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  • Hundreds of children gifted free supplies at back-to-school event Play Video

    July 30, 2017 12:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds crowded under a covered picnic area at the Waddill Wildlife Refuge, trying to avoid the rain and grab some free school supplies Saturday. It's all a part of "Fishing for Backpacks", a back-to-school event that began four years ago. "From the first year we... more »
  • More Louisiana students applying for federal college aid

    July 17, 2017 12:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A growing number of Louisiana's high school seniors are applying for federal aid to help cover college costs, a boom in applications pushed by state officials. The education department says 65 percent of high school seniors, nearly 27,000 students, submitted the Free Application for Federal... more »
  • LSU baseball dads help save Florida fan's life at CWS Play Video

    June 27, 2017 11:16 AM

    OMAHA – Two dads with ties to the LSU baseball team saved an 87-year-old man's life during the LSU-Florida game at the College World Series game on Monday. Dr. Jerry Poché, the father of LSU pitcher Jared Poche, and Jimmy Roy, the father of LSU's strength and conditioning coach,... more »
  • Woman sentenced for stealing nearly $11k from FEMA

    May 5, 2017 8:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans area woman has been sentenced in federal court for stealing nearly $11,000 in disaster-assistance money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. News outlets report 42-year-old Danielle Randall of Gretna was sentenced Thursday to 15-months in prison after pleading guilty to theft of federal funds.... more »
  • Lawmakers kill plan to divert flood aid to diversion canal

    May 4, 2017 1:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State lawmakers in the House of Representatives shot down a funding mechanism for the Comite River Diversion Canal Thursday morning. Earlier this week, the House Appropriations Committee added language to next year’s budget to allocate congressional disaster recovery money to the project. Rep. Valarie Hodges, a... more »
  • Plan would shift $190M in flood aid from homeowners to canal Play Video

    May 2, 2017 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the state House are proposing to divert $190 million in Louisiana's congressional disaster recovery money to a flood protection project. The move would strip some aid earmarked for homeowners struggling to recover after last year's flooding. The House Appropriations Committee added language to next year's... more »
  • $227M contract for manager of Louisiana flood aid program

    April 25, 2017 12:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's contract with disaster recovery firm IEM to administer a homeowner flood aid program is estimated to cost $227 million. The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report says the state has completed its deal with IEM to manage the $1.3 billion program to assist homeowners with damage from... more »
  • Restore Louisiana Task Force to give update on flood aid Play Video

    April 21, 2017 9:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The latest update on how the Congressional appropriation of $1.6 billion dollars for flood recovery will come Friday morning. The Restore Louisiana Task Force will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the State Capitol. Task force members will be updated on the homeowner assistance program's initial... more »
  • Louisiana picks contractor to manage flood aid program

    April 13, 2017 12:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The company chosen to manage Louisiana's $1.3 billion flood aid program for homeowners is the same firm that was earlier selected for the work and then saw its contract scrapped and the bid process redone. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that IEM was selected to oversee... more »
  • Homeowners with flood damage asked to take survey

    April 8, 2017 1:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana homeowners with damage from last year's devastating floods are being asked to take a survey, the first step in applying for disaster recovery aid. The survey will be posted online Monday at restore.la.gov . Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration will use survey responses to help determine... more »
  • 'Cooking in Central' returns to help flood victims Play Video

    April 1, 2017 11:37 PM

    CENTRAL - It's been more than 10 years since hurricane Katrina struck, but the 'Cooking in Central' fundraiser has returned to help disaster victims once again. Whether you're in the mood for delicious eats, an auction or you just want to play, you can find it all at the... more »
  • Louisiana seeking lenders to administer flood aid loans

    March 12, 2017 1:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana is looking for lending organizations to dole out aid to qualifying small businesses impacted by the March and August 2016 floods. The state's flood recovery task force says the Office of Community Development is seeking nonprofits, community development financial institutions and federal credit unions to administer... more »
  • FEMA denies aid to multiple parishes following February tornadoes

    March 1, 2017 4:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has responded to Governor John Bel Edwards' request for federal aid for five parishes following February's tornadoes. In a letter released Wednesday, FEMA informed the governor it authorized individual assistance for both Livingston and Orleans parishes, as well as hazard mitigation... more »
  • Free college financial aid application help available Sunday

    February 6, 2017 4:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Office of Student Financial Assistance is offering free professional help with financial aid forms to students and their families. The College Goal Sunday events will be held at 15 locations around Louisiana on Sunday, providing assistance in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid,... more »
  • FEMA extends hotel checkout deadline to Feb. 10

    January 12, 2017 12:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA announced Thursday that the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program will be extended for another 24 days. According to a statement, FEMA says eligible Louisiana flood survivors may stay in hotels or motels through Thursday, Feb 9, but must check out by Feb. 10, 2017. ... more »
  • Flood plan expected to get money to homeowners by April

    January 6, 2017 12:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana is submitting its plan to spend $438 million in federal flood recovery aid, a move Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration says should have money flowing by April. Nearly all the money, under the plan being sent Friday to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,... more »
  • Edwards administration defends flood response Play Video

    January 6, 2017 12:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Edwards' Administration pushed back against criticism Thursday that it's too slow in responding to the August flood. Friday Edwards will present the state's first disaster relief program 147 days after the storm. "Only twenty of the days have been in the control of the state," said... more »
  • College financial aid officer stole $22K from students

    December 19, 2016 12:55 PM

    ALEXANDRIA - Federal prosecutors say a 43-year-old Alexandria woman has been sentenced to a year in prison for stealing more than $22,000 from students at a private college. U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says Makquel Gailes also must pay $22,700 restitution. Finley says Gailes was a financial aid officer at Unitech... more »
  • Congressman criticizes Louisiana's flood spending plan

    December 12, 2016 4:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Rep. Garret Graves says he expects Louisiana to need additional congressional aid to recover from the August flood, and he's displeased with the plan to spend the money received so far. Graves raised objections Monday to plans developed by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration to spend... more »
  • Gov. Edwards going back to Washington to lobby for flood aid

    November 30, 2016 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is returning to Washington to continue pushing for federal aid for Louisiana's recovery from March and August flooding. Edwards was leaving Wednesday and scheduled to return Friday, according to his office. Louisiana has received $438 million in disaster block grant assistance from Congress,... more »
  • Deadline for flood victims to register with FEMA Nov. 14 Play Video

    November 12, 2016 11:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana residents with damage from the severe mid-August flooding have only a few more hours remaining to register for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The deadline is Monday, Nov. 14. For those who apply online the deadline is 10 p.m. and for those who apply... more »
  • Gov. Edwards going back to Washington for flood aid

    November 8, 2016 3:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is returning to Washington this week, as he tries to build the case that Louisiana needs more federal assistance to recover from the summer flooding. The Democratic governor is seeking $4 billion in federal aid to respond to the flooding that hit south... more »
  • Road to recovery could test patience of Matthew victims

    October 15, 2016 3:11 PM

    TARBORO - Thousands of displaced Louisiana families are still waiting for government assistance to return home two months after the historically catastrophic deluge from a no-name storm system. An equally stressful housing crunch could await victims of Hurricane Matthew, which just dealt a deadly and destructive blow to the East... more »
  • FEMA and SBA disaster assistance deadline extended until Nov 14

    October 12, 2016 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Residents who need FEMA assistance after August’s historic flooding have until Nov. 14 to apply for individual assistance. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards made the announcement of the deadline extension on Wednesday afternoon. FEMA hopes the additional time will make sure that everyone affected by... more »
  • Ryan backs Louisiana flood aid in stopgap spending bill

    September 21, 2016 11:16 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan says he supports an immediate infusion of flood aid to Louisiana as part of a temporary government-wide spending bill that's atop the congressional agenda before lawmakers leave Washington for the fall campaign. The bill also provides more than $1 billion in long-delayed funding to... more »
  • Gov. Edwards going back to Washington seeking disaster aid

    September 21, 2016 10:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is making his third trip to Washington in as many weeks, trying to build support for billions in federal disaster aid for Louisiana's flood recovery. Edwards' office says the Democratic governor will travel to Washington on Wednesday and return home Friday. He'll be... more »
  • FEMA: federal aid to flooded Louisiana has passed $1 billion

    September 9, 2016 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA reports that federal aid to help disaster survivors has surpassed $1 billion less than four weeks after historic flooding devastated south Louisiana. FEMA says more than 63,000 families are receiving assistance through one or more of the housing options available. The agency approved more... more »
  • FAQ: Understanding Your FEMA Determination Letter

    September 7, 2016 11:35 AM

    Q: My FEMA determination letter says that my application for disaster assistance is “ineligible” or “incomplete.” What can I do? A: All disaster assistance applicants have the right to appeal, and sometimes a quick fix is all that is needed to change a “no” to a “yes.” Read your... more »
  • Renters may be eligible for federal disaster aid

    August 26, 2016 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Renters who experienced losses from last week’s historic flooding may be eligible for federal disaster aid. According to a FEMA statement Friday, renters may be eligible for grants from FEMA to cover certain disaster related expenses, including: Disaster related medical and dental expenses Replacement... more »
  • Aid available to farmers after historic flooding

    August 26, 2016 11:50 AM

    OPELOUSAS – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture is assuring farmers that state and federal aid is available to help them get through the flooding crisis. According to a release from LSU’s Friday, state Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain has held multiple meetings in Indian Bayou, Opelousas, Batchelor and Donaldsonville. ... more »
  • First look at temporary FEMA homes for La. flood victims Play Video

    August 24, 2016 2:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced the "Shelter at Home" disaster recovery program Wednesday. According to Edwards, FEMA will fund up to $15,000 to render a home "safe, secure and habitable." The program will only be eligible to people who's homes can be restored to basic... more »
  • More ZIP codes approved for Phase one of DSNAP

    August 19, 2016 3:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State Officials announced Friday the locations where residents in eight parishes can apply for DSNAP benefits next week. According to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, the first of three phases begins Monday, Aug. 22, through Saturday Aug. 27. Phase One includes eight parishes.... more »
  • Deadline to apply for FEMA help June 13

    June 4, 2016 3:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana disaster survivors in 36 parishes have until June 13 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for recovery assistance. The Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness requested the extension to provide more time for those with disaster damage that occurred March 8... more »
  • FEMA extends proof of loss form filing deadline

    May 4, 2016 11:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted a 60-day extension for filing proof of loss forms by National Flood Insurance Program policyholders affected by storms across the state in March. The program normally requires policyholders to file that form within 60 days of suffering flood damage. Insurance... more »
  • US applications for jobless aid fall to four-decade low

    April 21, 2016 12:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell to a four-decade low last week, a sign that employers are unconcerned about weak economic growth in the first three months of 2016. The Labor Department says weekly applications for jobless benefits declined to a seasonally adjusted 247,000, the lowest... more »
  • Avoyelles Parish added to flooding disaster list

    April 8, 2016 9:28 PM

    GREENSBURG - Avoyelles Parish was added to the list of parishes deemed a disaster in the wake of wide-spread flooding in March. Avoyelles joins the list that already includes Allen, Ascension, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, DeSoto, East Carroll, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison,... more »
  • Modest changes proposed to Louisiana TOPS tuition program Play Video

    April 7, 2016 3:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers looking for ways to control the ballooning price tag of Louisiana's TOPS free college tuition program are advancing modest cost-containment proposals. They have shelved, at least for now, more sweeping proposals to change who can receive the tuition aid. The Senate Education Committee on Thursday backed... more »
  • Disaster Recovery Centers in place to help flood recovery

    March 24, 2016 12:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE – As cleanup and recovery begins after damaging rain and flooding, federal disaster officials have set up recovery centers across Louisiana to aid residents. FEMA says it has opened several Disaster Recovery Centers accross the state to help residents as cleanup efforts begin. Volunteers and represenatives from... more »
  • Who can apply? FEMA Disaster Assistance FAQs Play Video

    March 17, 2016 6:40 PM

    Who should apply for federal disaster assistance? Louisiana homeowners, renters and business owners in disaster-designated parishes who sustained damage to their homes, vehicles, personal property, business or its inventory as a result of the ongoing severe storms and floods may apply for disaster assistance. How do I apply? Survivors in... more »
  • Obama mobilizes federal aid to north La. parishes

    March 13, 2016 6:09 PM

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama declared Louisiana flooding as a major disaster Sunday and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in north Louisiana. According to a White House press release, Obama’s order will make federal funding available to individuals affected in Bossier, Claiborne, Grant, Morehouse,... more »
  • Oxfam: $1.9B in Ebola aid not delivered by donors

    January 31, 2016 3:08 PM

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Activists say international donors have failed to deliver funds promised to help West African countries recover from the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people. The U.K.-based charity Oxfam said Sunday that $1.9 billion has not been delivered. Even the $3.9 billion in aid that... more »
  • USDA expands drought aid eligibility in La. and Miss

    October 22, 2015 4:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers and ranchers in nearly 70 percent of Louisiana's parishes and of Mississippi's counties are now eligible for drought disaster aid. In Mississippi, USDA added 10 counties to the list of primary disaster areas on Thursday, bringing the total to 30.... more »
  • Government shutdown could cut off food stamps

    September 22, 2015 4:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - A government shutdown Oct. 1 could immediately suspend or delay food stamp payments to some of the 46 million Americans who receive the food aid. The Agriculture Department said Tuesday that it will stop providing benefits "within the first several days of October" if Congress does not pass... more »
  • Obama administration wants to give prisoners Pell grants

    July 28, 2015 3:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the Obama administration wants to expand the Pell grant program to prisoners. He and Attorney General Loretta Lynch will visit the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup, Maryland, on Friday to announce the plans. In a speech Monday, Duncan said the administration wants to... more »
  • Sen. Paul: Senate will vote on fed aid to Planned Parenthood

    July 28, 2015 11:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - Presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul says Senate leaders have told him the chamber will vote on his effort to block federal aid to Planned Parenthood before lawmakers begin their August break. The Kentucky Republican said Tuesday that Senate GOP leaders told him the vote will occur. He says... more »
  • College Goal Sunday relieves stress of applying for FAFSA Play Video

    February 27, 2015 6:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Preparing for the financial burden of college can be a hassle for students and parents. There's an opportunity for you to relieve some of that pressure this weekend. Financial aid professionals from around the area will be on hand at College Goal Sunday to help you... more »
  • Audit: Work still needed on tracking hurricane aid

    December 22, 2014 2:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A state audit shows Louisiana has a long way to go to ascertain that more than a billion dollars in housing aid has been used properly by the thousands of people who got federal help from the catastrophic 2005 hurricane season. The Louisiana Legislative Auditor report, released... more »
  • Obama to sign Russia sanctions legislation

    December 16, 2014 11:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama will sign congressional legislation slapping new sanctions on Russia and providing aid to Ukraine. Spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama continues to have concerns about the bill but believes the legislation still gives him the flexibility he needs. The president is expected... more »
  • Ebola workers ask Congress for help

    November 12, 2014 2:28 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Health workers on the front line of the Ebola crisis say the need for urgent help isn't letting up. They are making that pitch as Congress begins considering President Barack Obama's $6.2 billion emergency aid request to fight the disease. Despite reports that the number of infections... more »
  • Pres. Obama condemns Canada shooting, offers help

    October 22, 2014 2:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has condemned deadly shootings in Canada as "outrageous attacks" and has offered to help the U.S. ally with its response. The White House says Obama spoke by telephone Wednesday with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the... more »
  • Applications for US unemployment rise to 293K

    September 25, 2014 7:40 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid increased last week after falling sharply two weeks ago. Despite the rise, the level of applications remains near pre-recession levels, a sign hiring will remain healthy. The Labor Department says weekly unemployment benefit applications rose 12,000 to a seasonally... more »
  • Ukraine agrees to Red Cross-led aid mission

    August 11, 2014 10:32 AM

    KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine says it has agreed on a Red Cross-led humanitarian aid operation with Russia, the European Union and other international partners to alleviate suffering in the separatist-held city of Luhansk. President Petro Poroshenko's office said in a statement Monday the plan had received backing from President Barack... more »

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