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    Flood Control Infrastructure

    Witnesses testified at a hearing to assess the nation’s dams given recent flooding events in parts of California, Montana, and Wyoming. Lieutenant General Todd Semonite testified on the…

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    Governor Scott Update on Hurricane Matthew

    Governor Rick Scott (R-FL), at the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee, provided an update on Hurricane Matthew, which starting to strike Florida.

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    White House Daily Briefing

    Josh Earnest briefed reporters and responded to their question on a variety of topics including an earthquake in Italy, Republican nominee Donald Trump’s efforts to woo minority voters, and…

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    President Obama on Louisiana Flood Response

    Following a tour of flood damage in a neighborhood in Zachary, north of Baton Rouge, President Obama spoke to the press about government response and assistance .

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    Louisiana Floods and FEMA Access

    Governor John Bel Edwards (D-LA) held a press conference on access to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) disaster recovery and temporary housing programs for victims of…

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    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Flood Response in Louisiana

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Governor John Bel Edwards (D-LA), Representative Cedric Richmond (D-LA), and others spoke to reporters in Baton Rouge about federal, state, and…

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    Representative Garret Graves on Louisiana Flood Response

    Representative Garret Graves (R-LA) spoke by phone about conditions in his congressional district following historic flooding in his state. He also discussed federal response to the…

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    Eruption

    Steve Olson talked about his book Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens, in which he recalls the volcanic eruption at Mount St. Helens in southwestern Washington on May 18, 1980,…

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    Flood Insurance Affordability

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s top flood insurance official was joined by small business owners, mostly from the residential construction and real estate industries, at a hearing…

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    Wildfire Prevention and Forest Management Budget

    Environmental advocacy organization representatives and officials from the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, and State testified at a hearing on wildfire prevention and forest…

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    Senator Manchin on West Virginia Flooding

    Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) spoke on the Senate floor about the damage brought to his state by recent flooding.

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    Smokejumper

    Jason Ramos talked about his book, Smokejumper: A Memoir by One of America’s Most Select Airborne Firefighters, about his life as a smokejumper and the changes in fighting wildfires in the…

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    Wildfire Issues

    Conservation organization and firefighter union leaders testified on the threat and impact of wildfires. The hearing focused on budgetary concerns on preventing, managing, and fighting…

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    1962 Documentary Design for Disaster

    This 1962 documentary tells the story of a fire that started on November 5th, 1961 in Bel Air, Los Angeles, and over the course of three days destroyed 484 homes, damaged 190 others, and…

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    America's Great Storm

    Former Governor Haley Barbour (R-MS) talked about his book America’s Great Storm: Leading through Hurricane Katrina, in which he recalls his role in Mississippi’s recovery following…

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    1906 Earthquake

    Gaye LeBaron talked about the 1906 earthquake that destroyed much of Santa Rosa, California. Commonly referred to as the San Francisco Earthquake, the 7.8 magnitude quake caused significant structural damage…

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    President Obama at the 34th National Firefighter Memorial Service

    President Obama spoke at the 34th annual National Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service at the National Fire Academy. Eighty-four fighters died on duty in 2014.

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    Senator Lindsey Graham on Flooding in South Carolina

    Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) came to the floor to discuss the recent flooding in South Carolina. Some parts of the Low Country got 18 inches of rain over a 24-hour period. He thanked…

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    Shots on the Bridge

    Ronnie Greene talked about his book Shots on the Bridge: Police Violence and Cover-Up in the Wake of Katrina, in which he examines the case of six unarmed citizens shot by police during the…

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    The Storm of the Century

    Al Roker talked about his book, The Storm of the Century: Tragedy, Heroism, Survival, and the Epic True Story of America’s Deadliest Natural Disaster, about the great Gulf hurricane of…

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