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Thursday Weatherschool Question

Posted: 06/19/2008 - The percentage of the earth's soil degraded by chemicals and erosion is now estimated to total:

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FEMA Gives Hurricane Supplies Back to Louisiana

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Some of the $85 million in supplies will be given to state nonprofit agencies. CNN investigation revealed FEMA gave away supplies as government surplus. FEMA administrator has defended the agency's decision to give away items.

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Ill. Levee Breaches Force Small Town's Evacuation

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Floodwaters breached two levees in western Illinois on Wednesday and threatened more Mississippi River towns in Missouri after inundating much of Iowa for the past week.

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Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Did you know that a flood, fire, national disaster, or the loss of power from severe weather could jeopardize the safety of your food? Knowing how to determine if food is safe and how to keep food safe will help minimize the potential loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Thie USDA Consumer's Guide will help you make the right decisions for keeping your family safe during an emergency.

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Spate of Disasters Empties Red Cross Coffers

Posted: 06/18/2008 - A string of recent weather-related calamities across the United States has left the American Red Cross low on cash and struggling to provide aid to disaster victims, officials from the premier US charity group said Tuesday.

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Midwest Farmland Flooding Boosts Food Prices

Posted: 06/18/2008 - The Mississippi River surged up through storm drains and flooded part of an eastern Iowa river town on Tuesday as the worst Midwest floods in 15 years ruined cropland and drove up world food prices.

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Mississippi Levee Buckles Under Rising Waters

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Rising waters burst through an overtaxed levee on the Mississippi River, sending gushing torrents into an Illinois town as the sodden US midwest reeled from days of epic flooding.

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China Rushes to Fix Dams, 9,000 Square Miles Flooded

Posted: 06/18/2008 - China has posted hundreds of police and rescue officials to shore up dams threatening to burst under torrential rain that has already flooded 9,000 square miles of crops and homes.

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AG: Kansas Need to Watch for Scams

Posted: 06/17/2008 - Attorney General Steve Six says tragic events like last week's tornadoes show off Kansans' giving spirit, but creates opportunities for ripoff schemes and scam artists.

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In Russia, Sometimes it Rains Cement

Posted: 06/17/2008 - Russian air force planes dropped a 25-kg (55-lb) sack of cement on a suburban Moscow home last week while seeding clouds to prevent rain from spoiling a holiday, Russian media said on Tuesday.

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Astronomers Find 'Super Earths' Circling a Star

Posted: 06/17/2008 - European astronomers have found a trio of "super-Earths" closely circling a star that astronomers once figured had nothing orbiting it, demonstrating that planets keep popping up in unexpected places.

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