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KCLU usually brings you the news from the Central and South Coasts, but today it’s in the news.

The non-profit station has received a million dollar gift from a Westlake Village couple to support and enhance its news coverage by establishing a news endowment.

The gift is the latest by Linda and Dennis Fenton to support the station. They’ve been station members since it first went on the air in 1994, and Linda Fenton is currently a member of the station’s advisory board.

A new program to educate drinkers about the risks they may pose to the public will be rolled out in Santa Barbara this weekend.

The program is called "Know Your Limit," and is funded by a special grant from the office of traffic safety.

Santa Barbara police will have officers interacting with bar and nightclub guests to talk to them about the problems associated with drinking and driving.

Smoke and flames from the Santa Barbara High School building brought out fire officials, who are officially labeling the cause as arson.

Fire investigators say it was intentionally set in a field house storage building near the stadium.

Foster children in Ventura County are getting a boost with an event over the weekend that raised money and awareness for their cause. The 4th annual HOPE4Kids Run &Festival was held on Saturday at the Camarillo Community Center Park.

Among hundreds of people who attended was 11-year-old Esmeralda Gutierrez, who was once a foster kid.

"It changed my life so much," she said. "Now I have support in school and options to do my dream.  I'm so grateful for that." 

Police say they found a rifle, ammunition, and other weapons in the car of a high school student who got into a confrontation with a teacher in.

It was a stunning discovery outside of Ventura’s Buena High School. It started at around 12:30 Thursday afternoon, when a 16 year old student got into a confrontation with a teacher. 

The teacher says the student wanted to go to the bathroom, the teacher said, but the 16 year old boy left anyway.  The teacher told police school he used the word gun as he left.

Due to rising calls for service locally and across the country during hostile situations, including active shooters, Santa Barbara County firefighters will soon be wearing body armor on those specific calls when necessary.

We can all agree flying can be stressful. At the Santa Barbara airport, passengers can now get through the tense times with the help of a therapy dog known as Lokee.

Owners Larry and Carol Reiche signed their dog up and trained the grand champion Keeshond as a therapy dog.

Authorities on the Central Coast are investigating a dispute between a mother and her adult daughter that turned deadly.

Santa Maria Police say their argument led to a traffic collision that ended in the daughter’s death.

In solidarity with other college campuses UC Santa Barbara students rallied with a large march Thursday that called for a number of changes.

The list of demands included educational reforms and more respect for students of different religions and ethnicity.

Some local officials are in the state capitol to support what could be a key land purchase in the future.

The National Guard Armory in Santa Barbara on Canon Perdido Street has for years been on the wish list for the city of Santa Barbara as a piece of land it could use for a variety of reasons.

Buying it has not been easy.

Resolving budget issues in one South Coast law enforcement agency has become a tense battle for funding and staffing.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown says he is actively recruiting to fill more than 50 openings in his department but the process and selection protocol has been slow.

Residents in four condos on the South Coast are in temporary homes after a weekend fire.

An early morning fire Saturday in Santa Barbara destroyed one condo and damaged three others with the smoke and heat.

Farm workers chant "Si, Se puede," meaning "Yes, we can."  They hold up signs that say “We Feed You” and pictures of Cesar Chavez, along with dancers dressed in colorful Aztec costumes and a little mariachi. More than 100 people marched through the streets on Sunday, sending one clear message.

If you’re wanted by the law, it might not be a smart idea to post information on your activities on Facebook. A woman convicted of financial elder abuse who failed to show up for her sentencing in Santa Barbara has been arrested in Massachusetts with the help of her social media account.

Santa Barbara County prosecutors say Julie Kromer befriended a 77 year old man she met at a dog rescue event. They say she then stole his identity, and got a credit card in his name that she used on a regular basis in other states.

More than a hundred young people from across California and Nevada just wrapped up a week of training on the South Coast to become firefighters.

City of Ventura

Today is the 150th birthday of the city of Ventura. The city, then called San Buenaventura, was incorporated in 1866. That's more than 80 years after Father Junipero Serra founded California’s ninth mission there. The city’s century and a half anniversary calls for celebration today.

Santa Barbara County announced some popular South Coast beaches will be closed this weekend to try to prevent the reoccurance of a massive 2009 party that overwhelmed public health and safety resources, and left tons of garbage in its wake.

The Santa Barbara County Community Services Department is closing Isla Vista's beaches Saturday and Sunday.

Working over the Easter weekend, members of the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's office finalized papers for formal charges against South Coast resident Pierre Haobsh.

Haobsh allegedly killed Dr. Henry Han, his wife Jenny and daughter Emily.

A man in his 20's has died in the front country hills in Santa Barbara after a fall estimated to be 50-100 feet from the Gibraltar Rock area.

Volunteers spent part of the weekend building homes for low-income families in Santa Paula.

They sawed wood to lay down the foundation of a four-bedroom house; that home will soon belong to a struggling family.

The community of Goleta is still looking for an official site to call home for its staff and city Council meetings.

A multi-vehicle accident caused a shutdown of the 101 around 7:30 this morning. The accident included a big-rig truck.

An alternate route in the area includes highway 154, San Marcos Pass. 

The closure is expected to continue until 3 this afternoon.

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

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.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton are among the dignitaries planning to attend Nancy Reagan’s funeral in Ventura County on Friday.

About one thousand invited guests are expected for Friday’s private ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in Simi Valley.

Technology and some enterprising South Coast university researchers are giving a tiny dog which was only born with two legs the chance to run for the very first time in its life.

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.

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.

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

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