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"Whole bin full of tie downs," says Hope Force International's Alexander Bashor. "Always need tied down water behind dusk masks, tarps. Shovels and brooms. Paper towels, crackers and water, things you need without power for several days."
Hope Force International has 1200 volunteers around the country. The group has responded to tornadoes and disasters in Haiti, Louisiana, Joplin, Missouri and Alabama. Volunteers are trained on the best ways to help homeowners with flood remediation and wind damage.
"For instance, if flood comes in at 2 feet, we go in 18 inches, remove drywall, insulation," says Hope Force International's Jack Minton. "Sometimes the overzealous take too much. Hard wood can be saved. Certain techniques like that, a little leverage of knowledge makes a big difference, so we try to pass that along."
The team from Hope Force will stage in Ashville, Virginia, then they'll move into some of the heaviest hit areas of New York and New Jersey. You can keep up with this DEVELOPING STORY by going to Fox17.com for the very latest on Tropical Storm Sandy's impact.
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Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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Dow Record: Three tales of ups, downs and changes
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NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
IN THE NEWS: LABOR GROUP SAYS CONDITIONS AT APPLE PLANTS IMPROVING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.