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Census 2020 controversy, Clean Air Day, FEMA tests its national alert system




A view of the Los Angeles city skyline as heavy smog shrouds the city in California on May 31, 2015.           AFP PHOTO/ MARK RALSTON        (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
A view of the Los Angeles city skyline as heavy smog shrouds the city in California on May 31, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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We explore how the 2020 Census may change as a new Census Bureau director potentially takes over. Plus, California celebrates Clean Air Day. And, FEMA tests its emergency alert system today.

Census 2020

Senate hearings for U.S. Census Bureau nominee Steven Dillingham start Wednesday morning. And if Dillingham gets the job, he’s also inheriting some hard feelings toward the 2020 Census. Namely, six lawsuits, including one from California, about the question of citizenship on the census survey. The citizenship question hasn’t been asked since 1950, and critics worry that with growing tension between the Trump Administration and immigrant communities, census results will be inaccurate.

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11th March 1931:  A Hollerith machine for processing the results of the 1931 census.  (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
11th March 1931: A Hollerith machine for processing the results of the 1931 census. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
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Clean Air Day

To mark Clean Air Day, we look at the 88 consecutive days of poor air quality this summer and explore the reasons behind it.

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LA sprawl and the smog before the storm.
LA sprawl and the smog before the storm.
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Los Angeles Times owner Patrick Soon-Shiong

Earlier this year local billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong bought the LA Times and he has big plans for the paper under his ownership. A Martinez took a trip the paper's new home in El Segundo to find out more about what's in store for this local journalism institution.

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Sativa Bill

Governor Jerry Brown signed off on a lot of legislation this weekend, including a bill with a connection to a story we've been following here on Take Two -- about a small water supplier in the Compton area. For months, customers of the Sativa Water District have complained about brown, smelly water. The newly-signed law aims to help get rid of Sativa all together.

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Assemblyman Mike Gipson on the new law he wrote to help get rid of the Sativa Water District.
Assemblyman Mike Gipson on the new law he wrote to help get rid of the Sativa Water District.
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K2 Sports

For the sixth straight season, the Dodgers are National League West champs. They’ll host the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the NLDS Thursday. But will Dodger fans be okay this year if they don't win the World Series? Plus for the first time in 19 years, the Angels will be searching for a new manager.

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FEMA Alerts

At 11:18 a.m. on October 3, be prepared for your phone to start buzzing. It’s the first nationwide test of the emergency alert system. Going forward, it’ll be used to notify people of extreme emergencies that affect the whole country. If for some reason you don’t want to receive these alerts, you’re out of luck.

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