Tropical Storm Harvey

Williams Kherkher Partner Armi Easterby Appointed as Co-Lead Counsel for Upstream Property Owners flooded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Operation of the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs

HOUSTON, TX - 11/22/2017 -- On November 20, 2017, the Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (“CFC”) issued an Order appointing Armistead …

Hurricane Harvey

Apache Corporation: A Game Changer Called Alpine High

Revenues were $1.58 billion this quarter, up 9.7% from a year ago and up 14.5% sequentially.<p>The takeaway is that Apache is making a large, calculated …

Business

Warming to make thunderstorms larger and more frequent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Summer thunderstorms in North America will likely be larger, wetter and more frequent in a warmer world, dumping 80 percent more rain in some areas and worsening flooding, a new study says.<p>Future storms will also be wilder, soaking entire cities and huge portions of states, …

Climate Change

$44B storm aid requested, Puerto Rico mostly left out

<b>By Erik Wasson | Bloomberg News</b><p>The White House asked Congress for $44 billion in hurricane aid, including funds designated for Texas and Florida, …

Puerto Rico

Trump's request for $44 billion in hurricane aid slammed as 'woefully inadequate"

The White House's latest request for additional hurricane aid relief has fallen far short of what was expected. If approved, total relief would fall …

World News

House passes bill to renew flood insurance program

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Tuesday backed legislation that will increase flood insurance premiums for many property owners to help firm up a program under stress from ever-more frequent and powerful storms.<p>The bill's passage was secured when sponsors made a variety of changes to accommodate …

U.S. Politics

Harvey's 'Biblical' rainfall is getting more likely

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chances of a hurricane flooding parts of Texas, like Harvey did, have soared sixfold in just 25 years because of global warming and will likely triple once again before the end of the century, a new study says.<p>Study author Kerry Emanuel, a meteorology professor and hurricane …

Climate Change

Business group pushes for U.S. flood insurance reform as December deadline looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The latest attempt to overhaul the U.S. federal flood insurance program hit a stumbling block, but a coalition of business and environmental groups renewed their push on Wednesday for lawmakers to enact an overhaul before the program expires on Dec. 8.<p>The SmarterSafer …

News (U.S.)

The Washington Post, Miami Herald, InfoWars and other U.S. sites spread Russian propaganda from Twitter

Tweets from 2,752 fake Twitter accounts created by Russian government trolls found their way into U.S. news stories.<p>The tweet that opened a story in the Washington Post on Feb. 11, 2016 seemed innocuous: It was an attempt to illustrate Syrian territory occupied by clashing government and ISIS …

Journalism

Judge Rules Tax-Free Housing for Clergy Unconstitutional

American clergy members get a tax break thanks to Code Section 107(2), which allows that “ministers of the gospel” exclude housing allowances from …

Joel Osteen

Climate Change Already Hurting Our Health and Economy, Report Warns

Climate change is already killing people, hurting their health, worsening air pollution and helping the spread of infectious diseases, a global team of researchers said Monday.<p>Environmental disruptions are also affecting economies and costing hundreds of billions of dollars a year, mostly because …

Climate

Our obsession with empathy is flawed

Listen to received wisdom about how we can become better, more ethical people and you would think moral philosophers were out of a job. The secret of …

Grenfell Tower

Hurricane Harvey Drove Houston's Undocumented Population Further Underground

Many immigrants have been hesitant to reach out for help, fearing potential consequences.<p>HOUSTON ― Mold had already replaced Hurricane Harvey’s receding floodwaters in the Rockport Apartments when the landlord showed up, residents say. But he wasn’t there to make repairs. He was there to order the …

News (U.S.)

Houston’s World Series Problem: The Phrase ‘Houston, We Have a Problem’

America’s fourth-largest city begs outsiders to lay off the exhausted cliché—a misquote from NASA’s Apollo 13 moon mission<p>By<p>Miguel Bustillo and<p>Miguel Bustillo<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@BustilloM<p>Google+<p>Miguel.Bustillo@wsj.com<p>Erin Ailworth<p>Erin Ailworth<p>The Wall Street …

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Chevron: Earnings Preview

Chevron will release its third quarter results on Friday.<p>The company’s upstream profits will likely climb on the back of production growth, led by …

Oil

Hurricane Harvey: Carpenter who helped repair homes in Texas dies from flesh-eating bacteria in floodwater

A carpenter who helped repair homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey in Texas has died two months later from flesh-eating bacteria.<p>The 31-year-old died …

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey recovery: ‘I’m going to be homeless for a year’

AUSTIN — Despite assurances from state officials on the front lines in the Hurricane Harvey recovery that they were systematically slashing their way through federal red tape, some lawmakers who represent the Gulf Coast expressed frustration that permanent housing could be years away for families …

News (U.S.)

Trump returns to Texas for Harvey briefing, political fundraising

DALLAS — President Trump arrived in Dallas on Wednesday to a cheering welcome, and later by sign-carrying protesters assailing his truthfulness, where he met with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for an update on the Hurricane Harvey recovery effort as a prelude to an afternoon of politicking.<p>"We’ve had …

News (U.S.)

Some families still don’t have homes after Harvey. Here’s another way to help.

The Cajun Army is a volunteer collective helping people whose homes and lives have been devastated by flooding.<p>Founder Chris King joined the show to talk about what the Cajun Army does and remind people that the effects of Tropical Storm Harvey will be felt in in Texas for years. So far, Cajun Army …

Cajun Navy

Many Trump voters who got hurricane relief in Texas aren't sure about helping Puerto Rico

Sitting on Mary Maddox's back porch, which flooded with 22 inches of water when Hurricane Harvey hit nearly two months ago, is a Lady of the Night plant from Puerto Rico that a friend gave her. Ever since Hurricane Maria ravaged the island, she says, she has paused at the blooming plant when she …

Puerto Rico

ACLU slams Houston suburb for withholding hurricane relief to anyone boycotting Israel

The city of Dickinson requires applicants for grants to repair homes or businesses damaged by Hurricane Harvey to refrain from boycotting Israel: 'An …

Israel

Many Trump voters who got hurricane relief in Texas aren’t sure Puerto Ricans should

HOUSTON — Sitting on Mary Maddox’s back porch, which flooded with 22 inches of water when Hurricane Harvey hit nearly two months ago, is a Lady of the Night plant from Puerto Rico that a friend gave her. Ever since Hurricane Maria ravaged the island, she says, she has paused at the blooming plant …

U.S. Politics

Dickinson demands Hurricane Harvey victims agree to not boycott Israel

Ali Khalili plans to apply for aid from the city of Dickinson to make repairs to his home after it was inundated with water from Hurricane Harvey, but he isn't optimistic his request will be approved.<p>The reason? The 75-year-old's politics, including past boycotts and protests of Israel's policies.<p>A …

Hurricane Harvey

How crews fixed a Houston tollway’s massive sinkhole in Harvey’s wake

Tropical Storm Harvey flooded a section of the Sam Houston Tollway West and a Beltway 8 frontage road at Boheme Drive for nearly two weeks. A …

Weather

Morford: Should you really build a home in the (wildfire-prone) woods?

Lousy forest management. Pitiless climate change. Increasing urban congestion. Savage droughts, intense storms and relentless overdevelopment, more and more people (like this very columnist) hoping/wishing to escape the madding crowds and build a gentle oasis out in the woods, a place where the dog …

Santa Rosa

Costly hurricanes raise questions about the future of federal flood insurance

An unprecedented wave of destructive hurricanes has brought the long-struggling federal flood insurance program to the brink.<p>Now Congress faces tough questions about whether to again bail out the nearly 50-year-old program and how to implement reforms to make it more sustainable, secure and …

North Dakota

The Stars are Dimmed by the Glare

There are famous pastors and then there are the pastors I have known: Pastor George, Dad, Father Michael, Father Richard and so many other good …

Hurricane Harvey

Want an idea of how many cars were damaged in Harvey? Get a birds-eye view

Drone footage of tens of thousands of cars and trucks in vast Texas fields has provided a glimpse of the dramatic scope of the flood damage to …

Dallas

Notre Dame adds basketball exhibition to benefit Hurricane Harvey relief effort

The Notre Dame men’s basketball team has added an exhibition game, with all the proceeds going to support hurricane relief efforts.<p>The Irish will play Holy Cross College at 6 p.m. Friday at Purcell Pavilion.<p>Entrance is free for the non-ticketed exhibition. Donation details will be announced later …

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