Sep 8, 2017

09/08/2017: Bracing for the storm, again

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As Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida, it seems possible that in the worst-case scenario this storm could top $1 trillion in damage, to say nothing of the lives at risk. We'll look at what insurers are watching and how…

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Ronald D. Moore on writing sci-fi amidst cultural "turmoil"

Sep 8, 2017
The genre allows him to discuss controversial topics in a non-threatening way, he says.
Writer-producer Ronald D. Moore's latest stint is with the time-traveling "Outlander." His earlier work includes "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and the reboot of "Battlestar Galactica." Above, Moore speaks at a 2015 Comic-Con panel in San Diego, California.
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Will Trump's deal with Democrats affect tax reform?

Sep 8, 2017
The deal on the debt ceiling and the budget also begs the question if there will be more bipartisanship in the future.
President Donald Trump speaks about the need for tax reform at Andeavor Refinery in Mandan, North Dakota, on Wednesday.
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Cost of Irma ranges from $20 billion to $200 billion

Sep 8, 2017
As Florida faces the uncertainty of Hurricane Irma’s path, it is clear that losses will be in the tens of billions of dollars. Most of the damage is expected to be directly storm related, meaning largely from the strong, over…

When disaster strikes, FEMA gets the call. So does Google

Sep 8, 2017
Corporations have donated $165 million to relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said. And some also have provided logistical support and supplies to government and non-profit organizations. Now, as Hurricane Irma bears down…

How Latinos are transforming the economy of a small rural town

Sep 8, 2017
Immigrants drawn by jobs at the local meat-packing plant are making their mark in business and politics.
Norma Corral, an immigrant from Mexico, worked at Cargill's beef processing plant in Schuyler, Nebraska for a decade before opening up her business, Paleteria Oasis, in downtown.
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Equifax hack calls into question its core competency. Will it recover?

Sep 8, 2017
Credit-rating agency Equifax has announced its computer systems were hacked from mid-May to late July and that personal data on as many as 143 million American consumers was compromised, including names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses. CEO Richard…

As Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida, it seems possible that in the worst-case scenario this storm could top $1 trillion in damage, to say nothing of the lives at risk. We’ll look at what insurers are watching and how it compares to Harvey, plus the way private companies mobilize to provide disaster relief. Then: Everything you need to know about the massive data breach at Equifax. Finally, as we do every week, we’ll wrap up a very odd five days of news.

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