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Congresswoman Katie Hill, Air traffic controllers are feeling the govt shutdown, Joshua Tree stays open




Volunteer Alexandra Degen cleans a restroom during the government shutdown at Joshua Tree National Park in California.
Volunteer Alexandra Degen cleans a restroom during the government shutdown at Joshua Tree National Park in California.
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Now that the partial federal government shutdown is in its third week, we check in with freshman U.S. Congresswoman Katie Hill. And we speak with a SoCal traffic controller about having to work without pay while the government is closed. Plus, Joshua Tree National Park is closing temporarily due to visitor damage.

Congresswoman Katie Hill

We catch up with the freshman SoCal Congresswoman of Santa Clarita to see what she's working on with regard to the partial federal government shutdown and issues of concern to her district.

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Air traffic controllers are feeling the paycheck pain of a partial government shutdown

If you've ever landed safely at an airport, you have air traffic controllers to thank. And while the nation's controllers are no strangers to stress, many are feeling some anxiety as payday approaches —especially those living in pricey Southern California. And their concerns don't end there. 

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A sign outside LAX.
A sign outside LAX.
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Diversification of teachers

As the older generation of teachers retires out, a younger more diverse population of teachers is coming into the workforce. So what does this mean for our state’s students? What are the implications of a more representative teaching corps?

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The Governor’s Budget and Community College

Governor Gavin Newsom will unveil the first budget of his first term on Thursday morning. Earlier he had proposed a $40 million boost in community college funding that he says could be used to give students an additional free year of tuition. The question is whether tuition assistance is enough to help struggling students.

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The Wildfire Budget

Among other funding priorities for his 2019 budget, Governor Gavin Newsom has called for an additional $105 million for wildfire safety and prevention.

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Emergency funds keep Joshua Tree open

Joshua Tree National Park stayed open during the first couple weeks of the partial shutdown of the federal government, then it was announced they would close on Thursday because of visitor damage. But then, emergency funds were funds to keep the park open.

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https://twitter.com/JoshuaTreeNPS/status/1083391634920755200

2019 Consumer Electronics Show has a lot of cars and motorcycles

This week, Las Vegas played host to the annual high-tech extravaganza known as the Consumer Electronics Show. But it isn't all about high-def TVs and 5G. Car companies are using the show to demonstrate their latest breakthroughs in self-driving and other innovations. And this year, motorcycle makers like Harley-Davidson have followed suit.

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The Hyundai Elevate concept introduced at the 2019 Consumer Electronic Show is a car that can be driven with wheels or walk with robotic legs.
The Hyundai Elevate concept introduced at the 2019 Consumer Electronic Show is a car that can be driven with wheels or walk with robotic legs.
Hyundai Motor Company