Friday, July 29th, 2016

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Congressional Race Heading Toward Primary

US Congress

A forum yesterday in Santa Maria for candidates in the race to replace Congresswoman Lois Capps, who is stepping down after decades in office. The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce co-hosting a noontime forum at the Santa Maria Inn. Among those participating, Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, Justin Fareed, Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, Supervisor Salud Carbajal and Bill Ostrander. Early …

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Legislators Introduce Plan to Restructure Taxes on Health Plans


State legislators introduce a compromise plan to restructure taxes on health plans. It’s an attempt to prevent a massive gap in the state health care budget.  Only democrats supported the tax plan negotiated by Governor Jerry Brown. For years, the state levied a tax on Medi-Cal managed care organization.  But President Obama’s administration said it would not renew the arrangement. …

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Today in Sports


Cal Poly’s Sierra Hyland named Big West Pitcher of the Week.  Highland shut out the  9th ranked Arizona Wildcats on Sunday.  She leads the Big West in strikeouts with 67 this season. It’s the 8th time Sierra Hyland has been selected Big West Pitcher of the Week. In high school girls soccer play offs, the undefeated San Luis Obispo Tigers …

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Possible Cal Poly Faculty Strike Will Not Affect Open House Event


Cal Poly Faculty Union leadership saying they don’t want to walk out on strike, but they’re prepared to do so. The issue is a pay raise.  If they don’t get a new offer, professors will walk out on a five-day strike at all 23 campuses in the California State University System.  The faculty union wants a 5% pay raise. The …

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Solemn Memorial For Cal Poly Student Killed by Train


About 100 students and community members gathered Friday to remember the Cal Poly student struck and killed by an Amtrack train last Tuesday. 22-year-old Thomas Stone walked past the railroad crossing guard and into the path of the oncoming train. Cal Poly present Jeffrey Stone thanked two students for staying with Stone while awaiting paramedics. Witnesses told police stone was …

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House Fire Leaves One Person Injured


A house fire in Morro Bay Saturday afternoon caused about $150,000 in damages. An 87-year-old woman was injured.  She received advanced life support and was transported to a local hospital.  The cause of the fire is under investigation. It broke out around 3:40 Saturday afternoon at a home on the 700 block of Center Court in Morro Heights.

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Major Shopping Center Proposed in Santa Maria


We learn more about the proposed Enos Ranchos development to be built on 113 acres near 101 and Betteravia Road in Santa Maria.  The specific plan approved by the planning commission last Wednesday. Community Development Director Larry Appeal says it’s the largest development the City of Santa Maria has seen in years. It includes Lowes and Costco, restaurants, retail shops, …

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Bill Introduced in Sacramento Would Require Gun Sales to be Videotaped


A bill introduced in Sacramento would require all California gun sales to be videotaped.   A similar ordinance adopted in San Francisco back in November prompted that city’s last gun store to close. The bill by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty of Sacramento would also ban sales by licensed dealers out of their homes.  That is already prohibited by many local municipalities. Assembly …

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Ribbon Cutting at Atascadero Zoo for Rebuilt Aviary


A ribbon-cutting at the Atascadero Zoo Saturday for the newly rebuilt aviary. Zoo director Alan Baker tells KVEC a tree fell on the aviary, forcing them to renovate walk through exhibit. Atascadero City councilwoman Heather Moreno says the new aviary demonstrates the commitment the council has to improving the Charles Paddock Zoo. The Aviary is open again. Now, they’ll slowly …

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Rain Leaves Central Coast Soaked


The wind and rain left up to an inch of rain on parts of the Central Coast last night. In many areas, eucalyptus limbs and other debris covered roadways.  Standing water created another hazard for commuters.

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