, at one point briefly threatening some homes.

The fire was discovered just after 3 p.m. Sunday near Perkins Road south of New Cuyama.

Santa Barbara County firefighters had to deal with strong wind which made the fire initially tough to stop. Two air tankers and a helicopter stopped the spread of the blaze in about two hours.

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A rocket successfully launched ten small satellites into orbit from Santa Barbara County, completing a big weekend for the company behind the launch.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 1:25 p.m. Sunday.

Authorities are now identifying a man whose body was found in a Central Coast house heavily damaged by a fire.

Firefighters responding to the blaze on the 1800 block of Pomeroy Road just outside of Nipomo Sunday morning discovered the body of Thomas Edward Gingell inside the house.

An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death of the 61 year old Arroyo Grande man.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Authorities raid a large drug lab on the South Coast and make several arrests.

Ventura County Sheriff’s officials say on Friday they went to a home on the 5500 block of Heatherton Drive in Somis to serve a felony arrest warrant for Kooshawn Shokrai who was living there. When detectives entered the home, they discovered it was converted into an elaborate butane honey oil lab.

Scientists at biotech companies conduct genetic engineering in their labs to create medicines and other life-saving products to treat patients. And, some high school students on the South Coast are getting hands-on experience in biotechnology.

Students at Newbury Park High School are running their own biotech experiments in the process of producing a protein from genetically modified bacteria.

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A body found near a hiking trail may be that of a South Coast man who has been missing for a week.

Ventura County Sheriff’s officials say 65-year-old Clyde Miller hasn’t been seen since June 17th, and his disappearance was reported to the department on Thursday.

Ventura County Public Health officials say they are investigating an outbreak of a bacterial illness they’ve linked to a Camarillo restaurant.

Health officials say eight people who developed stomach cramps, diarrhea, and fever after eating at a Souplantation restaurant. The illness is called by a bacteria called Shigella. It’s highly contagious.

Some people exposed to it don’t get sick, and those who do become ill usually recover in a few days.

Tickets went on sale Friday for a Central Coast appearance for perhaps the biggest name in modern country music, and sold out in 30 seconds.

Garth Brooks is set to play at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles July 27th, with the nearly 15,000 tickets gone in moments. Brooks was overwhelmed by the fan response to his concern, and on Twitter said “Wow-30 seconds. Are you kidding me? That means I owe you another one!”

Firefighters quickly stopped a brush fire on the Central Coast.

The 10 acre blaze started just after one p.m. Friday on the 4000 block of Oak Trail Road, near Los Olivos.

Firefighters were able to get it 50% contained in about 90 minutes. No structures were damaged. There’s no word yet on the cause of the blaze.

The staff at a Ventura County pharmacy is being credited with catching a bogus prescription for painkillers which led to an investigation which led to four arrests.

In May, workers at a CVS pharmacy in Thousand Oaks determined they had received a fraudulent prescription. They contacted the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, which led to an investigation by the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit.

A man wanted in Ventura County for a murder nearly five years ago has been arrested in the Midwest.

Oxnard Police Detectives say they developed information that Gustavo Cuevas was involved in a July, 2012 shooting which left one man dead, and a second wounded. They tracked him down to Menasha, Wisconsin this week, where FBI agents and local police arrested the 23 year old Oxnard man for killing Jose Gonzales. He’ll be extradited back to California.

Ventura County prosecutors say a doctor has lost his ability to prescribe controlled substances, and could face jail time after pleading guilty to a charge of illegal prescribing a controlled substance.

Dr. William Matzner’s medical license is also under review. Prosecutors say the Simi Valley based physician was selling oxycodone from his office.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit.

The 58 year old doctor could face up to a year in jail when he’s sentenced in August.

Trouble at the Lompoc Federal Penitentiary last night resulted in injuries and a medical response

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