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A South Coast church which was slowly losing its congregation realized it would have to close its doors.

That spurred church members to decide to use their resources in a way that would continue its tradition of helping people long after the building was gone.

Santa Barbara County’s District Attorney and State Attorney General Kamala Harris are holding a joint news conference in Santa Barbara later this morning to announce criminal indictments in connection with last year’s Refugio State Beach Oil Spill.

The authorities haven’t yet released details about the indictments.

The nation’s largest cycling race comes to the South Coast today.

Stage Three of the Amgen Tour of California will start in Thousand Oaks, and take competitors more than 100 miles to a finish on Gibraltar Road, in the foothills above Santa Barbara. It starts at Amgen’s corporate headquarters in Thousand Oaks at 11:15.

There will be rolling road closures as the race passes through the region during the late morning, and early afternoon hours. The course includes section of Highways 1, 33, 150, and 192.

Investigators say an arsonist started a fire at the Art Essentials store in downtown Santa Barbara Sunday at 8 a.m.

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The nation’s largest cycling race is underway, and headed to the Central and South Coasts.

Peter Sagan won the first leg of the Amgen Tour of California San Diego yesterday. The Slovak cyclist is the current world champion. Today, the cyclists race from Pasadena to Santa Clarita.

Then, on Tuesday, the tour comes to our region. Stage Three will take cyclists from Thousand Oaks to Santa Barbara, and Stage Four is Morro Bay to Monterey.

The bodies of a man and a woman have been discovered inside a home in Oxnard, and detectives are investigating the case as a homicide.

Oxnard Police Sergeant Bakari Myers says officers were called to the 5400 block of Barrymore Drive just before 5 p.m. yesterday.

"Upon arrival, officers discovered a male and a female deceased from apparent gunshot wounds," he said.

Conejo Valley Days

A large festival that attracts thousands of people to the Conejo Valley is celebrating its 60th anniversary as it continues through the weekend. Conejo Valley Days started on Wednesday, May 11 and runs through Sunday, May 15 at Conejo Creek Park South in Thousand Oaks.

23 college campuses. Nearly 50,000 employees. Close to half a million students.

California State University Chancellor Timothy White is responsible for the largest public four year university system in the nation, a system which includes two campuses on the Central and South Coasts.

KCLU’s Lance Orozco caught up with the chancellor during his visit to Cal State Channel Islands, and talks with him about issues ranging from the possibility of tuition hikes to efforts to improve graduation rates.

Roughly six years ago, Cindy Miller's Pomeranian was reported stolen.

She had her dog, Chili, with a pet-sitter near her home in Northern California while she was out of town.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is the latest agency to adopt video body cameras to provide new transparency about the actions of deputies in the field, as well as to give them video evidence of confrontations with criminals.

Heavy equipment and a game plan that's been months in the making led to an overnight move of one of two historic 1920's-era homes in Santa Barbara from West Pueblo Street to West Figueroa.

The homes were purchased for $1 by developer Mark Meza, who agreed to subsidize the cost of moving them to their new locations, where he hopes to make them rental properties.

The suspect in a Goleta area high-profile triple-murder case, Pierre Haobsh, says he is not guilty.

Haobsh was in superior court in Santa Barbara Thursday.

A Caltrans flatbed truck lost 7 barrels of drilling mud at the intersection of Highway 154 and State Street Wednesday.

The barrels came off the truck and some of them split open when they hit the asphalt, coating the street with mud.

A South Coast college has announced the selection of a new superintendent/president, and the choice is someone with impressive credentials.

Joe Donovan is cranking out dogs, giraffes, and just about anything else you can think of made out of balloons.  Donovan has always been an artist, but for it took a little twist of fate for him to find his calling.

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Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office detectives are just releasing details of a daring daytime robbery inside a posh South Coast hotel’s jewelry store.

Santa Barbara Police are actively reviewing video surveillance tape at the Sansum Clinic Prescription Pharmacy on Pesetas lane near Calle Real after a break-in over the weekend.

Plans to change usage for Micheltorena Street in Santa Barbara to clear space for a bicycle route have taken a detour.

The city transportation committee has heard from residents, business owners and bicycle enthusiasts, and is looking for a new solution with a route that utilizes Sola Street nearby.

UC Santa Barbara students and community members held a rally on Sunday afternoon in front of University United Methodist Church to declare Isla Vista a safe zone. 

“There’s no room for any discrimination against anybody,” said Reverend Frank Schaefer.

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Authorities on the Central Coast are investigating a two-vehicle crash, involving a reported stolen car, that left an animal dead and a woman with major injuries.

It happened on Saturday around 5:30 am on Highway 154 near Foxen Canyon Road in the Buellton area. Santa Barbara County Fire Captain Dave Zaniboni said one vehicle slammed into a donkey that was wandering in the area.

Many car owners are finding their belongings missing in what appears to be a targeted crime spree.

Thieves appear to be active in the Carpinteria, Summerland and Montecito area this week.

Class is in session for Meghan Young, at Oxnard’s Lemonwood School.

More than 31 students are wedged into a temporary classroom that really hasn’t been so temporary. The 35 year old campus has relied on a whole complex of portable buildings to handle its more than 900 students. Lemonwood’s cafeteria is so small, and so crowded, that lunch has to be served starting at 10:30 a.m., and continues for two hour to accommodate all of the students.

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.

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