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"Leap into Flood Preparation" This Weekend

Anyone who wants to get ready for spring flooding can learn how on Saturday. The Scott County Emergency Management Agency , Davenport , and Buffalo will host "Leap into Flood Preparation" at Modern Woodmen Park. The resource fair is for property owners and others affected by flooding in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regularly issues "Travel Health Notices" that address disease outbreaks and other health-related matters in international destinations. The newly discovered coronavirus is now a topic of concern.

The point of the warnings is to indicate countries where the CDC believes there is a risk of infection with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

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President Trump tweeted this afternoon that he is nominating Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe to be director of national intelligence again. The president had initially named the Texas congressman to be his intelligence chief last July. But within days, Ratcliffe withdrew amidst controversy. NPR's Greg Myre is here to tell us more.

Hi, Greg.

GREG MYRE, BYLINE: Hey, Mary Louise.

KELLY: So remind us who John Ratcliffe is. And what happened last summer that scuppered his nomination then?

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is sitting in a prison hospital awaiting his sentencing for rape and sexual assault.

Many thought this day would never come.

"There certainly was a sense of bracing for a much more expected outcome that was much more in line with Weinstein's attempts to evade accountability," Ronan Farrow tells All Things Considered.

Farrow had doubts that the powerful Hollywood producer would be held to account.

Updated at 11:35 p.m. ET

A federal appeals court in California on Friday briefly blocked the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" program, seemingly dealing a blow to the president's controversial policy requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for their day in U.S. immigration court.

But within hours, a three-judge panel voted unanimously to suspend its own order, giving the government until the end of Monday to respond with written arguments and plaintiffs until the end of Tuesday.

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

President Trump tweeted this afternoon that he is nominating Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe to be director of national intelligence again. The president had initially named the Texas congressman to be his intelligence chief last July. But within days, Ratcliffe withdrew amidst controversy. NPR's Greg Myre is here to tell us more.

Hi, Greg.

GREG MYRE, BYLINE: Hey, Mary Louise.

KELLY: So remind us who John Ratcliffe is. And what happened last summer that scuppered his nomination then?

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

President Trump tweeted this afternoon that he is nominating Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe to be director of national intelligence again. The president had initially named the Texas congressman to be his intelligence chief last July. But within days, Ratcliffe withdrew amidst controversy. NPR's Greg Myre is here to tell us more.

Hi, Greg.

GREG MYRE, BYLINE: Hey, Mary Louise.

KELLY: So remind us who John Ratcliffe is. And what happened last summer that scuppered his nomination then?

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

President Trump tweeted this afternoon that he is nominating Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe to be director of national intelligence again. The president had initially named the Texas congressman to be his intelligence chief last July. But within days, Ratcliffe withdrew amidst controversy. NPR's Greg Myre is here to tell us more.

Hi, Greg.

GREG MYRE, BYLINE: Hey, Mary Louise.

KELLY: So remind us who John Ratcliffe is. And what happened last summer that scuppered his nomination then?

Updated at 1:11 a.m. ET, Feb. 29

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced late Friday that it is "aware of four new presumptive cases of COVID-19."

The new cases were reported in:

  • California (another possible instance of community spread),
  • Oregon (that state's first possible case of community spread),

Acclaimed physicist Freeman Dyson, who pondered the origins of life, interstellar travel and many other topics, died Friday at the age of 96.

His daughter Mia Dyson told NPR that her father died after a short illness.

Freeman Dyson was known for groundbreaking work in physics and mathematics but his curiosity ranged far beyond those fields.

Some of the most senior government officials assigned to the coronavirus crisis briefed House lawmakers Friday, and assured them that the Trump administration is not impeding their work or their communications with the public.

Representatives on both sides of the aisle have lauded some aspects of the outbreak response, while voicing frustration with others.

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