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Even as people still reel from the shock of the weekend helicopter crash in Calabasas which killed six people, including basketball legend Kobe Bryant, we are beginning to learn more about what led to the crash. The helicopter was headed from Orange County to Ventura County when it crashed in the rugged mountains off of Las Virgenes Road. Authorities said they completed recovery of the remains of all of the victims Tuesday.

A South Coast school is part of a nationwide pilot program aimed at improving the mental health literacy of high school students. Bishop Garcia Diego High School in Santa Barbara is one of 40 high schools across the country taking part in the Teen Mental Health First Aid project, which is funded in part by Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” Foundation.

Federal investigators are cautioning they won’t have quick answers as to what led to Sunday’s helicopter crash in Calabasas which killed NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven other people.

It was a South Coast brush fire which forced thousands of evacuations last November. But, up until Monday, it wasn’t officially declared out. The Cave Fire started on November 25th, and burned more than 3100 acres of land in the mountains and foothills above Santa Barbara and Goleta.

Something audacious is happening at a Central Coast elementary school. The Audacious Foundation teamed up with the Lompoc Unified School District to install a new track and field at Hapgood Elementary School.

Recovery efforts continued Monday at the scene of a helicopter crash which killed nine people in Calabas, including NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his 13 year old daughter.

The shock continues over the accident. 

Two people are in custody on the South Coast following a string of car burglaries, and a car chase. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies say there was a series of burglaries at Goleta’s Calle Real shopping center Saturday afternoon. Later in the day, deputies spotted a vehicle possibly linked to the crimes in Carpinteria.

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There's shock and disbelief over word that NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, his teenage daughter, and seven other people died in the crash of a helicopter taking them from Orange to Ventura County Sunday.

The helicopter went down just before 10 a.m. in the hills off of Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas.

Unemployment continues to remain at record low levels statewide, as well as on the Central and South Coasts.

In Ventura County, the jobless rate stayed unchanged at 3.4% from November to December.  Santa Barbara County's unemployment rate rose slightly from month to month, going from 3.6% to 3.2%.  And, in San Luis Obispo County, there was no change, with 2.5% unemployment in November and December.

The Borderline Bar and Grill is reopening under its own name in a different location, some 14 months after the popular Thousand Oaks nightclub was hit by an attack which left 12 people dead. What’s being called the “BL Dancehall” is opening its doors for the first time this weekend, in what’s being called a soft open.

California Lutheran University has created a new school which provides opportunities for people who aren't necessarily working towards bachelor's or graduate level degrees.

The School for Professional and Continuing Studies will offer things like a program for older adults who want to take non-credit classes just for the joy of learning.

A man who lured a Florida woman to California, and then forced her to work as a prostitute could face more than 50 years behind bars after pleading guilty to human trafficking charges in Santa Barbara County. Prosecutors say David Johnson initially told the 18 year old he loved her, but then forced her into sex work.

Police says a car to car shooting in a Ventura County neighborhood left a student at a nearby elementary school wounded.

Oxnard Police say they received reports of the incident near McAuliffe Elementary School just after 11:30 Thursday morning.  There were reports of a shooting adjacent to the school, which is on the 3000 block of Via Marina Avenue.

One of the most significant surfing events in California will be taking place on the South Coast on the final weekend of January.

The decision on when to hold the event is based on specific weather conditions, which aligned favorably and allowed organizers to announce that the Rincon Classic was on.

It may be a rocky time in Washington, D.C., and people may be torn by the controversy surrounding the impeachment proceedings. But, it hasn’t stopped many people from wanting to become Americans. Southern California has more than 7000 new citizens, following a huge citizenship ceremony. Among the newly naturalized citizens are some from the Central and South Coasts.

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