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Budget Bill Contains Disaster Funding Measures
The congressional budget bill that was passed early Friday morning by lawmakers in Washington, D.C., comes with much-needed relief funding for the territory, Gov. Kenneth Mapp said at a Friday press conference.

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 — passed about 6:30 a.m. Friday in the U.S. House of Representatives following a delayed vote in the Senate, and signed by President Donald Trump — ended a government shutdown that began at midnight.

It also allocated billions of dollars in recovery funds to territories and states impacted by the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.

Specifically, the Housing and Urban Development Fund received $28 billion for all federally declared disasters in 2017, according to the language of the bill. Of that amount, $11 billion is set aside for “States and units of local government affected by Hurricane Maria.”

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US NewsCalifornia Lawmakers Boost Dam Checks After Near Disaster

California would beef up dam inspections under legislation sent to Gov. Jerry Brown Monday, a year after a near disaster prompted the evacuation of nearly 200,000 residents living downstream from the tallest U.S. dam.

The Assembly unanimously gave final approval to the bill requiring annual inspections for dams deemed to be high hazards.

The measure also sets standards for inspections, requires inspectors to consult with independent experts to update dam safety measures every 10 years and requires that inspection reports be available to the public with certain sensitive information withheld if it creates a security risk.

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MLive Michigan State a 'textbook' case of how not to do crisis management
As the Nassar controversy has unfolded over the past year and a half, Michigan State University's communications strategy has made a difficult situation worse, experts say.

Among those experts: Dianne Byrum, a partner in the public relations firm of Byrum & Fisk and one of eight members of the MSU Board of Trustees.

"Our communications have been absolutely abysmal," Byrum said. "It's been an embarrassment from my standpoint. It's a textbook example of how not to deal with a crisis."

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STL Today St. Louis saw the deadly 1918 Spanish flu epidemic coming. Shutting down the city saved countless lives
It started in a dusty and desolate corner of Kansas, as horror stories might.

The deadly influenza virus that would be known as the mother of all outbreaks tore through Haskell County in the winter of 1918. The county doctor warned that young, sturdy hog farmers were collapsing in the fields as if they’d been shot.

Historians believe that the flu soon reached Camp Funston at Fort Riley, where troops trained to fight World War I. By spring, flu outbreaks hit most of the Army camps across the country. Thousands of troops in effect carried germ warfare in their arsenal to European shores, and the pandemic took hold.

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