This is a huge weekend for flower fans on the South Coast. The main exhibit hall at Santa Barbara’s Earl Warren Showgrounds is home to something that’s become one of the biggest events in the orchid world. The 74th Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show takes place this weekend.

A new program is offering special grants to small businesses in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties impacted by the Hill and Woolsey brush fires. Women’s Economic Ventures is offering more than two dozen business recovery grants of up to $10,000 each to eligible businesses.

A Ventura County congresswoman has introduced two pieces of legislation to try to keep quality medical care available to veterans. Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village is sponsoring the bills.

California Governor Gavin Newsom’s move to place a moratorium on implementation of the death penalty has affected a number of convicts from the Central and South Coasts.

Of the 737 people on the state Death Row, 17 are from Ventura County and eight from Santa Barbara County. Some of the convictions are more than three decades old.

Southern California Edison is disagreeing with key details of a just released report on the cause of the massive December 2017 Thomas brush fire which killed two people, and charred more than 280,000 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.  The official report from the Ventura County Fire Department blames arcing of some Edison power lines in high wind for starting the blaze.

St. Patrick’s Day will be a day of fun, and merriment for many on the Central and South Coasts this weekend.

But, it means much more for one woman.  It’s the anniversary of when she got a second chance at life.  This Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of a lifesaving double lung transplant for Courtney Ferriera of Santa Barbara.

We’re following Dr. Julie Barnes as she prepares to do part of a checkup. Her patient is unusual. It’s a rare snow leopard, normally only seen in Asia. This is part of a typical day for Barnes, who is the Zoo’s Vice President of Animal Care and Health. The veterinary staff at the zoo has a big job, being charged with overseeing the well being of more than 500 animals ranging from gorillas to cobras.

Fire investigators say arching power line caused the massive Thomas brush fire, which killed two people and destroyed more than a thousand structures in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. The long awaited report on the December 4th, 2017 blaze says high winds caused some power lines in the foothills northeast of Santa Paula to come in contact with each other, creating an electrical arc.

An effort by police to stop a suspected DUI driver on the Central Coast led to a pursuit, and fatal crash.

A Pismo Beach police officer noticed a speeding motorcycle on southbound Highway 101 near Oak Park Road in Arroyo Grande early Tuesday morning.  Investigators say the motorcycle got off the freeway and ran a red light.

Ventura County adopted a controversial proposal to extend new protections to wildlife in Ventura County.

Ventura County Supervisors approved a wildlife corridor ordinance which would limit things like fences and lighting which could impact the movement of wildlife.  Hundreds of people testified at the marathon hearing Tuesday, which lasted nearly eight hours, and didn't end until about nine at night.

The number of flu related deaths in Ventura County has climbed to ten, but is still well below last year’s levels. 46 people died in Ventura County at the same point in the flu season last year.

A Ventura County community has a new Police Chief. Ventura County Sheriff’s Captain Victor Fazio is the City of Moorpark’s new top cop.

It’s an issue which puts thousands of Methodists on the Central and South Coasts, and the churches they attend in conflict with the governing body for the religion. The international leadership rejected proposals to remove what many see as discriminatory language focused on LGBTQ members from its guidebook, the “Book of Discipline.”

After complaints of damage and vagrancy in the area of two State Street fountains in Santa Barbara, the features may be removed.

A controversial plan to drill hundreds of new onshore oil wells on the Central Coast will be the focus of a public hearing this week. ERG Resources wants to create more than 230 new wells in the Cat Canyon area of Santa Barbara County.