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Public Defenders Hold ‘Black Lives Matter’ Rallies for Police Accountability

They're calling for body cameras, third-party investigations into police shootings and open prosecutions.

What the ‘Sharing Economy’ Costs Workers

Critics say the tech startups are normalizing what is really unprotected, deregulated contract labor.

Trial Begins in Wrongful Death Suit Against Driver Who Killed Bicyclist

The attorneys for Amelie Le Moullac's family say the lawsuit is 'their last chance for justice.'

Schools Are at the Front Line of Asthma Fight

School-based clinics launch effort to educate families about factors that trigger asthma attacks.

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Forum With Michael Krasny

A Vegetarian Cattle Rancher Defends Beef

Does beef get a bad rap? Red meat has been associated with heart disease, among other health problems, and critics point to the environmental toll taken by industrial beef production. Nicolette Hahn Niman, a longtime vegetarian, wouldn't disagree. But in her new book "Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production," the environmental lawyer and Bolinas-based cattle rancher lays out the case for grass-fed beef, which she says is actually nutritious and sustainable.

Powerful Storm Sweeps Into Bay Area

We'll discuss the powerful storm hitting the Bay Area this morning. The storm is causing flooding, travel delays and power outages throughout the Bay Area. How is the storm affecting your commute or neighborhood?

Study: Climate Change Not Responsible for California Drought

With a new storm expected to pummel the Bay Area on Wednesday, we'll get an update on California's drought. Using tree rings as evidence, scientists say it's the worst drought to hit the state in 1,200 years. We'll also hear about a new federal report that says California's drought isn't caused by man-made climate change, but rather by natural weather patterns.

Garner Decision Prompts Calls for Police Retraining, Accountability

Civil rights leaders are calling for a march on Washington in the wake of grand juries declining to indict police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. As protests continue in the Bay Area, we'll hear a variety of perspectives on the Garner decision and the ongoing tension over police use of force. We'll also discuss efforts to improve police departments' training and relationships with minority communities.

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.

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