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woman to congress... >> i wanna squeal! >> i approved this message >> i need your help >> midterms, the series begins only on al jazeera america on "america tonight" - the weekend edition - planting the seeds of international espionage. what authorities tell "america tonight"s michael oku was a chinese spy ring planted among the corn rows of iowa. >> the director of a major concern was in the field. goods. >> that's correct. >> what do you make of that. >> he must be hands on. >> a "america tonight" investigation and look at a man federal agents say was the ringleader.
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also tonight safe sport. a stunning series of high school player deaths raises new alarm for parents and coaches. my kids played, one is in pro football. i want to keep the game like it is. "america tonight"s sara hoy on curbing the hard hits for the love of the game. fighting down the home stretch. in a key state a challenger works to tie the incumbent to the health care policy, and it pay be working. >> arkansas comes first. that is not true. for six years they quoted president obama. >> running against a public opponent or obama care. chris brewery reports from arkansas, in our coverage much "america votes 2014."
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and good evening, thanks for joining us. i'm when. we begin the hour with an investigation into an all-american grain of intellectual property. the stuff movies are made of. international spies, secrets and of all things, seeds. all this played out in iowa's field of agricultural dreams. "america tonight"s michael oku investigates what chinese spies were doing in the corn rows, and brings us a look at the man that they say was the ring leader of this heist. . >> when chinese president xi jinping, then the vice president, arrived in iowa, the federal bureau of investigation was tailing another man, tracking his movements from demoyne to the iowa capital. where the governor held a state
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dipper for xi jinping. whom he toasted his american host, the fbi says the man they were watching was there, seated at table 44 and using an alias. his real name is mo hi lun and he is facing federal charges, along with mo yun. and five other chinese nationals. the result of a 2.5 year federal bureau of investigation investigation. nick cline felt is the u.s. attorney for the southern district of iowa. >> all seven are charged with the same crime - conspiracy to steal trade secrets. >> trade secrets contained in colonels of coin, produced by monsanto, pioneer and lgc. these are no ordinary seeds, but the building blocks for the blockbuster hybrids the seed company
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sells. iowa state agrope mi. said the seeds -- agronomist said the seeds, parent or ingrain seeds have been bread over nears to hour. >> they have to have pest resistance, drought resistance insect resistance and herbicide resistance in the hybrids. >> reporter: every extra bushel is money in a pocket. and increases the world's food supply. all of which makes the parent seeds more valuable. whoever produces the best seeds likely secures a bigger slice of the market. american farmers produce on average twice as men bush else per acre as chinese counterparts, posing a challenge for seed companies in china
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you can't play catch up easily. if i'm at a yield level of 200 bushes per acre and you at 100 per acre. closing the gap will e difficult over time. if i want a quick fix, i need to steal your stuff. >> that's the only way, or you need to licence my stuff legally programme. >> reporter: the chances of the united states licensing my stuff to china is slip given the fact that the kipees have not been known for protecting intellectual property. lun. >> this started with a tip. >> reporter: he is also known as robert mow, living and working as director of international business. for a chippas agricultural and sign
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conglomerate. on may 3rd a pioneer security guard discovered mow on his impose and planned unmarked research field. mo fled the scope, driving his car through a ditch in his haste. four months later. mo again came to the attention of authorities at this field. >> if somebody made a 911 call, someone walking around in a farm, unusualing. this person was dropped off. the week was still in the area. >> reporter: this was no random corn field. it was an unmarked onsanto plot of corn. the federal bureau of investigation suspects matej mohoric was tipped off -- mo was tipped off by insiders. >> a deputy went to the area, spoke to someone in the field,
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made contact with people in the vehicles. they said they were in the work of looking at crops and importantly they way. >> it was at this time the fbi began an investigation. on may 21st, according to court documents they followed mo to this town, where he was loading and unloading its in storage locker 48. from adele, federal authority yes say mo drove to a farm in illinois, purchased by a sub sidary of the db n group he worked for. where surveillance teams reported him seed. >> reporter: this was cloak and dagger stuff. >> a little bit. a little bit. >> reporter: mo hi lun and sister are under house arrest at undisclosed locations in
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demoyne, awaiting trial. the other five defendants remain at large. >> what more can you tell me about what mo's accomplices fight have been doing? >> they were here. including the doctor at the time. he was back on more than one occasion, participating in this. >> reporter: when you say participating,way do you mean? >> he was in the field with them. he was stopped at the o'hare airport trying to carry seed back. many of these individuals not only tried to ship the seed out of the country but tried to carry it out on their person. we stopped a couple. and one of them at the cannes saidian border crossing. >> the director of this major chinese concern was here in the fields and schlepping some of the goods. >> that's correct. >> what do you make of that?
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>> he must be hands on. >> the u.s. attorney's office said the seeds were seized but no arrests made because the investigation was ongoing. none of the companies would talk to us, citing that investigation. mo's attorney declined to speak with "america tonight". as did chinese consulate officials we preached at the iowa asian business summit in document i know. >> we have a wonderful companies. >> it was obvious, the governor, boosting relationships with china doesn't want to talk. >> we don't comment on litigation, it's inappropriate for me to make a comment. >> reporter: has it affected the companies that produce seed, do you think? >> we have a wonderful relies sh
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and don't comment on litigation. >> reporter: if convicted mo could face 10 years in prison and a $5 million fine. what is the worst case scenario? >> the worst case is that they get away with it. companies like pioneer and upon sapo and lgss spend millions and years developing the products and are essentially robbed of the efforts. >> reporter: federal authorities may have caught up with mo, but there's no telling how many seeds made it to china and how many more spies are out there scoping out america's corn fields. when we return - playing the field. "america tonight"s sara hoy on a series of player deaths on the highly grid iron.
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at us... emmy award winning investigative series... new episode iraq divided: the battle against isil only on al jazeera america it's the height of the season - home coming friday night lights across the country. the high school football season is under way. this year flags down on the field after the deaths of three high school players in one week. raising concerns about safety and sport. here is "america tonight"s sara hoy. >> reporter: football at stone bridge high school in norge virginia is about the fundament -- north virginia is about the fundamentals. head coach mickey thompson who started the programme has over 200 wins and has taken his bulldogs to the state championships. his programme is strong, with
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senior standouts erin crawford heading to university of north carolina. and tanner going to boston college. reacting to news of three football-relied deaths in a week, the coach says he wants safer games, but not at the expense of the sport. >> i like to see the game remain intact like it is, and make the changes necessary to make it safer. i want it safe, my kids play. one is a pro footballer. i want to keep the game like it is as much as possible. >> 16-year-old varsity lion becker was blocking for a team-mate during a running play in the third quarter. the long island teenager suffering a head injury was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. >> the game involved contact and was the result of a freak football play.
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>> in north carolina, 17-year-old lion back isaya lang ston collapsed during the preteam warm ups. >> not only did his family love him, but his school mates and team loved them. >> in alabama, 17-year-old demarrow harris junior collapse following a tackle and died two days lair. >> i think it was a summation of everyone being able to do something to honour his name and what he was about. >> the three deaths fuelled debate about players' safety. the michigan coach left his quarterback in the game after a hit, left the sof scpro more -- sophomore struggling to stand up. meanwhile, the number of youth football players appears to be
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on the decline. according to a report from e.s.p.n.'s outside the lines. the number of kids, the largest organization for youth football in america dropped to 225,000 in 2012, nearly a 10% drop from the previous two years. u.s.a. football, the national football development programme funded by the n.f.l. said participation among players, 6-14 fell nearly 7%, from 3 million 2011. >> is football killing kids? >> no, it's not. we don't go live often, if at all. we don't take running backs to the ground or take full-out scrimmages. we do heads-up tack lenning. and have better equipment. >> coach thompson said player safety depend on the coaches.
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if you are a bad high school coach or little league coach you put them in danger. >> while the bulldogs do what they can, coach thompson admits there's a risk. death from indirect contact occurred device as often as blunt force trauma. according to a report by the national centre for kata tropic sport: . >> we have been lucky here. everywhere has had a few concussions. major injuries, we've been lucky. some of it i attribute to the way we practice and do things, some of it is luck. >> coach thompson, a former defensive lineman is not giving up on the game he loss.
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>> i am sure there'll be changes over 10 years. i don't know what it will look like. i don't want a game that people are afraid of. i want a game that kids want to play. right after the break - in a battle ground state, who is the real challenger. >> mark prior for 12 years says arkansas comes first, it's not true any more. for six years he's been putting president obama first. our look at "america votes 2014", sees mark brewery in arkansas, with a democrat is rubbing away from his president's policies. >> alaska, a state that depends on it's natural beauty >> we need to make sure that we have clean air >> some are living off natures bounty >> we're rich cause of all the resources we have... >> while others say they can't even afford health insurance >> the owners of this restaurant pay an extra
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$5.20 an hour to provide health insurance >> communities trying to cope i just keep putting one foot in front of the other >> what can people hope for come election day? an al jazeera america special report amererica votes 2014 5 days in alaska all this week
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election day is close at hand, in a few weeks the face of u.s. senate can change. republicans hope to snatch seats and solidify their control of congress. one of the dangerous democrats is senator mark prior, calling in the biggest of his big guns in the state of arkansas to stump for him. . >> let's do it, we'll do it. right there. thank you. thank you "america tonight"s chris brewery travelled to arkansas to discover the one issue has been dominating the airwaves, his
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report kicks off our coverage of "america votes 2014." >> reporter: for this conservative republican president obama's unpopularity may be his strongest asset. congressman tom kot jp is trying to un -- cotton is trying to unseat mark prior, a democrat. >> mark prior has been saying arkansas comes first, that's not true, for six years he's put president obama first. >> reporter: he has been criticized for putting ford obama care. in this campaign it's cotton's cudgel. >> reporter: in the tiny town of whitehall cotton preached to the choir. attacks on obama care are sure-fire applause. >> i told his opponent last time when they voted on obama care,
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if he voted, i would not vote. i'm voting for mr tom cotton. >> for congressman cotton attacking obama care is a major theme. cotton criticizes the health initiative arkansas supporters count his opns, mentions of obama care per minute. >> obama care stays in office. >> the attacks on obama care are carefully calibrated to emphasise obama instead of care. in arkansas, as in the rest of america, the health law is unpopular in general. surveys show specific provisions of the law enjoy broad support. part of what they'll see is a battle between the policy and the nickname. >> david ramsay is a reporter
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for the arkansas times, covering health care and politics. >> there's a lot of people in obama care that don like obama care, but when you ask do you like low income folks getting coverage, or stopping insurance companies, that sort of thing, they may be more popular. >> reporter: ramsay says that discrepancy between popular benefits and unpopular president is reflected on how they craft their campaign messages. >> cotton will say obama and obama care. prior will avoid saying obama care, but is willing to talk about some of the less controversial parts in a tv ad prior features his father david, a respected governor and senator. life.
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>> no one should be fighting insurance while fighting for your rifle. that's why i passed a law to stop insurance companies cancelling your policy if you get sick. >> absent is a mention. obama care. supporters label it as an act of courtroom, and prior taking ownership of his vote for obama care. luke niles, 33, is an engineer for a telecommunications company in little rock. a republican, he plans to vote for cotton. >> when you see senator prior trying to explain his support. what do you feel? >> it feels fake. dispute his support, he feels his conflicted feelings. he supports some of the provisions, such as expanding health care for the poor. for him the law has been a raw deal, resulting in higher
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premiums and deductibles. >> how does your company explain why your rates will go up? >> they splaint they were mandated to cover -- explained they were mandated to cover . >> reporter: you'll pay more. >> i'll pay more. care. >> because of obama care. >> reporter: one aspect this polls well is the private option. federal medicaid dollars helps the poor to buy health insurance. half support it. one in three do not. tamara, a 41-year-old mother of--three worked. she had a pre-existing condition, making health insures too expensive until obama care made the private option available. in january, williams got an insurance card for the first time in 10 years. >> that coverage came in the nick of time.
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within two months of getting insurance. she was diagnosed with breast cancer. now, after surgery, chemo and radiation, she's going better. children. >> they still have a mum. it's me and them. you can't imagine how it feels to think about if i die and leave my kids - it's not the same when you don't have your own mum. they are my children, my responsibility and i have to take care of them. i need to be around to do that. >> reporter: what would the medications cost if you did not have insurance. >> if i didn't have insurance, $490 a month, and that would not be all of them, just of the vital ones. when you see the debate in the senate race about health care, what do you think. >> cotton chaffs my hide. it influences my vote.
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>> kaitlin is grateful for the private option, a type 1 diabetic, she almost lost her life to the disease. before qualifying for free insurance under the private option, she paid for insurance on her own. premiums and dedoubtibles amounting to 500,000 a year. the condition is so severe she needs insulin around the clock. >> i have an insulin pump that gives me 24 hour injection. >> previous insures had a life-time limit. benefits understand obama care do not run out when a certain amount of money has been spent. >> the life-time cap made me nervous because i felt like i was on the verbal of it. that would have been the date of my death. i don't know any other way of putting it.
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life? >> i do. >> arkansas has seep the biggest drop in uninsured residents of any state. the uninsured population fell nearly in half, from 22.5% to 12.4. this is the state's hospital, saving them tens of millions. the cost is $64 million a year in free care. >> dr roxanne towns end is c.e.o. arkansas. >> when people have an insurance car, it doesn't force them into an emergency room. emergency room care is expensive and extensive for the health care system. >> reporter: for all the success in practice, the politics of obama care are nastier than ever. the prior-cotton race is shaping
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up to be the most expensive in state's history with 38,000 adds aired. >> on tv mark prior talks about the health care law that he helpeded pass. what he doesn't say is that it was obama care. >> reporter: for mark prior survival this the senate may boil down to the popular parts of obama care, without mentioning the name of the han who created it. for tom kot job, unseeding the benefit may hip j on plastering -- hinge on plastering that unpopular name over mark prior. right after the break - an open seat and a wide open contest. iowa's important senate race. why it could be key to control the senate and american paychecks.
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it's an old political saying, as i will go, so goes the nation. this election day you may change that to so goes the senate. iowa's senate seat is a key peace in the control for capitol hill. as we look at "america votes 2014", a key issue is close to the pocket books of iowans and workers across the nation. >> republican joanie ernst campaigning in a cedar rapids coffee shop. >> i care about every iowan city... >> she is visiting 99 countries in a bid to fill the seat of tom harkin, who is retiring. >> what we are doing in iowa is working we have lowered taxes, we are putting friends and
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neighbours to work, which is what the federal government needs to do too. she is running against a democrat bruce brailling. a 4-term congressman. momentum. >> we think it's about equity. >> reporter: raising the minimum wage is a defining issue of the campaign, he is for it, she's against. who wins the race will go a long way to determining if minimum raise. >> the minimum wage is $20.75. the same on the federal level. what do you say to people in iowa and elsewhere who say "that's what i make, it's not a living wage." >> i would say in iowa, we are have good jobs.
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we need to get the economy going at the first centaurial debate ernst argued a state-wide tax cut, not policies in washington help to create jobs and push the unemployment rate below the national average. >> we have a cut. returning 4.4 billion to iowa taxpayers. congressman grayly says the robust economy has left the working class behind. >> the most important job is to fight for the working class family. if 300,000 iowans get a pay raise by increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 much it shows a lot of iowans missing out. >> brailly tried to use his opponent's position on the minimum wage against her.
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is joan jip ernst to extreme. >> i do not support a federal minimum wage. >> joanie ernst doesn't think there should be a national minimum wage. >> reporter: why are you against the minimum wage being hiked under federal level. >> on a federal level it needs to be decided by the state. the cost of living is low compared to other states. what might be right in texas, california, and new york city, may not be right in iowa. they should make that decision. the u.s. chamber of commerce and a small group of business owners support raising the minimum wage to $10.10. mike draper is one of the, he owns a clothing store.
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>> we make more money when more people purchase more things. if more people have more money, more product is purchased. it's a simple formula. >> full-time workers at his store start at $12, above wages for retail workers at large chains, where many receive food storms, subsidised housing and other benefits. >> 30-40% of retail workers qualify for federal subsidies. when ever my tax money supports employees, that's when i think things should be changed. >> the restaurant association opposed the minimum wage and supports the campaign. but not all restauranteurs agree. mike homes is marketing director for five restaurants in demoyne. he says he's fine increasing the minimum wage to 10.10.
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his kitchen staff starts at $10 an hour. he doesn't think the raise should extend to those refusing tips, the highest paid workers at the restaurant. >> to what extent are people talking about the minimum wage in the state? >> i'll say this, there'll be no protests here like there are in front of monds, because we -- mcdonald's, because we pay our employees a living wage. there's places like mcdonald's or the local gas station that pretend to be restaurants and pay their people what they think they need to pay them. we pay what they are worth. >> we are here today because it's been five long years since the minimum wage workers received a raise. >> tom harkin interauffed a bill to -- introduced a bill to increase the minimum wage to 10.10 over years. >>
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matt hackett was trying to -- harkin was trying to leave the minimum wage as a legacy. iowans have not been too tide to either party. widely considered a purple state, iowa is kagsally red -- occasionally red, backing george w. bush. know blue, voting for barack obama in 2012. chuck is a republican. harkin a democrat. kathy is a political columnist with the dumb i know register -- dumb i know register. >> iowa is a divided government state. people have a lot of interest. >> reporter: the outside interest resulted in a slew of ads. many of them no hold's bar.
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the demoyne register reports campaign spending in the race $14 million. for tv ads, 30,000 in what promises to be a spend aring states. >> the majority are purchased by somebody other than the two candidates. for example, the super pact ads are blanketing the state, and a lock of the attack adds from from the national democratic and republican committees. >> reporter: on election day it may be heard by this video, shot at a fundraiser with texas lawyers, as any of the positions on the issues, including the minimum wage. >> you might have a farmer from iowa that never went to law school, never practised law, serving as the next chair of the senate committee. >> bruce got in trouble by
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essentially disparaging chuck grassly on video, suggesting that people he was speaking to wouldn't want chuck grassly chairing the congressional committee because he's an iowan farmer that never went to law school. grayly apologised. but ernst was endorsed and the video was used against him. >> chuck is the moment popular politician in the state. his approval ratings are higher than tom harkin. >> reporter: tom harkin has been using his popularity to get behind bruce. with the campaign entering its fight. >> we saw the poll. first time in 40 years the seat has been open.
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this campaign is not over with, has just begun. >> how the campaign ends in the hawk astate might tip the balance on capitol hill and we'll be watching. as america votes 2014. ahead here - the 4,000 people in the l.a. area life out of their cars, and this may be a surprise to you. many of them are families. >> you cut yourself off from everybody and everything. we had to avoid, you know, emily's friends seeing the car. if i was to go to the grocery store and see a neighbour, i'd hurry and leaf. >> and next michael oku profiles a programme providing a safe haven but is working to help people and families get their lives back on track.
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years after the peak of the great recession, many people live in their vehicles. a lot banned people living in parked cars. in june a u.s. district court overturned the law. and officials from cities like l.a. are heading north to santa basha to take a look at at safe programme. a programme called new beginnings finds people a safe lot to park in whilst getting lives back on track. michael oku brings a story about one family trying to do that - get it back on the right track santa
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basha, known for the coastline. there's another reality. >> it's humiliating. >> reporter: the only life paula and her two daughter have known for the past four years is the 1 on the road. stopping once in a while for take out. making grocery runs and pitt stops for gas. because the coshes lives revolve around the 2,000 maz de membershipy van. they are among the hidden homeless, 2,000 men's living in unsheltered spaces, and making this pit stop is the equivalent of paying the rent. >> we think about gas prices. for you i imagine is means something different. >> it means we don't drive far at all. we go in about a four block radius, $5-$10 a day. $75 a week.
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it's more than we have got. >> reporter: homelessness among families declined by 11% in 2006. families like paula, who never imagined this for themselves are on the street and changing to the last vestiges of a normal american life. >> you cut yourself off from everybody and everything. we had to avoid emily's friends seeing the car, if i were to go to the grocery store and see a neighbour, i'd leave. >> paula lived in ideal ik santa barba for more than two decades, celebrating christmases, watching her daughters pass through addo less ept. making a stable home with hur husband and engineer in a four bedroom house. >> it was a fairytale, the american dream. i didn't have to work. i could suspend on my kids.
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>> after a long-drawn out expensive divorce, she broke. >> after eight years of going through court, having no money, by the time the house was sold it was the bottom of the housing market. everything went to my debts lawyers. >> reporter: do you remember the first day in the car? >> yes, i do. i remember it well. it was scary, depressing. what goes through your head is i think how could this have happened, this mantra repeated over and over i want to go home. i just kept avoiding this one thought that says, "please, you don't have a home to go back do." >> reporter: 18-year-old emily is a freshman. after years of studying under street lamps she was awarded
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scholarships and can represent a room at a friend's house. she remembers the uncertainty which about ordinary things. >> the first concern is space, where am i going to sleep and put my things, my books so they are safe, where will i put trash so it doesn't ruin the other things i'm trying to organise. another concern is bathrooms. will it be taken. will they be cleaned. will we have gas to go to the bathroom. when will it close. >> paula has been a stay-at-home mum for 20 years and has a hard time finding work. her older daughter alice receives government disabilities. she's busy online. >> i have a boyfriend i talk to. i have deprend i met at conventions. i usually bide my time.
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there's not much else for me to do or that i can do. >> paula is negotiating a suitcase and amicrowave. what in a few minutes will be her bed. >> when i'm ready to go bed, i take all the stuff i piled here. not really a night table. and i just put it on the dashboard. get it out of the way. >> reporter: she gets maybe four hours of sleep. we catch her before down doing the week's laundry in an annex. to avoid the crowd, she's been at this since 3am. the koches have been able to find a sem blaps of security, the safe parking programme. it works with churches, businesses and other groups willing to host a small number of homeless in their vehicles.
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of the entire homeless population, 20% of those individuals and families are living in their vehicles. >> christian is head of a non profit behind the programme. >> what started as a programme serving a call of people in one or two lots mushroomed to searching 1 is 2 or more in -- 112 or more in 20 lots. we'll serve 800 or 900 through street outreach, through the safe parking programme and rapid rehousing in an effort to get housing. >> it's a multiprong effort going beyond a chance for a good night's sleep. >> we meet with our clients, that's how long a permit is good for. we come back, and have to check up if we need medical attention,
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if there's anything we can do. we see how their job is doing. >> it's illegal for anyone to sleep in a vehicle parked on public roads. for the hidden homeless it's a struggle. for this patrol officer, he said since the launch, tension between people that seek shelter in their cars and law enforcement eased. >> we have gone 180. they have the correct paperwork and can feel safe sleeping in their vehicles, rvs imposing that the police will do the perimeter check and not being woken up at 3 o'clock in the morning. it's a win-win situation. >> in venice beach, roughly 90 miles south, homeless people in vans are so much part of the culture that they attract tourists, the numbers of unsheltered here is among the
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highest in the country. >> in l.a., across all spans of homelessness we see an increase. with the younger generations and families, including vehicles and rvs. >> reporter: in june an l.a. court overturned ban os lying in vehicles. -- bon of living in vehicles. they are no longer targeted. after 40,000 homeless, roughly 8,000 live in vehicles. homeless advocates pursued a parking lot model, but it ran into opposition in the community. jennifer with path, people assisting the homeless, says services. >> it ended up being a street outreach model. the team went to the streets, helped people see what services were out there, and permanent housing so they could move from
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the vehicles into homes. >> reporter: santa barber might be a model for other cities. after years of hiding, paula found the courtrooming to tell her story. >> -- courage to tell her story. >> that's my crusade to change the stigma of being homeless. as i had to. we stayed to ourselves. it was through the programs that hooked homeless people up to create a community. >> i spend a lot of time worrying about my mum, sister and family. i want to do everything for them, but i need to focus on myself. i feel bad because i am - i feel like survivor's guilt. >> her older sister stopped asking when the family could go home. stopped thinking about the past. tonight she told us she'll never stop believing things might be better in the morning.
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>> i think about it all the time. i believe it will happen, i'm willing to get going when it does. they say what does not kill me will make me stronger. after that whatever doesn't kill me better start running. >> reporter: a fighting spirit alive and well despite a life in the shadows and mass "america tonight" the weekend edition. ahead this week, an "america tonight" investigation. >> i have cancer on the bottom of my lung. i have cancer back up here again in - they took it out, but now they want to split my chest. it's not worth it exposed to radiation and toxic chemicals at the largest nuclear waste site. many are sick, stricken with
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diseases like cancer. they are entitled to compensation like benefit. some fear they may die. we investigate why the folks are denied benefits. we have that story tomorrow. if you would like to comment any stories you have seen, you can log on to the website and join the conversation with us on twitter or at facebook any time. goodnight. well have more of "america tonight" torl. - "america tonight" tomorrow. because you have to make imagine that i've just come from
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they're exhausted, they've seen a lot of blood, they're panicked because they're so the thing to consider here is to get that first person
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>> [ chanting ] more demonstrations expected in egypt as university staff protest against a planned overhaul of the law hello, welcome to al jazeera. i'm martine dennis in doha. also coming up, watching the fight from afar. shedding tears for the homeland. we meet the syrian kurds that fled the fight against i.s.i.l. in kobane. removing barricades in