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The State Attorney General’s Office says they’ve reached a two million dollar settlement with Cottage Health System over charges they failed to implement basic safeguards to protect patient medical information.

The AG’s office says the lack of reasonable safeguards violated state and federal laws, and made medical records for more than 50,000 patients available online through a pair of data breaches.

The State Attorney General’s Office says they’ve reached a two million dollar settlement with Cottage Health System over charges they failed to implement basic safeguards to protect patient medical information.

The AG’s office says the lack of reasonable safeguards violated state and federal laws, and made medical records for more than 50,000 patients available online through a pair of data breaches.

The governor has issued a full and unconditional pardon for a Ventura County man who spent 39 years in prison after being convicted of a double murder in Simi Valley.

The heat wave that’s hit the Central and South Coasts has peaked, but we could still see record to near record temperatures through Friday.

The memory of a man known for his generosity on the South Coast is being honored with his own day this month.

The Santa Barbara City Council today declared that November 28th will be “Michael Towbes Day.” The late philanthropist supported hundreds of community projects over the decades. A foundation in his name gives about $900,000 annually to some 300 non-profits in the region.

A Ventura County congresswoman has co-authored new legislation intended to fight homelessness among veterans.

The Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Improvement Act would broaden the definition of who is homeless, to insure they can continue to get job training assistance. The bill is being co-sponsored by Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village, and Republican Congressman Brad Wesnstrup of Ohio.

In addition to making the program available to more veterans, it would reauthorize it for five years.

There will be about 50 fewer beds at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission this winter.

The facility is under reconstruction.

On a special walking tour of the project that is underway as of Monday, President Rolf Geyling said his administrative offices are among the areas vacated by the staff to put in beds for women.

They were crimes which shocked America, and left Southern California in terror.   In a two day period in 1969, seven people were brutally murdered in two upscale homes in the Los Angeles area.

Infamous cult leader Charles Manson, and some of his followers were arrested, and convicted of the killings.

With the death of Manson on Sunday at the age of 83, from natural causes, a Ventura journalist who covered the killings, and trial talks about the man who masterminded the brutal crimes.

Authorities have released the name of a murder victim on the Central Coast, as well as the ID of the suspect in the killing who was fatally wounded by police.

Lompoc Police were called to the Santa Ynez Riverbed area Sunday morning by reports of a possible murder. Officers found the body of Timothy Ross Culley of Lompoc. Based on witness accounts, officers started looking for Geronimo Vicente Santos of Lompoc.

Prosecutors and police are asking the governor to grant clemency for a man convicted of a double murder in Ventura County four decades ago they now believe he didn’t commit.

Craig Coley was convicted in 1980 of the murder of 24 year old Rhonda Wicht of Simi Valley, and her four year old son Donald. Coley had been dating Wicht, but they broke up just before the November, 1978 murder. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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A drive into the foothills above Santa Barbara, off of Highway 154 going up San Marcos Pass takes you into some elegant neighborhoods with large homes, and panoramic views. But, a turn down a street off of San Antonio Creek Road brings you to something truly different.

As you go down a steep driveway, you notice first one sculpture, and then another, and another. The home is called Via Maria. It’s a place where a little known, but unique non-profit which promotes the arts houses artists in residence.

Photo by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has revamped its website that now allows residents to do so much more. 

The new website has the same web address – sbsheriff.org – but it now contains 120 pages with more than 650 photos and dozens of informative videos.

A man who is a suspect in a murder on the Central Coast is in the hospital after being shot in a confrontation with police.

With a rise in the number of dog attacks in Santa Barbara County, there’s now an updated law intended to bring those numbers down.

Santa Barbara County Animal Services Director Jan Glick says the Board of Supervisors recently unanimously agreed to revise its Vicious Dog Ordinance, making it more restrictive.

There’s some good news on the job front for the South and Central Coasts. The California Employment Development Department is reporting a dip in unemployment numbers.

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It took four tries, but a a  rocket carrying a weather satellite into orbit has finally been launched from the Central Coast.

Technical glitches postponed the liftoff of a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base twice in the last week, and high wind led to the mission being scrubbed for a third time.

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A launch team is hoping Saturday will be the day that a rocket carrying a weather satellite will finally be able to take off from the Central Coast.

Technical glitches postponed the liftoff of a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base twice in the last week, and high wind led the mission being scrubbed for a third time. Right now, it appears everything is a “go” for a launch at 1:47 a.m. Saturday.

The longtime artistic director for a world famous music festival based in Ventura County has announced his retirement.

Thomas Morris will step down as Artistic Director for the Ojai Music Festival following the 2019 event, after 16 years at the event’s helm.

A teenage boy and a man are in custody after what Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say was a failed robbery attempt at a Newbury Park drug store which lead to some lockdowns at nearby schools.

Investigators say a teen wearing a mask, and carrying a gun entered the store on the 400 block of Reino Road just after 8:30 this morning. But, the would-be robber apparently became spooked when a customer walked into the store, and he fled. Seven nearby public schools were put on lockdown as a precaution.

(Photo Courtesy Columbia Artists Management)

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary composer Leonard Bernstein, a conductor known for producing programs of his work is bringing some of that music magic to the our region.

“Bernstein On Stage” will be presented in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties this weekend, in a program headlined by the Thousand Oaks based New West Symphony.

A longtime Ventura County Supervisor says he’s planning to retire after completing his third term in office next year.

Peter Foy has represented the county’s Fourth District which includes Simi Valley, Moorpark, and other parts of eastern Ventura County since 2007.

Police say an alert citizen foiled a burglary attempt at a Ventura County department store, when he saw a man climbing up a drainpipe to the building’s roof in the middle of the night.

Simi Valley Police say the received a 911 call at about one a.m. Thursday from someone saying they saw the man using the pipe to get to the roof of the Macy’s at Simi Valley Town Center. Moments later, two alarms linked to a roof hatch were triggered.

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Authorities say they’ve solved a mysterious agricultural theft on the Central Coast involving thousands of packets of seeds.

Someone stole more than $20,000 worth of packaged broccoli seeds from a Nipomo farm.

Saying she wants to spend more time with her family, a longtime Santa Barbara County Supervisor has announced she won’t seek re-election.

Second District Supervisor Janet Wolf says she will step down after her completing her third term in office in 2018.

The main route to and from downtown Santa Barbara could have a new look.

The State Street underpass in Santa Barbara was the focus of the town hall meeting Wednesday evening.

Artists, architects, transportation officials and residents were all coming up with suggestion to change the look of the concrete walls and walkways.

Some of the suggestions include more lighting, wider bike lanes, fewer cars, more art, and also different ambient sounds like dolphins, whales, and waves.

The city is considering ideas and their next steps.

The books that high school students are using in some Ventura County classrooms sparked a heated battle involving a school board, teachers, parents, and even some students.

Hundreds of people were on hand for what was a five hour Conejo Valley School Board meeting which turned into a five hour marathon, and ended with the passage of a controversial proposal to make changes in the way mature fiction, and non-fiction books are handled.

It’s just a few steps from a parking lot in the foothills of Montecito to what feels like a forest.

You are surrounded by beautiful, unusual plants. Even its name is exotic: Lotusland. This 37 acre horticultural wonderland is home to more than 3,000 tropical and subtropical plant species from around the world.  This week, work is officially getting underway to update one of the most popular, and historic parts of the garden.

Five people have been arrested in what prosecutors say was a fraudulent debt collection ring based in Ventura County.

Investigators say the ring ran businesses with multiple names, including Nationwide Debt Busters and Financial Services Bureau. Victims would pay upfront fees, and in some cases no collection services were provided, and in others members of the operation pocketed what they collected.

(NASA Photo)

The planned launch of a satellite from Santa Barbara County has been scrubbed for the third time in less than a week.

A Delta II rocket was just minutes from launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base early Wednesday morning when the liftoff was cancelled. The release of some pre-launch weather balloons detected strong upper level winds which made liftoff unsafe. Early Tuesday morning, a technical issue cancelled the launch.  The first launch attempt also was cancelled due to a technical problem last week.

Plans now call for a 1:47 a.m. Thursday launch, if the winds are reduced.

It’s the time of year when there are a lot of Christmas tree lighting events on the Central and South Coasts, but one happening this week is going to feature some extra star power.

Pop music star Rachel Platten will be the headliner of a tree lighting event Friday night at the Promenade At Westlake shopping and dining center in Westlake Village.

Platten’s song called “Fight Song” made the Billboard Top 10 in the U.S., and hit number one in Great Britain. She won an Emmy for her performance of it on “Good Morning America.”

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