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  • Group plans to make house into Hurricane Katrina memorial

    August 8, 2016 3:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A citizens group wants to turn a house flooded by Hurricane Katrina into a memorial. Levees.org founder Sandy Rosenthal says it may be the nearest house still remaining by one of the three levee breaches that filled 80 percent of New Orleans with water after the storm... more »
  • Louisiana flooding sends caskets far and wide

    May 6, 2016 9:17 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Widespread flooding not only disrupts the living but sometimes also creates havoc for the dead. That's what happened in southwest Louisiana's Calcasieu Parish when an overflowing Sabine River - helped by days of heavy rain - recently pushed water inland about four miles, disturbing graves buried in... more »
  • Courthouse flooded by Katrina still houses evidence

    May 3, 2016 12:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - More than 10 years after Hurricane Katrina flooded the New Orleans courthouse's ground floor and destroyed evidence in thousands of criminal cases, evidence is still being stored there -- and a watchdog group says a less-vulnerable storage space is needed. Court Watch NOLA says city officials... more »
  • 5 ex-cops plead guilty in post-Katrina shootings

    April 20, 2016 2:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Five former police officers have pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the deadly shootings on the Danziger Bridge in the days following Hurricane Katrina. In exchange for the pleas, the ex-officers will see drastically less prison time. The officers were convicted in 2011 but U.S.... more »
  • Lt. Governor says federal aid for flood victims could be limited

    March 13, 2016 4:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE (WWLTV) - Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, who in recent years has had to handle his share of devastation as the Plaquemines Parish president during and after Hurricane Isaac, said people who need help after this devastating storm may have to look more to their neighbors and donations to... more »
  • Officials consider New Orleans to Orlando rail service

    January 27, 2016 7:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Amtrak and the Southern Rail Commission are conducting a tour along the Gulf Coast to consider the feasibility of bringing passenger rail back to the Gulf Coast, more than a decade after Hurricane Katrina damaged the tracks. The Southern Rail Commission announced recently that the so-called "Inspection Train"... more »
  • Citizens Property Insurance continues to shed policies

    November 13, 2015 9:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's property insurer of last resort expects to shift about 10,000 policies to private insurance companies for 2016, a move that will reduce premiums by roughly $20 million. Citizens officials say seven private companies have requested policies from Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. Thursday. So far, insurance agents... more »
  • Fournette, Beckham Jr. respond to viral Alabama Banner

    November 7, 2015 3:54 PM

    TUSCALOOSA - The University of Alabama released a statement Saturday regarding the viral photo that showed Alabama fans displaying a banner that said, "Finish what Katrina Started." UA's Vice President of Student Affairs, David Grady, took to Twitter Saturday afternoon to ask the people of Tuscaloosa to welcome visitors... more »
  • Tulane gets $6.7M to study lasting health effects of Katrina

    November 3, 2015 6:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Tulane University has received a $6.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the lasting health, demographic and socio-economic impacts of Hurricane Katrina. The five-year grant will establish the Tulane Center for Studies on Displaced Populations. Tulane says the program's goal will be to gauge... more »
  • 5th US Circuit to hear appeal of ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin

    October 5, 2015 8:32 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal appeals court will hear arguments in the case of Ray Nagin, the former New Orleans mayor now serving a 10-year prison sentence. Monday's hearing is set before a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Nagin, a Democrat who served from 2001 to... more »
  • Cool Schools: Kenilworth Science and Technology's Que'asia Stafford Play Video

    September 30, 2015 9:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Que’asia Stafford was very young when Hurricane Katrina slammed into the gulf coast. Now, ten years later, she’s using the experience as motivation for the upcoming International Science Fair in Brazil. “It’s kind of a project to help the coast because every day it’s wasting away and one... more »
  • Plan approved to shrink New Orleans jail population by 200

    September 22, 2015 8:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- New Orleans officials have approved a plan to cut 11 percent of the city jail's daily average number of inmates over the next few months. A working group consisting of representatives from the courts, the police department, the sheriff, the district attorney and City Hall on Monday approved... more »
  • Bush returns to New Orleans for 10th anniversary of Katrina

    August 28, 2015 8:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former President George W. Bush says today is a day to celebrate the resurgence of New Orleans schools. Bush spoke at a ceremony at Warren Easton Charter High School. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the state took over almost all the city's schools, which... more »
  • Obama in New Orleans for hurricane's 10th anniversary Play Video

    August 27, 2015 9:47 AM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama is marking 10 years since Hurricane Katrina by celebrating the revival of New Orleans, which suffered the worst of the storm's devastation. He's also using the occasion to press governments to start helping communities prepare for the stronger storms that climate change will cause. ... more »
  • Jindal to Obama: No climate change talk for Katrina visit

    August 26, 2015 6:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is urging President Barack Obama to skip talking about climate change when he visits New Orleans on Thursday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The Louisiana governor, a Republican presidential candidate, sent a letter to the president Wednesday calling on Obama to... more »
  • Katrina snow globes cause social media death threats

    August 26, 2015 5:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A souvenir commemorating Hurricane Katrina has caused an uproar on social media as some people see an artist's work as minimization of the pain and tragic loss of life that came with the worst natural disaster in U.S. history. A range of opinions have been expressed, even... more »
  • 'Cone of uncertainty' reduced due to hurricane research advances

    August 26, 2015 12:10 PM

    M IAMI - 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says the "cone of uncertainty" associated with storm path forecasting would be greatly reduced thanks to improved technology. The "cone", the probable area where forecasters expect the eye of a tropical cyclone to strike,... more »
  • Southern discusses effects of Katrina 10 years later

    August 25, 2015 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Around 500 Southern University students took part Tuesday in a symposium to discuss the effects Hurricane Katrina had on the law enforcement, demographics, economy and way of life in New Orleans. The hurricane struck the Gulf Coast nearly ten years ago, killing more than 1,000 people... more »
  • Katrina marker commemorates flooding of Lower 9th Ward

    August 24, 2015 4:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The catastrophic flooding of the Lower 9th Ward now has a commemorative marker at the site where a floodwall protecting the neighborhood collapsed, unleashing a wall of water 10 years ago during Hurricane Katrina. The plaque was erected Monday and will be unveiled at an evening... more »
  • First responders take part in week long animal rescue training

    August 23, 2015 6:11 PM

    GONZALES, La. - Various groups and organizations from all over the country are getting trained in rescuing animals in case of a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina. Groups like the American Humane Association along with LSU School of Veterinary Medicine took part in the training. One of the instructors, Dick... more »
  • Sunday: 90-minutes of Katrina tributes

    August 21, 2015 11:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU's Leonard Fournette, Melissa York of St. Gabriel and Good Morning America's Robin Roberts will discuss life in the last ten years following Hurricane Katrina in two television broadcasts Sunday night. Fournette, a child at the time, recalls losing his home and being stuck on the... more »
  • Obama to visit New Orleans for 10th anniversary of hurricane

    August 19, 2015 11:25 AM

    EDGARTOWN - President Barack Obama will visit New Orleans next week to mark the approaching 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The powerful storm struck Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2005, causing significant damage to the Gulf Coast and forcing a storm surge that breached New Orleans' levee system and flooded large... more »
  • New trial upheld for 5 ex-cops in post-Katrina shootings

    August 18, 2015 6:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court decision keeps five former New Orleans police officers on track for a new trial in connection with deadly shootings of unarmed people amid the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Four of the men are charged in the shootings at the Danziger... more »
  • Gulf eats away at coast outside levee-protected New Orleans

    August 14, 2015 11:45 AM

    DELACROIX - Many of the fishermen who once lived in the small Louisiana town of Delacroix have disappeared, fleeing behind the intricate levee system protecting New Orleans out of fear that one more hurricane will be all it takes to send the rest of Delacroix into the sea. It's... more »
  • New Orleans mayor praises post-Katrina change

    August 13, 2015 11:11 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city is on the right track nearly a decade after Hurricane Katrina but points to coastal erosion as a major threat to the city's future. Landrieu sat down with The Associated Press ahead of the anniversary to discuss the... more »
  • State marking ten years since Katrina, Rita

    July 30, 2015 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials said as Louisiana marks ten years since hurricanes Katrina and Rita impacted the Gulf coast they're drawing attention to the recovery work that's been done. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness created a website which offers a complete look at Louisiana's... more »
  • Mitch Landrieu looks at 10 years since Katrina, his 5 in office

    May 29, 2015 4:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Mayor Mitch Landrieu says New Orleans has come a long way in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina and the five years since he took office, and still has a lot to do. He says a website called Katrina10.org will showcase the city's recovery. His "State of the... more »
  • Corps tests hurricane protection system for New Orleans

    May 20, 2015 2:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - With hurricane season approaching, the Army Corps of Engineers is running through its plans and testing pumps and floodgates built around New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina struck 10 years ago to better protect this low-lying metropolis from flooding. Corps officials said they found a few minor problems... more »
  • Hearing set in ex-cops' post-Katrina shooting

    April 29, 2015 6:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Federal prosecutors are asking an appeals court to reinstate the convictions of five former New Orleans police officers on civil rights charges stemming from the deadly shootings of unarmed civilians in storm-struck New Orleans in 2005. Four of the men are charged in the shootings at the Danziger... more »
  • Coroner: 2005 post-Katrina police shooting was a homicide

    April 1, 2015 4:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans' coroner has classified the death of a man shot by a police officer in the chaos following Hurricane Katrina as a homicide. Coroner Jeffrey Rouse made the announcement Wednesday in the case of Henry Glover, whose body was burned by one police officer after another... more »
  • LSU School of Dentistry gets $58.4M federal Katrina grant

    March 20, 2015 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU School of Dentistry will receive $58.4 million to help cover the costs of repairs from Hurricane Katrina. U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond says the funding from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency will allow LSU to restore the facilities and modernize the program... more »
  • Indian guest workers win $14M award in trafficking case

    February 18, 2015 5:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal jury has awarded $14.1 million to five Indian guest workers who claimed they were defrauded and made to live in squalid conditions after being lured to work for an Alabama-based marine and fabrication company following Hurricane Katrina. The jury handed up its verdict Wednesday against... more »
  • School workers fired after Katrina return to court

    November 18, 2014 11:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys for teachers and other school workers fired in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina have asked Louisiana's Supreme Court to take another look at their lawsuit over the firings. The lawsuit could have resulted in damages being paid to more than 7,000 fired school employees. But the... more »
  • Contractor sentenced in post-Katrina bribe case

    November 7, 2014 4:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A contractor who admitted bribing an official who oversaw New Orleans' anti-blight program after Hurricane Katrina was sentenced Thursday to a year of probation. Earl Myers was also ordered to pay $173,000 in restitution by U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown. Myers was one of four contractors... more »
  • Audit questions $13 million in Tulane Katrina aid

    October 22, 2014 10:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The inspector general for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says federal emergency officials should recover nearly $13 million in Hurricane Katrina recovery aid awarded to Tulane University. The report also says Louisiana officials should review more than $290 million in recovery aid given to Tulane after... more »
  • Nonprofit agency head's sentencing delayed hours

    October 16, 2014 1:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Prosecutors say a nonprofit agency's former director should repay the federal government $350,000 overpaid to contractors hired to gut houses after Hurricane Katrina. Defense attorney Edward Castaing says Shirley Jackson should be held responsible for about $150,000 of the overpayments by New Orleans Affordable Housing. U.S. District... more »
  • La high court hears fired school workers' case

    September 4, 2014 1:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court now is set to decide a case involving more than 7,000 employees fired by the New Orleans school system after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Lower courts have ruled that the employees, including teachers, teacher aides and others, were denied due process and are... more »
  • Appeals court says school workers improperly fired

    September 4, 2014 3:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in the case of thousands of New Orleans public school employees who were fired after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Lower courts have ruled that the employees were denied due process rights by the New Orleans school board and the... more »
  • Solemn remembrances mark 9th Katrina Anniversary Play Video

    August 29, 2014 3:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Emotional ceremonies, memorials and speeches along the Gulf Coast marked the ninth anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina. In New Orleans, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Julian Castro, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, attended a wreath-laying ceremony today where scores of... more »
  • Garden planned at Katrina levee breach site

    August 25, 2014 10:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - An empty lot in a New Orleans neighborhood still badly blighted after Hurricane Katrina is about to get a face-lift and a new purpose. The lot in the city's working class Gentilly neighborhood sits directly in front of one of the levee breach sites that led to... more »
  • Ex-cop who burned body again gets 17 years

    August 15, 2014 4:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - For a second time, a former New Orleans police officer has again been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for burning the body of a man shot to death by another New Orleans police officer in the chaotic days following Hurricane Katrina. Gregory McRae already... more »
  • Indefinite trial delay in Katrina shooting case

    August 11, 2014 11:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Health problems have led to an indefinite trial delay for a man facing charges in what federal prosecutors say were racially motivated shootings following Hurricane Katrina. U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon granted the delay Monday in the case of Roland Bourgeois Jr. Bourgeois's attorneys sought... more »
  • Formal notice of Katrina, Rita claims denied

    August 6, 2014 1:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - In a postscript to ill-fated damage claims made against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers following hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Corps has sent out about 565,000 letters formally notifying victims of those storms that their claims have been denied. The Corps released a copy of the... more »
  • Pascagoula has $5M in Katrina debt forgiven

    July 3, 2014 12:12 PM

    PASCAGOULA, Miss. - More than $5 million in loans approved for the city of Pascagoula after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 have been forgiven by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The city was notified of the decision this week. After the storm, many businesses and services in Pascagoula shut down, causing... more »
  • Ex-cop wins prison change in Katrina killings case

    May 29, 2014 3:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has approved a former New Orleans police officer's request for a transfer from a federal prison in California while he awaits a new trial in connection with fatal shootings after Hurricane Katrina. Robert Faulcon is one of five ex-police officers who face a retrial... more »
  • Skeleton found at New Orleans apartment building

    April 24, 2014 12:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Police say an elevator repairman found the skeletal remains of a man inside an unoccupied apartment building Thursday in the Central City neighborhood. Nola.comThe Times-Picayune reports the body was found in an elevator shaft of the three-story building on South Claiborne Avenue. Nearby residents say the building... more »
  • Who's making money off FEMA trailers Play Video

    February 11, 2014 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Thousands of FEMA trailers bought by the government for Hurricane Katrina continue to be auctioned off nine years after the storm, and each sale shows how much taxpayers have lost. Mike Dupree and his friend were looking for a trailer to put on their hunting lease.... more »
  • No appeal decision yet in Katrina pumps verdict

    February 6, 2014 3:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two of the lawyers who sued Jefferson Parish over its disaster "doomsday plan" say they think the verdict and jurors' questions indicate confusion - and they think some of the judge's answers are grounds for a possible appeal. A Louisiana State University administrative law professor says... more »
  • Trial opens for claims over Katrina flood damage

    January 16, 2014 12:28 PM

    GRETNA - A trial for claims that a suburban New Orleans parish is liable for catastrophic flood damage during Hurricane Katrina has opened with dueling explanations for the decision to evacuate drainage pump operators as the 2005 storm neared landfall. During opening statements Thursday, a Jefferson Parish attorney said... more »
  • Trial begins for ex-officer in Katrina shooting

    December 4, 2013 10:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Opening statements began Wednesday in the retrial of a former New Orleans policeman who shot and killed a man four days after Hurricane Katrina. David Warren is charged with violating 31-year-old Henry Glover's civil rights and with using a weapon in a violent crime. Warren was guarding... more »
  • Feds challenge new trial in Katrina shootings

    October 18, 2013 6:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Justice Department is appealing a judge's decision to order a new trial for five former New Orleans police officers convicted of civil rights violations stemming from deadly shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina. Prosecutors filed a notice of appeal late Thursday, asking the 5th... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Rita and Football..."

    September 25, 2013 5:58 PM

    We rewind to Saturday, Sept. 25, 2005 when Hurricane Rita made landfall at Johnson's Bayou in Cameron Parish as a Cat.3 Hurricane. With 115 m.p.h. winds Rita became the fourth most intense Atlantic hurricane. On the heels of Katrina, Rita caused damage to dual cities on each end of our... more »
  • Judge orders new trial in killings after Katrina

    September 17, 2013 10:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has ordered a new trial for five former New Orleans police officers convicted of civil rights violations stemming from deadly shootings on a bridge in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt ruled Tuesday that the "highly unusual, extensive and truly... more »
  • FEMA forgiving $7.2M debt from Jefferson SO

    September 13, 2013 9:05 AM

    GRETNA- The Federal Emergency Management Agency is forgiving an emergency $6 million loan it provided to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office after Hurricane Katrina. Sheriff Newell Normand tells The Times-Picayune money covered two pay periods following the 2005 storm. The principal and interest were initially due at the end of... more »
  • Another try to place levee sites on historic list

    August 31, 2013 10:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - An advocacy group is making a second attempt to place a site where a levee breached during 2005's Hurricane Katrina on the National Register of Historic Places. This time the group's application is trying to get around opposition by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which built... more »
  • AP joins bid to unseal court records

    August 19, 2013 1:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Associated Press has joined a New Orleans newspaper in urging a federal judge to unseal court documents related to a Justice Department probe of alleged prosecutorial misconduct in its investigation of deadly police shootings that happened a few days after Hurricane Katrina struck. In a court... more »
  • Former state fire marshal passes away

    March 12, 2013 4:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state fire marshal's office announced Tuesday that the former fire marshal who oversaw response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita passed away last week. Henry Fry died Friday at his home in Covington, according to State Fire Marshal Butch Browning. Fry served as state fire... more »
  • Ex-cop seeks new judge for retrial over shooting

    January 28, 2013 5:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans police officer has asked a federal judge to disqualify himself from presiding over his retrial on charges he fatally shot a man without justification in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath before the man's body was burned in a car. A court filing Monday by lawyers... more »
  • 2 businessmen charged with Katrina kickback scheme

    January 24, 2013 4:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two businessmen have been charged with engaging in a kickback scheme involving a Hurricane Katrina debris removal contract administered by the Army Corps of Engineers. A one-count indictment Thursday charges 51-year-old Anthony Penn, of New Orleans, and 52-year-old Kenneth Johnson Sr., of Atlanta, with conspiring to defraud... more »
  • Katrina burned body trials March 11, March 18

    January 22, 2013 5:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new trial will begin March 11 for a former New Orleans police lieutenant accused of covering up a police killing after Hurricane Katrina. The ex-officer accused of killing the man will be tried a week later. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk set the dates Tuesday. David... more »
  • Ex-New Orleans mayor charged with bribery, fraud

    January 18, 2013 12:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been indicted on 21 corruption charges including wire fraud, bribery and money laundering. The charges announced Friday come from a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen. The... more »

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