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  • Fate of abandoned Six Flags amusement park delayed

    May 11, 2016 11:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The latest effort to redevelop the site of the abandoned Six Flags amusement park in eastern New Orleans has hit a snag. Several local news outlets report the Industrial Development Board, a public corporation that manages the property, decided Tuesday against selecting an outside firm to appraise... more »
  • Flood map revisions in Central approved by FEMA Play Video

    March 8, 2016 9:53 PM

    CENTRAL - A city-funded project to update and revise FEMA flood elevations along portions of the Beaver Bayou watershed in Central was approved. The project, which began about four years ago, was granted approval by FEMA last week. "We felt like some people were put into floodplains that... more »
  • Company settles complaint over Indian workers after Katrina

    December 18, 2015 3:16 PM

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The government says an Alabama-based company will pay about $5 million to settle discrimination claims involving nearly 500 Indians forced to live in crowded, unsanitary camps after coming to work following hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the agreement... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Guilty plea in Katrina Road Home case

    August 22, 2015 11:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal authorities say a New Orleans woman has been convicted in connection with a Hurricane Katrina-related recovery program. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite says in a Friday news release that 53-year-old Deborah Fortner has pleaded guilty to one count of submitting false documents to the Road Home housing... more »
  • Ex-President Bush to commemorate Katrina in Gulfport

    August 20, 2015 2:29 PM

    GULFPORT - Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush will visit Gulfport on Aug. 28 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The announcement was made Thursday in a news release from the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. The Bushes will attend a... 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 Orleans mayor visiting cities Katrina evacuees fled to

    August 19, 2015 9:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is visiting Atlanta and Houston to mark the approaching 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Landrieu's office says the trips are being made to thank those cities for welcoming evacuees from the 2005 storm. He'll also be encouraging those who stayed to return to... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • La. residents urged to plan for hurricane season

    June 1, 2015 12:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal opened hurricane season today by encouraging all Louisianians to have a game plan for this season. "In Louisiana, we know firsthand how devastating hurricanes can be," Jindal said Monday. "Our people are all too familiar with the danger of high winds, storm surge... 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 »
  • Judge: U.S. govt. liable for some Katrina flooding

    May 1, 2015 3:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A judge in Washington has ruled that federal authorities are liable for some of the catastrophic flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina and other storms - flooding blamed on a now-closed navigation channel. How much the government will have to pay in damages is unclear. Judge Susan Braden... 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 »
  • Social media explodes to help vet find girl he rescued during Katrina

    March 24, 2015 11:27 PM

    SAN ANTONIO - Air Force veteran Mike Maroney is taking his overnight sensation in stride, and hoping it will help him find the child he plucked off the roof of a house in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Monday, his story began circulating on the Internet. By Tuesday evening,... more »
  • Fatal accident during Katrina storm surge project

    March 14, 2015 11:08 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Authorities say a construction worker has died after an accident on a structure to block storm surge from a canal that breached during Hurricane Katrina. The 17th Street Canal is now protected by temporary gates and pumps. The Army Corps of Engineers and Bob Kula of Kiewit... 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 »
  • 4 ex-New Orleans officers awaiting new trial

    November 28, 2014 11:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors are asking for a new judge to preside over future proceedings should the government decide to retry five New Orleans police officers in the Danziger Bridge shootings. The request was filed among other documents with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which will decide... more »
  • Landrieu revisits Hurricane Katrina in Senate race

    October 31, 2014 2:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is trying to remind voters of her effort six years ago to draw billions in federal disaster aid to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. Since then, Landrieu has lost much of that post-Katrina goodwill. As Election Day nears, Landrieu and Democratic Party surrogates have... 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 »
  • In New Orleans, a change in police command Play Video

    August 19, 2014 3:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Post-Katrina scandals have abated and the homicide rate dropped markedly last year in New Orleans. But violent crime still plagues the city and challenges abound for the person who ultimately replaces police chief Ronal Serpas. The city native and career police officer who took over the department... more »
  • Ex-cop who burned body post-Katrina seeks leniency

    August 15, 2014 3:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans police officer is about to be re-sentenced in connection with one of the crimes that came to symbolize the chaos and law enforcement scandals that followed Hurricane Katrina. Gregory McRae already is imprisoned for burning the body of Henry Glover - who was... more »
  • Ex-officer's re-sentencing delayed to July 29

    June 11, 2014 3:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The re-sentencing date has been pushed back to late July for a former New Orleans police officer. Gregory McRae is serving a 17-year federal sentence imposed in 2010 on charges connected to the burning of Henry Glover's body. Glover had been shot by another officer days after... more »
  • Katrina flooding case to go to jury Wednesday

    February 4, 2014 11:26 AM

    GRETNA - Deliberations should begin Wednesday for the jury deciding the Hurricane Katrina flooding case in Jefferson Parish. They are deciding whether local government and former Parish President Aaron Broussard are liable for damage to property after drainage pumps went unused. Jurors were sent home Tuesday, and attorneys... more »
  • LA's unspent hurricane recovery money

    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 »
  • Judge ends Katrina flooding lawsuits against feds

    December 28, 2013 5:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Dozens of lawsuits seeking damages from the federal government for Hurricane Katrina-related levee failures and flooding in the New Orleans area are over. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. has dismissed the cases. The move comes more than a year after a federal appeals court overturned his... more »
  • FEMA forgives millions in Katrina loans

    November 8, 2013 8:10 AM

    GRETNA - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has forgiven tens of millions of dollars in community disaster loans it made to Jefferson Parish and to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office after Hurricane Katrina. Officials say the cancellations free Jefferson Parish of having to repay its original $54.8 million... more »
  • Ex-officers who won new trial seek bond

    November 6, 2013 9:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two of the former New Orleans police officers who won a new trial in connection with deadly shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina have asked a federal judge to release them from prison. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt didn't immediately rule on the separate requests for... more »
  • Citizens settles remaining 2005 storm claims

    October 31, 2013 8:09 AM

    GRETNA - A state-run insurance company of last resort has settled the remaining claims in a class-action lawsuit tied to how it handled claims after hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. State District Judge Henry Sullivan gave final approval Wednesday to the settlement in which Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance... more »
  • 8 years after Katrina, historic Saenger Theatre reopens

    September 27, 2013 2:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Eight years after Hurricane Katrina and a $52 million restoration, the historic Saenger Theatre is again open for business. Mayor Mitch Landrieu, elected officials and investors who partnered to bring the restoration to fruition stood on the newly renovated stage Friday to celebrate the formal reopening of the... 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 »
  • Broussard seeks removal from flooding lawsuit

    August 27, 2013 11:48 AM

    GRETNA - Attorneys for former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard have asked a judge to dismiss the last remaining claim against him in a class-action lawsuit over his administration's decision to evacuate drainage pump operators hours before Hurricane Katrina's landfall. If granted, the request would leave Jefferson Parish as the... 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 »
  • Causeway commission approves budget

    August 8, 2013 8:41 AM

    METAIRIE - The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is predicting a slight decrease in toll revenue for the fiscal year beginning Nov. 1. That's according to a $21.7 million budget approved Wednesday by the bridge commission. Tolls are projected to bring in $15.9 million during the next fiscal year, a... more »
  • LA Swift bus service to end July 31

    July 26, 2013 12:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State transportation officials today announced that the LA Swift bus service will stop operations next week. The Department of Transportation and Development said they could not secure local funding to keep paying for the service, which was put in place after Hurricane Katrina to move affected... more »
  • High court declines to hear landmark Katrina case

    June 24, 2013 2:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review the dismissal of a landmark ruling that the Army Corps of Engineers was liable for billions of dollars in Hurricane Katrina flood damage that property owners blame on the corps' maintenance of a New Orleans shipping channel. The Supreme... more »
  • Appeal hearing case of post-Katrina school firings

    May 30, 2013 11:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A five-judge state appeal court panel must decide whether to uphold a ruling that thousands of New Orleans public school employees were wrongfully fired after Hurricane Katrina shut down the city and its schools in 2005. A lawyer for the fired workers told the 4th Circuit Court... more »
  • State Farm appeals Katrina fraud ruling

    May 9, 2013 2:45 PM

    GULFPORT, Miss.- State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. has asked a judge to void a jury's finding that the company defrauded the government involving a policyholder claim after Hurricane Katrina. Motions filed in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, Miss., also seek a new trial. The verdict came in April in... more »
  • N.O. school system finances improved, but flawed

    April 25, 2013 11:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans-based government watchdog group says the school system in New Orleans has significantly improved its financial operations in the years since Hurricane Katrina shut down the city's public education system for months. But the Bureau of Governmental Research report issued Thursday also found flaws in... more »
  • Judge rejects claims over failed Katrina floodwall

    April 16, 2013 10:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has rejected claims that excavation work by an Army Corps of Engineers contractor weakened a New Orleans floodwall and caused it to breach in two places during Hurricane Katrina. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. said in his ruling last Friday that he can't... more »
  • Federal appeals court to hear climate change suit

    April 8, 2013 10:22 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A federal three-judge panel has agreed to hear an appeal from a ruling that a group of Mississippi coastal landowners can sue energy and chemical companies on allegations that linked greenhouse gas emissions to Hurricane Katrina. The lawsuit alleges that greenhouse gas emissions from energy and chemical... more »
  • Federal aid unaccounted for, La. could foot half-billion dollar tab

    April 3, 2013 10:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Trouble with federal hurricane relief money could mean Louisiana's budget woes are even worse. An audit found Road Home money, handed out after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, may have been misspent. According to reports, the money was required to be spent on things like... more »
  • Audit says Katrina aid may have been misspent

    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 »
  • Ex-La. lawmaker booked on theft charge

    March 27, 2013 12:59 PM

    GRETNA - A former Louisiana lawmaker has been booked on a theft charge that is reportedly tied to a probe of a rebuilding project following Hurricane Katrina. A spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says former state Rep. Sherman Copelin Jr. surrendered to investigators Wednesday. He also was booked... more »
  • Retrial postponed for ex-cop in Katrina case

    March 22, 2013 9:04 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has postponed the retrial of a retired New Orleans police sergeant charged with helping cover up deadly shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina. Gerard Dugue's retrial was scheduled to start May 13. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt didn't immediately set a new date.... 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 »
  • Landrieu announces $6M in FEMA grants

    February 21, 2013 7:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu says $6 million in disaster recovery grants related to Hurricanes Isaac and Katrina are heading to Louisiana. Landrieu says the funds are provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance Program. Landrieu said Wednesday that $3.7 million will go to the... more »
  • Ex-cop seeks new judge for retrial over shooting

    January 29, 2013 7:08 AM

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • $17.8M in Katrina grants include Jackson Barracks

    January 17, 2013 2:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana is getting $10.5 million to continue Hurricane Katrina repairs at Jackson Barracks, a National Guard installation in New Orleans. The grant is among three totaling $17.8 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Sen. Mary Landrieu and Rep. Cedric Richmond said Thursday the city of... more »
  • Judge asked to delay ex-N.O. cop's trial

    January 17, 2013 3:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has been asked to postpone the retrial of a retired New Orleans police sergeant charged with helping cover up deadly shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt didn't immediately rule on the joint request by lawyers for Gerard Dugue... more »
  • Orleans groundbreaking heralds return of hospital

    January 11, 2013 6:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Archbishop Gregory Aymond are among the dignitaries set to take part in the groundbreaking for a facility aimed at bringing full hospital service back to the New Orleans East area. The $130 million project is to be constructed on the... more »
  • New councilman withdraws Katrina tour fee proposal

    January 10, 2013 2:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A newly-elected New Orleans city councilman, whose district includes the Lower 9th Ward, has withdrawn a package of ordinances that would have required tour buses to pay special fees to access the neighborhood. Councilman James Gray, who took office last month, says he needs more time to... more »

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