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Few have flood insurance to recover after Midwest storms – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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www.nbcdfw.com – Michael Phillis and Margery A. Beck | Associated Press – 2024-06-26 19:30:11

SUMMARY: Rick Satterwhite, residing near the Missouri River in Dakota City, Nebraska, faced severe flooding and plans to now secure flood insurance. Many Midwestern homeowners lack such insurance due to cost and underestimating flood risks, a fact underscored by recent storms causing historic floods. Federal data reveals only about 26,500 flood insurance policies exist across Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota. High costs and rare personal flood experiences contribute to this gap, yet climate change heightens flood risks. Federal aid provides temporary relief, but rebuilding efficiently and enhancing flood defenses is essential. FEMA's updated pricing system better reflects true risks, pushing the need for broader insurance coverage.

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'Good moment for democracy': UT historian says there is precedent of presidents stepping aside

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www.kxan.com – Sam Stark – 2024-07-21 20:39:54

SUMMARY: A University of Texas at Austin historian, Jeremy Suri, commented on President Joe Biden's decision to withdraw from the 2024 reelection campaign, stating it aligns with a historical tradition of presidents stepping aside for the country's best interest. Suri highlighted examples, including George Washington and Ulysses S. Grant, reflecting that voluntary resignation supports democratic principles. He praised Biden's courage and viewed the move as beneficial for democracy, noting Biden's consideration for voter concerns about his age. Suri emphasized that Biden's decision strengthens democratic processes by allowing party turnover without forcefully holding onto power.

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HISD takeover is center stage as American Federation of Teachers convention begins in Houston

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abc13.com – Luke Jones – 2024-07-21 19:46:36

SUMMARY: The state takeover of Houston Independent School District (HISD) was a focal point at the American Federation of Teachers national convention in Houston. Educators criticized the takeover, calling it a power grab. Jessica Campos, a parent, expressed concerns about the lack of communication with teachers and loss of resources. Although Superintendent Mike Miles highlighted improvements in high school test scores, many doubted the authenticity of these gains. The convention also addressed concerns about school vouchers, with critics arguing they support subpar private schools. Governor Greg Abbott has shown support for introducing school vouchers in Texas.

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2024 Olympics: How to watch the opening ceremony on KXAN live from Paris

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www.kxan.com – Billy Gates – 2024-07-21 18:42:02

SUMMARY: For the first time in Summer Olympic history, the opening ceremony will take place outside a stadium, with delegations parading through downtown Paris on the Seine River past iconic landmarks. The historic ceremony occurs on July 26 at 12:30 p.m. CDT, with broadcasts available on KXAN, Telemundo, and NBC Olympics. The 3.7-mile route begins at the Austerlitz bridge, passes sites like Notre Dame and the Louvre, and ends at the Iéna bridge near the Eiffel Tower. Grandstands and 80 monitors will enhance the experience for spectators. Over 10,000 athletes and 94 boats will be involved, watched by millions globally.

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