WASHINGTON (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency is clarifying an earlier statement about Texas toxic waste sites and more than 500 containers of unknown material. EPA said Sunday that a statement issued Friday by the Federal Emergency Management Agency created confusion by conflating two separate issues. The FEMA media release summarizing the federal response to the historic flooding from Hurricane Harvey said EPA had “conducted assessments of 43 Superfund sites and recovered 517 containers of unidentified, potentially hazardous material.” The Associated Press reported about the statement Saturday afternoon, after EPA’s press office did not responded to questions sent by email the night before. EPA now says the hundreds of containers of chemicals had not come from Superfund sites, but were “orphans” found floating in waterways or washed up after the floods had receded.
KILLEEN (AP) – A 5-year-old Texas boy has been taken to the hospital with serious injuries after a hit-and-run accident Sunday afternoon. A Killeen Police spokesman said witnesses told officers that the boy was hit around noon by a silver Dodge Charger with black diagonal stripes. Witnesses say the Charger stopped a few houses down after hitting the boy. A late-model red Ford Mustang or Dodge Challenger stopped alongside the other car, and after a few moments both fled the area. Police say the boy was taken to McLane’s Children’s Hospital in Temple by ambulance. The extent of the boy’s injuries was not known Sunday afternoon, but police say they “appear to be serious.”
FORT WORTH (AP) – Two Texas police officers have been taken to the hospital with serious injuries after crashing during a vehicle pursuit of a person involved in a road rage incident. Fort Worth Police spokesman Officer Brad Perez told The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Sunday that the officers were responding to a call around 3 p.m. for a road rage incident during which a suspect allegedly displayed a gun at another vehicle. Perez says there was “some type of accident” that involved the officers crashing their patrol car into a brick wall at a Wells Fargo Bank and the suspect’s car being disabled as well. Perez said the suspect took off on foot after the accident. The suspect, who was not identified, was in custody as of 4:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Republicans are adding billions of dollars to their teetering health care bill, hoping to win support from GOP senators who may be opposing the legislation. According to documents obtained by The Associated Press, a new version of the measure would add $14.5 billion for states. Part of that money is aimed at sparsely populated states. A table says Arizona would get 14 percent more money than under President Barack Obama’s law, Kentucky 4 percent more and Texas 49 percent more. Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Kentucky’s Rand Paul and Texas’ Ted Cruz have all expressed opposition to the bill. Democrats say the numbers are misleading.
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