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Feds Want Noncompliant Homeowners to Return $522M in Elevation Grants

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says New Orleans must return hundreds of millions of dollars paid in home elevation grants after Hurricane Katrina. NOLA.com The Times-Picayune reports that the department wants names of nearly 18,000 homeowners who …

NTSB: Says Arkansas Train Responding to Crash Was Speeding

A train that collided with a stalled passenger train in Arkansas was coming to its aid and was apparently going too fast, a National Transportation Safety Board member said Friday. The passenger train was carrying tourists on a fall-foliage tour …

Dallas County Declines Ebola Disaster Declaration

Dallas County commissioners have decided to not issue a disaster declaration after Ebola has left a man from Liberia dead and two nurses infected. Commissioners held an emergency meeting Thursday afternoon, but took no action on the proposal. Instead, commissioners …

Existing Infectious Disease Protocols May Not Protect Against Ebola

As Thomas Eric Duncan’s health deteriorated, nurses Amber Joy Vinson and Nina Pham were at the Ebola patient‘s side. They wore protective gear including face shields, hazardous materials suits and protective footwear as they inserted catheters, drew blood and dealt …

Texas Law Firm Target of BP Lawsuit

Three Mississippi businessmen argue in a federal lawsuit that Texas attorneys owe them $7.9 million for steering to them thousands of people seeking to resolve claims against BP from the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Gulf Coast businessmen Scott Walker, Kirk …

Wind Insurer Settles Lawsuit with South Texas School District

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association has agreed to pay nearly $8 million to settle an unpaid claims lawsuit filed by a southern school district, according to state district court records in Cameron County. The Brownsville Independent School District filed the …

Preliminary Report on Oklahoma Softball Bus Crash Released

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on a crash in Oklahoma that killed four members of the North Central Texas College softball team. The report released Tuesday offers no reason for the Sept. 26 crash on …

Oklahoma Receives Grant to Reduce Asbestos in Schools

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $204,000 grant for Oklahoma to help reduce asbestos exposure in schools. The agency announced Tuesday that the Oklahoma Department of Labor will use the grant for compliance monitoring and assistance, public outreach, …

Oklahoma Driver Injured by Piece of Crumbling Bridge

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a driver was seriously injured when a piece of concrete crumbled off of a bridge, smashed through her windshield and struck her in the head. Troopers say 37-year-old Shannon Durham of Collinsville was driving on …

Texas Man Gets 10 Year Sentence for Copper Theft

A San Antonio man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing copper in a ring that investigators say targeted Central Texas communication towers. Ricky Thatcher must also pay more than $163,000 to victims, including the Lower Colorado …

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