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Katrina and BP oil spill on researcher's list of top five 'government failures' 2001-2014

Thursday, 24 July 2014 09:06
WASHINGTON -- Two of the top five "government failures" based on news coverage from 2001 to 2014 were Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill, according to a new report by a Brookings Institution researcher. Hurricane Katrina, says researcher Paul Light, rates No. 3 on his list, behind the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington D.C.
NOPD's 5th District moves into permanent station
Monday, 21 July 2014 13:09
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - For the first time since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans police have a permanent foundation from which to tackle crime in the Fifth District. Tuesday was move-in day for the district's new station at 3900 North Claiborne Avenue. Just over nine years ago, a slightly smaller Fifth District station stood in the same spot. "Now, we're calling this site home again," said NOPD Commander Christopher Goodley.
Hurricane Katrina damage repair under way at New Orleans' Municipal Auditorium
Monday, 21 July 2014 12:01
Nearly nine years after Hurricane Katrina and the ensuing floodwaters trashed New Orleans' Municipal Auditorium, work is under way to restore the massive multipurpose building that has played hosts to decades of graduations and Carnival balls. Repairs to the 84-year-old structure looming over Congo Square, paid for with $20 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, began in January and are expected to continue until November 2015, said Tyler Gamble, a spokesman for Mayor Mitch…
HUD official coordinated Hurricane Sandy recovery aid
Monday, 21 July 2014 04:10
Hurricane Sandy, the second-most costly storm in American history after Hurricane Katrina, pummeled the Northeast in October 2012, resulting in 162 fatalities, damage to 650,000 homes from flooding and high winds, the destruction of countless businesses and the loss of power to 8.5 million customers. While the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) oversaw the initial response to the storm, the White House created the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force several months later to provide government-wide…
How Katrina and BP spill coverage defined NOLA as the two events, in turn, shaped local press
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 04:35
When Hurricane Katrina charged through New Orleans, the devastation left in its wake had an unintended side effect: It became a destination for the media, whose coverage defined the city in the eyes of the nation. Before 2005, New Orleans was scintillating, if unknown, place—a historic African American city and a wonderful vacation destination. After, it was a place where college graduates flock to become a part of the ‘rebirth’ of the city—a place where…
New Orleans City Council hosts meeting to discuss Road Home demand letters
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 01:05
The New Orleans City Council will hold a special public meeting aimed at making progress in the ongoing Road Home battle many are facing. Many local residents received letters earlier this year demanding that they pay back Road Home grants they received after Hurricane Katrina. Wednesday, housing advocates and homeowners will be able to meet to discuss some solutions to relieve the mounting pressure.
Former New Orleans Mayor Nagin to appeal bribery conviction
Monday, 14 July 2014 10:58
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who led the city during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison in a corruption case, filed a notice on Tuesday that he will appeal his conviction on bribery and other charges. The appeal will include both the verdict and the sentence, the notice said, and will be considered by the 5th U.S.
Hurricane warning: Don't let your home insurer blow you over
Monday, 14 July 2014 10:45
With the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season under way, now’s a good time to get ready to weather the big wind that home insurers blow to knock down victims’ damage claims. In the business of home insurance, push comes to shove the bigger the storm and the larger the claim. So we dug into the last three surveys of 31,861 subscribers by the Consumer Reports National Research Center to find out how well insurers lived up…
'Avoid the kneejerk rebuild'
Monday, 14 July 2014 07:59
ANNA PEARSON Last updated 05:00 16/07/2014 Relevant offers An outspoken architectural critic with first-hand experience of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans hopes Christchurch will avoid the "rear-view mirror" effect as it gets back on its feet. Reed Kroloff, the former editor-in-chief of Architecture magazine in the United States, joins a lineup of international writers in this year's Word Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival.
Hurricane Insurance Deductible Fact Sheet
Thursday, 10 July 2014 11:12
Do you understand how hurricane damage affects your homeowners insurance? You should, if you have property in a hurricane high-risk region, such as the Gulf of Mexico or an Atlantic coastal community. During the period from 1993 to 2012, hurricanes caused more than $158.2 billion in insured losses in the United States, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III). Understanding this special insurance, especially the details of the hurricane deductible, will help avoid financial surprises…
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