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Why Washington isn't ready for next hurricane

Hurricane Harvey caused billions of dollars of damage, and Hurricane Irma will likely cost even more. But how will the federal government pay for all of it, and is it possible that Washington had a hand in making the destruction worse?

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Tainted water plagues many black communities

Skepticism about drinking water is pervasive in many black communities in urban areas, but it also affects pockets of poverty in states such as Louisiana, Alabama, North Carolina and Texas, where many residents rely on antiquated water systems.

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Military contamination to poison water for years

At 149 current and former U.S. military bases, the contamination is so severe that they have been designated Superfund sites by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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