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Meet the new SpaceX astronauts, Yosemite reopens, Tuesday Reviewsday




SpaceX CEO Elon Musk introduces SpaceX's Dragon V2 spacecraft, the company's next generation version of the Dragon ship designed to carry astronauts into space, at a press conference in Hawthorne, California on May 29, 2014.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk introduces SpaceX's Dragon V2 spacecraft, the company's next generation version of the Dragon ship designed to carry astronauts into space, at a press conference in Hawthorne, California on May 29, 2014.
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We hear from the four NASA astronauts who will travel to the International Space Station on board the SpaceX Crew Drag rocket. Plus, as Yosemite Valley reopens, we find out what will and won't be business as usual.  And it's Tuesday, so listen here for the week's best in new music.

Police Record Transparency

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https://twitter.com/adlerben/status/1029413272422764544

California has some of the strictest laws in the country when it comes to police personnel records. Files are almost never released. But lawmakers in Sacramento are hoping to change that with a bill. It's called SB 14-21 and it just might succeed where past efforts have failed. 

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Denaturalized Citizens

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"Naturalization" is the legal act of an immigrant acquiring citizenship. And denaturalization is the reverse. It's stripping that person of citizenship after it's been granted -- a process that is typically rare in the United States. But according to Department of Justice data acquired by the Los Angeles Times, it's on the rise. 

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Mobile showers for the homeless

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The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is expanding its existing program to support the operation of more mobile showers for the homeless. Access and public health issues are just some of the challenges when providing services to displaced communities.

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Yosemite reopens

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https://twitter.com/YosemiteNPS/status/1029168828083630080

Yosemite Valley will reopen to visitors Tuesday morning, more than three weeks after it was closed due to the Ferguson fire. But hours and services will be limited.

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Meet the NASA astronauts who will be part of the SpaceX Crew Dragon missions

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Left to right, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley, Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover will fly in the Crew Dragon for SpaceX.
Left to right, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley, Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover will fly in the Crew Dragon for SpaceX.
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We visit the SpaceX headquarters and rocket factory in Hawthorne and meet NASA astronauts Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley, Victor Glover, and Mike Hopkins ahead of the company’s first Crew Dragon missions. SpaceX will carry NASA astronauts to the International Space Station on Crew Dragon, returning human spaceflight capability to the United States for the first time since the Space Shuttle program was retired in 2011.

(A correction was made to the audio of this story. The first manned test flights for Crew Dragon mission are planned to launch in 2019; a date is not yet set for the mission to the International Space Station.)

Using outer-space technology to determine plant health back on Earth

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As if you can't tell from just walking outside, California is getting hotter and hotter. With that and years of drought, SoCal plants are burning up -- sometimes literally, as we're seeing in this summer's record-breaking wildfires. Now NASA has a newly launched project to collect real-time, comprehensive data on how the world's plants are functioning. Ecostress is a kind of space botany because it happens from the International Space Station.

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Tuesday Reviewsday

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https://youtu.be/mzfOvF7HHZ4

Each week, we bring you the best new releases. Today, we hear new tracks from Moses Sumney's "Black in Deep Red," Cheryl K's "Crazy Rich Asians" and Anthony David's "Hello Like Before."

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