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TENNESSEE UTILITY WORKERS HEAD FOR FLORIDA, GEORGIA FOLLOWING HURRICANE
IRMA

Volunteer lineworkers from 11 electric cooperatives to participate in
restoration effort following massive hurricane
NASHVILLE – More than 90 electric cooperative lineworkers from
Tennessee are heading to Florida and Georgia to restore power to those
affected by Hurricane Irma.

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Hurricane Irma: What Tennesseans need to know ahead of massive storm's US landfall

The massive storm bearing down on the American southeast has already left at least 10 dead in the Caribbean and thousands of people fleeing to northern states. While a catastrophic impact on Tennessee is highly unlikely, the massive storm will likely bring wind and rain to the Volunteer State 



 Senate Approves Trump's Deal with Democrats. Will the House Go Along?

Senate leaders weight in on debt ceiling deal

The Senate on Thursday voted to fund the government and increase the federal borrowing limit through December 8 as part of a deal that also included $15.25 billion in hurricane disaster relief funding and a short-term extension of the National Flood Insurance Program. The bill passed by a vote of 80-to-17, with only Republicans voting against the bill.

The package now goes back to the House, where it likely faces more strenuous resistance. The Republican Study Committee, a conservative caucus with more than 155 members, on Thursday announced it opposed the deal because it does not include spending cuts. Rep. Mark Walker, the group's chairman, sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan listing 19 policy changes to "address the growing debt burden" or "begin draining the swamp" that could win conservative support for raising the debt ceiling.

Some Democrats may also vote against the deal to signal their frustration with an agreement that they say weakened their hand in trying to protect undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as children.

 



Airlines cap flight prices out of Florida in advance of Hurricane Irma

miami iMAGE: DANIEL SLIM/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Airlines like Delta were called out Wednesday for what looked like price gouging. One flight in particular was passed around with a shocking price increase from $547.50 to more than $3,000 to fly out of Miami. Historic Hurricane Irma is expected to pass over or very close to South Florida on Saturday night into Sunday as a Category 4 or 5 storm.

Following the PR nightmare, Delta capped flight prices at $399 Wednesday afternoon. "They were put in place to support the demand of travelers escaping the path of hurricane Irma," a Delta representative said. 

JetBlue also capped its flights at $99 for direct flights out of the state. American Airlines and United's caps are the same as Delta's, according to Yahoo Finance

Price algorithms used by airlines generally bump up ticket costs when last-minute demand increases as supply is limited, unless there's a manual cap. 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hurricane Irma

In Puerto Rico, ‘our prayers were answered.’   

 Puerto Rico
Residents picked up debris in Fajardo, P.R., on Wednesday. Nearly a million people in Puerto Rico were without power. Credit Alvin Baez/Reuters

In Puerto Rico, nearly 70 percent of households were without power immediately after the storm, but the island was otherwise largely unscathed, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said on Thursday. By the evening, power had been restored to about 144,000 households, though nearly a million were still in the dark.

Roughly 55 percent of hospitals were functioning, Mr. Rosselló said.

“We would like to start out thanking the Almighty,” he said of the relatively small impact, with fallen trees and electrical poles making up the bulk of the damage on the main island. “Our prayers were answered.”

 
Fallen trees
Fallen trees in San Juan, P.R., on Thursday. CreditErika P. Rodriguez for The New York Times






    Trump tweets he could ‘revisit’ DACA decision   


DACA_decisionPresident Donald Trump said late Tuesday that he will “revisit” a program protecting young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children if Congress doesn’t act — hours after his administration announced it was phasing out the program.“Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do),” the president tweeted shortly before 8 p.m. Chicago times. “If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!”

 

Source: Chicago Sun Times

 



 

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