Things you should know today: 8/30/2017

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Public schools grappling with Confederate names, images

Eric Gay
FILE – In this Aug. 21, 2017 file photo, a pedestal wrapped in plastic that had held a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee which was removed from the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas. With a new school year dawning, education officials around the nation are grappling with whether to remove the names, images and statues of Confederate figures from public schools, some of whom are now filled with students of color who could be descendants of those whom the South fought to keep in slavery. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Public schools continue to debate whether or not to remove the names and images of Confederate figures from campuses in light of the Charlottesville protests.

Private companies drive ‘new space race’ at NASA center

This July 14, 2017, photo shows the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida in Cape Canaveral, Fla. NASA says it may soon have the capability to send astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil for the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011. (AP Photo/Alex Sanz)

Boeing and SpaceX are planing manned flight tests in 2018 meaning that NASA may soon have the ability to send astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil for the first time since 2011.

Photographer documents evacuation from Harvey’s flooding

Watch as a National Geographic photographer details her flight from rising flood waters with her mother and dogs.

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