Storm Moves Onto Central, South Coasts; No Evacuation Orders, But Some Heavy Rain

The second wave of a big storm system is hitting the Central and South Coasts Thursday morning. It could drop one to two inches of rain in coastal and inland areas. The foothills and mountains could top four inches. There are no evacuation orders for the region, but the National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for Santa Barbara County, including the Thomas, Whittier, and Sherpa brush fire burn areas.

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A Central Coast film festival celebrating its 25th anniversary has announced its 2019 lineup. The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival will be March 12th through 17th. It features more than 120 films, from documentaries and shorts to classics.

A South Coast water district is cautioning that despite a huge surge in its water supply due to recent storms, Ventura County is still in the grip of drought.

United Water Conservation District officials say Lake Piru’s water level has doubled over the last two months, rising more than 30 feet. But they note it’s still only 39% full, and it would take another 180,000 acre feet of water to fill it.

A community college on the Central Coast is now offering bachelor’s degrees through a new partnership. Santa Maria’s Allan Hancock College has partnered with the University of LaVerne to offer programs in Public Administration, Organizational Management, and Business Administration.

The second wave of a major storm moved through the Central and South Coast Thursday, dropping sometimes heavy rainfall but creating no major problems for the region. Rainfall totals ranged from around a half inch to around four inches in some spots.

State officials say despite the rain during the last two weeks, crews have completed the first round of debris removal work on some properties hit by the Hill, and Woolsey brush fires. 32 sites have been cleared in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties through the state’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program.

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Storms Bringing Needed Rain To Central, South Coasts But Still Not Enough To End Drought Impacts

We’ve had some impressive amounts of rainfall this water year, and the good news is that it’s come with only minimal flooding, and debris flow problems in brush fire burn zones. Many Central and South Coast communities have already reached 75% to 90% of their average annual water year rainfall. But, water experts say we are still a long way from breaking the drought cycle.

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A Central Coast film festival celebrating its 25th anniversary has announced its 2019 lineup. The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival will be March 12th through 17th. It features more than 120 films, from documentaries and shorts to classics.

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The decision grants the administration's request for an immediate review of a lower court's ruling that stopped plans for the question. A hearing is expected to be held in April.

The question asks, "Is this person a citizen of the United States?"

A South Coast water district is cautioning that despite a huge surge in its water supply due to recent storms, Ventura County is still in the grip of drought.

United Water Conservation District officials say Lake Piru’s water level has doubled over the last two months, rising more than 30 feet. But they note it’s still only 39% full, and it would take another 180,000 acre feet of water to fill it.

A community college on the Central Coast is now offering bachelor’s degrees through a new partnership. Santa Maria’s Allan Hancock College has partnered with the University of LaVerne to offer programs in Public Administration, Organizational Management, and Business Administration.

Nigerians will cast ballots Saturday to choose a new leader from a field of some 70 candidates – but two men have emerged as the clear front-runners. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is trying to hold onto his position, and opposition leader Atiku Abubakar is his fiercest challenger.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised a "befitting reply" for perpetrators and their supporters in the wake of a bombing in Kashmir described as the deadliest in three decades that killed at least 40 Indian police troops and wounded nearly 20 more.

In the attack on Thursday on the outskirts of Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle with explosives into caravan carrying paramilitary troopers.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld said Friday he is thinking about challenging President Trump for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination.

Weld, a moderate Republican, was twice elected governor. He supports abortion rights and was an early proponent of gay rights.

He resigned his post as governor after being offered the ambassadorship to Mexico, but the nomination stalled in the Senate after opposition from other Republicans.

Weld then ran as the Libertarian Party's vice presidential nominee in 2016 on a ticket with former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson.

In 2016, the World Health Organization triumphantly declared the Americas to be the first region on the globe to eradicate measles. One year later, a measles outbreak erupted in Venezuela.

"And consequently, since June of 2017 we've seen upwards of almost 6,500 cases [in Venezuela]," says Robert Linkins from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Linkins is the branch chief of Accelerated Disease Control and Vaccine Preventable Disease Surveillance at the CDC, and in that role he's the CDC's top person on measles globally.

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In 1993, a 24-year-old woman named Lorena Bobbitt reacted violently to what she claimed was a long-term pattern of marital abuse — sexual and otherwise — by severing the penis of her husband, John Wayne Bobbitt, then driving away and tossing the remnant out her car window.

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