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Central Texas Floods Destroy Bridge, Force Evacuations

Fast-moving floodwaters destroyed a bridge, forced the evacuation of riverside homes and led to numerous water rescues in Central Texas on Tuesday after more than a foot of rain fell in recent days. The bridge crumbled as it was overrun …

Louisiana Bridge Hit by Barge-Mounted Crane Closed for Months

A barge-mounted crane has slammed into a Louisiana bridge, shuttering a travel artery for what Louisiana officials say will be at least a few months. Operators for Marquette Transportation hit the Sunshine Bridge at Donaldsonville early Friday morning, The Advocate …

Report: Oklahoma School Bus Traveling too Fast for Conditions

An Oklahoma school bus that hydroplaned on a wet road and crashed in Central Texas last month, injuring nearly everyone onboard, was traveling at an unsafe speed for the conditions, according to a Texas Department of Transportation report. The bus …

Congress Passes Disaster Legislation to Help Louisiana Flood Victims

Legislation headed to President Donald Trump’s desk could help thousands of Louisiana flood victims. The U.S. Senate gave final passage Wednesday to a package of federal disaster policy changes, included in a bill authorizing spending for federal aviation programs. Federal …

Texas Surf Resort Closed for ‘Brain-Eating Amoeba’ Testing

A landlocked surf resort in Central Texas closed on Friday after a man who visited died from what is commonly known to as a “brain-eating amoeba.” The Waco Tribune-Herald reports Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is testing BSR Cable …

Study Indicates Texas Will Experience 100-Year Rain Events More Frequently

Decades of additional weather data have led federal officials to reconsider rainfall totals in Texas that define 100-year weather events and caution that extreme rainstorms will strike the state more frequently. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday released …

Brad Pitt’s Foundation Sues Architect Over ‘Katrina’ Home Defects

Actor Brad Pitt’s foundation has sued a New Orleans architect, saying defective design work led to leaks and other flaws in homes built for residents of an area that was among the hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. The lawsuit says …

Congressional Deal Could Solve Louisiana Flooding Issue

Thousands of Louisiana flood victims who have been barred from homeowner rebuilding grants because they borrowed money through the federal Small Business Administration could soon see that change. A deal to rework federal disaster-relief policy was included in a compromise …

Texas Workers’ Comp Study Finds Worker Access to Medical Care Improved

The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation reported in a newly released study that access to medical care for injured workers has improved slightly and that a high rate of doctors who treat workers’ comp patients has remained …

Texas City Drops Workers’ Comp Suit Against Firefighter With Cancer

The city of Austin, Texas, has dropped a lawsuit challenging the determination by state workers’ compensation officials and an appeals panel that a firefighter diagnosed with cancer is eligible for workers’ comp benefits. According to the Austin Firefighters Association, Lt. …

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