Hundreds of children spent a day learning about the inner-workings of a government agency on the South Coast. It was an effort to get the kids enthusiastic about the fields of science and technology.

A robotic tractor with arms called a Skid Ssteer -- operated with a remote control -- that is used to pick up debris to clear channels is being demonstrated to more than 700 children from preschool to high school who are taking part in Public Works Day in Ventura.

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A dramatic artwork is helping to pay tribute to Vietnam veterans this Memorial Day weekend. An artist had turned a Vietnam War vintage Huey helicopter into a giant mixed media sculpture. It’s a powerful artwork sitting on a lawn next to the entrance of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, a helicopter which has been painted with images reflecting the era.

An estimated 200 cases of what’s suspected to be norovirus have been reported in connection with some Santa Barbara County Schools.

Santa Barbara County Public Health officials say the gastrointestinal illness has surfaced during the last three weeks at some school campuses in the Orcutt area, as well as at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Police say some alert citizens led to the arrest of a man on a crime spree on the South Coast.

Oxnard Police received a call at about 1:30 this morning about someone breaking into vehicles on the 1400 block of South Victoria Avenue. Officers say they found Ulises Guerrero at the scene, with his hands bleeding from what they say was his efforts to burglarize cars.

They say the 30 year old man had some stolen items in his possession, and as they investigated further, they say they discovered nine vehicles in the neighborhood had been hit by break-ins.

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Federal investigators say it appears engine failure led to the crash of a sightseeing helicopter in Santa Barbara County which left three people seriously injured.

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its preliminary findings in the May 5th crash at the La Cumbre Country Club, in Santa Barbara.

The report says the pilot noticed some engine issues has he was heading to Santa Barbara from the harbor area, followed by the engine’s failure. Witnesses saw part of the engine fall from the helicopter, and pieces were later recovered near the crash site.

Hundreds of artists, and tens of thousands of visitors are headed to a South Coast landmark this holiday weekend for an art event which has become a more than three decade old tradition.

The artists are taking part in a street painting festival, with pavement substituting for canvas, and chalk taking the place of paint.

A Ventura County man is now facing a murder charge after the person he’s accused of setting on fire died.

Santa Paula Police say the victim of the May 13th attack died at a Los Angeles Hospital earlier this week. He had burns to more than 50% of his body. The victim’s name hasn’t been released yet.

Jorge Chavez was arrested for the attack in Santa Paula’s Veterans Park, which involved the use of a flammable liquid. He was initially facing charges ranging from assault with a deadly weapon, to aggravated mayhem. Chavez pled not guilty.

A small earthquake rocked parts of the South Coast Thursday morning.

The magnitude 3.3 quake occurred at 7:19 a.m. and was centered in the ocean 13 miles southwest of Thousand Oaks.  It was centered nearly seven miles below the ocean floor. No damage was reported.

Meanwhile, a magnitude 2.2 microquake occurred Wednesday afternoon in the Ventura County mountains. The 1:03 p.m. quake was centered 12 miles northeast of Ojai. Again, no damaged was reported.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of one of the biggest movie blockbusters of all time, and the 105th anniversary of the real life tragedy which inspired it.

Now, both the movie “Titanic,” and the history behind it are being commemorated in a new exhibition in Ventura County. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley is hosting “Titanic At The Reagan Library,” a 10,000 square foot special exhibition opening this holiday weekend.

We are bombarded with information, and data, but what does it mean?

One South Coast college will help students answer that question, by offering a new degree in data analytics.

Westmont College has created an interdisciplinary major which includes math, computer science, and business.

Westmont officials say the new major will help fill a growing demand for analysts who can help translate, and communicate the key points of data.