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Come from NPR and WBUR Boston I’m Jeremy Hobson and I’m Lisa Mullins it’s here and now coming up we talk with the school superintendent from North Carolina who’s reckoning with cleaning up after Hurricane Florence.
We have 40 political schools nearly all of them had some kind of water damage from minor to game.
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Live from NPR News. In Washington , I’m Lakshmi sang President Trump Supreme Court nominee and the GOP-led Senate committee considering his nomination are waiting to hear if the woman who accuses Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago will testify . Next week the chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s giving Christine glossy Ford until tomorrow to submit written testimony . The panel’s Democrats are siding with Ford in arguing that the FBI should be allowed to first investigate the psychologists allegation before moving forward with cabinet domination . Here’s NPR’s Scott d’etre .
The standoff remains where it’s been. Most of the week . Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley , wants 4 to testify Monday about her allegations that Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her in high school . Ford‘s lawyers say she won’t do that unless the FBI first investigates her claim Grassley and the White House , say , the FBI has already done a background check on Kavanaugh and Grassley insist that a Ford wants to testify . She needs to inform the committee by Friday morning , he’s given her the option of testifying in public or in private Tennessee Senator Bob Corker had been one of the Republicans , calling for a pause in the process , but says if Ford does not appear Monday the Senate should proceed to a confirmation vote Scott Dutrow , NPR News .
People across the Carolinas are cleaning up and assessing damage for yet another day thousands are still waiting to get the green light to return home to check if they even have a home after severe floods were generated by the remnants of Hurricane Florence in Puerto Rico residents are commemorating the anniversary of Hurricane Maria NPR’s Adrian Flory though reports that ceremonies are being held across the US territory.
Hurricane Maria made landfall on the eastern coastal town of Yabloko this morning on a point overlooking the ocean there University choir sang about the Puerto Rican sunrise.
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Ties this island territory. An estimated 3,000 deaths billions in damage . 10s of thousands still living under blue tarps covering blown out roofs Yellen’s Governor Eddie got say you’re ordered flags across the island to fly at half-staff today in the afternoon . He plans to appear with housing and urban development secretary Ben Carson to talk about housing needs and then he planned to oversee a memorial service at gusty OT San Cristobal the historic fort overlooking the Atlantic Adrian even NPR News San Quentin .
Federal investigators are on the scene of a deadly shooting in northeastern Maryland authorities in Aberdeen are to brief reporters shortly , but so far news wires reporting that a shooter opened fire at a Rite Aid distribution center fatalities have been reported , although he has not been able to independently verify that information this attack occurred nearly 3 months after a man opened fire on a newsroom in Annapolis , Maryland. Maryland claiming several lives in that attack , at last check on Wall Street the Dow was up 248 points . This is NPR News .
The most severely wounded victim in yesterday’s workplace shooting in Wisconsin reported Li’s upgraded from critical to serious condition. 2 other people were wounded in the shooting are also hospitalized in serious condition . A 4th person was grazed by a bullet . Police say officers fatally shot the gunman , who was an employee . They have not disclosed a motive . There’s now a shortlist for the Man Booker Prize , one of the world’s top literary awards for fiction written in English NPR’s Rose Friedman reports . This year’s list is notable for its bleak subject matter .
2 writers from the US 3 from the UK and one from Canada , make up this year’s shortlist Richard Powers and Rachel Kushner are the Americans nominated for the over-story and the Mars room respectively. The first is an environmental novel . The second about life in a women’s prison . The list also includes writers Anna Burns for milkman do for Washington black daisy Johnson for everything under and Robin Robertson for the long take Judge crummy me Anthony Appiah noted the choices were dark quote each one explores the anatomy of pain , but there are also in each of them moments of hope Rose Friedman , NPR News , New York .
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From NPR and WBUR I’m Jeremy Hobson and I’m Lisa Mullins it’s here and now hurricane Florence recovery continues today as federal aid arrives in the Carolinas FEMA is on the ground now in North Carolina in New Hanover County that’s where Wilmington and other towns are still tough to access because of road conditions schools there remain closed Tim Mark Lee is superintendent of New Hanover County schools and Tim. Thanks for taking . If you’re going to speak to us .
Well , thank you for giving me pal.
As I said there , you’re school administrator. But I think your job is probably more a lot in the past week or so how , how are you spending your days now days like today .
Well , today is about getting our schools back up and running. We’ve got contractors in a number of our schools to get the buildings back in the , we had some extensive flooding . We’ve been working with our state officials on issues such as Calendar working where there are insurance folks on funding . So there’s a , there’s just a number of different things going on right now .
He said flooding what specifically is the nature of the damage. And what % of the schools there .
When I mean we have 44 schools. Nearly all of them had some kind of water damage from minor too extensive , we probably have a dozen schools are going to require a lot of work to get them back up and running .
Work at work of what nature.
Well , we were fortunate we didn’t lose a but we do have several pipes break that have leaked into buildings and classrooms. And so we’re going to have to get the water out of those buildings we won’t have to look at equipment in those rooms to see what was damaged , so there’s no , I don’t want to do .
How soon do you expect that children they’re be able to get back into those classrooms.
I’m hoping that we can after would probably be out another week back can start getting students back in school , the week after next.
When they come back. I’m guessing that a lot of those students probably will have had to have evacuated their homes . Maybe some of them will be back again what what kind of accommodations . Can you make for those students .
Well , and that’s something we we’re already working on , and it’s not going to be just our student I was working a shelter during the storm and one of my teachers walked into that shelter their house had been flooded out and so she’s going to have , when I ask her to come back and a couple of weeks and start teaching class that’s going to be very difficult ought to be adults. But as long as disputes .
So what do you do then.
We’re going to provide as much support as we can. The all councils your mental health folks , we’re going to be on site . A lot of our students going to come back to homes and they’ve lost all their clothing insurgents so will be working with different relief agencies to make sure that they got supplies . We will work with our son look groups , making sure that we get so that we can get meals to the students that when they go home , they can get a meal .