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April 2008

Pink Martini heads lineup for Ventura Music Festival

4/30/2008 9:07am    Download MP3

They've played everywhere from the Kennedy Center, to the Hollywood Bowl. The jazz and standards influenced group Pink Martini is one of the star attractions at the Ventura Music Festival. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Debate over sonar controversy could be settled soon

4/29/2008 10:10am    Download MP3

How much of a threat does the use of sonar pose to whales? The Navy says a little... environmentalists say a lot. KCLU's Lance Orozco updates us on this issue, which is the focus of a legal battle which could soon be settled by the U.S. Supreme Court.

New musical looks at important day in U.S. history

4/29/2008 10:02am    Download MP3

It was a dark day in American history. 38 years ago this week, four college students died, and nine were wounded at an anti-war demonstration at Kent State. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports a new musical commemorating that part of our history is premiering in Ventura County.

Salary inequality for women highlighted by Ventura County

4/25/2008 10:27am    Download MP3

Equal pay for equal work. It's the law in the United States. But more than 40 years after the passage of the civil rights act, women still make on average about three-quarters of what their male counterparts receive. KCLU's Lance Orozco was on hand at a Ventura County event trying to raise awareness of the issue.

New mural brings slice of South Coast history to life

4/24/2008 9:33am    Download MP3

It was a thriving South Coast neighborhood until contruction of a freeway wiped it off the map. Now...KCLU's Lance Orozco reports a huge new mural being installed in Ventura this week is commemorating a part of local history that's been gone for a half century.

Photo: Lance Orozco
Santa Barbara county wrestling with mental health program cuts

4/23/2008 9:22am    Download MP3

Hundreds of South Coast residents struggling with mental health issues are potentially facing the loss of their assistance programs... because of tightening state, and local budgets.

KCLU's Lance Orozco reports some mental health program supporters, and some clients asked Santa Barbara County supervisors to intervene in the crisis.

New impacts from massive Zaca brushfire surfacing

4/22/2008 9:20am    Download MP3

The giant Zaca brushfire, in the Los Padres National Forest has been out for months...but new problems, ranging from trail damage to water pollution are continuing to surface in the aftermath of the massive 240-thousand acre blaze. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports.

Reunion set for historic Vietnam history class at UCSB

4/21/2008 9:14am    Download MP3

It was an idea for a college class that was so controversial it almost never happened. But, a class looking at the Vietnam war through the eyes of Vietnam veterans was created at U-C Santa Barbara, and it's three decade history is now being celebrated. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Pro baskeball comes to the Conejo Valley

4/17/2008 9:43am    Download MP3

Los Angeles has the Lakers, and Clippers pro basketball teams. Now...it has a third pro basketball franchise, that carries the LA name but is actually based in Ventura County. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports.

Grammy award winner holds class for Goleta high school students

4/16/2008 10:12am    Download MP3

He's one of the world's most talented vocalists, with 50 grammy nominations to his credit. Bobby McFerrin took time out from a concert tour to work with some aspiring high school singers on the south coast.

Uncle Sam says its time to pay up... or else!

4/15/2008 9:47am    Download MP3

It's just another day on the calendar around the world. But to Americans, April 15th has taken on a whole new meaning. KCLU's Lance Orozco has tips for last minute filers, on income tax filing deadline day.

Pulitzer Prize winning author to speak about new book on Osama bin Laden's family

4/14/2008 9:54am    Download MP3

A two time Pulitzer Prize winning author has written a new book about Osama bin Laden's family, to try to better illuminate the story behind the world's most wanted fugitive. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with Steve Coll, who speaks at U.C. Santa Barbara April 17th.

Environmentalists, oil research precendent-setting deal to remove oil facilities

4/11/2008 9:17am    Download MP3

Some environmental groups are actually supporting an oil drilling project in Santa Barbara county...and, the oil company is agreeing to a plan which would lead to the shutdown of all of its facilities in the county. KCLU's Lance Orozco has details of the groundbreaking agreement.

Expert says internet growth at crossroads

4/10/2008 9:15am    Download MP3

What's next for the internet? Will its phenomenal growth continue? Stanford University Law professor Dr. Lawrence Lessing is speaking on the South Coast about the issue, and says we're now at a key crossroads on the subject.

Movie about Holocaust screens in Santa Barbara

4/8/2008 9:10am    Download MP3

It was a short, but fateful meeting. In the span of a few hours, a secret meeting in Nazi Germany organized the country's disjoined Holocaust efforts. A producer/director who helped create a movie about the meeting is bringing it to Santa Barbara.

Researchers say baby boomers unprepared for long term medical care

4/7/2008 9:15am    Download MP3

Researchers say we're living longer than ever, but...because we're living so long, the possibility you'll need long term health care at the end of your life is increasing. Experts at a local conference looking at aging say many of us are unprepared.

Task force seizes millions of dollars worth of illegal drugs

4/4/2008 9:11am    Download MP3

Authorities are now releasing some of the details about what's being called the largest heroin bust in Ventura County history.

Extension of Santa Barbara County tax for transportation projects proposed

4/3/2008 9:14am    Download MP3

Santa Barbara County is trying to cope with increasing traffic problems on the South Coast. Now, community leaders are hoping voters will support extension of a half-cent sales tax for another 30 years, to fund a variety of transportation projects.

Santa Barbara county researchers help discover planets

4/2/2008 9:28am    Download MP3

Two local researchers are part of a global team that's discovered 15 planets in a neighboring planetary system.

Great White sharks off Santa Barbara, Ventura counties tracked

4/1/2008 9:20am    Download MP3

They can reach 18 feet long, and weight two tons. Great White sharks are found along the California coast...including off Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. Researchers are gathering important new information about Great Whites thanks to tracking devices on some sharks.