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Hurricane Katrina
5:00 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Federal Judge OKs FEMA Trailer Settlement

A federal judge in New Orleans has signed off on a $37.5 million settlement involving companies that provided trailers to thousands left homeless from Gulf Coast hurricanes seven years ago. Some residents claim the trailers contained chemicals that made them sick.

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Hurricane Isaac
4:00 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

School board members recommend Isaac repairs

Tangipahoa Parish School Board members have recommended $220,000 in repairs to school buildings damaged by Hurricane Isaac.

The Advocate reports Loranger High School's gym and the main building at Chesbrough Elementary in Kentwood both require new roofs, at projected costs of $145,000 and $74,000, respectively.

The repairs to Loranger High's gym roof will have to be approved by U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle, who oversees the parish's 47-year-old desegregation case. A standing order in the suit requires court approval for all non-priority repair costs over $125,000.

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Hurricane Isaac
12:56 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

FEMA individual aid after Isaac hits $88 million

Nearly 26,000 people have received individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Hurricane Isaac, aid totaling $88 million.

FEMA spokesman Ray Perez provided the latest figures Monday.

The tallies are likely to rise, as the federal agency continues to review applications for assistance from the storm, which made landfall Aug. 28 and caused significant flooding in southeast Louisiana.

More than 187,000 people have registered for FEMA help.

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Hurricane Katrina
12:51 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Appeals court tosses landmark Katrina ruling

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 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that sided with plaintiffs earlier this year withdrew that decision Monday and ruled in the federal government's favor.

The panel's new opinion says the corps is completely insulated from liability by a provision of the Federal Tort Claims Act.

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Latest News
6:00 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Mayor Landrieu Announces Big Plans For Community Center Wrecked by Hurricane Katrina

The John Lyons Memorial Center is set for major restoration and improvement.
Tyler A. Gamble New Orleans Mayor's Office

A New Orleans community center destroyed by Hurricane Katrina is getting a $5 million renovation. The new facility is set to be completed by this spring.

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Hurricane Isaac
2:21 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Disaster food aid sites to open in Felicianas

Residents in East Feliciana and West Feliciana parishes who were affected by Hurricane Isaac have seven days, beginning Thursday, to apply for disaster food benefits.

State officials say they're opening sites at the East Feliciana Early Learning Center in Clinton and the Independence Community Center in St. Francisville, each day, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunset Point Pier
10:42 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Mandeville pier damaged by Isaac

Officials say repairs to the Mandeville fishing pier, which was damaged by Hurricane Isaac, will take about three months to complete and could cost around $200,000.

Public Works Director David deGeneres tells The Times-Picayune the popular 400-foot pier at Sunset Point on the city's lakefront will remain closed until the repairs are complete.

City officials are hoping that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will help pay for the repairs. If federal money is made available, officials say the city would have to pay only 25 percent of the repair costs.

BP Oil Spill
9:43 am
Wed September 19, 2012

BP agrees to relax requirements for claims

BP has agreed to relax several documentation requirements regarding the submission of claims filed after the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Plaintiffs' attorney Steve Herman and Jim Roy said in a statement Tuesday that the changes will speed the processing of claims and "get the people and businesses of the Gulf paid quicker."

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Hurricane Isaac
1:14 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Isaac costs Entergy at least $400 million

Entergy Corp. says its estimated damages from Hurricane Isaac range from $400 million to $500 million, and the storm is expected to reduce the utility's third-quarter revenue.

In a news release on Tuesday, Entergy said it will pursue all reasonable avenues to recover storm costs, including using its storm reserves, borrowing, additional charges for customers, and insurance.

Entergy said it is unable to predict the degree of success it may have in these initiatives, the amount of restoration costs it may recover or when it may recover them.

State Parks
12:43 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Isaac's damage to state parks pegged at $7 million

Hurricane Isaac caused more than $7 million in damage to state parks in south Louisiana and forced some into months-long closures.

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, who oversees the state parks agency, told The Times-Picayune that the damage estimates are based on preliminary surveys.

Dardenne says Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville and Fairview-Riverside State Park in Madisonville bore much of Isaac's wrath. The two St. Tammany Parks account for more than $3 million of the damage.

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