Aug 31, 2017

08/31/2017: A large housing-recovery mission

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Explosions at a chemical plant near Houston have hospitalized at least 10 people. On today's show, we'll discuss the growing number of industrial and infrastructure problems resulting from this storm. Afterwards, we'll talk about the process of finding housing for Texas' flood victims, and then look at New York's decision to stop cracking down on subway-fare evasion.

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After shelters, some Harvey victims will move to vacant Houston apartments

Aug 31, 2017
Just over 10 percent of the apartments in Houston are sitting vacant. As the storm clears, survivors can get money to help them move in. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.  Stories You Might Like 12/26/2017: How Houston is "building forward" after the floods 08/31/2017: Power’s out 12/07/2017: The race to […]

New York won't arrest you for stealing a subway ride anymore

Aug 31, 2017
"Most offenders aren’t looking to beat the system," a Legal Aid Society defender says.
Police officers watch a turnstile in New York City's Times Square subway station in 2005.
Mario Tama/Getty Images

Is it OK for first-year doctors to work 28 hours? New rule says it's fine

Aug 31, 2017
First-year medical residents can now work up to 28-hour shifts, which some say can lead to fatigue and mistakes. But senior doctors argue that limiting the length of a shift would compromise resident education and patient care.
Dr. Josie Valenzuela, now a fourth year resident at the University of Arizona, uses a microscope for examining the eye. She disagrees with a new rule that allows first year residents to work up to 28 hours in a row.
Georgia Baumann/University of Arizona

Crowdfunding is playing a larger role in disaster relief

Aug 31, 2017
With more options for giving, donors are urged to do their research.
Volunteers get a briefing on Monday at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, where the American Red Cross is housing victims of Hurricane Harvey.
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08/31/2017: How crowdfunding is changing disaster relief

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Aug 31, 2017
Hurricane Harvey has caused up to $190 billion in damage, according to some estimates. That would make it the costliest natural disaster in the country's history. Diane Swonk, CEO of DS Economics, joins us to talk about Harvey's economic impact and how cleanup could affect the country's GDP. Afterwards, we'll chat with analyst Pavel Molchanov about the state of the United States' fuel infrastructure, and then look at how crowdfunding has changed disaster relief.

Explosions at a chemical plant near Houston have hospitalized at least 10 people. On today’s show, we’ll discuss the growing number of industrial and infrastructure problems resulting from this storm. Afterwards, we’ll talk about the process of finding housing for Texas’ flood victims, and then look at New York’s decision to stop cracking down on subway-fare evasion.

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