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The continuing heat wave, mixed with other weather conditions across the South Coast, is ripe for wild fire danger.

Red flag warnings are in effect for Southern Santa Barbara County and the Ventura County mountains on Saturday.

Unemployment has grown on the Central and South Coasts, as well as statewide during the last month.

Ventura County’s jobless rate increased from 4.5% in May to 5.4% in June. In Santa Barbara County, the number of people also rose, going from 3.9% to 4.9% from May to June. And, in San Luis Obispo County, the numbers are also up, with unemployment rising from 3.5% to 4.5%.

The statewide unemployment numbers are also up. The percentage of people out of work in California rose from 5.2% in May, to 5.4% in June.

Eight people were treated for exposure to a chemical cloud following an accident at a Ventura County health club.

It happened just after 10 Friday morning, at Gold’s Gym on the 1300 block of East Los Angeles Avenue in Simi Valley. Captain Scott Dettorre, with the Ventura County Fire Department, says too much chlorine was apparently put into the pool. He says some of it bubbled to the surface, creating a gas cloud.

A controversial proposal to build a new power plant in Ventura County brought hundreds of people to a marathon meeting held by a state agency in Oxnard.

Members of the California Energy Commission heard about a staff report for NRG’s planned power plant at Mandalay Beach, in Oxnard, and took comments on it from environmental groups and the City of Oxnard, as well as from the public.

A heat wave is bringing high brush fire danger to the South Coast.

A Red Flag Alert is in place for the Ventura County, and Southern Santa Barbara County mountains, with extreme heat and gusty wind upping the potential for serious fires. The wind is expected to ease tomorrow, but temperatures will again be in the mid-90’s, to as high as 108 for some of our inland areas.

The high pressure responsible for the heat wave is expected to break down this weekend, with a return of the marine layer, and substantial cooling starting on Sunday.

A stage version of one of Disney’s biggest animated movies is drawing big crowds to a South Coast theater.

It was almost the last production ever for the financially troubled local non-profit theater company, but a major donor is giving the company another chance, allowing it to stage another season.

Local leaders involved in aquatic safety are encouraging families to introduce their kids in community pools or swimming lessons at the earliest stages.

Community wading pools and open recreation pools are crowded, but are still areas of opportunity to interact with lifeguards and area aquatic supervisors.

A South Coast city which had to cancel its Fourth of July fireworks show due to a technical failure confirms it won’t do a make-up show, but says it will use its refunded money to double its fireworks budget for 2017.

Thousands of people were left disappointed, and upset when a problem with the electrical firing system forced cancellation of the City of Camarillo’s show at Camarillo High School. The failure couldn’t be fixed on the spot, and safety restrictions prohibit the hand triggering of the pyrotechnics.

A rock concert by an all-star group of performers is now definitely on for the Central Coast, with its lead guitarist set to return to the band after collapsing during a performance earlier this month.

A South Coast university has received a million dollar plus grant to help at risk middle and high school students have a better chance of success in high school, and college.

California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks is getting a $1.2 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand its TRIO program. 500 students at five middle schools and two high schools in western Ventura County will be served during the five year long effort.

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