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EPA Removes Waste at Texas toxic Sites, Won’t Say from Where

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2017 at 5:13 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it has recovered 517 containers of “unidentified, potentially hazardous material” from highly contaminated toxic waste sites in Texas that flooded last month during Hurricane Harvey. The agency has not provided details about which Superfund sites the material came from, why the contaminants at issue have not been identified and whether there’s a threat to human health.


Officials Testing Boats Displaced by Harvey

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2017 at 5:12 am

AUSTIN (AP) — Federal and state officials have teamed up to recover and test around 300 overturned and sunken boats from coastal waterways affected by Harvey. In a statement Saturday, the Texas General Land Office said it is working with the U.S. Coast Guard to test the vessels for oil leaks.


Congressman Has A Message for Flood Victims

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2017 at 5:11 am

DALLAS (AP) — The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee says victims of repeat flooding should consider Harvey’s devastation a sign from on high. U.S. Rep. Jep Hensarling, a Republican from Dallas, said on CNBC during a segment on flood insurance Thursday that U.S. taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for at-risk homes that have flooded over and over again.


Note to Texas, Florida: Insurance Fights Over Sandy Rage On

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2017 at 5:11 am

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 1,000 families whose homes were swamped by Superstorm Sandy are still fighting with the U.S. government over their flood insurance payouts, nearly five years after the storm struck the East Coast. The FEMA-run National Flood Insurance Program paid out billions of dollars to policyholders in New York, New Jersey and elsewhere following the 2012 storm. But the disaster also gave rise to complaints from people who said they were shortchanged by insurance adjusters


Storms Teach Lessons On Emergency Communications

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2017 at 5:10 am

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The head of the Federal Communications Commission has been to Texas and Florida in recent weeks to learn what lessons hurricanes Harvey and Irma have to offer about how to improve the nation’s emergency communication systems during natural disasters. Ajit Pai says his agency, working with Congress and state and local officials, can translate those lessons into policies that ensure communications networks and 911 systems remain reliable during disasters


Texas Prisons Stop Using Solitary Confinement as Punishment

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2017 at 5:08 am

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas correctional officials have stopped using solitary confinement to punish prisoners. The Houston Chronicle reports that the September 1 change affects about 75 prisoners in punitive solitary. Jason Clark, a state Department of Criminal Justice spokesman, says the department determined it can operate effectively without using solitary confinement as a punishment. Clark says inmates will have other punishments, such as loss of commissary privileges.


Kansas Celebrates 150 Years of the Chisholm Trail

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2017 at 5:07 am

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas residents are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail, which served as a cattle pipeline from ranches in Texas to railroads in Kansas. The trail was considered an economic lifeline for Kansas because it helped promote the railroad and made ranching profitable. Historians compare the Chisholm, which was a north-south trail, to byways such as the Oregon and Santa Fe trails, which ran east-west.



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EPA Removes Waste at Texas toxic Sites, Won’t Say from Where

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2017 at 5:13 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it has recovered 517 containers of “unidentified, potentially hazardous material” from highly contaminated toxic waste sites in Texas that flooded last month during Hurricane Harvey. The agency has not provided details about which Superfund sites the material came from, why the contaminants at issue have not been identified and whether there’s a threat to human health.


Officials Testing Boats Displaced by Harvey

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2017 at 5:12 am

AUSTIN (AP) — Federal and state officials have teamed up to recover and test around 300 overturned and sunken boats from coastal waterways affected by Harvey. In a statement Saturday, the Texas General Land Office said it is working with the U.S. Coast Guard to test the vessels for oil leaks.


Congressman Has A Message for Flood Victims

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2017 at 5:11 am

DALLAS (AP) — The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee says victims of repeat flooding should consider Harvey’s devastation a sign from on high. U.S. Rep. Jep Hensarling, a Republican from Dallas, said on CNBC during a segment on flood insurance Thursday that U.S. taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for at-risk homes that have flooded over and over again.


Note to Texas, Florida: Insurance Fights Over Sandy Rage On

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2017 at 5:11 am

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 1,000 families whose homes were swamped by Superstorm Sandy are still fighting with the U.S. government over their flood insurance payouts, nearly five years after the storm struck the East Coast. The FEMA-run National Flood Insurance Program paid out billions of dollars to policyholders in New York, New Jersey and elsewhere following the 2012 storm. But the disaster also gave rise to complaints from people who said they were shortchanged by insurance adjusters


Storms Teach Lessons On Emergency Communications

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2017 at 5:10 am

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The head of the Federal Communications Commission has been to Texas and Florida in recent weeks to learn what lessons hurricanes Harvey and Irma have to offer about how to improve the nation’s emergency communication systems during natural disasters. Ajit Pai says his agency, working with Congress and state and local officials, can translate those lessons into policies that ensure communications networks and 911 systems remain reliable during disasters


Texas Prisons Stop Using Solitary Confinement as Punishment

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2017 at 5:08 am

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas correctional officials have stopped using solitary confinement to punish prisoners. The Houston Chronicle reports that the September 1 change affects about 75 prisoners in punitive solitary. Jason Clark, a state Department of Criminal Justice spokesman, says the department determined it can operate effectively without using solitary confinement as a punishment. Clark says inmates will have other punishments, such as loss of commissary privileges.


Kansas Celebrates 150 Years of the Chisholm Trail

Posted/updated on: September 24, 2017 at 5:07 am

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas residents are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail, which served as a cattle pipeline from ranches in Texas to railroads in Kansas. The trail was considered an economic lifeline for Kansas because it helped promote the railroad and made ranching profitable. Historians compare the Chisholm, which was a north-south trail, to byways such as the Oregon and Santa Fe trails, which ran east-west.



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