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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.

Numbers of the California Red-legged frog (Rana draytonii) have been dwindling. Lance Orozco reports on efforts to make a safe zone for these native amphibians.

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.

Would you want hundreds of trucks a week full of sand passing through your community? Most people wouldn’t.

Efforts by a special district in Malibu to get sand from Ventura County quarries to stop some coastal erosion by creating a new beach have triggered a battle involving two cities, and the county over truck routes.

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

Sea lions - especially pups - are starving and malnourished.

Scientists say the fate of some sea lions this year may not be much better than last year, when 33-hundred pups were stranded.

(Photo by Mike Eliason)

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

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.

They are unique, one of a kind landmarks off our coastline which have been home to unique plants and animals, as well as some of California’s earliest residents.

But most of us don’t know a lot about the Channel Islands, and many people have never visited them.

Now, an ambitious documentary called “West of the West - Tales From California’s Channel Islands” is trying to tell the islands story.

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.

It took crews more than three months to seal the gas leak in the San Fernando Valley community of Porter Ranch which forced thousands of people from their homes.

Aside from plugging the leak, there wasn’t much which could be done to deal with the gas spewing into the atmosphere.

An Academy Award winning actor who was a longtime Ventura County resident has died.

George Kennedy starred in more than 200 movies, and television shows.

Some centuries old priceless artifacts from the religious and art worlds are going to go on display this week in Ventura County, in a one of a kind exhibition.

There’s concern about frequent bicycle accidents at and around UC Santa Barbara.

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.

Missile Launch 2/25
Staff Sgt. Jim Araos / U.S. Air Force

If you were out late last night, you might have gotten a glimpse of the latest missile launch from the Central Coast.

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was successfully test launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 11:01 p.m.

The missile successfully flew 4200 miles to a test range in the Western Pacific, where an instrument package was deployed.

It’s the second Minuteman III launch from the base in less than a week, with one successfully tested last Saturday.

A key congressional committee is supporting efforts by a Ventura County congresswoman to establish a consolidated outpatient facility for veterans in the county.

The House Veterans Affairs Committee yesterday okayed $6.2 million dollars for the VA facility.

Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley has been championing the effort.

A specific site hasn’t been proposed for the 47,000 square foot facility.

The idea is to expand services available for veterans in the county, so they don’t have to travel to Los Angeles for treatment.

U.S. Navy

Living alone isn't always easy, but living alone for almost two decades?

On San Nicholas Island, the woman who inspired "Island of the Blue Dolphins" did just that.

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.

It’s a tiny, and poor South Coast community so small it doesn’t have restaurants or gas stations. Unfortunately, for the hundreds of kids who live there, it also doesn’t even have a park.

But, thanks to a campaign involving everyone from community residents, to government leaders it’s soon going to have its own community center, and park.

KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

 

A mistrial has been declared in the trial of a 90 year old Santa Barbara County woman who was accused of planning the death of her daughter, who had ALS.

Santa Barbara County prosecutors filed murder charges against Marjorie Good in conjuction with the March, 2013 death of her daughter Heidi.

Prosecutors say the Solvang woman along with caretaker Wanda Nelson conspired to kill the 52 year old woman.

Defense attorneys contended that a problem with breathing gear led to the woman’s death.

Nelson was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter last week.

Two people are facing a variety of criminal charges following an early morning car, and foot chase in a South Coast community involving a Sheriff’s Department helicopter, and K-9 dogs.

A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputy noticed two people sitting in a car parked outside of a convenience store on the 1100 block of Casitas Pass Road in Carpinteria around 3 a.m. yesterday.

When the officer ran the license plates, he discovered the car had been stolen in Simi Valley. An effort to stop the car as it was leaving led to a chase through Carpinteria.

We know smoking is bad for us, and the fact is fewer people are smoking.

Yet the latest statistics show 11% of high school students in California say they’ve used tobacco products in the last 30 days.

Stephen Ausmus / USDA

It’s a global health problem that has officials worried here at home, on the Central and South Coasts as well.

Fishermen

Picture this. You’re swimming in the ocean, and you look over, and see a giant, six foot long fish.

It could happen.

It’s one thing to give a ride to a friend, or to make a donation to help someone in need.

But, a Ventura County man literally gave one of his organs to save someone else’s life.

Lance Orozco has this incredible story of selflessness, and a budding new friendship.

They looked like ships straight out of the 1700’s, and appeared in movies like “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

It’s a measure commonly used to assess our health.

But, a new study co-authored by a UC Santa Barbara researcher suggests that this commonly used indicator may actually be labeling people who are healthy as obese.

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