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A minor leak involving rocket propellant which scrubbed Friday’s planned launch of a satellite from the Central Coast has led to the launch being shifted to Sunday.

The United Launch Alliance was preparing to send up an Atlas V rocket carrying the WorldView-4 satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The next liftoff opportunity is a launch window beginning at 11:30 Sunday morning.

WorldView-4 is an earth observation satellite equipped with state of the art lenses and electronics, with the craft’s costs including the launch estimated to be more than $800 million dollars.

After all the talk, the Los Angeles Rams are set to play their first home opener in Los Angeles in nearly four decades on Sunday.

Hundreds of people were on hand at a breakfast in Ventura County Friday morning to hear a top Rams executive talk about the official return of NFL football to L.A.

A minor leak involving rocket propellant prompted a delay in Friday’s planned launch of a satellite from the Central Coast.

The United Launch Alliance was preparing to send up an Atlas V rocket carrying the WorldView-4 satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base Friday morning. The problem prompted what’s being called a 24 hour delay, with the next liftoff opportunity a 14 minute window beginning at 11:30 Saturday morning.

Three non-profit organizations on the Central and South Coasts received more than $4 million dollars in federal grants to fight homelessness among veterans.

The grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs include $2 million dollars for the group “People Assisting The Homeless,” in San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles Counties, $1.6 million dollars for the Salvation Army in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties, and $365,000 for “New Beginnings” in Santa Barbara.

A Ventura County based non-profit organization is helping to improve the educations of kids, and adults in Central America.

Now, thanks to the generosity of some architects who designed a new center for them, it’s going to be able to expand its educational operations in Nicaragua.

Venoco oil has offered to end its oil and gas production earlier than scheduled off Goleta.

The decision comes as part of a request to tap into a new supply off the coast, in an similar area slightly to the east.

The request has gone to the state lands commission, which has called for public comments.

As part of its plan, Venoco says it would use the most efficient methods to tap into the new oil well.

A nine million dollar plus project to build a performing arts center on the Central Coast is nearly complete.

Community leaders, school board members, and school staff will get the first glimpse of Pioneer Valley High School’s new 16,000 square foot facility Friday morning.

The $9.6 million dollar project in Santa Maria which was funded through school bonds includes three classrooms, as well as a theater with seating for nearly 300 people.

A South Coast university has received a $10 million dollar grant for a new program to look at problems facing our oceans, and to develop practical ways to address them.

UC Santa Barbara is launching what’s known as the Benioff Ocean Initiative. It will bring researchers studying the ocean together with students to come up with science based solutions to issues like garbage in the ocean, and overfishing.

The Governor has signed into law a bill authored by a Ventura County legislator intended to bring more of the innovations by University of California researchers from UC labs to the marketplace.

AB 2664 will provide $22 million dollars to set up business incubators on all 10 UC campuses, including UC Santa Barbara.

With the drought in its fifth year, one South Coast city has opened the door again to people getting rebates in exchange for replacing lawns with more water efficient landscaping.

The City of Ventura opened the application period this week for its Water Wise Incentive Program. Homeowners and businesses in the city can get rebates of $2 dollars a square foot of turf removed, up to a maximum of $3200 dollars a home, and $6400 per homeowners association or business.

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