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Live from npr news in washington i'm lakshmi sang a stunning political showdown is unfolding in spain the government has strip catalonia of its autonomy less than an hour after the regional parliament declared independence from madrid thousands of people are gathering outside the parliament building in support of secession but the spanish government says it does not recognize the declaration spain's government has washington's support meanwhile the catalan national assembly the main secessionist group in the autonomous northern spanish region is calling on civil servants to disobey the central government's orders the federal emergency management agency argues it did not approve with three hundred million dollar contract between the puerto rican power utility and a small montana company for power restoration work in the u s territory which had been struck by hurricane maria nikki will let of montana public radio reports fema is expressing significant concerns now about the deal in a statement fema says it was not involved in selecting whitefish energy fema officials stated the agency is currently in talks with the puerto rican utility and it's legal counsel to get more information about the contract and how the deal was made in a leaked copy of the contract the puerto rican electric power authority or prep uh stated that fema did review and approve of the contract fema also says it has not confirmed if the contract prices are reasonable the contract outlines wages of at least three hundred dollars an hour for site supervisors and more for subcontractors.

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