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(Photo by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department)

Authorities say a bizarre chase involving a stolen fire department pickup truck which started in Monterey County ended in Santa Barbara County, with the arrest of a man. T

he truck was spotted around noon today in Los Alamos. The driver headed towards Vandenberg Air Force Base on Highway 135, with speeds approaching 100 miles an hour at times.

Ventura County is getting a new Superior Court judge.

Ronda McKaig has been appointed to fill a vacancy in the county by Governor Jerry Brown.

Some just released statistics show Ventura and Santa Barbara County high school graduation rates are outperforming statewide numbers.

Ventura County has an 86% graduation rate for the 2016-17 school year, and Santa Barbara County’s 87%. That compares with 83% statewide.

They are partners in Ventura County with a dream for a simple business: to use plants found in nature to create natural skin elixirs.

Clara Andre, and Lauren Crow used all their savings to try to make that dream come true, when at the first possible time, disaster hit, in the form of the Thomas Fire.

The heat wave which was expected to peak Wednesday actually didn’t hit as hard as predicted for much of the Central and South Coasts. A coastal eddy created more marine layer than expected, and that led to cooler than forecast temperatures for the coast. Temperatures inland still remain well above normal, although generally slightly cooler than Tuesday.

(Image courtesy SpaceX)

Some communications satellites are now in orbit after they were successfully launched from the Central Coast early this morning.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 4:39 Wednesday morning.

(National Park Service photo)

A mountain lion known for accomplishing the rare feat of safely crossing the 101 Freeway twice in the Santa Monica Mountains area has died.

National Park Service officials say P-55 's remains were recovered by biologists, but were so badly decomposed it was impossible to determine the cause of death.

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It’s still a go as of right now for an early morning Wednesday rocket launch from Santa Barbara County. SpaceX is planning to launch one of its Falcon 9 rockets from Vandenberg Air Force Base, in the seventh in a series of flights to put a series of new communications satellites in orbit.

(Photo by Ed Krieger)

She’s a Tony Award nominated actress who was the original “Belle” in the Broadway hit “Beauty and the Beast.” Now, Susan Egan has reprised the role in a new stage production of the musical in Ventura County.

The monster heat wave you’ve been hearing about for the last few days is going to hit full strength Tuesday.

Highs will be in the 90 degree range on the coast, to around 110 inland. The Central Coast will have a little bit of onshore flow, so it will be slightly cooler than the South Coast.

The U.S. Secretary of State minced no words in a speech in Ventura County focused on Iran and its current government, at one point comparing its leadership to the Mafia.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Sunday night was called “Supporting Iranian Voices.”

It was part of a ping pong series of statements about U-S/Iranian relations which during a 24 hour period would involve the President of Iran and President Trump.

Santa Barbara County’s annual crop report is now out, and it shows despite some losses from the Thomas Fire, the numbers are still up substantially.

The county’s crops hit $1.59 billion dollars in 2017, up $163 million dollars from 2016.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Santa Barbara County firefighters are getting the upper hand on a 110 acre brush fire in the central part of the county.

The fire was reported just after 2 p.m. Friday on the 1000 block of Highway 246, west of Buellton. The blaze is burning in light grass. No structures are reported to be in immediate danger.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Santa Barbara County firefighters now say they have 20% containment of a 100 acre brush fire in the central part of the county.

The fire was reported just after 2 p.m. Friday on the 1000 block of Highway 246, west of Buellton. The blaze is burning in light grass. No structures are reported to be in immediate danger, but residents of the Bobcat Springs area have been alerted of the potential for problems should the fire continue to grow.

Empathy is an important part of nursing that’s difficult to teach. But now nursing students on the South Coast are using technology to learn how to empathize with their patients. Virtual reality is helping students step in their patients’ shoes.

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