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  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Post-Katrina hospital in sight for eastern NO

    December 20, 2012 2:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says construction is about to start on a $130 million hospital in eastern New Orleans, which has been without a hospital since Hurricane Katrina flooded 80 percent of the city in August 2005. Landrieu said in October that the U.S. Department of Housing... more »
  • New homes planned for Lower 9th Ward

    December 12, 2012 9:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former professional football players are teaming with New Orleans area builders to construct at least three new homes in the Lower 9th Ward - and they're hoping to have it done in time for Super Bowl 2013. The effort was launched on Tuesday by Touchdown for... 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 »
  • Ex-NO official gets prison in Katrina grant plot

    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 »
  • Corps: Isaac's path, slow speed caused flooding

    November 9, 2012 6:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A post-Hurricane Isaac study by the Army Corps of Engineers says Isaac's storm surge flooding of areas that were not inundated during Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav was not caused by post-Katrina improvements to New Orleans area levee system. Instead, the study says, surge flooding during Isaac was... more »
  • Katrina evacuee on Texas death row gets life term

    November 7, 2012 2:12 PM

    DALLAS- A Louisiana man's death sentence in Texas has been reduced to life in prison without parole in the killing of a woman who helped him when he relocated after Hurricane Katrina. Attorneys for 50-year-old Roosevelt Smith Jr. contended he's mentally impaired and ineligible for execution under Supreme Court guidelines.... more »
  • Special fees proposed for Lower 9th Ward tours

    November 2, 2012 9:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Tour bus operators are a step closer to paying the city hundreds of dollars in fees to resume tours of the rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina under way in the Lower 9th Ward. A package of ordinances that restricts the buses to major thoroughfares and requires the... more »
  • La. to pay up to $90M to end Superdome bond deal check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Lil Wayne opens skate park in hometown N.O.

    September 26, 2012 4:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lil Wayne is returning to New Orleans, his hometown, for the opening of the Trukstop skate park in the Lower 9th Ward - one of the most devastated sections of the city after levees failed during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The Grammy-winning rapper, who recently launched a... more »
  • Appeals court tosses landmark Katrina ruling

    September 24, 2012 10:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has reversed itself and thrown out a judge's landmark ruling that the Army Corps of Engineers is liable for billions of dollars in damage that property owners blame on its maintenance of a New Orleans shipping channel. The same three-judge panel from the... 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 »
  • "Andrew-A Memory Jogger!"

    August 24, 2012 7:39 PM

    Prior to Katrina, Hurricane Andrew was the costliest hurricane in United States history. As we track Tropical Storm Isaac, Gustav is recognized as the worst storm to hit Baton Rouge. Andrew recorded five official landfalls including its final landing as a category 3 storm on our coast. Storms that cause... more »
  • UNO to announce acceptance to Southland Conference

    August 21, 2012 2:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The University of New Orleans is being granted membership to the Southland Conference, marking another major step for an athletics program that has struggled to stay afloat since Hurricane Katrina. League and school officials have scheduled an official announcement Thursday. Former UNO basketball standout Gabe Corchiani, now... more »
  • Report shows challenges for Miss. port

    August 7, 2012 10:56 AM

    GULFPORT, Miss. - A report says the Port of Gulfport faces numerous challenges as it tries to capitalize on $570 million in federal money it was given after Hurricane Katrina. A report dated July 30 says the 36-foot channel depth limits the vessels that can use the port. Other challenges... more »
  • "3 Big Ones have Hit Us!"

    August 3, 2012 7:32 PM

    Tropical Storm Ernesto spins through the Caribbean with expectations that it could near the Yucatan Peninsula by Monday. Louisiana's August storms include Hurricane Camille that scraped the southeast coast on August 17, 1969. Prior to Gustav, Hurricane Andrew was the worst storm to hit the Baton Rouge area on August... more »
  • Revamp of New Orleans PD comprehensive, expensive

    July 25, 2012 8:12 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A court-backed plan to excise corruption, discrimination and a frequent use of deadly force from the long-troubled New Orleans Police Department will last at least four years and likely cost the financially strapped city $11 million annually. Attorney General Eric Holder says the agreement is the... 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 »
  • Orleans official pleads guilty in Katrina fraud

    July 18, 2012 11:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans city councilman pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal criminal charge of misusing federal money intended to help a nonprofit organization after Hurricane Katrina and diverting some of it to one of his political campaigns. Jon Johnson, who is 63, faces up to 5 years... 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 »
  • Prosecutors: No need for new trial in Katrina case

    June 5, 2012 4:25 PM

    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 »
  • New Orleans population continues post-Katrina rebound

    June 1, 2012 11:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A survey says the metropolitan New Orleans area's population has reached 87.5 percent of its pre-Hurricane Katrina tally after adding 8,000 new residents over the past year. A report Friday by the University of New Orleans' Division of Business and Economic Research says the total population of New... more »
  • "Eyeballing the Eyewall...."

    May 30, 2012 5:58 PM

    In a hurricane, eyewall replacement cycles occur when a second eyewall forms around the original and gradually overtakes it. An eyewall is an organized band of clouds surrounding the center or eye of a hurricane. This is where the most intense winds and rainfall occur and the replacement cycle is... more »
  • Expanded deal over FEMA trailer fumes worth $37.5M

    May 30, 2012 3:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An expanded class-action settlement agreement calls for around two dozen companies that manufactured trailers distributed by the government after hurricanes Katrina and Rita to pay a total of $37.5 million to resolve claims that Gulf Coast residents were exposed to dangerous fumes while living in them. The... 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 »
  • $14 million, FEMA trailer settlement

    April 17, 2012 4:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Nearly two dozen companies that manufactured government-issued trailers for storm victims after Hurricane Katrina have agreed to pay more than $14 million in a class-action settlement of claims the temporary shelters exposed occupants to hazardous fumes. Plaintiffs' attorney Gerald Meunier said Tuesday that the proposed settlement could... more »
  • N.O. cop's sentencing postponed in Katrina case

    April 2, 2012 3:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has postponed a sentencing hearing for a New Orleans police officer convicted of lying about the aftermath of a deadly shooting outside the city's convention center following Hurricane Katrina. Acting at the request of the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S District Judge Sarah Vance moved... more »
  • Health care facility coming to east New Orleans

    March 13, 2012 8:50 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Orleans Parish Hospital Service District A has reached a cooperative endeavor agreement with Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans to build a primary-care facility in eastern New Orleans. Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office made announced the agreement Monday. The Times-Picayune reports the Hospital Service District will... more »
  • Court tosses jury award in Katrina jail lawsuit

    March 12, 2012 2:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has thrown out a jury's award of more than $650,000 to two Ohio tourists who were arrested in New Orleans on public drunkenness charges two days before Hurricane Katrina's landfall and jailed for more than a month after the storm. A three-judge panel... more »
  • Katrina recovery grants announced by FEMA

    February 23, 2012 2:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans area parishes will receive more than $46 million in disaster recovery grants for Hurricane Katrina damage. Sen. Mary Landrieu's office announced the grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They include $22.8 million for the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office to cover emergency measures before,... more »
  • 2 plead guilty in probe of Katrina grant program

    February 23, 2012 11:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Two women who worked as analysts on Louisiana's home elevation grant program have pleaded guilty to plotting to sell the names of residents eligible for Hurricane Katrina grants. Wanda Acker Williams and Brianna LaFrance face maximum sentences of five years in prison and $250,000 fines following their guilty... more »
  • FEMA to waive Katrina victim debts

    February 8, 2012 9:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is implementing a plan to waive debts for thousands of victims of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters. An aide to Sen. Mary Landrieu who has been briefed by FEMA said the agency will mail out roughly 90,000 letters next week to inform... more »
  • SUNO reaches 94 percent of pre-Katrina enrollment

    February 7, 2012 1:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Updated spring enrollment figures show Southern University at New Orleans has reached about 94 percent of its pre-Katrina enrollment. SUNO officials say the official enrollment total as of this week was 3,429, compared to enrollment of 3,647 before Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. The latest figures... more »
  • New Orleans plants 10,000th tree since Katrina

    February 3, 2012 3:10 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Crescent City is getting greener - and leafier. The devastation to the canopy of trees in the city by Hurricane Katrina is being repaired by the non-profit Parkway Partners, which has worked to replant trees to replace those lost or damaged by the 2005 storm.... more »
  • School damaged by Katrtina gets new science lab

    January 29, 2012 10:14 AM

    LULING, La.- Nearly seven years after it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, the land lab at Luling Elementary School soon will be replaced. Reports the science lab was damaged by wind when Katrina struck in August 2005. John Rome, executive director of physical plant services for the school system, said... more »
  • Cover-up role denied in Katrina shooting probe

    January 27, 2012 2:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A retired police sergeant who was assigned to investigate deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina denies engaging in a cover-up. Gerard Dugue (DOO' gay) testified Friday during his federal trial on civil rights charges that he now believes some of his former... more »
  • Katrina: Jackson Barracks gets another $11.6M

    January 1, 2012 12:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is paying $11.6 million for historic preservation of five of the oldest buildings at Jackson Barracks. The garrison buildings, now single-family housing, sat for weeks in Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters. Col. Tim Chastain, the installation commander, says the money covers the cost of... 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 »
  • 1 cop guilty of lying about post-Katrina shooting

    December 9, 2011 2:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The New Orleans Police Department has suspended an officer convicted of lying about the aftermath of a deadly shooting outside the city's convention center following Hurricane Katrina. Officer Ronald Mitchell had been reassigned to desk duty following his indictment last year on federal charges of obstruction of justice... more »

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