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(Photo from John Palminteri)

An inferno ripped through a laundromat in Santa Barbara, destroying it early Monday morning.

Firefighters were called at 2 a.m. Monday to a blaze on the 1900 block of De La Vina Street.  They discovered there was no one in the building, but flames were shooting from the building.

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

The Central and South Coasts had a spectacular overnight show Sunday into Monday courtesy of Mother Nature, as thunderstorms brought lightning, and locally heavy rainfall to parts of the region.

There were concerns about the potential for flash flooding in areas hit by recent brush fires, but no major problems were reported. But, some areas had more than a third of an inch of rain.

The possibility of thunderstorms remains in the weather forecast for Monday.

(Photoby Barry Weiss)

A unique new dance opera about the life of an acclaimed, but little known author from the 1920’s is premiering in Santa Barbara this weekend, after being performed in France, where the writer lived.

Strawberries are the biggest cash crop on the Central and South Coasts.

Now, a university in the region has received a major grant to try to identify types of strawberry plants which are more disease resistant.

An Isla Vista apartment house will be going through renovations as erosion threatens the side of the building facing the ocean on a 40-foot cliff.

Some Cal State Channel Islands students are digging through a treasure trove of political history.

It’s eight decades of political memorabilia donated to the university by the family of a longtime political activist in Ventura County.  The students will not only research the hundreds of items in the collection, they'll catalog them , and create online and physical exhibitions.

The primary source of water for the South Coast, Cachuma Lake, is at 49% capacity as an annual water release begins.

The release takes place as part of a long-standing agreement to help downstream farmers in Santa Ynez, Solvang, Buellton and Lompoc.

A man wanted for the murder of his wife in the San Fernando Valley has been found in Ventura County, after he was apparently hit by a car.

Aurelio Teran of Sherman Oaks was wanted for the stabbing death of his wife Viridiana Teran.

Parts of the Central and South Coasts could see record temperatures for the next few days, but it all depends on your location.

A stronger than expected marine layer resulted in the cancellation of heat advisories and excessive heat warnings for coastal areas Monday.

KCLU News Director Lance Orozco was honored with TVSB's "Achievement In Media" award at its 2017 awards show.

TV Santa Barbara is the non-profit organization which strives to advance community through media.  Its community program producers and hosts develop original program content on cable television, online, and though streaming platforms like Roku.

Its two noncommercial independent channels carry up to 25 hours a week of new original programming.

An international relief agency based on the South Coast has deployed modules of medical supplies along the path of Hurricane Harvey, to help those impacted by the huge hurricane.

A major celebration for the South Coast's LGBTQ community is set to take place this weekend.

The Pacific Pride Festival begins Saturday morning at 10 a.m in Santa Barbara with a march.

The rally will start in De La Guerre Plaza and hundreds are expected to carry signs and show unity in the "Visibility March."

Lompoc has a big financial challenge ahead, and is looking to save $1.8 million from its budget through means other than employee layoffs.

Several multi-point plans have been brought up at meetings.

It’s one of the most popular beaches on the South Coast, attracting an estimated 1.5 million visitors a year.

But, Santa Barbara County has spent an estimated two million dollars since 2015, and 12 million since 1995 to protect the beach, and its infrastructure like its pier, restrooms, and parking lots from storm-driven erosion. One top county leader is suggesting the county should get rid of it.

After years of planning and fundraising, a groundbreaking has taken place Wednesday morning for a new stadium at Santa Barbara High School.

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