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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
July 14, 2014 6:56 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama will press Congress this week to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states. The White House says Obama will discuss the issue during remarks Tuesday at a facility in Virginia that tests new technologies for highway transportation. He'll also tout the need to... more »
June 27, 2014 3:13 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana is among a group of 32 states, Puerto Rico and the Cherokee tribal nation getting a portion of more than $154 million awarded by the federal government for job training laid-off workers in high-demand industries. The U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday that Louisiana will get... more »
March 27, 2014 7:10 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Lawmakers are rushing to get a bill to the president's desk that would provide $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine and sanction those who had a hand in Russia's takeover of Crimea. The House and Senate are poised to pass versions of the legislation Thursday. Both... more »
December 16, 2013 10:32 PM
NEW ROADS - A school bus driver and his aid have been suspended after a 5-year-old boy was left on a Pointe Coupee Parish school bus for hours Monday.
Sebastian Stevens Jr. fell asleep on his morning ride to Rosenwall Elementary. The driver finished delivering all the kids but... more »
September 12, 2013 4:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry says farmers in Caddo and DeSoto parishes may be eligible for federal drought assistance. That's because they're adjacent to Panola County, one of four Texas counties that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated primary natural disaster areas because of... more »
August 4, 2013 12:06 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Teach for America, which trains high-achieving college graduates to enter troubled public school classrooms, is getting a $3 million donation to add 510 teachers in the New Orleans area. The Advocate reports the money will help to more than double the group's presence in New Orleans and... more »
July 12, 2013 12:31 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Officials at Loyola University in New Orleans are trying to determine whether a move to reduce student aid led to an unexpected drop in freshman enrollment for the coming fall semester. First-year enrollment had grown since Hurricane Katrina; the university's goal was 875 first-year students for this... more »
June 11, 2013 2:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - LSU and Oklahoma fans attending last week's Super Regional matchup gave generously to support tornado disaster relief back in the Sooner State, according to the Baton Rouge chapter of the American Red Cross.
Spokesperson Nancy Malone said fans opened their wallets to give more than $14,130... more »
June 1, 2013 10:40 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. - With the start of the 2013 hurricane season, Louisiana officials are urging residents to pre-apply online for disaster food benefits. The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called disaster food stamps, provides food assistance for eligible households that do not get regular benefits and need help... more »
May 31, 2013 5:13 PM
BATON ROUGE - State agriculture officials say Louisiana companies are donating food and supplies to a food bank in Oklahoma following a tornado that wiped out much of the town of Moore. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says Louisiana has received much help in the past from other parts of the... more »
May 29, 2013 3:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - Health officials called for volunteers to help support Louisiana in case of an emergency this hurricane season.
"Volunteers are the backbone of our response to emergencies like hurricanes," said Assistant Secretary for Public Health J.T. Lane.
DHH said Louisiana Volunteers in Action (LAVA) can provide... more »
May 22, 2013 7:47 PM
BELMAR, NEW JERSEY- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says keep the politics out of getting aid to people in Oklahoma trying to recover from a devastating tornado. He says now is "not the time for political retribution", referring to Oklahoma's two Senators who voted against bills sending $60-billion in federal... more »
May 21, 2013 3:05 PM
WASHINGTON - Top lawmakers and officials say the federal government has plenty of money on hand to pay for recovery efforts in the devastating tornado that struck Oklahoma. The government has more than $11 billion in its main disaster relief fund. Recovery costs in Moore, Okla., are expected to be... more »
April 3, 2013 2:32 PM
WASHINGTON- Federal investigators say as much as $700 million in federal aid intended to help some 24,000 Louisiana families elevate their homes after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 may have been misspent. A report by the Housing and Urban Development Department's inspector general says some homeowners who got grants... more »
March 21, 2013 10:28 AM
WASHINGTON - Congress has spared the military's tuition assistance program from the budget knife. The House cleared a bill on Thursday to keep the government running. It includes a provision reversing the decision by the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps to suspend the program. Faced with some $43 billion... more »
February 28, 2013 9:27 AM
BATON ROUGE - St. John the Baptist Parish will get a $1.5 million federal grant to reimburse the cost of repairing sewer and storm pumps damaged by slow-moving Hurricane Isaac. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the money is part of the nearly $215.6 million in total public assistance recovery... more »
January 29, 2013 8:01 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed into law a $50.5 billion emergency measure for Superstorm Sandy victims. Congress gave the measure its final approval late Monday. Obama signed it Tuesday night, minutes after returning to the White House from a visit to Nevada. It took Congress three months after... more »
January 29, 2013 2:43 AM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he'll sign a $50.5 billion emergency measure for Superstorm Sandy victims as soon as it lands on his desk. Obama chided lawmakers for taking their time to approve the funding even as he commended them for providing the long-awaited aid. Conservatives concerned about adding... more »
January 28, 2013 10:08 AM
WASHINGTON - Three months after Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of the densely populated Northeast, the Senate is nearing a vote on a $50.5 billion emergency relief bill to help storm victims recover. Some conservatives are complaining the bill will add to the nation's debt. But Northeast lawmakers in both parties... more »
January 25, 2013 5:17 AM
WASHINGTON - The Senate is set to vote Monday on a $50.5 billion emergency relief bill to help victims of Superstorm Sandy.
Northeast lawmakers from both parties hope to win Senate approval of the measure and send it to President Barack Obama, who has said he would sign it.... more »
January 16, 2013 4:37 AM
WASHINGTON - The political tempest stirred up by Superstorm Sandy appears to have moved on after wreaking havoc among House Republicans divided over how much aid to allocate to the victims of the storm.
In a 241-180 vote Tuesday night, the House approved $50.5 billion in disaster relief for... more »
January 15, 2013 6:35 PM
WASHINGTON - The House has approved a $50.7 billion measure for Superstorm Sandy victims. The 241-180 vote sends the measure to the Senate which is expected to take it up next Tuesday. Northeast lawmakers from both parties have been pressing for the aid for more than two months. The Oct.... more »
January 4, 2013 3:40 PM
WASHINGTON - The new Congress has passed a $9.7 billion bill to help pay flood insurance claims to homeowners, renters and businesses damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The bill cleared the Senate following passage earlier Friday by the House. It replenishes the National Flood Insurance Program that was due to run... more »
January 4, 2013 7:22 AM
WASHINGTON - $9.7 billion measure to pay flood insurance claims is set for a vote in Congress, boosting prospects for relief for the many home and business owners flooded out by Superstorm Sandy. If the House, as expected, approves the flood insurance proposal today, the Senate plans to follow with... more »
January 2, 2013 3:23 PM
NEWARK, N.J. - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is blasting fellow Republican John Boehner for the House Speaker's decision to delay a vote on Superstorm Sandy relief and says the inaction is "inexcusable." Christie said Wednesday that the House is playing politics with the $60 billion aid request and it's... more »
January 2, 2013 2:46 PM
WASHINGTON - A New York lawmaker says House Speaker John Boehner has promised votes to aid victims of Superstorm Sandy by Jan. 15. Republican Rep. Peter King says the speaker will schedule a vote Friday for $9 billion in flood insurance and another on Jan. 15 for a remaining $51... more »
January 2, 2013 11:04 AM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is calling for House Republicans to vote Wednesday on Hurricane Sandy aid "without delay for our fellow Americans." It comes as New York lawmakers are lashing out at a decision by House GOP leaders not to hold a vote in the current Congress. Obama says... more »
December 17, 2012 4:47 PM
WASHINGTON - Democrats are trying to push a $60.4 billion emergency spending package for Superstorm Sandy victims through Congress by Christmas. Republicans are responding: Not so fast. The Senate opened debate on the aid measure Monday, seven weeks after the storm swept up the East Coast, causing extensive damage in... more »
December 12, 2012 3:56 PM
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats have quickly cobbled together a $60.4 billion disaster aid package for New York, New Jersey and other states hit by Superstorm Sandy in late October. Working from the emergency spending request President Barack Obama made five days ago, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday released draft... more »
December 7, 2012 4:20 PM
WASHINGTON - Congressional aides say President Barack Obama is asking Congress to approve $60.4 billion in federal aid for New York, New Jersey and other states hit by Super Storm Sandy in late October. The formal paperwork is expected to be sent to Congress later today or early next week.... more »
November 27, 2012 10:01 PM
BATON ROUGE- People recovering from Hurricane Isaac can try to get more help from FEMA. The agency said Tuesday it has more assistance available.
$530,000 has been added to the relief money for thousands of storm victims. FEMA also said it is making follow-up calls and some home visits.... more »
November 26, 2012 1:18 PM
ALBANY, N.Y. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Superstorm Sandy ran up a $42 billion bill on New York and the state and New York City will make big requests for disaster aid from the federal government. The cost includes $32 billion for repairs and restoration, but also includes an additional... more »
November 14, 2012 7:25 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved nearly $116 million in individual aid for Louisiana homeowners and renters who experienced damage from Hurricane Isaac.
Nearly 32,000 people have received housing assistance, which totals $95 million. Another $21 million has been provided for other types of individual... more »
November 12, 2012 10:37 AM
ALBANY, N.Y. - An administration official says Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to request at least $30 billion in federal disaster aid to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy. The official wasn't authorized to speak publicly because the details haven't been finalized. The official confirms that the administration will use the money to... more »
October 22, 2012 10:27 AM
NEW ROADS - FEMA workers opened a Disaster Recovery Center in Pointe Coupee Parish this morning to help people there file for help dealing with damage caused by Hurricane Isaac.
The center opens at 11 a.m. today at the Scott Civic Center in New Roads, with regular hours of... more »
October 10, 2012 9:30 AM
BATON ROUGE - Homeowners and renters have received $101 million in individual aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency since Hurricane Isaac.
More than 29,000 people have received housing assistance, which totals $83 million. Another $18 million has been provided for other types of individual assistance, according to FEMA.... more »
September 24, 2012 2:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - People applying for disaster food aid in East Baton Rouge Parish have fewer days to do so than other parishes.
According to the Department of Children and Family Services, DSNAP locations in the parish will only be open for five days this week. Other parishes have... more »
September 20, 2012 1:06 PM
CLINTON - Sites opened today for people in East and West Feliciana parishes who were affected by Hurricane Isaac to apply for or receive disaster food aid.
The sites will be open for the next seven days, and will help people get Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, formerly disaster food... more »
September 20, 2012 8:36 AM
BATON ROUGE - Residents in East Feliciana and West Feliciana parishes who were affected by Hurricane Isaac have seven days, beginning Thursday, to apply for disaster food benefits.
State officials say they're opening sites at the East Feliciana Early Learning Center in Clinton and the Independence Community Center in... more »
September 8, 2012 6:53 PM
LIVINGSTON- In Livingston Parish, hundreds are looking for help at the Disaster Recovery Center.
It's now open seven days a week 8am - 6pm and located in a shopping center just north of the Satsuma exit off I-12.
You may have to wait your turn, but most say... more »
September 7, 2012 6:17 PM
BATON ROUGE - FEMA has added Iberville and St. Mary parishes to the list of Louisiana parishes approved for individual assistance grants after Hurricane Isaac. State emergency officials announced the addition Friday. Eighteen parishes are now included in the program that allows residents and business owners to apply for grants... more »
September 7, 2012 11:13 AM
BATON ROUGE - Assessment teams from FEMA are in East Baton Rouge and St. Martin parishes today, looking at damage to see if it qualifies the parish for inidividual federal aid.
The teams will survey conditions and damage left behind from Hurricane Isaac, according to FEMA, and present a... more »
September 6, 2012 2:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - FEMA approved five more south Louisiana parishes for individual assistance today in the wake of Hurricane Isaac, according to state emergency officials.
Residents in Assumption, St. Helena, St. James, Terrebonne and Washington parishes are now eligible for federal assistance to cover uninsured damages from the stormor... more »
September 5, 2012 10:20 PM
FRENCH SETTLEMENT- People filled a room, looking for answers to their recovery from Hurricane Isaac.
Congressman Bill Cassidy joined FEMA reps for a town hall meeting.
"Most of my concern was about the MRE's and stuff," said Brandy Vance. "If there are MRE's...that will be a big help.... more »
September 4, 2012 2:59 PM
BATON ROUGE - St. Charles Parish has been added to the list of Louisiana parishes with heavy damage from Hurricane Isaac approved by FEMA for individual assistance grants. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced the addition Tuesday. FEMA's approval of St. Charles Parish brings the number of parishes to 10 where... more »
April 19, 2012 8:25 AM
WASHINGTON - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dipped last week but remained higher than it's been in recent weeks. The slight rise in applications in the past few weeks could signal that the gains in the job market are uneven. The Labor Department says weekly applications declined... more »
March 29, 2012 8:24 AM
WASHINGTON - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped last week, the latest evidence that the job market is strengthening. The Labor Department says weekly unemployment benefit applications fell 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 359,000. That's the smallest number of applicants since April 2008. The four-week average, a... more »
February 24, 2012 4:50 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Low-income communities in Louisiana are expected to benefit soon from $295 million in tax credits. Five Louisiana entities that finance business and economic development will take part in the "New Market Tax Credit" program awards announced Thursday by Sen. Mary Landrieu and Rep. Cedric Richmond.
The... more »
September 26, 2011 11:32 AM
WASHINGTON - A Senate aide says the government's disaster aid fund has enough money to last until Thursday, two days longer than earlier predicted.
The change might point the way out of a standoff that is holding up passage of legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown.
Robert... more »
May 2, 2011 10:01 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana is sending a 120-person search team to help with recovery efforts in storm-ravaged areas of Alabama.
State police said in a news release that the Urban Search and Rescue team began preparations on Sunday for deployment to Tuscaloosa.
State police Superintendent Mike Edmonson says... more »
March 17, 2011 2:20 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. - Gov. Bobby Jindal is proposing a revamp of state spending on housing assistance, under legislation that would consolidate nearly 30 separate programs into management by one state-created corporation.
The proposal for the Louisiana Housing Corporation, sponsored by House Speaker Jim Tucker, comes as state and... more »
February 19, 2011 9:48 AM
NEW ORLEANS- Federal officials are extending disaster housing aid for victims of hurricane Ike and Gustav by five months.
The extension, announced Friday, will help about 1,743 families in Louisiana. The victims have been receiving disaster aid since the hurricanes hit in the fall of 2008. The rental assistance... more »
September 14, 2010 7:04 AM
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says Louisiana will get $147 million in federal funds to aid teachers and other educators. Duncan said Monday that the funds stem from a $26 billion federal bill that backers called a state stimulus measure. The legislation includes a $10 billion education fund to support... more »
August 13, 2010 5:21 AM
Qualified Louisiana shrimpers are eligible for up to $12,000 and technical training under a federal program designed to help shrimpers in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic adjust to increased competition. Individual shrimpers interested in applying for help through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers... more »
August 5, 2010 11:58 AM
The lifeline that supports thousands of fishermen and their families who are out of money say they've run out.
Catholic Charities received just over a million dollars from BP in May. It was supposed to last a month, but the charities stretched it for 3 months. But now they... more »
June 23, 2010 11:21 AM
You can attend a free concert in Gulf Shores, Ala. next month, to show your support for those affected by the oil spill.
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer band, along with Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, Allen Toussaint, Jessee Winchester, and others, will perform.
The CMT cable network... more »
May 25, 2010 4:55 AM
More than 4,600 people hurt by the oil spill have been helped by Catholic Charities. The Archdiocese of New Orleans says that as oil comes ashore and more fishing waters are closed, the church is looking at ways to help those communities. So far, four emergency relief centers have been... more »
May 13, 2010 5:23 AM
The Louisiana Department of Social Services says oil spill payments from BP won't count as income for deciding who can get food cards and other cash-based aid programs. The department says that business accounts also won't count as assets. The rule is designed to help coastal residents who have lost... more »
May 13, 2010 5:07 AM
A Lacombe man has been sentenced in connection with a disaster loan he and his wife applied for in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Keith Stobaugh was sentenced to three years of probation and fined $1,500 after pleading guilty. Police say Stobaugh and his wife, Denise, applied for a loan... more »
April 29, 2010 6:15 AM
A Bogalusa woman has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining Red Cross aid in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. Naketra Guy received nearly $8,000 in assistance to which she wasn't entitled. Guy faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. more »
April 16, 2010 5:25 AM
A Hammond woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to fraud charges linked to aid she received after Hurricane Katrina. Quiana Selders admitted fraudulently applying for disaster assistance on six occasions between September and October 2005. In all, officials say, Selders illegally obtained $7,590 from the relief agency. The single... more »
March 22, 2010 8:50 AM
Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are headed to Haiti to lead U.S. fundraising efforts in response to the January quake. It's Bush's first trip to Haiti, and Clinton has made two visits since the quake. Supporters of Haiti's ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide are planning protests tomorrow, demanding the return... more »
March 12, 2010 5:28 AM
A New Orleans man has pleaded guilty to fraudulently getting $106,000 in government money after Hurricane Katrina. Albert McCarthy admitted to two counts of theft of government funds, and faces up to 20 years in prison and $500,000 in fines. Prosecutors say McCarthy obtained $56,000 from the state's Road Home... more »
March 11, 2010 5:38 AM
A woman from Atlanta has been sentenced to four months home confinement for mail fraud related to applications for disaster aid that she submitted to the American Red Cross after Hurricane Katrina. Stacie L. Wheaten was sentenced Wednesday and ordered to repay $13,185 to the Red Cross as well as... more »
March 1, 2010 8:07 AM
The United Nations says it will rush aid deliveries to Chile after the government asked for help in its recovery from this weekend's massive earthquake. U.N. humanitarian spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs says Chile officially made its request Monday, two days after the 8.8-magnitude quake struck about 200 miles south of the... more »
February 25, 2010 5:33 AM
A 47-year-old St. Rose man has pleaded guilty to a charge of theft of government funds related to Louisiana's Road Home program, which was established to help homeowners affected by 2005's Hurricane Katrina. Authorities say Ryant Price lived in St. Rose before and during Hurricane Katrina. But, in 2006, he... more »
February 22, 2010 6:14 AM
All locations of Painting With a Twist and Corks N Canvas will be participating in Paint with a Purpose from Florida to Texas.
All of the proceeds from Paint with a Purpose will be donated to Haiti Missions, Inc. a nonprofit organization from Thibodaux, Louisiana. The featured artwork for... more »
February 19, 2010 5:31 AM
A woman from Tangipahoa Parish has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for mail fraud related to applications she made to the American Red Cross for help after Hurricane Katrina. Wanita S. Williams was ordered to pay $10,355 in restitution to the agency and three years of supervised release... more »
January 29, 2010 6:31 AM
A consultant working for the West Feliciana Parish Police Jury told a jury committee he would submit the parish's application for $1.4 million in Hurricane Gustav recovery funds in early February. Thomas King of the SJB Group told the jury's Executive Committee Thursday he does not expect the Louisiana Recovery... more »
January 29, 2010 6:06 AM
The post-earthquake aid effort in Haiti is taking its toll on medical supplies. Basic medical supplies such as antibiotics and painkillers are running dangerously low at some quake-devastated hospitals and clinics. It's alarming to doctors who are struggling to keep up with demand. The deputy head of the U.N. peacekeeping... more »
January 14, 2010 8:00 AM
More U.S. forces are getting under way as the military ramps up its mission to help earthquake victims in Haiti. An advance group of a little over 100 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division will leave Fort Bragg in North Carolina Thursday. The Army says the group will find locations... more »
January 13, 2010 6:34 AM
Residents of Haiti are awaiting help in the wake of the strongest earthquake to hit the Caribbean nation in more than two centuries. The International Federation of Red Cross says up to 3 million people have been affected by yesterday's 7.0-magnitude quake. Tens of thousands have lost their homes, and... more »
November 11, 2009 6:04 AM
The Pointe Coupee Police Jury has completed work on its plans to submit a proposal to the state requesting $15.9 million in disaster recovery payments based on damage inflicted by 2008 hurricanes Gustav and Ike. The proposal will have to be approved by the Louisiana Recovery Authority the state agency... more »