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MSD Pays $8,000 to Mitigate Archaeological Dispute

The Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) is paying $8,000 to the state’s office of archaeology. The money will be used to study artifacts found on property where pipe construction has been completed.

The Army Corps of Engineers—which provided MSD with one of the permits used to run pipes through property near Floyd’s Fork—found that construction had disturbed an area of the site for further archaeology assessments. State archaeologists asked the district to stop until further studies could be completed.

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FEMA Money Stretched Thin, Prioritizing Infrastructure Vital in Natural Disaster Preparation: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: FEMA is running out of cash. The agency has suspended cash payments to tornado ravaged areas like Birmingham and Joplin… so it can spend money on Hurricane Irene relief. But there’s going to have to be more money and that means the Obama administration will need to go to Congress. We’ll get an update.

1:12pm Hurricane Irene wasn’t as bad as predicted, but today is the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. How prepared are we for disasters? We’ll ask Cornell University engineering professor Thomas O’Rourke, who is an expert on the effects of natural disasters on infrastructure. O’Rourke says megadisasters are the “new normal” and not enough critical thinking is taking place ahead of time to decide what top infrastructure priorities are before what he calls “low probability high consequence events” like big storms.

1:20pm And here’s an unintended consequence to a human-made disaster: Archaeologists traveling with BP workers working to clear the oil from beaches along the Gulf Coast have discovered 60 new archaeological sites in Louisiana alone, and artifacts from these sites are shedding new light on the complexity of Native American civilizations that lived along the Gulf as far back as 15,000 years ago.