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UPDATE: Power outage forces road closure near Alvin Elementary in Santa Maria

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Some people in Santa Maria were without power Thursday after a driver hit power poles near Alvin Elementary and took off. 

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Community mourns death of well-known Central Coast artist

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A beloved Central Coast artist known for his vibrant contemporary paintings has died. 

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Check out San Luis Obispo's renovated Creamery Marketplace

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There’s suddenly a lot more traffic on the 500 block of Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo - foot traffic, at least. 

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Lompoc firefighters respond to fire in riverbed

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Lompoc Firefighters responded to reports of a fire just north of the Robinson Bridge at approximately 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. 

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'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin has died

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DETROIT (AP) - Aretha Franklin, the long-reigning "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think" and her signature song, "Respect," died Thursday at age 76, said her representative, Gwendolyn Quinn. 

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Foggy morning for coastal valleys and beaches

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As temperatures gradually rise to triple digits for the inland valleys, the coastal valleys and beaches are starting the morning with marine layer and fog ahead of afternoon clearing. Northwesterly winds will push that fog and marine layer out of the area by the early afternoon making for mostly sunny skies throughout the afternoon. Daytime highs at the beaches will vary from the low 60s to low 70s. Coastal valley temperatures are still within the mid-70s to the low 80s range and wil...

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Annual skateboard competition returns to Lompoc

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Grab your skateboard and helmet. This weekend is the annual skateboard competition in Lompoc.

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Graduates from Allan Hancock's Law Enforcement Training Academy ready to hit the streets

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Another class of men and women graduated from Allan Hancock College's Law Enforcement Academy.  Fifteen successfully completed the 21 week course.  The graduates range in age from 21-39 years old.  Two of them are veterans.  Twelve have already secured positions with law enforcement agencies including the Santa Barbara Police Department, the Santa Barbara County Sheriffs Office and the San Luis Obispo County Sheriffs Office. More>>

New police station could be coming to Santa Barbara

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A new police station and parking structure could be coming to down Santa Barbara.  The city council approved thee next phase of the project this week.  Now the search is on for a location.  The council is considering both city owned property and private land but the goal is to build the new station downtown and out of the flood zone.  The city hopes to have th elocation locked down by the end of the year.

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Baby elephant joins herd at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - The newest elephant at San Diego Zoo Safari Park has joined the rest of the herd.    

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NYC regulations could take big bite out of Airbnb profits

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Airbnb faces tightening regulations in New York City that could take a big bite out of its profits.  

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Cannabis taxes pick up in California but still far off target

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When it comes to the taxman, California's legal pot market is getting a sluggish start.

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Work is underway on the Chevron SLO Tank Farm Remediation Project

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Chevron is working to clean up hazardous residue just off a heavily traveled road in San Luis Obispo.

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Adopt a cat for free this weekend in Santa Barbara County

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If you're in the market for a new furry friend, you can adopt a cat for free at six locations in Santa Barbara County this weekend. 

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DA reviewing potential sexual assault charges against Paso Robles PD sergeant

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The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office confirms it is reviewing a potential criminal case against Paso Robles Police Sgt. Christopher McGuire involving allegations of sexual assault. 

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Temps approach triple digits inland Thursday and stay warm into next week

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An upper level ridge continues to build over The West.  This will start to warm the inland valleys back up after several comfortable days.  Thursday highs in northern SLO county will already near 100 and likely get there and stay there Friday into the middle of next week. 

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Report: Central Coast commuters lose hundreds of dollars due to poor road conditions

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A transportation study released Wednesday found “poor road” conditions are costing California’s Central Coast residents hundreds of dollars and countless hours of lost time. 

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Attempted kidnapping charge dropped against Los Osos woman

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The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office says attempted kidnapping and false imprisonment charges against a Los Osos woman have been dropped.

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Plans to build new police station in Santa Barbara move forward

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Santa Barbara is moving forward with plans to build a new police station and parking structure in the Downtown area.

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Community mourns death of well-known Central Coast artist

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A Central Coast artist well known for his vibrant, contemporary paintings has died, two weeks after suffering major injuries in a car crash. 

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Notes of support pour in for 2 who started Northern California blaze

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A couple whose flattened trailer tire reportedly started a massive fire in Northern California has received hundreds of cards and letters with supportive messages telling them not to feel guilty.   

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Most Wanted Wednesday: John David Becker

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John David Becker, 36, is the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Most Wanted Wednesday suspect this week. 

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11 local businesses make list of fastest-growing companies

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Nearly a dozen local businesses made this year's Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies in the country.

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People living in riverbed near Lompoc issued eviction notices

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The City of Lompoc has issued 66 eviction notices to people living in the Santa Ynez Riverbed. 

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Apps offer back-to-school savings

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It's back-to-school shopping time and that means plenty of spending, but did you know it can mean a bit of earning, too? 

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School begins for students in Atascadero, Lompoc

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Thousands of students are heading back to school this week. Wednesday marked the first day of classes for students in the Atascadero and Lompoc Unified School districts.

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New report shows local roadways costing drivers hundreds of dollars annually

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A new study released by "TRIP", a national transportation research organization finds that driving on Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo roads is costing the average driver $1,419 annually. 

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Kids can test robotic surgery skills in Santa Barbara

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Kids in Santa Barbara can experience a hands-on mock robotic surgery at Cottage Hospital this Friday. 

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"Shoes for Students" holding annual golf tournament fundraiser

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Shoes for Students provides gift cards to local students who need clothes and shoes.

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Local firefighters feel the weight of the most deadly firefighting season

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This is the most fatal year for firefighters in California since 2008. Losing fire firefighters and other personnel at the frontlines of the worst fires in California history is weighing on the fire community. 

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Hotel Serra awards free stays to raffle winners

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Staff awarded three two-night stays at Hotel Serra Tuesday, offering people the chance to become some of the first guests at the high-end San Luis Obispo hotel.

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Arroyo Grande City Council approves marijuana ordinance amendment

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The Arroyo Grande City Council voted to approve a rollback on an ordinance that limits marijuana delivery services. 

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California lawmakers advance bill to boost leaders' power

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California lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a bill that would let legislative leaders raise and spend more money to help their preferred candidates. 

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Vo's Little Pros: Tremendous Trevor Bell

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Eight-year-old Junior Olympic swimmer Trevor Bell is making a splash on the Central Coast despite having only on leg.

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Questions raised about DA forensic interviewer's credentials

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Questions have been raised about a District Attorney staffer’s credentials.

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Shell of a rescue: Firefighters free tortoise caught in hole

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A large tortoise trapped inside a hole for several days in Southern California has been rescued by firefighters.

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Firefighters pause to help exhausted deer during battle against Holy Fire

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Firefighters are making good progress on the Holy Fire burning in Southern California. 

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Rescue crews pull surfer from water in Cayucos

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Emergency crews responded to a surf rescue along the coast of Cayucos Tuesday afternoon.

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Water begins to fill Hearst Castle's Neptune Pool after renovations

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Renovations to the Neptune Pool are complete and it's being filled with water permanently for the first time in four years. 

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California pot officials hear litany of problems

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California cannabis regulators heard a long list of complaints and concerns Tuesday at a Los Angeles hearing, as the state considers changes to rules that govern the pot economy.

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California may redo law to treat, free suspects

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California Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking to tighten a law he signed weeks ago that critics say could have freed rapists and murderers who completed two years of mental health treatment.  

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42-year-old Utah father dies fighting California wildfire

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Utah firefighter Matthew Burchett said goodbye to his wife and 6-year-old son in early August and volunteered to head to California along with 37 other firefighters from the state to help battle blazes that have been ravaging homes in the coastal state.     

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Local health club raising money for those affected by California wildfires

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While the holidays are still months away, you may begin to notice the Salvation Army's iconic red kettles at Kennedy Club Fitness locations throughout San Luis Obispo County. 

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The Latest: Yosemite National Park reopens to smoky air

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Latest: Firefighters fight to curb blaze before winds return

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The Latest: Northern California 'fire whirl' reached 143 mph

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The Latest: Southern California wildfire evacuations lifted

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  • Republicans blast Pearl Jam poster of burning White House

    Republicans blast Pearl Jam poster of burning White House

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 12:51 PM EDT2018-08-15 16:51:29 GMT
    Thursday, August 16 2018 1:56 PM EDT2018-08-16 17:56:20 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster). President Donald Trump speaks in Utica, N.Y., Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at a joint fundraising committee reception in Utica, N.Y.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster). President Donald Trump speaks in Utica, N.Y., Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at a joint fundraising committee reception in Utica, N.Y.
    Republicans are condemning a poster by Pearl Jam that shows the White House in flames and a bald eagle pecking at a skeleton they say is meant to depict President Donald Trump.
    Republicans are condemning a poster by Pearl Jam that shows the White House in flames and a bald eagle pecking at a skeleton they say is meant to depict President Donald Trump.
  • Queen of Soul also leaves a powerful civil rights legacy

    Queen of Soul also leaves a powerful civil rights legacy

    Thursday, August 16 2018 1:55 PM EDT2018-08-16 17:55:33 GMT
    Thursday, August 16 2018 1:55 PM EDT2018-08-16 17:55:45 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jim Wells, File). This March 26, 1972 file photo shows the Rev. Jesse Jackson speaking to reporters at the Operation PUSH Soul Picnic in New York as Tom Todd, vice president of PUSH, from second left, Aretha Franklin and Louis Stokes. Frankli...(AP Photo/Jim Wells, File). This March 26, 1972 file photo shows the Rev. Jesse Jackson speaking to reporters at the Operation PUSH Soul Picnic in New York as Tom Todd, vice president of PUSH, from second left, Aretha Franklin and Louis Stokes. Frankli...
    Queen of Soul gave black Americans "Respect" as a staunch supporter of civil rights.
    Queen of Soul gave black Americans "Respect" as a staunch supporter of civil rights.
  • Georgia's Kemp wants verifiable voting -- after his own race

    Georgia's Kemp wants verifiable voting -- after his own race

    Thursday, August 16 2018 1:46 PM EDT2018-08-16 17:46:58 GMT
    Thursday, August 16 2018 1:50 PM EDT2018-08-16 17:50:48 GMT
    (AP Photo Mike Stewart). FILE-In this Tuesday, May 22, 2018 photo, an electronic voting machine is shown during voting in the Georgia Primary, in Kennesaw, Ga. Georgia's top elections official, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, now the Republican nominee ...(AP Photo Mike Stewart). FILE-In this Tuesday, May 22, 2018 photo, an electronic voting machine is shown during voting in the Georgia Primary, in Kennesaw, Ga. Georgia's top elections official, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, now the Republican nominee ...
    Georgia's top election official looks to replace aging voting machines, but not in time for November's midterm elections.
    Georgia's top election official looks to replace aging voting machines, but not in time for November's midterm elections.
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  • Pakistan's ruling party suspends lawmaker for assault

    Pakistan's ruling party suspends lawmaker for assault

    Thursday, August 16 2018 11:50 AM EDT2018-08-16 15:50:30 GMT
    Thursday, August 16 2018 1:52 PM EDT2018-08-16 17:52:11 GMT
    Pakistan's ruling party of Imran Khan suspends newly elected lawmaker over video of him beating up a citizen.
    Pakistan's ruling party of Imran Khan suspends newly elected lawmaker over video of him beating up a citizen.
  • Turkish finance chief tries to reassure investors on crisis

    Turkish finance chief tries to reassure investors on crisis

    Thursday, August 16 2018 3:30 AM EDT2018-08-16 07:30:03 GMT
    Thursday, August 16 2018 1:52 PM EDT2018-08-16 17:52:10 GMT
    The Turkish lira has rebound from record losses a day after Qatar pledged US$15 billion in investments to help Turkey's economy.
    The Turkish lira has rebound from record losses a day after Qatar pledged US$15 billion in investments to help Turkey's economy.
  • In US dispute, a few Turks destroy iPhones in online posts

    In US dispute, a few Turks destroy iPhones in online posts

    Thursday, August 16 2018 12:30 PM EDT2018-08-16 16:30:28 GMT
    Thursday, August 16 2018 1:52 PM EDT2018-08-16 17:52:06 GMT
    (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis). People walk past an advertising billboard at an upscale neighbourhood in Istanbul, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018.  Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,  had said that his country will boycott U.S.-made electronic goods ami...(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis). People walk past an advertising billboard at an upscale neighbourhood in Istanbul, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, had said that his country will boycott U.S.-made electronic goods ami...
    A small number of Turks are responding to their president's call to boycott American electronic goods by posting videos in which they smash iPhones with bats, hammers and other blunt instruments.
    A small number of Turks are responding to their president's call to boycott American electronic goods by posting videos in which they smash iPhones with bats, hammers and other blunt instruments.
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