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Feds question Tulane University post-Katrina grant spending, seek bigger review

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 08:31
Federal authorities want Louisiana to review more than $290 million in Hurricane Katrina federal recovery spending by Tulane University after auditors discovered at least $13 million in over-billed, double-billed and unproven expenses by a contractor, according to a report issued Wednesday. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General found the questionable expenses in an audit of $36 million of Tulane's post-storm rebuilding grants, the third in a series of audits at the…
Developer set to renovate storm damaged Santa Maria Del Mar
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 07:37
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - One of the last remaining Hurricane Katrina eyesores in downtown Biloxi could soon be brought back to life. The old Santa Maria Del Mar retirement home was severely damaged by the storm in August 2005 and has sat dormant and dilapidated ever since. The building and property are owned by the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi. WLOX News has learned that a deal will be signed Thursday between the diocese and a…
Author will discuss ‘Rising from Katrina’
Monday, 20 October 2014 06:51
Award-winning journalist and author Kathleen Koch will explore questions in an examination of human resilience that springs from a deeply personal assignment: covering the destruction of her hometown by Hurricane Katrina. Koch wrote “Rising from Katrina: How My Mississippi Hometown Lost It All and Found What Mattered” after her hometown of Bay St. Louis, Miss., was hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The Science of Monster Storms
Sunday, 19 October 2014 12:41
"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore," Dorothy said in The Wizard of Oz after a tornado—that most American of extreme weather events—deposited her into a land over the rainbow. In a typical year some 1,300 real tornadoes rip across the U.S., hitting the Midwest's "Tornado Alley" far more frequently and severely than any other region on earth. The most fearsome of tornadoes—the deadly Wicked-Witch-of-the-East-slaying, enhanced-Fujita-scale-5 (EF-5) twisters, which contain top winds exceeding…
'Superstorm' crafts narrative from Sandy's wrath
Sunday, 19 October 2014 02:56
"Superstorm" (Dutton), by Kathryn Miles It's been a weak hurricane season in the Atlantic so far, with little to worry U.S. coastal residents, but any forecaster will tell you: It only takes one storm to make a bad year. In 2012, that one storm was Superstorm Sandy, a hurricane that grew larger even as it lost its tropical characteristics and combined with an early winter storm and blast of arctic air.
Is Ebola Obama’s Katrina moment? No and yes (+video)
Friday, 17 October 2014 14:50
Washington — It has become a cliché of the Obama presidency: Whenever President Obama seems slow to react to a crisis, it becomes his “Katrina moment.” The BP oil spill, the botched rollout of Healthcare.gov, the rise of the Islamic State – all invited comparisons to hurricane Katrina, which devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005.
Is Ebola Obama’s Katrina moment? No and yes
Friday, 17 October 2014 06:43
It has become a cliché of the Obama presidency: Whenever President Obama seems slow to react to a crisis, it becomes his “Katrina moment.” The BP oil spill, the botched rollout of Healthcare.gov, the rise of the Islamic State – all invited comparisons to hurricane Katrina, which devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005.
Two Years After Hurricane Sandy Hit the U.S., What Lessons Can We Learn From the Deadly Storm?
Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:30
Next week marks the second anniversary of one of the deadliest hurricanes in U.S history. Superstorm Sandy killed 116 people, left millions without power, and smashed records: lowest barometric pressure of a hurricane to make landfall north of Cape Hatteras, highest storm surge, second costliest hurricane, after Katrina. Kathryn Miles spent three years deconstructing the storm for her bookSuperstorm: Nine Days Inside Sandy.
Obama, Katrina and the politics of Ebola
Thursday, 16 October 2014 07:56
17 October 2014Last updated at 18:54 Share this pageDeliciousDiggFacebookredditStumbleUponTwitterEmailPrint By Anthony ZurcherEditor, Echo Chambers Continue reading the main story Related StoriesCampaign advert politicises Ebola US Ebola 'blunder' stokes angerThe Ebola fumble in Dallas Ebola the virus has infected only a handful of Americans. Ebola the political crisis, however, is reaching epidemic proportions.
Stacey Jackson faces five years for taking kickbacks from contractors doing city work
Thursday, 16 October 2014 01:16
The former head of the New Orleans Affordable Homeownership program will be sentenced Friday. As the former executive director of the nonprofit housing agency, Stacey Jackson was supposed to help clean up blight in the city after Hurricane Katrina, but instead she lined her pockets with money by billing the city for work that was never done. NOAH was supposed to help elderly and poor people gut and clear blighted property and cut grass after…
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