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Case Alleges Chemical Companies Should Prepare For Unprecedented Storms

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Joseph James Pappas died when confronted by two Houston police officers at the end of a two-week manhunt. Texas Department of Public Safety/Houston Police Department via AP hide caption

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Joseph James Pappas is suspected of last month's killing of cardiologist Mark Hausknecht, who treated former President George H.W. Bush. Houston Police Department via AP hide caption

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Prosecutors said former 911 operator Crenshanda Williams was involved in thousands of very short emergency calls, triggering suspicion. Houston Police Department via Reuters hide caption

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Floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey ripped apart fences and flooded Interstate 10 east of Houston last year. The San Jacinto Waste Pits Superfund site is on the other side of the road. Rebecca Hersher/NPR hide caption

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Damaged furniture and personal belongings sit in front of a flooded home in September in Richwood, Texas. Several months after Hurricane Harvey hit southern Texas, residents are still navigating the long recovery process. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Lashkari gives us a tour of his kitchen. He's known for some of the best Pakistani and Indian food in Houston. His cooking borrows happily from other cultures. Peter Breslow/NPR hide caption

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A Visit To Houston's Himalaya: Pakistani And Indian Food With Deep Texas Roots

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Francisco Vasquez at work on the Prestige Oysters boat The Diplomat. Scott Dalton/for NPR hide caption

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Houston Ship Channel And Galveston Bay Digging Out After Harvey

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A view of Buffalo Bayou and downtown Houston. The dirt along the banks shows the extent of the flooding during Hurricane Harvey. Scott Dalton/for NPR hide caption

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Hurricane Harvey Flooded Houston's Theater District, But It Won't Stop The Shows

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Donnal Walker, 52, returned home to find his HIV pills floating in floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey. He went 11 days without medication. Sarah Varney/KHN hide caption

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A family evacuated their apartment complex in west Houston, where high water coming from the Addicks Reservoir flooded the area after Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 30th. Erich Schlegel/Getty Images hide caption

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Scientists Glimpse Houston's Flooded Future In Updated Rainfall Data

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"If I smell something out here, it's bad, and I can tell you during Harvey, it smelled real bad," said Juan Flores in Galena Park, Texas, about a leak that caused strong gasoline odors to waft through town. Frank Bajak/AP hide caption

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Slow And Upbeat EPA Response To Hurricane Harvey Pollution Angers Residents

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Shannan Wheeler says he suffered chemical injuries on his arms after a fire broke out at the Arkema chemical plant 3 miles from where he lives. He's now part of a lawsuit against the company. William Chambers for NPR hide caption

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After Chemical Fires, Texans Worry About Toxic Effects

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Yuli Gurriel will be suspended for five games in the 2018 season, and will receive sensitivity training in the off-season. Bob Levey/Getty Images hide caption

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Lindsay Cristides, a master's student in oceanography at Texas A&M University, anchors a research vessel in the Houston Ship Channel before taking samples of sediment left behind by Hurricane Harvey floods. The samples will be tested for contaminants including heavy metals. Rebecca Hersher/NPR hide caption

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Digging In The Mud To See What Toxic Substances Were Spread By Hurricane Harvey

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Filled to the brim by Hurricane Harvey's rainwaters, the Addicks and Barker reservoirs are finally empty once again. In this photo from Sept. 1, days after the hurricane first made landfall, a family looks at floodwaters in the Addicks Reservoir from a closed freeway. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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Eric Arjon practices on a circuit board at Lone Star College's new construction trades center in Houston. He is training to become a heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician. Hansi Lo Wang/NPR hide caption

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After Hurricane, Texas School Tries To Meet Demand For Construction Workers

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Patrick Bayou, pictured on Sept. 2, flooded when Hurricane Harvey slammed the Houston area. The bayou is a Superfund toxic waste site. A March cleanup report for the site did not include preparations for more severe flood events as a result of climate change. Jason Dearen/AP hide caption

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Flooding in Immokalee, Fla., after Hurricane Irma hit was still present days afterward. Public health officials say that even after waters recede, issues such as mold and mosquitos can remain. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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A smokestack rises in the background over the East Houston community of Manchester, Texas, where the air was heavy with what smelled like gasoline after Hurricane Harvey in late August. The neighborhood is ringed by industrial sites. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Air Pollution From Industry Plagues Houston In Harvey's Wake

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The Highlands Acid Pit Superfund site remained flooded on August 31. The water has since receded, and some residents are concerned that toxins from the site could have spread into the nearby neighborhood. Jason Dearen/AP hide caption

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In Texas, Concerns About Damage To Flooded Toxic Waste Sites

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