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Workers are needed from across the state to assist in the recovery effort from Hurricane Harvey. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it is partnering with the state of Texas to hire administrative, logistical and technical jobs related to the recovery. Those hired will join recovery teams already in place, and recent job postings will pay $14-34 per hour. (Cont'd Below) FEMA and the state are looking for people to multiple positions including civil engineers, communication specialists, couriers, graphics specialists, nurses and crisis counselors. Those interested must register with the Texas Workforce Commission’s website. FEMA added it will announce more jobs...

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Houston homeowners hard-hit from Hurricane Harvey flooding may now have an alternative to participate in a buyout program. Harris County Ed Emmett said that the county has approved the application for a FEMA grant to buy out certain homes that have repeatedly flooded. The Harris County Flood Control District sponsor the FEMA voluntary buyout program. Decisions on key Houston-area neighborhoods are made through state and local leaders. Grant funded buyouts of property must have a current flood insurance policy. (Cont'd Below) Harris County property considerations include: 1. Source of flooding2. Location and depth within the floodplain 3. Cost effectiveness as a solution to the property's flooding problem4....

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Qatar is giving $30 million to the people of Texas in the largest donation yet by a foreign government to help the victims of Harvey. According to Al Jazeera, the money will be channeled through the Qatar Harvey Fund, a newly created charity. It will work in conjunction with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, and other local charity organizations, according to Ambassador Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani’s announcement Thursday, Sept. 7. “Texans are stronger than any storm and will come back bigger and better, and Qatar stands ready to help our friends at every turn,” a line from Al Thani’s...

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The world needs to follow Houston’s lead and come together, not only to overcome the storm, but to overcome the oppressive divide we are seeing in our nation.   It’s surreal watching all the national reporters posted up on a bridge on I-45, a few minutes from my old house, getting footage as the entire highway and surrounding business that I once drove on daily and shopped at, are completely underwater. We Houstonians don’t tend to get too worked up over storms or hurricanes, we’ve been through them many times before. After a disaster of a hurricane evacuation during Rita...

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