April 17, 2014 6:50 AM
WEST, TX - Residents of the small Texas town of West are honoring the past but looking ahead on the one-year anniversary of a fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people. A fire at the West Fertilizer Company triggered a blast so powerful that it leveled nearby homes and schools.... more »
January 28, 2014 12:13 PM
LIVINGSTON PARISH - A Board of Appeals has denied a motion by FEMA to dismiss Livingston Parish's request for arbitration in recovering over $59 million it spent in clean up after Hurricane Gustav.
"We received word today from our attorneys in Washington DC, and we are ecstatic," said Parish... more »
December 6, 2013 9:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - After the repeated rape of a 12-year-old girl by several adults, child advocates have come forward to offer guidance for all sexual abuse victims on their road to recovery.
Racheal Hebert, the Executive Director of the Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response (S.T.A.R.), has seen many victims... more »
October 25, 2013 9:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - The war on prescription pills and drug addiction continues. Saturday, authorities are taking them off the street in waves during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative.
It is one way to combat drug problems on the street where addicts get them easily and sometimes switch... more »
September 26, 2013 9:04 AM
NEW ORLEANS- New Orleans' economic recovery continues to steadily improve, though not quite as quickly as it was moving three months ago. The Times-Picayune reports a study released Wednesday by the Brookings Institution ranked the city sixth in its recovery rate among the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas -- down... more »
September 17, 2013 6:07 PM
BATON ROUGE - Saxophonist Wessel "Warmdaddy" Anderson is able to play again, after recovering from a stroke that left the right side of his body paralyzed.
"The worst thing is probably, actually, getting into a hospital and understanding that you cannot move," he explained. "I didn't believe I'd be... more »
August 29, 2013 10:18 AM
LAPLACE- A year after Hurricane Isaac inundated St. John the Baptist Parish, the recovery continues.
Today, citizens and parish leaders are looking back on the storm that surprised much of Laplace, flooding neighborhoods in the surrounding area.
Now, the Army Corps of Engineers is floating plans to build... more »
August 16, 2013 8:48 AM
WASHINGTON - U.S. developers broke ground on new homes at a faster pace in July, partly reversing a sharp drop the previous month. The figures suggest that housing construction is maintaining its recovery.
The Commerce Department says builders began work last month on houses and apartments at a seasonally... more »
August 14, 2013 6:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - A News 2 investigation shows links between Louisiana State Senator Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb, her husband and two nonprofit organizations targeted by State Treasurer John Kennedy's Office.
Kennedy sent a list of Non-Governmental Organizations , or NGO's, that have failed to provide documentation to the state outlining how... more »
July 30, 2013 10:19 AM
WASHINGTON - U.S. home prices jumped 12.2 percent in May compared with a year ago, the biggest yearly gain since March 2006. The increase shows the housing recovery is strengthening. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index also surged 2.4 percent in May from April, nearly matching the previous... more »
July 29, 2013 2:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - Treasurer John Kennedy said he's seriously considering a run for the Louisiana governor's office, but stopped short of throwing his hat into the race.
He made the statement while speaking at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday.
Kennedy also announced today he's planning to give... more »
July 19, 2013 10:49 PM
BATON ROUGE - The one-year mark of the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, has Baton Rouge native Bonnie Kate Pouriau returning to the nightmare location. Saturday, victims and survivors will remember the night the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises they were viewing was interrupted by gunfire.
Pouriau was shot... more »
May 21, 2013 7:30 AM
MOORE, Okla. - Rescue crews worked through the night after a monstrous tornado barreled through the Oklahoma City suburbs, demolishing an elementary school and reducing homes to piles of splintered wood.
Officials say at least 51 people were killed in Monday's twister, including at least 20 children. Those numbers... more »
May 2, 2013 5:12 PM
BATON ROUGE - Dr. Stephens answered viewer questions today and talked about the recovery process after plastic surgery.
One of the things he discussed was recovery from liposuction surgery. He said bruising after liposcution can last longer if it's done on the thighs, possibly up to six weeks, instead... more »
March 14, 2013 9:07 AM
NEW YORK- Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street after a drop in unemployment applications encouraged investors that the U.S. economic recovery is continuing. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 37 points to 14,495 shortly after the opening bell Thursday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was up four at... more »
February 22, 2013 9:09 AM
MANTOLOKING, N.J.- New Jersey has reached another milestone in its recovery from Sandy.
The borough of Mantoloking is allowing residents to move back in Friday. It's the last storm-ravaged shore town to do so - 116 days after the superstorm struck.
It's not a mad rush. The winter population of the barrier... more »
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 »
January 9, 2013 6:58 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is sending $7.4 million to Louisiana in Hurricane Isaac recovery funds to help impacted families with additional household and education needs and more.
The FEMA dollars are going to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services for a Disaster Case... more »
January 2, 2013 2:52 PM
WASHINGTON - Doctors say they expect Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to make a full recovery from a blood clot in her head. They also say there has been no neurological damage from the clot, which apparently developed when Clinton fainted and fell at her home. A stomach virus... more »
December 12, 2012 10:33 AM
LIVONIA - A teen shot in the head during a hunting accident is doing better than expected, according to his father.
He said Brandt Torres, 15, was able to come home from the hospital Tuesday. He said his son was also talking a little bit, and would be starting... more »
November 27, 2012 10:01 PM
BATON ROUGE- People recovering from Hurricane Isaac can try to get more help from FEMA. The agency said Tuesday it has more assistance available.
$530,000 has been added to the relief money for thousands of storm victims. FEMA also said it is making follow-up calls and some home visits.... more »
November 6, 2012 12:18 PM
WASHINGTON - A measure of U.S. home prices jumped 5 percent in September compared with a year ago. It is the largest year-over-year increase since July 2006. The gain reported by CoreLogic offers the latest evidence of a continued housing recovery. The real estate data provider also says that prices... more »
November 3, 2012 10:12 AM
NEW YORK- People here recovering from Superstorm Sandy will receive free gas, on the Federal Government's dime.
Gasoline will be distributed with a 10-gallon per-person limit.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday morning that the U.S. Department of Defense will set up emergency mobile fuel stations around... more »
November 2, 2012 3:55 PM
NEW YORK - For the first time since Superstorm Sandy struck at the start of the week, the Manhattan skyline is expected to be mostly lit up tonight. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the utility Con Edison is hoping to have most of Manhattan's outages resolved by midnight. But the progress... more »
October 31, 2012 4:13 PM
BRIGANTINE, N.J. - President Barack Obama is telling New Jersey residents devastated by a massive storm that "we're going to be here for the long haul." Joined by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Obama inspected the devastation from superstorm Sandy, flying high over flooded neighborhoods and sand-strewn streets. At a... more »
October 31, 2012 11:25 AM
NEW YORK - Air travelers stranded in the Northeast are a little closer to getting home.
Two of New York City's three major airports are open. Flights are slowly resuming at John F. Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International. LaGuardia is still closed. Airlines say they are beginning limited... more »
October 30, 2012 11:40 AM
KETTERING, Ohio - For a third day tomorrow, President Barack Obama will be off the campaign trail. Instead of holding campaign events in Ohio, he'll be at the White House to monitor recovery efforts from the storm that practically shut down New York City and left more than 30 people... more »
October 1, 2012 12:27 PM
WASHINGTON - Eventually, the economic recovery seems likely to pick up steam - whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is in the White House. That's what many economic outlooks project. And the president - and the party - occupying the Oval Office will reap some of the benefits. But first,... more »
September 26, 2012 2:23 PM
BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration wants to shift $20 million in hurricane recovery spending for hurricanes Gustav and Ike to fill in budget gaps in the state's preschool program for at-risk students. The proposal, which requires approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, was posted this... more »
September 14, 2012 5:53 PM
BATON ROUGE- Bonnie Kate Pourciau's life was altered forever on July 20th, when she was shot in the knee during a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater.
Pourciau was quickly rushed to the hospital where dozens of doctors helped save her leg, but her recovery process will take... more »
September 14, 2012 3:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - The family of a Baton Rouge teen injured in the recent Colorado movie theater shootings is taking an innovative approach to paying for her medical costs.
Bonnie Kate Pourciau's family created a page on fundraising site Indiegogo asking people to donate to her recovery.
As... more »
September 12, 2012 3:08 PM
GONZALES - The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is now open at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.
The DRC is located in the banquet room on the second floor of Arena D, above the main office. It will be open seven days a week, 8 a.m. till 6 p.m. until further... more »
July 26, 2012 10:43 AM
BATON ROUGE - Bonnie Kate Pourciau, a Baton Rouge teen wounded during the deadly movie theater shooting in Colorado, is on her way back home.
Pourciau went through multiple surgeries since she was shot in the leg at the premiere of the new Batman movie in Aurora, Colo. last... more »
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 »
April 26, 2012 2:30 PM
Baton Rouge - The Recovery School District (RSD), along with several key Baton Rouge business and industry partners, educational leaders and community and non-profit organizations, has announced the launch of the Baton Rouge Achievement Zone.
BRAZ is an innovative reform model to address the needs of children currently attending... more »
March 29, 2012 7:40 AM
BATON ROUGE - A New Orleans congressman is objecting to a Jindal administration plan to redirect federal hurricane recovery money from housing aid programs to Superdome upgrades. U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond sent a letter Wednesday to federal officials and Gov. Bobby Jindal asking for the money shift to be scrapped.... more »
February 28, 2012 3:47 PM
NEW YORK - The Dow Jones industrial average today closed above 13,000 for the first time since May 2008, four months before the financial crisis.
The Dow closed up 23 points to finish at 13,005.
It's up more than 6 percent this year, mostly because of enthusiasm about... more »
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 »
January 7, 2012 10:36 AM
WASHINGTON- One year after being shot in the head, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is on a mission to return to the job she so clearly loved. Her husband and people near the three-term congresswoman say she is highly motivated to recover from her injuries and get back to work in Washington,... more »
August 30, 2011 6:17 PM
BATON ROUGE- A man nearly lost his legs after he was crushed by a car that drove into his home on North Acadian Thruway last week. Baton Rouge Police say a drunk driver was behind the wheel.
Police arrested 34-year-old Marcus Hayes after they say he crashed into the... more »
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 »
July 15, 2011 6:05 PM
BATON ROUGE- A neighborhood association is at odds with a Baton Rouge group home they claim is breaking the law.
According to the Unified Development Code in Baton Rouge, a single family dwelling cannot have more than two unrelated people living in a home or more than four if... more »
March 13, 2011 1:30 PM
The U.S. government and other nations were sending personnel to assist Japan in its response to the earthquakes and tsunami that have devastated the country. U.S. aid groups were accepting private donations for relief efforts.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has sent two of its officials with expertise in boiling... more »
March 8, 2011 12:34 PM
Rayne, LA - Call it the kindness of strangers...the city of Rayne is getting some much needed relief from the Louisiana Baptist Convention.
The Baptists have brought in several work crews with heavy equipment. The crews are trained volunteers and have experience with disaster recovery.
If you have downed... more »
February 2, 2011 11:38 AM
NEW ORLEANS- The man in charge of dolling out BP's $20 billion compensation fund, says he expects the gulf to recover within three years.
The assessment will be used to determine how much to pay spill victims in their final settlements.
Ken Feinberg says "various data and expert... more »
November 27, 2010 1:33 PM
NEW YORK - Retailers are calling it an encouraging sign for the holiday shopping season. They say many customers are not just buying gifts for family and friends, they're buying things for themselves too. While there aren't many sales figures yet for Black Friday, crowds were large. Meanwhile, shoppers who... more »
November 10, 2010 4:23 PM
Charlie Cangelosi's family have set up a website to track his recovery, and for people to leave messages of support. You can find it at CaringBridge.com .
Cangelosi was shot in the abdomen Sunday night while trying to stop an armed man from robbing a woman in the Tigerland... more »
November 9, 2010 10:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - People said former President George Bush's memoir, "Decision Points," opens old wounds in Louisiana, but it also opens eyes to a different side of Hurricane Katrina.
Bush acknowledges in the book that he could have done a better job responding to the country's worst natural disaster.... more »
October 26, 2010 11:23 AM
FEMA announced today they were giving more than $21.8 million to projects that were continuing the recovery process from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. 12 projects are eligible to receive portions of the funding, including construction work in New Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines and Cameron parishes. The list includes:
... more »
October 13, 2010 5:13 PM
A 16-year-old student at Carver High School in New Orleans died Tuesday after collapsing during football practice. Recovery School District spokesman Ken Jones said Wednesday that the student, Dontrell Claiborne, died at Tulane Medical Center. Claiborne was a defensive tackle on the team. School officials said Claiborne collapsed during "non-contact... more »
September 15, 2010 5:01 PM
Louisiana’s lieutenant governor has sent a letter to BP asking them for $75 million to help pay for tourism recovery. Scott Angelle’s office put out a press release Wednesday that said a recent perception study showed the state is still dealing with a “negative national perception” after the Deepwater Horizon... more »
September 14, 2010 3:19 PM
State law allows public schools taken over by the state because of poor performance to be returned to local school board control after five years. But state officials haven't decided how and when to do that. State Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek outlined his proposal Tuesday for the future governance... more »
August 19, 2010 8:45 AM
New applications for unemployment insurance reached the half-million mark last week for the first time since November, a sign that employers are cutting jobs again as the recovery slows.
The Labor Department said initial claims for jobless benefits rose by 12,000 last week to 500,000, the fourth increase in... more »
August 13, 2010 4:55 PM
The recovery and health of Sean and Kevin O’Keefe, as well as fellow survivors, continue to be very positive.
Authorities said Sean is making significant improvements. His medical condition has elevated from critical to serious condition. Despite initial reports, there was no serious trauma to his pelvis. He did... more »
August 11, 2010 9:17 AM
The state Office of Community Development has approved Ascension Parish's application to use almost $1.1 million in federal hurricane recovery money to buy the privately owned Louisiana Fairgrounds site in Donaldsonville. The OCD Disaster Recovery Unit granted approval, pending environmental clearance and other steps. A parish appraisal of the 13-acre... more »
August 10, 2010 4:59 AM
Four disaster recovery specialists from Louisiana have been deployed to Tennessee to help with that state's recovery efforts following tornadoes and flooding that occurred in May. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says Tennessee asked for the help through a formal agreement that allows states in need... more »
July 28, 2010 9:09 AM
Orders to U.S. factories for big ticket manufactured goods fell broadly in June as the fragile recovery continued to slow.
The Commerce Department said demand for durable goods dropped 1 percent in June.
It is the second straight monthly decline and the largest drop since August 2009.
... more »
July 27, 2010 11:38 AM
Wylcelf Jean says he's considering a run for president of Haiti.
The current president--Rene Preval--can't seek re-election. Preval appointed Jean ambassador-at-large three years ago.
A family statement says Jean is committed to the recovery efforts of Haiti, public office or not.
The music star has been active... more »
July 21, 2010 5:22 AM
Scientists are beginning to determine the full impact of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and help guide its recovery. They will need to know about all the creatures that lived in the water before the oil began gushing - from the commercial shrimp to rarely seen giant... more »
June 14, 2010 9:29 AM
If you want a hint about the economic recovery, follow that pickup truck.
Analysts said pickups are a kind of rugged indicator of the nation's financial health.
When times are good, contractors buy more of them to carry tools around for landscaping and lumber to build homes.
... more »
April 13, 2010 5:43 AM
The bodies of all 29 West Virginia coal miners killed in an explosion last week have been recovered from the mine. The last bodies were taken out around 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. and are being sent to the state medical examiner for autopsies. Recovery efforts had been stalled in... more »
March 24, 2010 3:16 PM
Louisiana House Speaker Jim Tucker says the model after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike has been effective getting recovery money to the local level.
He says the same system should be in place for billion of dollars connected to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Tucker says lawmakers will consider changes... more »
March 1, 2010 7:48 AM
Galveston, Texas will begin spending $107 million federal disaster recovery money for infrastructure damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Ike.
City officials said the figure is the most the city will be spending at one time, to repair its infrastructure.
Galveston, along with other parts of Texas and Louisiana,... more »
February 13, 2010 3:11 PM
The Louisiana Legislature hired lawyer Robert Barbor as a hurricane recovery consultant.
Barbor will work with lawmakers to decide how to spend $3.5 billion in federal disaster aid for hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
House Speaker Jim Tucker says Barbor will help establish a long-term plan for hurricane recovery... more »
February 1, 2010 8:45 AM
Personal income was up more than expected and consumer spending was higher for the third straight month, helping the economy slowly recover from the worst recession in decades.
The Commerce Department said Monday incomes rose by 0.4 percent in December, the sixth increase in a row.
That's slight... more »
January 19, 2010 10:51 AM
85 Seabees and their heavy equipment from Mobile Construction Battalion 7 in Gulfport, Mississippi await an airlift to Haiti, where they are expected to spend about six months helping to remove debris, clear streets and make roadways usable.
Initial reports said the Seabees might fly out of Gulfport Saturday.... more »
November 11, 2009 6:04 AM
The Pointe Coupee Police Jury has completed work on its plans to submit a proposal to the state requesting $15.9 million in disaster recovery payments based on damage inflicted by 2008 hurricanes Gustav and Ike. The proposal will have to be approved by the Louisiana Recovery Authority the state agency... more »
October 14, 2009 11:28 AM
Col. Thomas K. Kirkpatrick has lost his battle with cancer.
Kirkpatrick was appointed as the State Coordinating Officer of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness by Governor Kathleen Blanco after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He was reappointed by Governor Jindal.
He worked for the state... more »
October 13, 2009 3:31 PM
State Police, along with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office and other investigators, recovered a number of stolen goods.
A Chevy Pickup, a Nissan Altima, and 25 flatbed trailers were among the items recovered. The value is estimated at more that $250,000.
The suspects, allegedly involved in this theft,... more »
September 22, 2009 2:28 PM
The Louisiana Recovery Authority has backed plans to spend $112 million in recovery aid from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
The money will be used for first responder radios, business loans, fisheries equipment and local infrastructure. It comes from over $1 billion in federal grants to the state.
The... more »