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Rightwing alliance plots assault to 'defund and defang' America's unions

Rightwing alliance out to destroy US unionsRightwing activists across the US have launched a nationwide campaign to undermine progressive politicians by depriving them of a major source of support and funding – public sector unions.

A network of conservative thinktanks with outposts in all 50 states has embarked on a “breakthrough” campaign designed to strike a “mortal blow” against the American left. The aim is to “defund and defang” unions representing government employees as the first step towards ensuring the permanent collapse of progressive politics.


Flash Floods Hit Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas, after Harvey Makes Landfall

Beaumont, Texas floodedThe Texas cities of Beaumont and Port Arthur were watery wastelands Wednesday after they felt the wrath of Harvey.

The storm that inundated Houston swamped the cities with a record 30 inches of rainfall, unleashed flash flooding that police said claimed two lives in Beaumont and forced hundreds of residents to flee to local shelters.

For many there was no escape from the water.


1,850 U.S. leaders to Trump: Don't kill DREAMer protection program

Leaders plead with Trump to save SACA prograMore than 1,850 leaders from around the country pleaded with President Trump on Wednesday to preserve an Obama administration program that protects DREAMers from deportation.

Trump is considering ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which President Barack Obama created. It has granted deportation protections to nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children.


Houston dam begins to overspill as Harvey triggers unprecedented impact

HOUSTON DAM SPILLS OVERA vital dam in suburban Houston that protects the central city began overspilling on Tuesday, and officials said the rainfall from Harvey is so unprecedented they do not know what the impact on surrounding communities will be.

Water levels in the Addicks reservoir have reached 108ft, said Jeff Lindner, a Harris County flood control district meteorologist.

He warned that neighbourhoods in the spillway zone would begin to see street and possibly structural flooding.


Police officer drowns in Houston

Police officer drowns in HoustonA Houston police officer drowned on his way to work Sunday, The Houston Chronicle reported on Tuesday.

"He was trying different routes, and took a wrong turn," one official told the newspaper.

The officer’s family has yet to be officially notified, as crews work to recover the his body.



Deadly shooting at library shakes New Mexico city

New Mexico library shootingA shooting inside a public library that killed two people and wounded four has deeply shaken an eastern New Mexico community.

The gunman surrendered after the shooting Monday and was taken into custody without incident after police entered the Clovis-Carver Public Library, authorities and elected officials with the city of Clovis said during a news conference. Warrants for his arrest were being prepared, but it's wasn't immediately clear what charges he would face.


Joel Osteen: Who is the Houston megachurch pastor accused of not sheltering Harvey victims?

Joel Olsteen refuses to open megachurch in Texas floodHouston pastor Joel Osteen is responding to widespread criticism on his megachurch's decision to not open doors of its 15,000-plus seat arena to flood victims seeking refuge after Hurricane Harvey.

Osteen said Monday that his Lakewood Church was "prepared to house people once shelters reach capacity" in a statement to ABC News, despite an earlier Facebook post from the church that insisted it was "inaccessible due to severe flooding."


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