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Political fights loom over cost of Harvey recovery

August 29, 2017
Nancy Cordes | CBS News
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott praised the federal response to Harvey on Monday, saying he'd spoken "on multiple occasions" to President Trump and members of his Cabinet.
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Nearly 2 million warned to flee destructive Hurricane Matthew in the U.S.

October 6, 2016
Hurricane Matthew has caused the deaths of 140 people, mostly in Haiti, and that toll is expected to rise. Aid workers who have been able to reach the most heavily damaged areas report near-total losses. The U.S. mainland is the storm’s next target; Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are already under a state of emergency. Gwen Ifill gets an update from FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.
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Obama heads to Louisiana's flood-ravaged areas, but some say he's too late

August 23, 2016
Christi Parsons | Los Angeles Times
President Obama will tour flood-ravaged neighborhoods in Baton Rouge, La., on Tuesday and try to avoid the political minefields that the visit presents.
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Why New Orleans recovery is a continuation, not a celebration

August 26, 2015
Ten years since Hurricane Katrina brought tragedy to the city of New Orleans, the story of its recovery can read like a tale of two cities. Marc Morial, Urban League CEO and former mayor, joins Gwen Ifill to take stock of the school system, the need for affordable housing and the enormous task of rebuilding and recovering.
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Writer Jesmyn Ward reflects on survival since Katrina

August 24, 2015
After writer and Tulane University professor Jesmyn Ward survived Hurricane Katrina while staying at her grandmother’s house, she wrote “Salvage the Bones,” an award-winning novel about a Mississippi family in the days leading up to the devastating storm.
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Hurricane Katrina's Devastating Impact

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September 2, 2005
Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf coast. Nearly 2000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands more were left homeless by the costliest natural disaster in history.
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