Aug 18, 2016

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The Justice Department announced today that it will end the use of private companies to run prisons; how the government plans to pay for the flood damage in Louisiana; and how coal companies in bankruptcy are getting out of huge…

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Bankrupt coal companies get break on clean-up costs

Aug 18, 2016
They are getting out of huge liabilities for cleaning up their mine sites because of a loophole
Coal is poured into a barge that will be moved to a steel plant in western Pennsylvania. 
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Can flood insurance program afford Louisiana?

Aug 18, 2016
The federal insurance program is already $24 billion in debt.
Record-breaking rains pelted Louisiana over the weekend leaving the city with historic levels of flooding that have caused at least seven deaths and damaged thousands of homes. 
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Republican Christopher Shays on why he’s voting for Hillary Clinton

Aug 18, 2016
Shays is a member of the Republican Party who served in the House of Representatives for two decades, but he says he won’t vote for Donald Trump.
WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 13: United States House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations Chairman Christopher Shays (R-CT) asks questions during the hearing titled 'What Will It Take To Achieve National Reconciliation?' on Capitol Hill September 13, 2006 in Washington, DC. 
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Skills training is having a moment

Aug 18, 2016
Alternatives to the four-year college degree get a boost.
Hillary Clinton tours Futuramic Tool & Engineering before giving a speech there on the U.S. economy August 11, 2016 in Warren, Michigan. 
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Arctic climate change: less ice, more cruise ships

Aug 18, 2016
A cruise ship carrying 1700 passengers is now able to cross the Northwest passage
The Crystal Serenity hours before leaving Seward, Alaska on Tuesday, August 16. It's the largest cruise ship by far to attempt the Northwest Passage. 
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A machine that puts sunscreen on for you, in a snap

Aug 18, 2016
Snappy Screen founder Kristen McClellan talks about her invention in the latest installment of our series, "Summer Brought to You By."
A SnappyScreen machine set up at a beach. 
SnappyScreen

Private prisons on the way out

Aug 18, 2016
Justice Department to phase out federal contracts.
Condemned inmates sits in housing block at San Quentin State Prison's death row on August 15, 2016 in San Quentin, California. 
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The Justice Department announced today that it will end the use of private companies to run prisons; how the government plans to pay for the flood damage in Louisiana; and how coal companies in bankruptcy are getting out of huge liabilities for cleaning up their mine sites because of a loophole

Music from the episode

Rock Your Body Justin Timberlake
Banquet Bloc Party
What Do You Mean? Justin Bieber