1. Santa Maria replaces flagpole halyard damaged in civil unrest - Santa Maria city crews have replaced the rope used to raise and lower the flag in front of City Hall that was damaged during last month's civil unrest.
2. Santa Barbara County re-closes bars due to rising COVID-19 cases, reports additional death - Less than three weeks after reopening bars and pubs, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department ordered the re-closure of the businesses within the sector on Monday, after Gov. Gavin Newsom directed 15 counties to take action to slow the rise of their COVID-19 case rates.
3. Santa Barbara County voters to cast ballots for mayor, council, school, special district seats Nov. 3 - Although the 2020 Presidential General Election is more than four months away, the clock will soon start running on deadlines for city, school district and special district candidates to meet as part of the filing process in Santa Barbara County.
4. City of Santa Maria receives donation of 240 gallons of hand sanitizer - The city of Santa Maria has received 240 gallons of hand sanitizer in a donation from ExxonMobil, to be provided for public use at various city facilities.
5. City of Santa Maria receives donation of 240 gallons of hand sanitizer - The city of Santa Maria has received 240 gallons of hand sanitizer in a donation from ExxonMobil, to be provided for public use at various city facilities.
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. AP SOURCES: WHITE HOUSE KNEW OF BOUNTIES IN 2019 Top Trump administration officials were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans.
2. CHINA APPROVES HONG KONG NATIONAL SECURITY LAW Passage of the legislation comes amid warnings and criticism both in Hong Kong and the international community that it will be used to curb opposition voices in the Asian financial hub.
3. EU TO LIST WHICH CITIZENS CAN ENTER Americans are not likely to make the European Union’s list of countries whose citizens will be allowed back into 31 European nations.
4. ‘IT’S TIME TO END IT’ Moves by the state of Mississippi and NASCAR mean the Confederate battle flag is losing its place of official prominence in the South 155 years after the end of the Civil War.
5. ‘PUTINGRAD’ LOSES ITS LUSTER Workers in the Russian industrial city of Nizhny Tagil who once defended Vladimir Putin are speaking out against the constitutional changes that would allow him to stay in office until 2036.
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