November 21, 2014 11:49 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Technology Park received a six-figure technology grant from Microsoft Friday, the largest software grant the incubator has received since it started operations in 2001.
Spokesperson Jesse Hoggard said the $262,000 grant includes software and support for Tech Park programs, and will support video game... more »
September 29, 2014 4:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - Some of IBM's top talent are in Baton Rouge to solve the city's traffic problems.
It's part of IBM's Smarter Cities Challenge that grants cities $500,000 to solve its biggest issue. The team of six experts met with city leaders Monday to introduce themselves and kick... more »
September 29, 2014 3:29 AM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez is looking for money for a four-lane alternate route from Lamar-Dixon Expo Center after the project failed to win a federal grant. The one-mile, $12 million road to Lamar-Dixon was not among the projects the U.S. Department of Transportation said earlier this month... more »
August 13, 2014 3:07 PM
LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish leaders found a way to replace seven worn wooden bridges without spending a dime of parish money.
The parish got $4.6 million from a federal grant through the Louisiana Recovery Act. The bridges are scattered throughout the parish, but three are in the Haynes Settlement... more »
June 23, 2014 3:53 AM
HAMMOND - Southeastern Louisiana University's department of teaching and learning has been awarded a $120,000 grant from the Louisiana Department of Education to partner with the St. Charles Parish public school system to redesign teacher preparation programs. The effort is intended to give teacher candidates more classroom time by matching... more »
May 26, 2014 12:00 PM
BATON ROUGE - The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded a grant of almost $480,000 to the Louisiana Housing Corporation of Baton Rouge to help families and individuals with housing needs and to prevent foreclosures. The state-chartered housing organization provides financial management, budget and pre-purchase counseling as... more »
May 21, 2014 6:37 AM
BATON ROUGE - Capital One is set to award five non-profit organizations with a combined $750,000.
It's part of the Investing of Good Awards. Each organization will receive a $150,000 grant over a two-year period.
The deadline to apply is Thursday at 5:00 p.m. You can apply and... more »
April 28, 2014 4:42 PM
NEW ROADS - The city of New Roads announced Monday that they received a $15,000 grant to build a new playground, and asked for the public's help with the construction.
The grant, part of a nationwide project called "Let's Play", will cover the costs of playground equipment for the... more »
April 24, 2014 10:29 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Z Zurich Foundation is giving a $3 million grant to St. Bernard Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping disaster-impacted communities recover in a prompt, efficient and predictable way. The grant is a three-year commitment to create a Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lab that will share... more »
March 25, 2014 11:33 AM
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge is one of four U.S. cities or counties to receive an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant for 2014.
The grant program sends teams of IBM experts to provide consulting expertise for select cities and regions around the country and world.
An IBM team... more »
January 2, 2014 9:32 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has yet to spend $1.5 billion of federal disaster recovery aid provided by Congress after hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike ravaged the state in 2005 and 2008. The flexible block grant rebuilding and strengthening money remains set aside for infrastructure repairs, home rebuilding, school reconstruction... more »
October 31, 2013 11:32 AM
COLFAX - A search warrant led deputies in Grant Parish to find crystal meth and a frozen alligator. The Town Talk of Alexandria reported that deputies found an alligator that had been illegally killed.
The alligator was stored in a freezer at the home where two men were arrested... more »
October 24, 2013 5:07 PM
ZACHARY - The Zachary Police Department received $39, 000 in grant money to crack down on unsafe drivers.
The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission provided the grant to the police department.
Police Chief David McDavid said the money will pay for patrols specifically watching for impaired drivers, speeders, and... more »
October 22, 2013 7:39 AM
LAPLACE - Officials in St. John the Baptist Parish want to use $32.6 million in federal grant money largely to repair homes damaged by last year's Hurricane Isaac, help with rehabilitating affordable housing units and assist low-and-moderate-income home buyers.
Another large chunk of the money would go toward repairs... more »
October 13, 2013 10:57 AM
JENNINGS- The City Council will seek up to $600,000 in Community Development Block Grant money from the state to pay for a proposed street overlay project. City Clerk Barbara Lantz tells The American Press that Jennings is eligible to receive up to $600,000 for the project. Any grant money awarded... more »
October 11, 2013 7:44 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Police Department has received a grant from the state Highway Safety Commission that will be used to fund 16,000 hours of man power to enforce impaired driving, seat belt use, speeding and underage drinking. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely says the program aims to reduce alcohol-related... more »
September 27, 2013 3:01 PM
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana won't apply for $44 million in federal grant money available to the state for early childhood education programs. Superintendent of Education John White made the decision and notified Chas Roemer, who is the president of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Several groups urged White to... more »
September 23, 2013 2:28 PM
Baton Rouge- A one million dollar federal grant has been awarded to East Baton Rouge Parish to build on the BRAVE effort.
Mayor-President Kip Holden made the announcement Monday morning.
The grant will help the efforts of BRAVE by creating a plan to address crime issues in the... more »
September 19, 2013 1:03 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden announced today that a $1 million federal grant was awarded recently to the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination Program, or BRAVE.
Holden said the grant would help the crime-fighting program expand from the 70805 ZIP code into the 70802 area of the city,... more »
September 13, 2013 6:12 PM
BATON ROUGE - Thousands of dollars in grant money will be up for grabs soon for volunteer groups who want to help make Baton Rouge a greener, greater, and safer place to live.
The city of Baton Rouge received $50,000 from Bloomberg Philanthropies to award to volunteer groups who... more »
August 27, 2013 11:26 AM
BATON ROUGE - Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said today that even after a record-setting year for Louisiana tourism, the budget is still a concern.
Dardenne said 26.3 million people visited the state in 2012, generating $665 million in tax revenue. He said the concern is over the dwindling grant... more »
May 12, 2013 2:32 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The National Science Foundation has awarded a $315,000 grant to the University of New Orleans to help support the school's summer undergraduate research program for three years. The program is heavily focused on exposing minority students to scientific research. The program is operated by UNO's department of... more »
April 5, 2013 3:11 PM
BATON ROUGE- ExxonMobil has announced a new $450,000 grant focusing on improving science instruction in schools across north Baton Rouge.
Representatives made the announcement Friday at the library of Scotlandville High School The money will be divided among three organizations over three years: $75,000 will go each year to... more »
March 29, 2013 10:16 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's two U.S. senators say the Greater Lafourche Port Commission is getting a $1.4 million grant to elevate and improve the drainage of a road at Port Fourchon, which serves as the hub for much of the offshore energy activity and production in the Gulf of Mexico.... more »
March 26, 2013 4:09 PM
GONZALES - Deputies in Ascension Parish said DNA evidence from the rape and murder of Jeannie Lavigne helped them make an arrest 23 years after the crime was committed.
Detectives arrested Kenneth Lavigne, the nephew of the victim's ex-husband, in suspicion of aggravated rape and first-degree murder.
Ryan... more »
March 14, 2013 9:11 AM
NEW ORLEANS - State Superintendent John White says the state will use $5 million in federal professional development funds to train educators interested in turning around failing district-run schools. The "Believe and Succeed" grants cover a year of advanced training for the new school leaders. White announced the initiative in... more »
March 11, 2013 11:55 AM
WASHINGTON - Louisiana received a federal grant to help continue cleanup and recovery efforts across the state in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac.
The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $1,119,339 National Emergency Grant increment was to be released.
"Louisiana continues to need assistance to recover from... more »
February 27, 2013 10:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- The newest director of the animal shelter promises changes are being made at the controversial facility.
"We've made a lot of headway with our system," Beth Brewster said.
Brewster has been leading the shelter for about six weeks.
One new effort is a dog rescue... more »
February 27, 2013 5:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - Authorities in Baton Rouge received more than a million dollars in federal grant money to help fight crime with the BRAVE program.
About $200,000 of the $1.49 million grant will go to the Healing Place Church Dreamcenter. It's located in the 70805 zip code, which is... more »
February 4, 2013 2:23 PM
POINTE A LA HACHE - Plaquemines Parish will receive nearly $1.3 million from the federal government to help fix roads damaged by Hurricane Isaac. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday the $1,280,209 grant, is part of the $195.5 million in total public assistance recovery dollars approved for the state... more »
November 29, 2012 3:09 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans city councilman has been sentenced to six months in prison for plotting to misuse federal money intended to help a nonprofit organization after Hurricane Katrina. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk also on Thursday sentenced Jon Johnson to six months of home detention and... more »
November 28, 2012 12:23 PM
CLINTON - The town of Clinton received more than a quarter-million dollars in grant money this week to make public safety improvements.
One grant worth $200,000 will be used to pay off the loan used to buy the town's first new fire truck in 15 years. Fire Chief Doug... more »
November 28, 2012 9:06 AM
DONALDSONVILLE - The Ascension Parish school district is one of 60 finalists left in the running for a prestigious Race to the Top district grant being awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Superintendent Patrice Pujol said Tuesday the district made the final paring. Ascension Parish is the only... more »
November 19, 2012 10:41 AM
HAMMOND - Southeastern Louisiana University's School of Nursing is offering an advanced training program for nursing students pursuing a graduate degree.
The program is being made available through a $637,350 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services.
University officials... more »
November 9, 2012 5:34 PM
CLINTON - Clinton Police accused two women of racketeering and money laundering after they said they laundered tens of thousands of dollars in donations and grant money for personal use, instead of their intended use to improve the town.
Police arrested Carol Shirley, 66, and Alice Kent, 62, after... more »
November 7, 2012 3:17 PM
NEW ORLEANS - More than 100 nonprofit groups and government entities have been picked to get shares of $43.7 million in BP funds to promote the Gulf Coast's tourism and seafood industries following the company's 2010 oil spill. The first round of grants announced Wednesday by court-supervised claims administrator Patrick... more »
September 6, 2012 10:29 AM
BATON ROUGE - Health officials announced today that Louisiana received a major grant to study health issues affecting the state.
Officials at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge announced this morning the National Institute of Health awarded them a $20 million, 5-year research grant.
They said the... more »
September 6, 2012 7:07 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Louisiana a $3.5 million grant to help remove debris from highways and repair roads affected by Hurricane Isaac.
U.S. Sens. Mary Landrieu and David Vitter announced the grant Wednesday. The money is from DOT's Emergency Relief Grant Program.
... more »
September 5, 2012 2:36 PM
Baton Rouge- Baton Rouge Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden has announced that the city-parish has been awarded a $1.5-million federal grant for the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) Project. The grant will implement group violence reduction strategies that target juvenile offenders over a three-year period. The grant will provide up... more »
September 3, 2012 3:33 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state Workforce Commission asked the U. S. Department of Labor for $3.35 million to pay unemployed people to to do cleanup work from Hurricane Isaac.
The National Emergency Grant application would pay for work in 20 parishes, as well as other career counseling and assessment... more »
August 29, 2012 12:51 PM
WASHINGTON- The Obama administration is waiving clean gas requirements in Louisiana to make sure residents have enough supplies as Hurricane Isaac makes its way through the state. The Environmental Protection Agency says it's lifting some Clean Air Act standards for 10 days. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says extreme circumstances are... more »
August 14, 2012 10:21 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Department of Labor has set aside nearly $100 million in grants for states to set up or improve existing short-term compensation programs, commonly referred to as "work sharing."
Louisiana's share of the grant is $1.5 million. Work sharing allows employees to keep their jobs... more »
August 6, 2012 12:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Environmental Protection Agency awarded a $100,000 grant to Louisiana to help improve conditions in a 'dead zone' off the Gulf coast.
The EPA said the zone is an area of low-oxygen water from the mouth of the Mississippi extending west to the upper Texas coast.... more »
April 23, 2012 11:11 AM
BATON ROUGE - Pennington Biomedical Research Center was awarded a five-year, $2.3 million grant by the National Institutes of Health to improve the health and well-being of female collegiate athletes.
The study is called "Female Athlete Body Project: A Randomized Controlled Trial."
LSU Athletics, American University in Washington,... more »
March 14, 2012 11:04 AM
MONROE- Monroe Regional Airport is moving forward on rehabilitating runways with the help of grants from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. The News-Star reports the Monroe City Council on Tuesday accepted $1.5 million in grants to rehabilitate six taxiways. The council then voted to enter into an agreement... more »
February 17, 2012 5:29 PM
BATON ROUGE- A woman is accused of vigilante justice after a double shooting Thursday afternoon.
55-year-old Tyrone Clark was killed and a 21-year-old man is suffering from serious injuries in connection to the shooting.
According to police Tameka Johnson opened fire just minutes after calmly greeting Marie Davis.... more »
February 13, 2012 8:11 AM
MONROE - A pharmacy professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe has received around $50,000 in grant funding for his efforts in breast cancer research. The university says that Yong-Yu Liu, M.D., Ph.D., submitted a grant proposal to the Mizutani Foundation for Glycoscience and was one of 16 funded... more »
February 3, 2012 10:58 AM
NEW YORK - After three days of controversy, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity says it is reversing its decision to cut breast-screening grants to Planned Parenthood. "We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission... more »
November 9, 2011 5:32 PM
BATON ROUGE- Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell says the private sector has refused to provide high speed internet service to some rural areas of the state. He says Louisiana could desperately use $80 million dollars from a federal grant to expand broadband use.
The Louisiana Board of Regents originally... more »
November 9, 2011 2:21 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana's won't be able to regain an $80 million federal grant to expand broadband Internet connections.
The money instead will be returned to the U.S. Treasury, because the state doesn't have any ability to appeal the loss.
That's the word from the U.S. Department... more »
November 8, 2011 3:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is asking federal officials if Louisiana can reverse the loss of an $80 million grant to expand broadband Internet connections.
The Democratic senator released a letter Tuesday that she sent to the U.S. Department of Commerce, asking if the state can appeal,... more »
November 3, 2011 6:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - There's more fallout over control of federal grant money for East Baton Rouge Parish.
Mayor-President Kip Holden and Metro Council members are at odds over a familiar topic: communication between their offices.
The council members claim they're not being given the information they need concerning... more »
November 2, 2011 5:49 PM
BATON ROUGE - Your tax dollars may be used to help solve an ongoing dispute between the mayor and the sheriff.
East Baton Rouge Parish-President Kip Holden says the current system to handle federal, emergency grant money saves lives.
Homeland security money was under the control of the... more »
October 27, 2011 10:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden is now powerless over $4 million in crime-fighting grant money.
The sheriff is instead in charge of where the money goes. The state says that's because the mayor didn't follow the rules, despite being given several deadlines and assistance to get the... more »
October 27, 2011 4:04 PM
BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff is now in charge of nearly $4 million in crime-fighting money for the parish.
It means Mayor-President Kip Holden has no say.
For the past four months, Holden and Sheriff Sid Gautreaux have been at odds over what to do... more »
October 26, 2011 10:50 PM
BATON ROUGE- Stacks of documents arrived on the door steps of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Office Wednesday to close out a four-month long battle between EBR Mayor-President Kip Holden and EBR Sheriff Sid Gautreaux.
But GOHSEP says the grant applications for $4 million to... more »
October 3, 2011 2:33 PM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded the LSU AgCenter a five-year $17.2 million grant to speed up the process for developing biofuels and biochemicals from sugarcane and sweet sorghum.
The grant is part of a $136 million package the USDA gave to five universities with the overarching goal... more »
September 29, 2011 10:42 PM
BATON ROUGE- Boarding calls from Louisiana's capital to the nation's capital are just around the corner.
The Baton Rouge Metro Airport says it thinks airlines and passengers will buy into the new route better than either have before. In the past, the airport lured new airlines with new routes,... more »
September 22, 2011 2:26 PM
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas is awarding a $150,000 grant to help 15 low-income families purchase homes through Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge.
The Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant, provided through Whitney Bank, is part of $11 million that is being awarded this year to... more »
September 17, 2011 10:12 AM
BATON ROUGE- An LSU chemistry professor has been awarded an $11 million federal grant to further the LSU Superfund Research Center's studies on tiny particles left after toxic waste is burned.
Barry Dellinger says these "environmentally persistent free radicals" are essentially incomplete molecules that remain in the environment for... more »
September 16, 2011 6:12 PM
GREENSBURG-- St. Helena is the first parish in Louisiana to install solar panels that will help power its jail. It could slash the electric bill by 35 percent by providing lighting and heating water for inmates. The only problem? The project is nearly done, but no one knows if there... more »
August 12, 2011 2:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Federal government is paying for upgrades to several school health care centers in East Baton Rouge.
Westdale Middle School, built in 1987, has the oldest school health care center in the parish. It has broken ceiling tiles and outdated equipment, but that's all about to... more »
July 25, 2011 11:13 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Capital Area Transit System will keep rolling in East Baton Rouge, thanks to a combination of grants and federal dollars.
EBR Mayor-President Kip Holden announced today that $500,000 in Disaster Recovery grants will be given to CATS from the state Office of Community Development.
... more »
July 7, 2011 1:56 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Studies at four Gulf Coast universities will focus on continuing fear that last year's oil spill is making people sick, especially if they eat lots of fish.
All four will look at people's mental and physical health over the next five years. Three will also look... more »
July 5, 2011 3:10 AM
BATON ROUGE- A commuter bus service between Baton Rouge and New Orleans has been extended for another year. The state says LA Swift received a $3 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration. The service will be funded by the grant and a passenger charge of $5 each way. The... more »
March 21, 2011 10:20 PM
BATON ROUGE- More than 20 people have been killed in Baton Rouge so far this year.
And now the special unit set-up to crack cases gets extra money to work on unsolved crimes.
State Police are spreading almost $250,000 in federal grant money across four parishes, about half... more »
February 12, 2011 8:30 PM
GREENSBURG, LA- St. Helena Schools Superintendent Dr. Daisy Slan will be out of job at the end of June. The School Board in St. Helena decided not to renew her contract earlier this week. Slan said she respects their decision to choose their own leadership. but added it's not just... more »
January 23, 2011 12:22 PM
ALEXANDRIA- The federal government has more than $640,000 in grants to several projects that fight homelessness in central Louisiana.
The awards were part of more than $26 million that was distributed this week through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD's Opening Doors strategy.
Kendra Gauthier,... more »
January 6, 2011 3:04 PM
NEW ORLEANS- The New Orleans Police Department has received a $364,000 grant to be used for training 40 officers in units that handle sex crimes, child abuse and domestic violence.
Thursday's grant is from the Patrick F. Taylor Education Fund for Continuing Education of New Orleans Police Officers.
... more »
December 16, 2010 10:16 AM
You can help the Baton Rouge Food Bank fight hunger in the capitol city by a click of your mouse.
All you have to do is visit Walmart's facebook page and "like" Baton Rouge.
A list of 100 communities with the highest hunger rates are listed. The city... more »
December 2, 2010 5:26 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Baton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet School has been selected to receive funding for a new KaBoom playground.
The school will receive a $10,000 grant for new playground equipment. The Parent Teacher Organization applied for a playground grant from KaBoom in September.
In order... more »
December 1, 2010 11:20 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A government audit says the Federal Emergency Management Agency overruled its review board to give a $450,500 grant to an ACORN affiliate that should not have received the money. The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General's Office also says the ACORN Institute didn't do all it said... more »
November 15, 2010 9:38 PM
BATON ROUGE - An increase in public school students means an increase in the state's money woes.
There are 9,000 more students in classrooms than the state planned for, and because school districts get paid per-student, the state now has to find $42 million to pay for them. The... more »
November 9, 2010 6:06 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana will share $12 million with 13 other states to build or expand databases of workforce data. The Louisiana Workforce Commission will receive more than $999,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor. States are to use the databases to conduct research to determine the effectiveness of employment... more »
October 19, 2010 5:10 AM
Homeowners who did not receive the maximum Road Home grant award will soon be able to apply for $7,500 to install storm shutters and other defenses on their homes to protect against hurricanes. This week, letters will be sent to homeowners telling them how they can apply for the grant.... more »
October 16, 2010 11:25 AM
St. James Parish is getting a federal grant of nearly $250,000 to construct a waterline booster pump station along Highway 44 in Convent. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement announced Friday that it approved the $249,000 grant for the second phase of the project. Booster pump stations... more »
October 12, 2010 4:59 PM
Police in Gonzales will get a new police station, thanks to a $1 million grant from the federal government. The city council is working with Ascension Parish Government to help fund the new facility. The total cost is $4 million. $3 million was set aside by the city, and the... more »
October 12, 2010 5:42 AM
Two Louisiana health clinics have been awarded nearly $9 million in federal grant money. The SWLA Center for Health Services in Lake Charles was awarded $4.1 million and $4.8 million was awarded to the Teche Action Clinic in Franklin. The funding awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human... more »
October 8, 2010 7:28 PM
Education officials in Louisiana are being given millions of dollars to help make their schools safer and students healthier over the next four years. $13.6 million dollars in federal grant money was awarded to Louisiana's Department of Education as part of the Safe and Supportive Schools grant. Louisiana was one... more »
October 7, 2010 8:00 AM
A pair of Louisiana transit projects are getting more than $8 million in federal grant money. An announcement Wednesday by Sen. Mary Landrieu says Jefferson Parish will receive more than $1.1 million for replacing transit vehicles. Meanwhile, the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority will receive more than $7.4 million for... more »
October 5, 2010 12:02 PM
A $100,000 federal grant is being put to work this fall encouraging Baton Rouge kids to walk or ride their bike to school. LSU professors in the College of Education are using the grant to start a Safe Routes to School program at Polk and Buchanan elementary schools. It includes... more »
October 5, 2010 6:05 AM
The National Institute on Drug Abuse gives a Louisiana researcher $3.9 million to keep working on a potential drug to treat cocaine addiction, and to begin tests on people. That word is from Embera NeuroTherapeutics, Inc., which has LSU's license to develop the drug worked up by Nicholas Goeders of... more »
October 1, 2010 5:37 PM
Lawmakers approved a $540,000 plan to upgrade security at the State Capitol.
They said it should not have an impact on the public's access to the building or rallies on the steps. The upgrades involve surveillance cameras and manned security shacks near driveways leading to the back of the... more »
September 21, 2010 9:44 PM
A giant hole is draining one neighborhood of its comfort in south Baton Rouge. That hole is untouched, unprotected, and it's been that way for months. The Department of Public Works officials said it's their project but the contractor's hole, and a permit from the railroad company is putting both... more »
September 19, 2010 11:55 AM
Louisiana Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek says an inspector general will be appointed to monitor the spending of $1.8 billion in federal funding awarded for a citywide school construction project. The Federal Emergency Management Agency grant was awarded last month shortly before the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Pastorek said... more »