Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs: Houston Lifts Mobile Home Ban on Private Land after Harvey

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs: Houston Lifts Mobile Home Ban on Private Land after Harvey

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Arizona lawmaker ousted for sexual harassment

The Arizona House voted Thursday to expel a Republican lawmaker after a report ordered by legislative leaders of his own party showed he engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment toward women.

Rep. Don Shooter of Yuma is believed to be the first state lawmaker in the U.S. to be expelled by colleagues since the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct began last fall.

The fallout comes months after Republican Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita said Shooter propositioned her for sex and repeatedly commented on her breasts. Many other women then complained that he subjected them to inappropriate comments.

Shooter said he deserves to be punished but did nothing to justify expulsion.

Mobile homes approved to help Houston flood victims * The Houston City Council has suspended local regulations that bar mobile homes on private property, an effort to help residents displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

The Houston Chronicle says Wednesday's decision clears the way for Harvey flood victims who could qualify for Federal Emergency Management Agency trailers.

The ordinance authorizes Houston to issue waivers allowing mobile homes on private property for six months, with a possible six-month extension.

Harvey made landfall Aug. 25 in South Texas, prompting torrential rain that flooded parts of Houston.

Drought returns to California * California is rapidly plunging back into drought, with severe conditions now existing in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties home to one-fourth of the state's population, a national drought monitor said Thursday.

The weekly report released by the U.S. Drought Monitor, a project of government agencies and other partners, also shows 44 percent of the state is now considered to be in a moderate drought. It's a dramatic jump from just last week, when the figure was 13 percent.

California lifted a drought state of emergency less than a year ago, ending cutbacks that at the peak of the drought mandated 25 percent conservation by cities and towns, devastated generations of native salmon and other wildlife, made household wells run dry in the state's middle, and compelled farmers to dig deep, costly wells. …

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