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Army Corps support closing La. channel

NEW ORLEANS, May 20 (UPI) -- A representative of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the organization has called for the closure of Louisiana's Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet. Residents of Louisiana's St. Bernard Parish praised the Corps' decision to support closing the shipping cha

Problems found with New Orleans levees

NEW ORLEANS, May 7 (UPI) -- An engineering professor says repairs to the New Orleans levees made after Hurricane Katrina are already showing signs of serious flaws.

Report: New Orleans may lose residents

NEW ORLEANS, April 18 (UPI) -- A recent poll of 608 residents from various Louisiana parishes has found many are pessimistic regarding New Orleans' future and are considering leaving.

Figures show population impact of Katrina

WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) -- New U.S. government population figures estimate that nearly 300,000 people have left coastal areas hit by Hurricane Katrina since the storm struck in 2005.

Tussle over Katrina dog winds up in court

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A court battle is under way in Florida over ownership of a dog that was evacuated from Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Not guilty pleas in Katrina deaths

NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The owners of a Louisiana nursing home where 35 residents died in Hurricane Katrina have pleaded not guilty to negligent homicide and cruelty charges.

Suit planned over slain Katrina pets

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Owners forced to abandon dogs and cats -- allegedly shot later by Louisiana sheriff's deputies during Hurricane Katrina -- intend to sue, a report says.

Lawsuits fly over Katrina seniors' deaths

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- A U.S. federal grand jury will decide if owners of a New Orleans-area nursing home were negligent in the drowning deaths of 35 seniors during Hurricane Katrina.

New Orleans still a shell of former self

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Nearly a year after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, less than half the city's pre-storm population of 455,000 has returned.

Bush visits with Katrina survivor

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- A Hurricane Katrina survivor traveled to the White House Wednesday to remind that the recovery in the U.S. Gulf Coast is not complete.

Katrina memorial touts religion, ACLU says

SHELL BEACH, La., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- A planned New Orleans-area Hurricane Katrina memorial showing Jesus' face and a cross is religious and unconstitutional, a civil liberties group says.

Katrina victims want their dogs back

TAMPA, Fla., June 28 (UPI) -- A Louisiana family that lost its home in Hurricane Katrina is trying to get its two dogs back from the people who adopted them.

Katrina alters coastal diversity

NEW ORLEANS, June 7 (UPI) -- Hurricane Katrina not only displaced hundreds of thousands, the post-storm period also has changed the racial diversity in the U.S. Gulf Coast region.

Patterns show New Orleans power change

NEW ORLEANS, May 17 (UPI) -- The patterns of exit, return, rebuilding and voting look to make New Orleans whiter, richer and less populous than before Hurricane Katrina, a report said. African American residents tended to move farther away and have returned to New Orleans at a slower

La. parish looking to former FEMA head

NEW ORLEANS, April 12 (UPI) -- A Louisiana parish still in shambles from Hurricane Katrina may hire former Federal Emergency Management Agency head Michael Brown to help clean up.

Levee work in St. Bernard on schedule

NEW ORLEANS, March 6 (UPI) -- Officials in St. Bernard Parish, one of the Louisiana areas hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina, say that levee reconstruction is on schedule. Kevin Wagner, project manager for the Army Corps of Engineers, told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that defenses sh

Hurricane cleanup spawns litigation

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The mammoth task of debris removal in New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast has spawned a new flood of litigation and investigation.

Katrina victims living in 'company town'

ARABI, La., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Thousands of workers displaced by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana are living in trailer parks set up by employers to get production going again.

Relatives demand evacuation answers

CHALMETTE, La., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Relatives demanded to know why an ambulance service failed to pick up their mother and disabled brother, who died when flooding overwhelmed Chalmette, La.

Elderly most vulnerable during Katrina

NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The elderly, many of them unable to leave or suffering from severe medical problems, were a majority of the Hurricane Katrina casualties in New Orleans.

Louisiana probes 215 Katrina deaths

NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Louisiana state officials are investigating the possibility of euthanasia in 215 deaths at 19 hospitals and nursing homes in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Dispute over La. nursing home evacuation

POYDRAS, La., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The lawyer for a Louisiana nursing home where 34 people died in Hurricane Katrina's flooding says its owners are heroes and shouldn't face negligence charges.

Louisiana flood waters down 6 feet

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it is pumping flood waters from the New Orleans area at the rate of about 9 billion gallons day.

Innocence claimed in nursing home deaths

BATON ROUGE, La., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The lawyer for a Louisiana couple charged with negligent homicide in 34 Hurricane Katrina nursing home deaths says the charges are ridiculous.

New Orleans neighbor awash in oil spill

BATON ROUGE, La., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Officials from St. Bernard parish, east of New Orleans who were hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina, say an oil spill may make parts of the land uninhabitable.
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