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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.

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.

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.”

Having a felony conviction for something like drug possession or shoplifting can be the difference between getting a job or not.

A state proposition intended to decrease jail overcrowding by releasing inmates for a half dozen non-violent offenses is also giving some people a chance to have their convictions reduced.

KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with attorneys in the Ventura, and Santa Barbara County public defenders offices about the situation.

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