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Tropical Storm Nicholas soaks Houston area as it crawls towards Louisiana

The slow-moving system has knocked out power to half a million home, drenching Texas area hit by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

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Texas on alert as Tropical Storm Nicholas upgraded to hurricane

Heavy rains could lead to streets and homes being flooded with Hurricane Nicholas expected to make landfall early Tuesday.

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La tormenta tropical Nicholas amenaza la costa de Texas

La tormenta tropical Nicholas, que se dirige hacia Texas, podría fortalecerse hasta convertirse en huracán antes de alcanzar las costas de ese estado sureño de Estados Unidos, advirtió este lunes 13 de septiembre el Centro Nacional de Huracanes.

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The quest to find African American graves before they’re lost to climate crisis

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Environmental activists applaud funding increases but wonder why some money is going for road expansion. And why, they ask, is there no focus on environmental justice?

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Texas chemical plant leak leaves 2 dead, 30 hospitalized

LyondellBasell said that about 100,000 pounds (45,359 kilograms) of a mixture that included acetic acid was released in the leak that started Tuesday evening at its La Porte Complex. The company said that the "all clear" was given early Wednesday, and that the leak had been isolated and contained.

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C.D.C. warns of superbug fungus outbreaks in 2 cities

For the first time, the C.D.C. identified several cases of Candida auris that were resistant to all drugs, in two health facilities in Texas and a long-term care center in Washington, D.C.
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Study finds link between residential proximity to oil and gas drilling and lower birth weights in infants

A new study from Oregon State University found that infants born within 3 kilometers of oil and natural gas drilling facilities in Texas had slightly lower birthweights than those born before drilling began in their vicinity.
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Shelter order lifted after chemical release at Texas plant

Emergency officials have lifted a shelter-in-place order that was issued for parts of a Houston-area city after a chemical release at a plant. The order had been issued for parts of La Porte, a city about 25 miles southeast of Houston.

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'In hell': Nowhere has been drier than this stretch of Texas

In North Texas, like much of rural America, worsening drought remains for many an act of God, rather than a catastrophe linked to human behavior.

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Death toll from Texas winter storm continues to rise

Epidemiologists examining causes of deaths reported from Feb. 11 to March 5 have added 59 deaths to the storm’s toll, bringing it to 210.
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