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Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a man suspected of 13 murder statewide, including six on the Central and South Coasts. Joseph James DeAngelo is charged with a huge wave of killings, sexual assaults and burglaries in the 1970’s and 80’s. The crimes attributed to what became known as the Golden State Killer include four murders in Santa Barbara County and two killings in Ventura County.

A congressman representing the Central and South Coasts, and a U-S senator teamed up to reintroduce legislation which would provide new protection against development to nearly a quarter of a million acres of land in the region. HR 2199 would designate huge swaths of land in the Los Padres National Forest and the Carrizo Plain National Monument as wilderness.

A new luxury resort on the South Coast started hosting guests a few weeks ago, but hundreds of community leaders and residents gathered for its official opening Wednesday.

Music played and champagne flowed as the reborn Rosewood Miramar Beach Resort celebrated its reopening.

The Paseo Nuevo Mall in downtown Santa Barbara, which has been open for 30 years, is getting a new look.

At an announcement Tuesday designs for the renovation were revealed, and then shovelfuls of dirt were ceremonially tossed into the air to kick off the work.

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This is one whopper of a fish tale.

You’re diving off of one of the Channel Islands, and you come face to face with a giant fish. The Giant Sea Bass can live as long as many humans, to around 70 years old.

Some South Coast researchers are conducting a pair of studies to help us learn more about the mysterious fish.

Ventura County Supervisors approved an emergency moratorium on new oil and gas wells in the county, as well as the redrilling of existing wells which use steam injection. The concern is about potential pollution of water supplies.

A Santa Barbara County yearbook salesman has been arrested on charges he had sexual contact with at least three teenage boys.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say Greg Ray Scott of Buellton used social media to meet the teens. 

A Ventura County congresswoman introduced a bill intended to push transit systems around the country to move to zero emission vehicles. The bill by Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village would require all new busses purchased with federal funds by public agencies be zero emission by 2029.

Two people are accused of burglarizing victims of the Thomas brush fire.

A family who lost their home near Santa Paula to the December fire in 2017 had a number of effects stored in a still-standing garage. Last October, someone broke in and took some of the items.

A South Coast musical theater company announced that it is bringing back the first show it ever produced to help celebrate its 25th anniversary season. Thousand Oaks based 5-Star Theatricals has announced a three show 2019-2020 season, which includes “The Music Man,” “Mamma Mia,” and Disney’s “Newsies.” “The Music Man” was first produced by the theater company in 1994.

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After years at a critical level, the water crisis in Santa Barbara is not the issue it used to be.

At one point, the main drinking water supply, Cachuma Lake, was down to 7% capacity.

The wet winter has now pushed the lake to 80% capacity, the highest it's been in years.

Thousands of excited kids are headed into the Santa Barbara Bowl for a concert. But it’s not a rock, or rap event. It’s an education program which is exposing them to some American classics. The “Kids At The Bowl” event is giving some 3,000 children a taste of classic “Doo Wop.”

Santa Barbara County is looking at creating a standardized labor agreement which would mean to work with the county, contractors would have to employ people in need of job opportunities. The county tried to do that for its new North County jail project, but was unable to reach a full agreement.

This is a story about something you might call a little miracle. In fact, maybe, it’s something more. Thanks to a thoughtful woman and a persistent private investigator, a family has recovered an important memento which disappeared in a Ventura County park some 15 years ago.

A Ventura County supervisor is calling for an emergency moratorium on some forms of new, and redrilled oil and gas wells in the county, citing concern about existing wells potentially polluting groundwater. Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett is calling for the temporary ban on additional wells using steam injection, to give the county time to look at the issue.

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