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Houston recovering from yet another deadly flood

Houston recovering from yet another deadly flood

HOUSTON (AP) — As more than a foot of rain deluged the nation’s fourth-largest city, inundating homes, shutting down major highways and leaving at least five people dead, Houston’s mayor said there was no immediate solution. Heavy flooding has become nearly an annual rite of passage in the practically sea-level city, where experts have long warned of the potential for ...

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Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. science advisory report says a key lesson from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear accident is that the nation’s nuclear industry needs to focus more on the highly unlikely but super-serious worst case scenarios. A National Academy of Sciences report says that means thinking about earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, solar storm, multiple failures and situations that seem freakishly unusual. ...

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Halliburton to start TV ad blitz to recruit workers

Sharon Dunn | The Greeley Tribune The oil and gas services company Halliburton will begin a television advertising campaign Monday to celebrate its employees and find new ones. The campaign is the first of its kind for the company in Colorado, and it will highlight the volunteer work that Halliburton employees do daily, especially during last fall’s flooding. Halliburton, which ...

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Boulder leaders describe lessons learned during flood

Sarah Kuta | The Colorado Daily, Boulder Even though Boulder leaders had planned for a different kind of catastrophic flood than the one that occurred in September, much of their planning and mitigation efforts paid off anyway during the five-day deluge. Boulder Mayor Matt Appelbaum and City Manager Jane Brautigam described the lessons they learned from September’s floods to more ...

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George Takei takes notice of solar road enterprise

By Scott Maben | The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wa. When the helmsman of the USS Enterprise likes your invention, you know you’re on the road to success. George Takei, who portrayed Sulu on “Star Trek” and has more than 8 million followers on social media, plugged a North Idaho couple’s idea for transforming roads, sidewalks and parking lots into solar surfaces. ...

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House, Senate unveil water project bill compromise

WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators on Thursday unveiled a compromise bill that authorizes billions of dollars for water projects over the next decade, from flood protections in California to deepening Georgia’s rapidly growing Port of Savannah. Lawmakers released details of the Water Resources Reform and Development act a week after they announced a tentative agreement on legislation that ...

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Legislators say transportation issues in northern Colorado need to be addressed in 2015 legislative session

By T.M. Fasano | The Greeley Tribune, Colorado LOVELAND – Transportation wasn’t a big issue in the 2014 Colorado legislative session, but northern Colorado legislators are already talking about its importance in the 2015 session. Gearing their talk toward the expansion of Interstate 25 to help alleviate future traffic concerns in northern Colorado all the way north to Colo. 14, ...

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Report: Climate change already affecting US

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WASHINGTON (AP) — When it came time to deliver a new federal report detailing what global warming is doing to America and the dire forecast for the future, President Barack Obama turned to the pros who regularly deliver the bad news about wild weather: TV meteorologists. “We want to emphasize to the public, this is not some distant problem of ...

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