Since Hurricane Sandy, local officials in many coastal towns in New Jersey are reporting increased flooding and higher flood waters. They say it is happening both during storms and even just on high tides. But no one's exactly sure why. Meanwhile, costs are piling up; officials say the increased flood events and higher flood waters have already damaged major roadways that cost millions of taxpayer dollars to repair since Sandy.
In a continuing exploration of the nation's disability system, Planet Money looks at one of the fastest growing categories of disability recipients: children. The number of children on the program for poor disabled families is five times what it was 25 years ago.
There's new information about the man who shot and killed 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school. Warrants issued in the aftermath of the shooting were made public on Thursday. Jeff Cohen tells Audie Cornish that they fill in additional details about Adam Lanza's life with his mother Nancy. Investigators found a cache of weapons and ammunition, a National Rifle Association certificate for Adam Lanza, and books on mental health and shooting skills. They also found information about other mass shootings.
After noticing that mostly white lifeguards worked at public pools used by Latino and African-American kids, the city decided to try to recruit minorities to lifeguard. The city has raised about $15,000 to offset certification costs, and pool staff will work with recruits on swimming skills.
More than 200 manatees have died in Florida's waterways this year from an algae bloom called red tide. The deaths come as wildlife officials try to remove the marine mammal — whose biggest killer is usually boat propellers — from the endangered species list.
A Philadelphia doctor who performed abortions is accused of murder in the deaths of a patient and seven babies who the prosecutor says were born alive. Abortion opponents cited the case as a reason to push for stricter regulations on clinics.
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