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It’s Monday, Jan. 13 And Here Are The Stories We’re Following Today

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Welcome to Monday (or as we're thinking of it: Oscar Nominations Day). It should be sunny, clear and 60s cool. We're now 50 days out from the March primary and we still don’t know where we’ll be voting. In fact, L.A. County hasn't even certified its new voting system. More on that below.

What We're Covering:

  • Oscars nominations are being announced this morning -- the Academy says to expect the first names at 5:18 a.m. We'll bring you the complete list when it's released, followed by analysis from The Frame's John Horn.
  • Here you go: Horn's story: The 2020 Oscar Nominations Are Basically An #OscarsSoWhite Sequel and the full list of nominations.
  • L.A. County has yet to certify its new voting machines ahead of the March 3 primary. Between that, the new vote centers, and other potential problems that could crop up, Libby Denkmann is looking into what could go wrong on Election Day and how the nation's most populous county is preparing.
  • The Orange County School Of The Arts in downtown Santa Ana is trying to get its charter renewed, but after 20 years of mostly peaceful coexistence with the district, relations have gotten bitter. Carla Javier will unpack all the drama.
  • We're also taking a look at what the proposed $222 billion state budget says about California's priorities and debunking some of the misinformation on social media about how to vote in the upcoming presidential primary.

Look Ahead:

  • The 2020 homeless count is coming up, and organizers are desperately in need of volunteers. We'll update you on that effort as we learn more.
  • Plus, if you're looking for something to do this week, we've got you covered.

The news cycle moves fast. Some stories don't pan out. Others get added. Consider this today's first draft.