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Deseret News National Edition: Hurricane Sandy, Micah Spjute, Noelle Pikus-Pace

Two years after Super Storm Sandy, thousands of families still struggle to rebuild — especially low-income residents.
Two years after Super Storm Sandy, thousands of families still struggle to rebuild — especially low-income residents.
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Segment 1

Two years after Super Storm Sandy, thousands of families still struggle to rebuild — especially low-income residents. While government help has been slow, community help has kicked in. Reporter Lane Anderson has spent a lot of time in some of these neighborhoods and explains how neighbors are coming together to help each other rebuild.

The First Amendment Partnership unites and coordinates action among the nation's largest faith communities on matters of religious freedom policy. Tim Schultz is the president of that organization. He sits down with Deseret News editor Paul Edwards to discuss what individuals can do in their own communities to protect religious freedom.

Segment 2

Ask Micah Spjute about music — and he speaks haltingly. He mumbles. He jumbles words. Yet, the same 14-year-old boy can easily play a jazz guitar riff or serenade his classmates with a song and tap dance routine. Photojournalist Peter Rosen shows us how Micah and his family meet their challenges with the help of music.

When Brigham Young decided Utah was the place, he also decided this desert state needed a little green. More than 150 years later, scientists from 102 countries are looking to Utah to keep their forests alive. Keith McCord explains why Salt Lake City turned out to be "just the place" to host the largest global scientific conference on forests.

Segment 3

It's been quite a year for Olympic Silver medalist Noelle Pikus-Pace. In February, she was on top of the world winning silver at the Sochi Olympics. Shortly after that came the hard reality of heartbreak. She explains to Dave McCann how her faith has kept her going.