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  • 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 »
  • Jury clears NO supplier of faulty Chinese drywall

    December 5, 2012 10:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal jury has ruled in favor of a New Orleans drywall supplier that distributed the faulty Knauf-brand imported Chinese drywall in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Rick Duplantier, the lead trial lawyer for the firm, told The Times-Picayune that the trial which ended this week found... more »
  • La. to pay up to $90M to end Superdome bond deal Play Video

    October 18, 2012 2:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will pay as much as $90 million to get out of a troubled borrowing deal that helped upgrade the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. The State Bond Commission gave preliminary approval Thursday to a debt refinancing for the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District that will include the... more »
  • Orleans schools get insurance money for Katrina damage

    October 12, 2012 7:08 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for the Orleans Parish School Board have garnered another $17 million in insurance proceeds to help cover damage done by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. District officials say the money is slated to go toward $2 billion worth of citywide school construction and renovation already... more »
  • Katrina floodwall case heads to trial

    September 11, 2012 3:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Army Corps of Engineers is back on trial, seven years after Hurricane Katrina's storm surge shredded New Orleans' flood protection system. Starting Wednesday, a federal judge will hear testimony in a lawsuit by several homeowners who claim negligence by the corps and a contractor caused... more »
  • N.O. mayor: Hunker down for Isaac

    August 27, 2012 12:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city is ready to face Tropical Storm Isaac. Noting that Isaac should arrive at the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Landrieu said Monday that officials feel very good about the ability to cope with Isaac. Landrieu, who declared a state... more »
  • Citizens pays $104M award over slow storm claims

    July 23, 2012 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's property insurer of last resort has paid a $104 million judgment that will benefit more than 18,500 policyholders who sued over slow adjustment of claims after hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck in 2005. Plaintiffs' attorney Fred Herman said Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. transferred the money... more »
  • La. taking applications for Katrina loan program

    July 19, 2012 7:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state of Louisiana is accepting applications for a program offering low-interest loans of up to $5 million to businesses affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. The state Office of Community Development said in a statement that the loans are designed to address "unmet... more »
  • New Orleans councilman charged with Katrina fraud

    July 18, 2012 9:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans city councilman has been charged in federal court with plotting to steal federal funds intended to help a nonprofit group after Hurricane Katrina. A court filing Wednesday charges Jon Johnson with conspiracy to commit theft of government funds and to submit false documents. Johnson... more »
  • Court to review cops' convictions in Katrina case

    June 20, 2012 6:54 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has scheduled a hearing for the case against three former New Orleans police officers convicted of charges stemming from a man's fatal shooting and burning of his body in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals... more »
  • Judge seeks records related to leaks probe

    June 12, 2012 11:15 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to turn over any documents that show they tried to determine whether somebody leaked confidential information about its probe of deadly police shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina. Attorneys for five former police officers convicted of charges... more »
  • Prosecutors: No need for new trial in Katrina case

    June 6, 2012 6:24 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Prosecutors are urging a judge to reject defense attorneys' claims that a "secret public relations campaign" by federal authorities deprived five former police officers of a fair trial on charges stemming from deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge following Hurricane Katrina. In a court filing Tuesday,... more »
  • $9.2M in FEMA grants for Katrina recovery

    May 25, 2012 7:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing another $9.2 million to help southeast Louisiana recover from Hurricane Katrina. St. Bernard Parish is getting back $1.4 million spent to demolish and remove thousands of houses that couldn't be repaired after the 2005 storm. The largest grants are $3.3... more »
  • LA Supreme Court strikes down insurance agency appeal

    April 9, 2012 2:52 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Supreme Court has struck down another attempt by the state's property insurer of last resort to avoid paying more than $100 million for late adjustment of hurricane damage claims in 2005. Monday's action reversed a state appeals court decision that had blocked the banker for... more »
  • Katrina reforesting project comes to Mississippi

    March 11, 2012 1:05 PM

    HATTIESBURG,MS - The federal government and a nonprofit organization are working to get private landowners to help restore stands of oaks, cypress and other hardwoods ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. The United States Department of Agriculture says Hurricane Katrina killed or severely damaged an estimated 320 million trees in less than... more »
  • New Orleans to get $68M for street work

    March 10, 2012 10:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans officials say they are getting $68 million in new funding for street repairs to fix damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. The new funding comes on the heels of other large sums for street repairs in the Lower 9th Ward and other hard-hit neighborhoods. The... more »
  • FEMA rejects Jefferson plea on Katrina loans

    February 17, 2012 11:23 AM

    GRETNA- Federal officials have rejected Jefferson Parish's appeal of the refusal to cancel $55 million in disaster loans the parish received after Hurricane Katrina. The Times-Picayune reports Parish President John Young says Jefferson will consider its options for further action. But the letter from Elizabeth Zimmerman, deputy associate director of... more »
  • Judge stops attorneys from seizing Citizens' money

    January 30, 2012 12:35 PM

    GRETNA - A judge has stopped attorneys trying to seize more than $100 million won for homeowners who claimed Louisiana's property insurer of last resort dragged its heels in adjusting hurricane claims in 2005. The Louisiana Supreme Court said Citizens failed to begin adjusting claims for Katrina and Rita in... more »
  • Library destroyed in Katrina reopens Tuesday

    December 27, 2011 5:40 AM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The Lakeshore branch library reopens Tuesday to the public, with a grand opening celebration set for Jan. 7. The rebuilt 7,700-square-foot library in Metairie will house more than 28,000 new items, including books, digital video discs, magazines and reference materials. The new facility replaces the library... more »
  • FEMA gives New Orleans $52M to repave streets

    December 8, 2011 3:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - More roads damaged by flooding during Hurricane Katrina are going to get new paving. On Thursday, city officials announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is giving the city $52 million to fix roads in five neighborhoods that flooded after levees broke in August 2005. The announcement... more »
  • Tony Bennett visits New Orleans, plugs rebuilding

    November 11, 2011 3:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Grammy-winning jazz crooner Tony Bennett is championing a rebuilding effort to help New Orleans residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina. At the site of the 101st and final house built by Project Home Again, the 85-year-old singer said Friday that bringing people home is important to protecting... more »
  • Leadership changing for Louisiana National Guard

    November 3, 2011 12:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The head of the Louisiana National Guard is retiring after more than 40 years in the military and nearly 14 years as adjutant general. Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Maj. Gen. Bennett Landreneau's retirement Thursday, saying he will be replaced with Brig. Gen. Glenn Curtis, who... more »
  • Lawmakers approve New Orleans hospital proposal

    September 16, 2011 12:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - State lawmakers are backing spending plans for a new $1.1 billion research and teaching hospital in New Orleans, to replace Charity Hospital. The approval was the last significant hurdle stalling the hospital's construction. With the support Friday of the Joint Legislative Committee on the... more »
  • Ex-cop begins prison term for Katrina cover-up

    September 12, 2011 12:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former police detective who pleaded guilty to helping cover up deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina has started serving a three-year prison sentence. A spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons says Jeffrey Lehrmann reported Monday to a low-security prison in... more »
  • Worst not yet over for some storm-ravaged areas

    August 30, 2011 11:47 AM

    NEWFANE, Vt. - The impact of Hurricane Irene is going to be felt for some time along the East Coast, where more than 2.5 million people are still without power. The storm has been blamed for at least 40 deaths in 12 states. Some rivers in Vermont still... more »
  • Six years later, Katrina evacuees staying put

    August 29, 2011 5:40 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Six years after Hurricane Katrina forced him to evacuate, Ovide McKendall says he misses family members who decided to move back to New Orleans but doesn't plan to join them. McKendall and dozens of other former Big Easy residents now call Livingston Parish home, and have... more »
  • Tulane's Toledo talks turnaround, cites experience

    August 12, 2011 12:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - More than any time in his five-year tenure, Tulane coach Bob Toledo contends that talk of a turnaround is realistic. The Green Wave last appeared in a bowl game in 2002, and its 4-8 record in 2010 matched its best under Toledo, who inherited a massive... more »
  • Sentencing delayed for ex-cop in Katrina shootings

    August 10, 2011 9:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has postponed a sentencing hearing for a former New Orleans police lieutenant who pleaded guilty to helping cover up the deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina. U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle agreed this week to delay Michael Lohman's... more »
  • 2 days of talks yields no verdict in Katrina case

    August 4, 2011 5:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal jury has deliberated for a second day without reaching a verdict in the trial of five current or former police officers charged in deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina. Deliberations are scheduled to resume Friday. During Thursday's deliberations, U.S.... more »
  • Jury to deliberate in Katrina shootings trial

    August 3, 2011 3:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal jury is set to begin deliberating in the trial of five current or former police officers charged in deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina. Jurors will begin their deliberations Wednesday after U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt reads them instructions on the law... more »
  • Katrina shooting trial jurors to get case Wednesday

    July 29, 2011 11:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Jurors are scheduled to hear closing arguments Tuesday in the trial of five current or former New Orleans police officers charged in deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt announced Friday that he expects the jury to begin... more »
  • Defense rests case in New Orleans shootings trial

    July 28, 2011 4:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The defense has rested in the trial of five current or former police officers charged in deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina. Jurors heard nearly five weeks of testimony by prosecution and defense witnesses before the defendants' attorneys rested their case Thursday.... more »
  • Jurors visit bridge where cops shot 6, killing 2

    July 26, 2011 10:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Jurors for the trial of five current or former police officers charged in shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina are making an unannounced visit to the scene of the deadly incident. State and federal law enforcement closed the Danziger Bridge on Tuesday so... more »
  • Federal audit says DHH mismanaged $50M grant

    July 19, 2011 12:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - A federal audit is charging Louisiana's health department with mismanaging a $50 million post-Hurricane Katrina grant intended to restore health care access to the New Orleans region. The Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that the... more »
  • Juror excused from Katrina shootings trial

    July 18, 2011 10:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - One of the jurors hearing the case against five current or former police officers charged in the deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina was excused Monday, more than three weeks into the trial, because she is related to the wife of one of... more »
  • Expert: Bullet from body matched to officer's gun

    July 13, 2011 11:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A firearms expert says he matched a bullet removed from the body of a teenager gunned down on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina to an assault rifle used by a police officer charged in the deadly shootings. Patrick Lane, a government witness in the... more »
  • Shooting victim's brother thought teen had gun

    July 8, 2011 4:52 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A man whose mentally disabled brother was gunned down by police at the foot of a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina testified Friday that he believed teenagers were shooting at them before a truckload of officers arrived and opened fire - a recollection he now disavows.... more »
  • Trooper ducked for cover during Katrina shootings

    July 5, 2011 5:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana State Police trooper who witnessed part of a deadly encounter between police and residents on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina recalls ducking for cover because he thought he and other officers were under fire. But the trooper, Michael Baron, testified Tuesday at... more »
  • New type of commander may avoid Katrina-like chaos

    July 3, 2011 10:49 AM

    PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.- The U.S. military hopes a new type of commander can avoid some of the failures that plagued the response to Hurricane Katrina. The military is training high-ranking officers to command both active-duty and National Guard troops in a domestic emergency. Normally they report... more »
  • Jury selected in bridge shooting trial

    June 23, 2011 4:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Twelve jurors, plus four alternates, have been picked to hear the case of five current or former New Orleans police officers charged in deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a bridge in Hurricane Katrina's chaotic aftermath. The jury - seven men and five women - was... more »
  • Trial opens for NOPD officers charged in bridge shooting

    June 22, 2011 12:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Jury selection has begun in the trial of five current or former New Orleans police officers charged in deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a bridge in Hurricane Katrina's chaotic aftermath. Roughly 70 potential jurors were questioned Wednesday about their Katrina experiences and their knowledge of... more »
  • FEMA wants money back from 2005 hurricane season

    June 1, 2011 10:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- FEMA is asking for 10-percent of the money back that it doled out during the 2005 hurricane season. FEMA wrote checks to thousands in Louisiana after the storms in 2005. The government organization passed out $7 billion to residents in Louisiana after the storms in 2005, and... more »
  • FEMA eyes debt take-back as hurricane season looms

    June 1, 2011 4:42 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Nearly six years after Hurricane Katrina drowned New Orleans in misery, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is reminding storm victims why they cursed the agency for its sluggish response to the disaster. As a new hurricane season begins Wednesday, FEMA is working on a long-delayed push to determine... more »
  • Flood evacuees move into enclave built for Katrina

    May 17, 2011 2:36 AM

    SIMMESPORT- A Louisiana farming community built for evacuees of Hurricane Katrina has become a haven for families driven from their homes by river flooding. Twenty-six families have moved into the enclave informally known as Canadaville because their towns were threatened by flooding from the Mississippi River and smaller rivers that... more »
  • Cop arrested in alleged hit and run

    May 6, 2011 8:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A key government witness in the trial of a deadly police shooting after Hurricane Katrina was arrested in suspicion of drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Police say Officer Keyalah Bell was suspended without pay after her arrest. She was booked into jail and... more »
  • Blighted property auction latest step in recovery

    April 1, 2011 1:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Close to 100 properties, many of them bought by the state after they were damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, are going on the auction block in New Orleans. Saturday's auction will make available 94 properties in 27 New Orleans neighborhoods. The New Orleans Redevelopment... more »
  • Ex-cops sentenced in killing of man after Katrina

    March 31, 2011 3:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans police officer was sentenced to more than 25 years in prison Thursday for shooting a man to death without justification after Hurricane Katrina, and his ex-colleague was given just over 17 years for burning the body. The judge said he didn't believe... more »
  • Judge refuses to delay ex-officer's sentencing

    March 22, 2011 1:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has refused to postpone a sentencing hearing for a retired New Orleans police officer who was convicted of burning the body of a man who was shot by police in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. Gregory McRae is scheduled to be sentenced on March 31... more »
  • Ex-cop's sentencing postponed in Katrina shooting

    March 16, 2011 4:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has postponed a sentencing hearing for a former New Orleans police officer who was convicted of fatally shooting a man in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. The former officer, David Warren, was scheduled to be sentenced March 24. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Lance Africk... more »
  • Inspector General releases report on Miracle Place Church

    March 16, 2011 12:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Inspector General's Office released a report today that claims a Baker church and drug treatment facility scammed the federal government out of more than $750,000. According to the report Ricky Sinclair and the Miracle Place Church of Baker, as well its All The Way... more »
  • N.O. cop asks judge to quash indictment

    March 15, 2011 12:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans police officer charged in deadly shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina is asking a judge to dismiss his indictment, claiming prosecutors tainted the case. A defense attorney's court filing Monday says the state and federal cases against Sgt. Kenneth Bowen improperly used... more »
  • Pilot program to remove Chinese drywall beginning soon

    February 21, 2011 1:42 PM

    A pilot program to remove tainted Chinese drywall from Louisiana homes is expected to begin soon. State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says the program will include Ascension, East Baton Rouge Orleans and St. Tammany parishes. The program only includes homes with drywall from Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin (KPT). ... more »
  • Post-Katrina shooting convict claims new evidence

    February 8, 2011 11:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans police officer convicted of writing a false report on a deadly police shooting after Hurricane Katrina claims new evidence could clear him. Police Lt. Travis McCabe was convicted in December of charges he falsified a report to make it appear that Officer David Warren... more »
  • Ex-mayor sheds shorts 5 years after Katrina vow

    February 2, 2011 1:07 PM

    GULFPORT, Miss. - There was a time when not even the president of the United States could get Eddie Favre to wear pants. Favre lost everything but the clothes he was wearing - which included Bermuda shorts - when Hurricane Katrina flattened Mississippi's Gulf Coast in 2005. He... more »
  • $2.6M deal to settle FEMA mobile home claims

    January 21, 2011 5:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Companies that manufactured mobile homes for FEMA after Hurricane Katrina have agreed to pay $2.6 million to resolve thousands of claims the temporary shelters exposed Gulf Coast storm victims to potentially dangerous fumes. Attorneys for plaintiffs and roughly two dozen mobile home makers and their subsidiaries on... more »
  • Suit seeks to halt New Orleans levee work

    January 11, 2011 3:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A lawsuit is threatening to slow down or even halt work to strengthen a canal that broke catastrophically during Hurricane Katrina. Homeowners with backyards along the 17th Street Canal filed a civil suit in state court on Jan. 5 to stop the work because they claim that... more »
  • Former NO aviation director pleads guilty to obstruction

    January 5, 2011 1:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – The former aviation director of New Orleans has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, after prosecutors said he used his position to hide from his insurance company that his wife’s luxury BMW wasn’t destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. As part of a plea deal Hunter admitted that he... more »
  • Federal probe of BRPD actions after Katrina is over

    January 4, 2011 12:38 PM

    Baton Rouge police officers have been cleared by the Justice Department of any wrongdoing in the days after Hurricane Katrina. State police officers from New Mexico and Michigan alleged some Baton Rouge officers harassed African-Americans and conducted illegal searches. Tens of thousands of evacuees from the New Orleans... more »
  • FEMA gives St. Bernard money for new school

    December 18, 2010 9:54 AM

    CHALMETTE, La.- St. Bernard Parish is getting $26 million in federal hurricane aid to build a new elementary school. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is giving the parish school board the money to build Gauthier Elementary School on the site of the old P.G.T. Beauregard Middle School, which was... more »
  • Jury convicts three officers in post-Katrina death

    December 9, 2010 7:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal jury has convicted three current or former New Orleans police officers but acquitted two others in the death of a man soon after Hurricane Katrina. The jury of seven women and five men on Thursday convicted a former officer, David Warren, of manslaughter in... more »
  • Prodigal cat returned home five years after Katrina

    December 8, 2010 12:39 PM

    BILOXI, Miss. - Five years after wandering away in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, a gray and white cat named Scrub has been reunited with his Mississippi family. The Humane Society of South Mississippi says Scrub was identified by an implanted microchip. The 7-year-old cat was brought to the shelter... more »

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