Hurricane Katrina

Find stories from WWNO, NPR and our partner stations as we explore New Orleans and the Gulf South 10 years after Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

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.

A deal has been reached to resolve nearly all of the remaining court claims from allegations that government-issued trailers exposed Gulf Coast residents to hazardous fumes after Hurricane Katrina.

Lead plaintiffs' attorney Gerald Meunier told The Associated Press on Monday that a class-action settlement agreement has been expanded to include several companies that manufactured, installed or refurbished FEMA trailers after the 2005 storm.

Paul Maassen and Dr. Ed Chervenak, Director of the UNO Survey Research Center, discuss the state of our vital civic institutions in the years since Hurricane Katrina and the storm's aftermath, and examine your responses and to our week-long series and the results of  UNO's New Orleans Quality of Life Survey  

Mental Health Care

May 24, 2012
Eve Abrams / WWNO

One enduring legacy of Hurricane Katrina and the storm's aftermath is stress.  Stress about  home, family, money, environment, and on and on.  But stress doesn’t stay stress; it has a tendency to become other things.  Eve Abrams investigates how dealing with hard situations, in a New Orleans helping fewer mental-health patients, has affected the health, safety, and moral compass/future of our city.

In New Orleans, the city with the most public charter schools in the nation, individual charters’ standards of discipline can vary widely. Sharon Litwin investigates how the Recovery School District is dealing with challenges of equity in this new approach to public education.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has come up with $103,000 to help replace contents of the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court damaged during Hurricane Katrina.

Following the 2005 storm, the basement of the courthouse flooded, destroying the contents of court offices, including the Judicial Administration Office which handles administrative functions required for the court to operate.

FEMA announced on Monday that the contents to be replaced include computer equipment and two-way radios, as well as drug testing equipment.

New Orleans police have apprehended a man suspected of killing an officer.
Janet Wilson / WWNO

The public’s trust in the post-Katrina New Orleans Police Department is still a fragile commodity. But the men in blue and their leadership are attempting to re-engage the communities they serve.

Eve Abrams / WWNO

New Orleans has 43,000 blighted properties, more than any other American city. Fighting blight can be complex, But since Mayor Landrieu’s administration took office, there’s been an invigorated effort at easing the problem.

NEW ORLEANS — The head of an advocacy group in New Orleans is expressing frustration with delays in the effort to get recognition for sites where levee breaches led to catastrophic flooding after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The Army Corps of Engineers has jurisdiction over one of the sites and has the right to say whether it believes the sites belong on the National Register of Historic Places. But the corps has held back on giving its view, saying the matter involves facts that are still at issue in lawsuits.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After months of delay over legal wrangling, a federal judge says the Army Corps of Engineers can re-start the bidding process for a $700 million contract to build pump stations at the mouths of three drainage canals in New Orleans. Two of the canals were breached during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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