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A Money Milestone: The End of California’s 2004 Deficit Debt

California officials pay off the last of 2004's deficit bonds, which cost the state $4.4 billion in interest.

Body Found in Search for San Francisco Teacher

Ed Cavanaugh, who taught wilderness survival at Downtown High School, has been missing since July 17.

‘Shrimp Boy’ Defense: Ed Lee, Other Officials Implicated in FBI Probe

Attorneys say case is tainted by 'selective prosecution.' Local leaders deny allegations.

The $65,000 Question: New CPUC President Faces Questions on Transparency

The new CPUC president faces questions from a state watchdog agency and a member of the California Assembly.

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Report: Rising Sea Levels Threaten $21 Billion Development Plans

A new special report from the San Francisco Public Press says there are $21 billion worth of planned real estate developments along the Bay's waterfront that could be in jeopardy if sea levels rise. According to the report, waters would "most likely" rise three feet, with some models predicting as high as eight feet, along thousands of acres of shoreline. The Press also warns that policy changes, which might stem the development tide, are inching along and may not be fast enough to affect any projects currently in the pipeline.

UCSF Launches Decades-Long LGBT Health Study With New App

A groundbreaking longitudinal study focusing on LGBT health -- all powered by an iPhone app -- launched last month. UCSF's PRIDE Study, an acronym for "Population Research in Identity and Disparities for Equality," hopes to follow its participants across several decades and track the impact of heart disease, depression and other health issues. We discuss these new strategies to address health issues within the LGBT community with the study's co-directors.

It All Started With a 'Howl': City Lights Publishers Celebrates 60 Years

Back in the 1950s, a thin book of poetry sparked a police raid of a San Francisco bookstore and a landmark court trial over selling "obscene" material. That book, "Howl & Other Poems" by Allen Ginsberg, put City Lights Publishers and its owner, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, on the literary map. This year, City Lights Publishers celebrates its 60th anniversary. We look back on its storied history and on its current place in the publishing world.

Uber Headache: Driver Was Employee, Says State Labor Commission

In a decision that could threaten Uber's business model, the California Labor Commission has ruled that one of the company's drivers qualifies as an employee. Uber drivers are usually treated as third-party contractors, who use their own cars to provide rides to passengers found through the company's mobile phone app. The commission's ruling means that Uber may have to provide benefits to its drivers and comply with other employer regulations. We'll discuss the decision and its implications for the so-called sharing economy.

The California Report

President Obama Grants Disaster Relief in Wake of Napa Quake

President Barack Obama has declared last month's South Napa Earthquake a major disaster. The declaration frees up emergency federal dollars for California. The White House didn't say how much, but Gov. Brown's office has identified an estimated $87 million worth of costs that could be reimbursed. Federal funds will go to reimburse state and local governments and non-profits for emergency work, and repairs and replacement of public facilities.

Recycled Wastewater Program Keeps East Bay Gardens Alive

As the drought wears on, Californians are looking for new ways to conserve water. In the hot suburbs east of San Francisco, one water district is giving away treated sewage water for landscaping. It's the first program of its kind in the nation.

Oakland School District to Hire Learning Specialist for Undocumented Minors

Many children who fled Central America due to violence are now attending schools across California. Some districts are taking steps to prepare for the specific needs of these new students. Oakland Unified is one such system. It's perhaps the first district in the state that plans to hire an unaccompanied minor specialist.

Reunited by Crisis: Two Sisters From El Salvador Deal With Trauma

Seventeen-year-old Jennifer Cruz fled El Salvador nine months ago to escape gang violence. Like hundreds of other Central American kids who came to California, Jennifer is trying to make her way through U.S. immigration court. Meanwhile, she's living with her sister, Yesenia, in San Mateo County -- they've been reunited after years apart.