A federal audit says FEMA should stop sending money to the City of New Orleans for repairing road and water-system damage sustained during hurricanes Katrina and Rita almost 12 years ago. FEMA disagrees with the findings, and the city plans to press forward with repairs. In order to get money from FEMA to repair its streets and sewer lines, the City had to prove the damage was caused directly by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. After reviewing documents and consulting with engineers, FEMA agreed. I t pledged to give the city $2.04 billion in December 2015.
THE LISTENING POST
In 2016 there were more drug related deaths than murders in New Orleans. Mostly due to opioids. Mayor Landrieu says he has a plan to deal with the growing national opioid epidemic. The Listening Post turned it's attention to opioids and asked: 1) What evidence of the opioid epidemic have you seen? How has it impacted you? 2) What would you do if someone you knew was addicted to opioids, like heroin or oxycodone? 3) What strategies would help communities better deal with drug epidemics? Here's...
In a moment of unexpected high drama, Republicans were stymied once again in their effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act — and they have John McCain to thank for it. In the early morning hours Friday, the senator showed why he earned the nickname "Maverick" over his long tenure. McCain, who was diagnosed with brain cancer and returned to Washington to advance the health care bill, turned around and bucked his party's leadership — and President Trump — by joining two moderate Republicans,...
FOOD & DINING
On this week’s show, we take a sonic journey through Appalachia to explore the history and legacy of its unique foodways. We begin with Troy Ball , whose hobby as a moonshiner became a means of helping her family survive financial ruin. Troy’s memoir, Pure Heart, tells a very personal story of raising two special needs sons while becoming the first legal female moonshiner in Southern history.