On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

If you need to access any data, email me: subbu at newsrack.in

 
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Disasters Are Driving a Mental Health Crisis. The Only Federal Program to Address It Is Underfunded. 25.8.2020 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by the Center for Public Integrity and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Barbara Herndon lay in the center of her bed, muscles tensed, eyes on the television. She was waiting for the storm. All morning on that day in late May, the news had covered the cold front slouching south […]
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Natural Disaster Survivors Still Fighting for Relief Now Face Delays From COVID 7.7.2020 Truthout.com
The patchwork system of federal and local relief already tangled up in bureaucratic delays has come to a ...
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Trump administration blocks states from using Medicaid to respond to coronavirus crisis 13.3.2020 LA Times: Health

As states scramble to control the spread of coronavirus, the Trump administration is denying them key tools to use their Medicaid safety net programs to respond to the crisis.

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Op-Ed: Without universal healthcare, coronavirus puts us all at risk 5.3.2020 LA Times: Commentary

Medicaid should be expanded to cover the uninsured during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Australia’s Fires Show How Wealth Inequality Compounds Climate Disasters 18.1.2020 Truthout.com
Poor communities suffer the most because they are least likely to be able to access resources for relief and ...
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Hurricane Dorian Will Cause 'At Least' $25 Billion in Damages, Insurance Company Says 2.9.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The 'most expensive natural disaster' since 2017 could cost as much as $40 billion to repair if the category 5 storm makes landfall in Florida.
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This Organization Is Trying to Get Hurricane Florence Survivors Home Quicker 4.10.2018 Truthout.com
Many in North Carolina were left homeless by the storm and its still receding floodwaters.

The post This Organization Is Trying to Get Hurricane Florence Survivors Home Quicker appeared first on Truthout.

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Texas' vow to streamline Harvey recovery and aid backfires 22.2.2018 AP National
BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) -- After Hurricane Harvey hammered Texas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott pledged that the country's largest conservative state would lead its own recovery, streamlining federal aid to storm victims while avoiding the staggering inefficiencies of earlier Washington-controlled disaster responses....
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House GOP unveils $81B disaster relief for hurricanes, fires 19.12.2017 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans on Monday unveiled an $81 billion disaster aid package to help hurricane-ravaged communities and states hit by wildfires, almost double the amount requested by President Donald Trump....
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House passes bill to renew flood insurance program 15.11.2017 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House on Tuesday backed legislation that will increase flood insurance premiums for many property owners to help firm up a program under stress from ever-more frequent and powerful storms....
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The Bond Market Doesn’t Care About Climate Change 31.10.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Slate and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  Early this month, when the annual king tide swept ocean water into the streets of Miami, the city’s Republican mayor, Tomás Regalado, used the occasion to stump for a vote. He’d like Miami residents to pass the “Miami Forever” bond issue, a $400-million […]
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After the smoke clears: Wine Country economy expected to rebound 15.10.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology
“When the smoke clears, things will get back to normal.” It’s a truism recited with hopefulness by scores of people affected by the devastating Wine County fires. Of course, those who lost loved ones, their homes or their businesses will continue to struggle with the impact of the inferno that has engulfed their lives even after the smoke clears. But when it comes to the impact on the economy, the adage is likely to be true. The financial blow from the wildfires is likely to subside fairly quickly and be cushioned by insurance and government relief, and Wine Country soon will resume business as usual, economists and other experts say.
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Trump lashes out at Puerto Rico as House passes aid package 13.10.2017 AP Business
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump lashed out at hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico on Thursday, insisting in tweets that the federal government can't keep sending help "forever" and suggesting the U.S. territory was to blame for its financial struggles....
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Trump lashes out at Puerto Rico as House weighs aid package 12.10.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The president insisted that federal help will be limited and blamed the U.S. territory for its financial struggles.
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In Puerto Rico, Trump praises hurricane responders and his own administration 4.10.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, President Trump arrived Tuesday, bearing a message that the battered U.S. territory was not being slighted in its quest for recovery help.

In a televised meeting with leaders of the recovery effort in a hangar at Muniz Air National Guard...

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The Daily 202: Trump’s Katrina? Influx of Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria could tip Florida toward Democrats. 28.9.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Botched response could have ripple effects in America’s biggest swing state in 2020.
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Don't expect the insurance industry to protect you from climate change 19.9.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Banks and insurance experts are reporting that, with 2 ½ months to go, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is already one of the most expensive to date for the insurance industry.

Here’s the weird part: Insurance companies are quietly happy about this. About the time that Hurricane Irma was making...

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Hurricanes provided many painful lessons about the power of nature 18.9.2017 Washington Post
There was positive news in the destructive wake of Harvey and Irma, none more important then the countless reaffirmations that in a crisis, neighbors help neighbors. But the storms were not without moments of confusion and chaos, as well as tragic mistakes.
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Harvey and Irma are the new normal. It’s time to move away from the coasts. 15.9.2017 Washington Post
Harvey and Irma are the new normal. It’s time to move away from the coasts.
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FEMA insurance chief: Harvey losses could top $11 billion 13.9.2017 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the National Flood Insurance Program said Wednesday early estimates show Hurricane Harvey will result in about $11 billion in payouts to insured homeowners, mostly in southeast Texas....
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