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San Jose's Pension Cuts Land in Court

A lawsuit challenges Measure B, the city's voter-approved plan to make changes to retirement benefits it previously agreed to in negotiations.

San Jose Gets $200,000 NEA Grant for Downtown Arts District

San Jose is getting a federal grant to create an arts and culture district downtown.

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.

Obama Dedicates Land, Money to Honeybee Restoration

Seven million acres of bee habitat will be restored over the next five years in an effort by the federal government to reverse the decline of the United States' honeybee population. The matter is urgent: beekeepers lost more than 40 percent of their colonies in 2014 according to a federal report. The plan also calls for investing more money in research. But some environmentalists say bolder action is needed, including restrictions on pesticides that studies have linked to honeybee colony collapse disorder. We'll discuss President Obama's plan as well as the impact the drought is having on the state's bees.