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Despite Health Risks and Exploitation, Undocumented Immigrants Clean Up Houston

In a Home Depot parking lot off I-45 in Houston, a group of about 20 men, mostly undocumented and Latino, spread across the sparse shade, waiting for a passing vehicle in search of manual labor: demolition, construction, painting. It’s midday and some have waited in front of the building supply store for several hours. Three sit back-to-back on a flipped shopping cart. The ritual of seeking and securing a day’s work has long been commonplace. More than two months after Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 102 trillion liters of rain…

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Despite Health Risks, Undocumented Immigrants Clean Up Houston

It’s been more than two months since Hurricane Harvey destroyed or damaged tens of thousands of homes across Houston and east Texas, and cleanup is expected to last 20 months, overtaking Hurricane Katrina as the most expensive rebuilding effort in U.S. history. Undocumented workers are part of the daunting task of reconstructing America’s fourth-largest city. VOA’s Ramon Taylor reports they are doing so despite multiple risks. … Read the referenced story here: Despite Health Risks, Undocumented Immigrants Clean Up Houston

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Toxic algae flourishes despite vast sums spent to prevent it

AP Photo/Paul Sancya MONROE, Mich. (AP) — Pungent, ugly and often-toxic algae is spreading across U.S. waterways, even as the government spends vast sums of money to help farmers reduce fertilizer runoff that helps cause it. An Associated Press investigation finds harmful algae has become a serious hazard in all 50 states. It’s making people sick, killing animals and hammering the economy. Yet officials rely largely on voluntary farmer cooperation to stem a flood of chemical fertilizers and livestock manure into lakes and streams. … Read the referenced┬ástory here: Toxic…

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Construction resumes on Dakota pipeline despite tribe's challenge

Top Stories CANNON BALL, N.D./HOUSTON (Reuters) – The company building an oil pipeline that has fueled sustained public protests said on Thursday it has started drilling under a North Dakota lake despite a last-ditch legal challenge from a Native American tribe leading the opposition. Construction resumes on Dakota pipeline despite tribe's challenge

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