Map: The planned Fargo-Moorhead Red River diversion channel Public officials in North Dakota and Minnesota say a combination of levees, floodwalls, and a diversion channel is the only way to protect Fargo-Moorhead from a 500-year flood. Both cities have constructed levees and floodwalls, but the estimated $1.8 billion diversion project needs Congressional approval. When approved and funded, construction would take about 10 years. Below is a proposed route of the diversion.
High hospital bills go public, but will it help? For the first time, the government is publicly revealing how much hospitals charge, and the differences are astounding: Some bill tens of thousands of dollars more than others for the same treatment, even within the same city.
Jobless aid applications fall to 5-year low The number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits fell by 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, a five-year low. Layoffs have returned to pre-recession levels, a trend that could lead to more hiring.
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