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A storm system expected to bring rain to the Central and South Coasts is still on the way, but it’s moving a little slower than expected. A low pressure system nearly 500 miles southwest of Point Conception is sending the rain our way.

A Santa Barbara congressman introduced a bill to try to block new oil and gas drilling proposed by the Trump Administration on some federal land on the Central and South Coasts. The bill would prohibit the Bureau of Land Management from authorizing new oil or gas leasing until comprehensive environmental impact studies are completed.

A financially squeezed community performing arts center on the South Coast has been saved from closure, thanks to a private concert venue operator. The operators of a chain of clubs and concert venues, including Agoura’s Canyon Club, have reached a deal with the City of Oxnard to operate the Oxnard Performing Arts Center.

A storm system is expected to bring rain to the Central and South Coasts during the first part of the weekend, but not in amounts strong enough to cause issues for brush fire burn zones. A low will slip down west of the Channel Islands Friday.  It will mean rain Friday night into Saturday morning for the Central Coast. We’ll see rain from Point Conception south into Ventura County Friday night into midday Saturday. 

It’s a downtown Santa Barbara building which at first glace looks like many other adobe style structures in the city. But, there’s nothing average about what’s known as the Hill-Carrillo Adobe near the corner of State, and Carrillo Streets. The nearly 200 year old adobe is one of the oldest buildings in the state. And now, the foundation which owns it is using it as an event space for non-profits, as well as a museum.

A former school employee in Ventura County could face up to eight years in jail after admitting stealing thousands of dollars collected for school lunches. Retha Mae Drummond worked for the Moorpark Unified School District for 15 years. During her last four years with the district, the Moorpark woman worked in the child nutrition department.

Authorities are releasing additional details about the murder of a man driving in a car in Ventura County. The shooting happened January 11th, in El Rio. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say Pete Mendez was in a car when someone in another vehicle fired a volley of shots. The 21 year old Oxnard man was hit.  He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

(Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)

There was a small onshore oil spill on the Central Coast. Santa Barbara County firefighters were called to the Mission Hills area, near Lompoc Tuesday night by reports of a chemical smell.

They found a crude oil spill estimated at around three barrels of oil. Most of it was contained to a small area off of Calle Lindero Road.

It’s a trauma that can be hard to handle. Being a crime victim can leave difficult emotional scars.  Now, there's new support for crime victims on the Central and South Coasts.

A Ventura County based university is part of a new program intended to help students pay for college through work in public service programs. Cal Lutheran is one of eight colleges partnering with the State of California to participate in the AmeriCorps program.

She’s a budding poet, with an unexpected path to writing. Suzy (we’re calling her Suzy…because she’s just 17) got in trouble with the law, and ended up behind bars at Ventura County’s Juvenile Justice facility. Teens there go to high school at the facility’s Providence School. That’s where she found poetry.

A touring theater company which stages Broadway shows has announced a new five-show season for Ventura County.

The American Theater Guild will do Cats, South Pacific, An Officer And A Gentleman, Waitress, and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.

Authorities say the driver of a stolen car led CHP officers on a more than 30 mile chase on the South Coast before he stopped, and was arrested.

The vehicle was reported stolen in Santa Barbara at around 7:30 Tuesday morning. CHP officers spotted the car being driven southbound on Highway 101 in Ventura.

Until recently, UC Santa Barbara baseball could only take place during the day, with games typically starting at 1 in the afternoon.

But Monday night, for the first time in history, UC Santa Barbara's Gaucho baseball team played under the evening lights.

(Oxnard Police photo)

A man has been arrested for the theft of some religious artifacts from a South Coast church.

A number of items were stolen from Santa Clara Church in Oxnard earlier this month.  Over the weekend, a church employee noticed someone loitering on the church grounds.  She called Oxnard Police.

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