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January 10, 2013

  Top Story 
  • Lawmaker seeks to cut size of Sandy-relief proposal
    Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., says he will introduce amendments that would reduce the $50.7 billion relief bill for states hit by Hurricane Sandy, and that he thinks other lawmakers also will propose such amendments. "These disaster bills are becoming pork spending. There's lots of spending in these bills that has nothing to do with the disaster," McClintock said. The Hill/Floor Action Blog (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Miss. legislator to file resolution in support of Sandy-recovery funding: Mississippi state Rep. David Baria says he plans to submit a resolution calling on the state's congressional delegation to back federal funding that would go toward recovery from Hurricane Sandy. The resolution is seen as unlikely to specifically mention Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., who has been criticized for voting against a bill to raise the National Flood Insurance Program's borrowing authority by $9.7 billion. The Wall Street Journal/The Associated Press (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • University study on cellphone use gets a federal grant
    A West Virginia University study to examine the effectiveness of state laws on drivers' cellphone use will receive a $182,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. The research "is an investment in the safety of our nation's roads," said Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va. "Distracted driving hurts the driver, passengers and everyone on the road, and we must do everything we can to prevent it." The Washington Post/The Associated Press (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Catastrophic Risk 
  • U.S. recorded record-high average temperature last year, NOAA says
    The contiguous U.S. experienced the warmest spring, the second-warmest summer and above-average temperatures during autumn in 2012, which had the highest average temperature on record, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. The number of extreme climate-related events last year was almost double the average, according to the U.S. Climate Extremes Index. United Press International (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • La. parish to get nearly $2.4M from feds for Isaac relief
    Louisiana's St. Charles Parish is set to receive about $2.4 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for recovery efforts related to Hurricane Isaac. The hurricane damaged about 650 properties in the parish, said Renee Simpson, the parish's public information officer. "We did have quite a few homeowners who had to reach out for FEMA help," Simpson said. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy and Law 
  SmartQuote 
Luck enters into every contingency. You are a fool if you forget it -- and a greater fool if you count upon it."
--Phyllis Bottome,
British writer


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