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Oakland Cops Seek ‘Person of Interest’ in Muralist’s Killing

Investigators release image of man they seek to question in fatal shooting of 27-year-old Antonio Ramos.

When A’s and Raiders Overlap: The Great Oakland Coliseum Changeover

Groundskeeper is tasked with overseeing the only stadium in the country shared by the NFL and MLB.

Who’s Responsible for Your Uber Driver’s Health Coverage?

A startup called Stride Health is working with Uber, Taskrabbit and Postmates to help their workers find affordable health insurance. Is it enough?

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Imposing Total Ban on Ivory Sales

New law aims to close a loophole that had allowed marketing of 'antique' ivory to continue.

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Bay Area Lawmakers Push for Exoneration of Port Chicago 50

On July 17, 1944, explosions at the Port Chicago Naval facility near Concord killed 320 men, 202 of them African-Americans assigned to loading munitions onto cargo ships. Following the tragedy, white sailors were granted leave while African-American sailors were ordered to return to duty at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Fifty sailors mutinied, refusing to work in the same hazardous conditions that caused the explosion. The Navy convicted the "Port Chicago 50," as the group came to be known, and sentenced them to up to 15 years hard labor. After serving two years, the group was granted clemency. Today, Bay Area lawmakers are urging Obama to go beyond clemency and offer these men exoneration.

Report: UC System Most Economically Diverse Among Nation's Top Schools

The University of California is an "upward-mobility machine." That's according to the New York Times, which last week issued its 2015 College Access Index ranking the economic diversity of the nation's most selective colleges. UC campuses took six of the seven top spots, based on the cost of attendance and the number of students enrolled who receive federal Pell grants. We speak with New York Times editor David Leonhardt about what UC has done to earn its rankings, what other schools might learn and about the role of education in helping people climb the economic ladder.

State Lawmakers Pass Comprehensive Bills to Regulate Medical Marijuana

Just before midnight Friday, California lawmakers passed three bills to create licensing and operating rules for the state's medical marijuana industry. The legislation, which awaits the governor's signature, is the state's first attempt to regulate the cultivation, transport, sale and use of medical marijuana since voters legalized it in 1996. What would change for the industry, and what would the legislation mean for efforts to legalize recreational marijuana in the state?

Increased Ferry Ridership Drives Expansion Plans

Ridership is soaring on all Bay Area ferry lines. The Oakland/Alameda to San Francisco route is up 140 percent over the last five years. The Vallejo to San Francisco route is up 75 percent. In response, the agency overseeing the service has commissioned two new passenger boats and additional trips have been added through October. We'll discuss what the region's growing ferry ridership means for traffic congestion and the environment as well as get an update on a planned route between Richmond and San Francisco.

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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.