Mississippi man appeals Hurricane Katrina-related fraud conviction

Monday, 29 December 2014 03:56
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A Mississippi man is appealing his conviction for fraud involving debris removal following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Aubrey Brant Sturdivant of Waynesboro is serving a 41-month prison sentence for a 2013 conviction in federal court in Jackson for conspiracy to defraud the government. Sturdivant was indicted in 2011. Prosecutors say Sturdivant had a contract for debris removal in Wayne County that paid him specified amounts based on the diameter of that…
Katrina whistleblower case set for arguments
Saturday, 27 December 2014 21:33
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. has appealed an order that it pay legal fees and damages of $3 million in a whistleblower lawsuit. A jury in Mississippi found the insurer defrauded the government in a policyholder claim after Hurricane Katrina. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments for Feb. 5 in New Orleans.
Alabama DB Landon Collins knows what it means to miss New Orleans
Saturday, 27 December 2014 10:10
How ironic would it be for the New Orleans Saints to draft Alabama strong safety Landon Collins? Talk about a round-about trip home for the New Orleans native. Chased from his hometown by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Collins lived three months in northern Mississippi with relatives after the storm before eventually settling in Geismar and playing high school football at Dutchtown High.
Alabama's Landon Collins reflects on Hurricane Katrina, ready to shine for hometown at Sugar Bowl
Saturday, 27 December 2014 05:24
NEW ORLEANS - When Alabama safety Landon Collins returns to his hometown of New Orleans, he thinks about when he was in elementary school in 2005 and Hurricane Katrina made its way into the city. Thankfully for Collins, his mother had the instinct to get the family and move them up to northern Mississippi. About 20 family members made the trek to a relative's three-bedroom house and stayed there for nearly three months.
Crisis can remake Najib or finally undo him
Friday, 26 December 2014 10:12
He can lead like Thaksin during the 2004 tsunami or fumble like Bush Jr with Hurricane Katrina. VIDEO INSIDE Disasters can define a leader. Whether they stay hidden in their palaces or get down to the ground to show leadership and provide inspiration during relief efforts can change public perception in an instant, and the current floods on the East Coast could come to define the rest of Najib Abdul Razak’s tenure as Prime Minister…
Hurricane Katrina's legacy provides sobering note amid Ohio State's Sugar Bowl mania
Thursday, 25 December 2014 01:39
NEW ORLEANS -- All convention centers are intended to show their host city at its best. But in 2005, New Orleans' Ernest N. Morial Convention Center was one of the places where Americans saw the worst side of the exotic, sultry, strange, captivating city on nightly news shows around the country. Reporters lodged near the convention center for close to a week's build-up to the Alabama-Ohio State New Year's Night college football playoff game might…
Indian Ocean Tsunami 10 Years Later: What's Changed?
Thursday, 25 December 2014 00:15
On the day after Christmas in 2004, a 9.1 earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, triggering a massive tsunami that slammed into 14 countries in south Asia and east Africa. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the disaster claimed the lives of close to 230,000 people and forced 1.7 million to flee their homes, and the catastrophic damage disrupted coastal areas’ supply of food, water and other necessities.
Stan Dobard's "Ironic" Homecoming
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 16:28
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Hurricane brought Standish Dobard to Shreveport, Louisiana the first time. Now, he's back with the Miami Hurricanes. "I feel like it's an ironic homecoming," said Dobard. Of the 204 players, on either Miami or South Carolina playing in the 2014 Independence Bowl, Standish Dobard is the only Louisiana-native. In 2005, when fleeing Hurricane Katrina with his family, Dobard spent a day in the Port City.
Coast Guard's Katrina rescues documented by University of Alabama filmmakers, AL.com reports
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 06:21
Behind-the-scenes stories of the heroic rescues conducted during Hurricane Katrina by Coast Guard personnel based in Mobile and New Orleans are the subject of a documentary being completed by a team of student filmmakers from the University of Alabama, led by New Orleans native Kaitlin Smith, AL.com reports. "Paratus 14:50," the name of the new movie, is a combination of the Coast Guard motto -- Semper Paratus, or "always ready" -- and 2:50 p.m.
'No one knows this side of Katrina,' says director of Coast Guard documentary 'Paratus 14:50'
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 00:19
Coast Guard personnel based in Mobile and New Orleans conducted an epic rescue operation in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Now a team of student filmmakers is on the verge of completing a project showing sides of that effort that have never been seen. The film is titled "Paratus 14:50," which refers to the Coast Guard's motto - Semper Paratus, meaning "always ready" - and 2:50 p.m.

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