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States use Hurricane Ida damage to push infrastructure bill

Pointing to stark pictures of inundated buildings and washed-out cars from Hurricane Ida, state and city officials are pressing Congress to pass a $1 trillion infrastructure bill.... Read more»

A closer look at federal COVID contractors: Inexperience, fraud claims & a weapons dealer

The Trump administration has promised at least $1.8 billion to 335 first-time contractors, often without competitive bidding or thorough vetting of their backgrounds.... Read more»

Addiction treatment shfits under coronavirus challenges

Helping patients stay in recovery from an opioid addiction was never easy. The coronavirus crisis made it harder. ... Read more»

10 years later, Katrina memories still fresh for Arizonans who helped

It’s been 10 years since he responded to the devastation that was left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, but the memories are still clear for Phoenix Fire Capt. Darrell B. Wiseman, one of hundreds of Arizonans from scores of organizations who went to the Gulf Coast to assist victims of the storm.... Read more»

Nuclear power plant flood risk: Sandy was just a warm-up

For all the damage it caused, Sandy was only a Category 1 hurricane — Hurricane Katrina, by comparison, was a Category 3. Given the challenges even Sandy brought to the Northeast’s nuclear power plants, which of these facilities are prepared to deal with the flood risks widely expected to increase as a result of global warming?... Read more»

Key convictions overturned in killing by New Orleans police

A federal appellate court has overturned the convictions of two former New Orleans police officers imprisoned in connection with the killing of Henry Glover after Hurricane Katrina, dealing a blow to federal prosecutors' efforts to hold police accountable for misconduct before and after the storm.... Read more»

Hurricane Sandy

Preventing future 'Frankenstorms'

Right now, the federal government must do everything it can to assist people harmed by Hurricane Sandy. But it would be irresponsible to ignore the carbon pollution added to the atmosphere responsible for climate change. After Hurricane Sandy and other recent weather disasters, we cannot afford any more warnings.... Read more»

Why do hospital generators keep failing?

It is a hospital's nightmare: The power goes out and backup generators don't kick in, leaving critically ill patients without the mechanical help they need to breathe.... Read more»

After Katrina, New Orleans cops told to shoot looters

After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans police officers circulated orders authorizing them to shoot looters and "take back the city," but it remains unclear who issued them.... Read more»

Obama: 'Waging battle' against oil spill

"We will fight this spill with everything we've got for as long it takes," declared President Obama in a televised address Tuesday, 57 days after the Deepwater Horizon crisis began. With full text and video.... Read more»