FROM Eric Aasen
Devastating Floods Bring Death and Destruction to Houston, Greater Texas Last night and this morning a raging storm system hammered parts of Oklahoma, Texas and northern Mexico, causing devastating floods and power outages. At least 22 people are dead and dozens are missing or stranded. Houston, the fourth largest city in the US, has been hit with 11 inches of rain so far, forcing a widespread shutdown of schools and transit systems. There, at least three people have died, and roads around the region are littered with hundreds of abandoned vehicles, hampering first responders. Eric Aasen, digital news editor at KERA public radio in Dallas-Fort Worth, has an update. Special thanks to Paul von Zielbauer for production assistance.
Dallas Police Department Drops Police Code In the aftermath of the attacks on September 11, police, fire and other agencies had trouble talking to one another, in part because they used different codes to describe what was going on. Ever since, there's been an effort to replace the codes with plain English, most recently in Dallas, Texas. Eric Aasen writes for the Dallas Morning News .
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Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?