Picture courtesy; A damaged spillway with eroded hillside is seen in an aerial photo taken over the Oroville Dam in Oroville, California, U.S. February 11, 2017. California Department of Water (Resources/William Croyle/Reuters)
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Two of the channels that drain the Oroville dam -- near Sacramento -- are damaged. Workers are trying to come up with a fix before a new set of storms move in later this week. In the meantime, nearly 200,000 people have been evacuated.
Oroville isn’t the only dam with faulty spillways. California has about 1400 dams, and many of them have structural problems.
Jeffrey Mount, Public Policy Institute of California Water Policy Center
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African-American musician Daryl Davis has made it his life’s mission to become friends with KKK members. He says it’s the best way to change them, but some black activists think it’s the wrong approach. Davis is the subject of the documentary “Accidental Courtesy,” which airs February 13 on PBS.
Musician Daryl Davis with KKK Imperial Wizard Frank Ancona. Photo courtesy of Matt Ornstein, director of “Accidental Courtesy.”
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