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And a.m. 8 20. NPR news and the New York conversation. Live from NPR news in Washington. I'm Dave Mattingly. Ian is expected to make landfall in South Carolina today as a category one hurricane. The storm regained strength after moving off Florida yesterday and is likely to come ashore in the Charleston area, a hurricane warning extends from the Savannah river to cape fear North Carolina. In Florida, search and rescue efforts and damage assessments are continuing in the aftermath of Ian, especially along the Gulf Coast in the Fort Myers area. That's where Ian made landfall as a category four storm, more than 2 million homes and businesses are still without power there. NPR's Meg Anderson says Ian closed many schools in Florida. More than 50 of Florida's 67 public school districts closed for at least one day during the storm. And the majority of the students affected have missed three days or more. Hillsborough county public schools, which includes Tampa was one of the largest districts affected. Schools there closed for 5 days. Ovett Wilson is the principal at piso K 8 school in Tampa. That's obvious that things are different. Climate wise. And the frequency in hurricanes have been a concern, especially for Florida. Wilson's school plans to reopen Monday, but several harder hit districts have yet to announce their reopening plans. Meg Anderson and PR news. This is NPR news from Washington. On WNYC in New York Ed 8 32, good morning and Michael, he'll mid 50s and partly sunny, mostly cloudy today in a high of 67. Public three one one complaints about syringes littering New York City's sidewalks have been growing in recent years to address the issue the city council was considering a program that would pay drug users to turn in their use needles. WNYC's Caroline Lewis reports. Similar to a bottle return program, the syringe buyback plan would pay out 20 cents for each needle collected, and participants could earn up to $10 per day. A city council bill seeking to pilot the program was introduced last month by council member Diana Ayala, who represents parts of Harlem and the south Bronx, children are coming in contact with dirty needles, day in and day out. And quite frankly, I haven't seen or heard from anyone on a plan of action. A similar program launched in Boston in late 2020, and has since collected more than 2 million needles at a cost of about $440,000. But some New Yorkers scoff at the idea of paying drug users to properly dispose of their needles. Harlem mom, Keanu Santiago, says the city should just put out special kiosks instead. Have little boxes or something to

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