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Photo: Raeann Barber, 36, formerly of the 9th Ward in New Orleans and now of Southeast Houston, sits on a cot in the George R. Brown Convention Center after her home was flooded in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 29, 2017. Picture taken August 29, 2017. (Brian Thevenot/Reuters)

The health risks brought by Tropical Storm Harvey 10 MIN, 2 SEC

The flooding in Texas and Louisiana pose major health and environmental risks to the region. Explosions were reported at a chemical plant just outside Houston, sending plumes of smoke into the air. That’s not to mention mosquitos, mold, and the potential for contaminated drinking water.

Guests:
Emily Atkin, New Republic (@emorwee)
Robert Emery, University of Texas Health Science Center

More:
A Sea of Health and Environmental Hazards in Houston’s Floodwaters
Harvey Has Morphed into a Multi-Pronged Environmental Disaster

How will Texans without flood insurance fix their homes? 6 MIN, 49 SEC

The recovery in and around Houston is going to take years. FEMA says it’s registered tens of thousands of people already, and some federal assistance is already being processed. But the vast majority of people in the Houston area don’t have flood insurance. In fact, an Associated Press investigation found that some 25,000 fewer properties had flood insurance compared with last year.

Guests:
Ken Sweet, the Associated Press (@kensweet)

More:
AP Exclusive: Flood insurance policies plunged before Harvey
Hurricane Harvey Threatens Largest Flood Insurer: The Government

California considers letting low level sex offenders off the lifetime registry 12 MIN, 14 SEC

The California legislature is considering changing the sex offender registry law. It would remove some low-level offenders from the registry. Now, they’re on it for life.

Guests:
Janice Bellucci, California Reform Sex Offender Laws

More:
Criminal justice leaders seek to end lifetime registry for low-risk sex offenders in California

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's rise in conservative politics 8 MIN, 18 SEC

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been in the national spotlight thanks to Tropical Storm Harvey. At a church in Texas, he announced Sunday, September 3 would be a day of prayer. He’s a Christian conservative and climate change skeptic. Abbott has been governor for three years, and was attorney general before that.

Guests:
Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune (@PatrickSvitek)

Who owns your personal info online? 6 MIN, 40 SEC

A Pasadena internet company offers an easy way to find phone numbers, social media accounts and addresses for pretty much everyone. But what if that information is wrong? Do you have a right to have your information taken down?

Guests:
David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times (@Davidlaz)

More:
Spokeo lawsuit highlights challenge of protecting privacy in digital age

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