KCLU Staff

Santa Barbara County is considering a pilot program to help provide preschool child care for county employees.

The county has long had issues with inadequate availability of affordable child care. A survey shows more than 19,000 children need child care in the county, but only about 10,000 slots are currently available.

A Washington State man was arrested after a bizarre incident in which Santa Barbara Police say he claimed he had a bomb on a passenger train.

Police received a phone call Friday afternoon from Amtrak about a man on the northbound train making threats. Investigators say Terrence Urich threw a backpack of the train as it approached Santa Barbara.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s bomb squad was called to the scene, and determined that there were no explosives inside. The incident delayed the train for hours.

About one thousand people from the worlds of politics, business, and show business made up the diverse list of people on hand for Nancy Reagan’s funeral today in Simi Valley.

The eyes of the world turned to Ventura County today, as major television networks provided live coverage of former First Lady Nancy Reagan's funeral.

ABC, NBC, FOX, CNN, and MSNBC provided wall to wall coverage of the ceremony, as did some Los Angeles television stations. 

A new Santa Barbara County Grand jury report is critical of the management of the community services district, but officials with a newly formed residents association in the area say most of the identified problems have already been resolved.

Two of rock music’s most legendary names will perform on the South Coast this spring.

Paul Simon and Bob Dylan have both scheduled performance at the Santa Barbara Bowl.

The Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District is having growing pains and funding issues recently. The public has been asked for help.

Her casket arrived by motorcade at around 11 this morning, after leaving a Santa Monica mortuary.

A provost and vice president of a state college in Nevada has been selected as the new president of Cal State Channel Islands.

Erika Beck will take over as head of the Camarillo-based university beginning this summer.

John Palminteri

Even with two years of conservation, the pain of the drought may show up in Santa Barbara water bills this July.

Even with several strong rain events since Saturday, a main water source in Santa Barbara County is struggling to make a comeback from the drought.

As former first lady Nancy Reagan is remembered over the weekend, so are the Reagan family's many trips to the South Coast.

A law enforcement task for from San Diego County arrested a fugitive in Ventura County who was wanted for multiple counts of child abuse. The San Diego Regional Fugitive Task Force worked with Simi Valley Police to arrest Christopher Thomas Harper in Simi Valley.

Two women were arrested on child endangerment charges after a sheriff’s deputy found a child abandoned on a Ventura County street. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department just released details about the incident.

Grab your umbrellas, because it could be a very soggy weekend.

Two storm systems are on their way to the Central and South Coasts. National Weather Service forecasters say the first cold front will swing through the region Saturday night, and early Sunday.

There’s a major change in leadership in one Ventura County city.  Ojai City Manager Robert Clark resigned on Tuesday, citing personal reasons.

An accident involving a big-rig and other vehicles completely shut down the northbound 101 in Santa Barbara this morning.

The accident, which also involved a fuel spill, occurred at 4:30 this morning near Cabrillo Boulevard in downtown Santa Barbara.

A financially troubled sporting goods retailer which filed for bankruptcy protection broadened the list of stores it plans to close on the Central and South Coasts from one to four.

Law enforcement officers in a Central Coast city hit by a wave of gang related violence during the last few months conducted a series of raids Thursday, taking more than 50 people into custody.

An autopsy indicates a Ventura County Jail inmate who collapsed during a court appearance died as a result of a pre-existing medical condition.

(Photo by Mike Eliason)

Former First Lady Laura Bush is on the South Coast today for a private speaking engagement.

The nation’s second largest sporting goods chain announced plans to close one of its half dozen Central and South Coast locations as part of a bankruptcy filing.

There may be new money available for coastal projects ranging from a nature center to land preservation over looking the ocean. 

A funding source from oil development off Santa Barbara County will be divided soon.

It's called the Coastal Resource Enhancement Fund, or CREF.

The Amgen Tour of California has announced that 36 cycling teams from around the world will take place in the 2016 competition this spring.

A South Coast wastewater treatment plant which had a major spill into the ocean last month is reporting new problems.

Caroline Culler

Santa Barbara Harbor officials are hoping to reopen the entrance to the harbor after it was closed for the last few days by a buildup of sand.

The Central and South Coasts were floored by a wild chase this morning.

The pursuit, which included everything from a plane, a car, and a helicopter, ended when the man being pursued had to be rescued--from the face of a cliff.

KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story.

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