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Texas governor signs $1.6B storm plan 2 years after Harvey

Jun. 13, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a $1.6 billion storm and flood resilience plan nearly two years after Hurricane Harvey battered parts of the state. Abbott signed the bill Thursday in Houston, where the Category 4 hurricane dumped more than 50 inches (130 centimeters) of rain. Harvey caused...

Mississippi senator asks Trump for pumps to ease flooding

Jun. 12, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Faced with weeks more flooding in a part of Mississippi that's been underwater since February, one of the state's U.S. senators on Wednesday asked President Donald Trump to order temporary pumps to the area to begin pumping water over the levee and into the already-swollen Mississippi...

4 Jamaican fishermen detained on Coast Guard ships

Jun. 12, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Jamaican fishermen were detained for nearly a month aboard U.S. Coast Guard vessels in the Caribbean Sea, spending much of their time chained to the deck in the blistering sun while their families believed they were dead, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The Coast Guard said...

Judge refuses earlier release for post-Katrina shooter

Jun. 11, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request to order an earlier release date for a former New Orleans police officer convicted in deadly shootings of unarmed civilians following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Robert Faulcon is currently set for release on Dec. 25, 2020. He sought an earlier release...

House sends long-delayed $19.1B disaster aid bill to Trump

Jun. 4, 2019 5:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A long-delayed $19.1 billion disaster aid bill has sailed through the House and headed to President Donald Trump for his expected signature, overcoming months of infighting, misjudgment and a feud between Trump and congressional Democrats. Lawmakers gave the measure final congressional...

Earlier release sought in deadly post-Katrina shooting

May. 31, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former New Orleans police officer imprisoned for his role in the deadly shooting of unarmed civilians amid post-Hurricane Katrina chaos asked a federal court Friday to move up his 2020 release date, citing prison reform legislation passed by Congress last year. Robert Faulcon was one...

PHOTO GALLERY: Looking back at hurricane damage

May. 31, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

Crews with bulldozers and dump trucks have removed tons of debris from the Florida Panhandle since Hurricane Michael slammed ashore in October, wrecking miles of homes and businesses, yet signs of the storm's fury remain everywhere as hurricane season approaches. Recovery is coming along in other places that have...

Hurricane season 2019: A sense of fear for towns already hit

May. 31, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

The annual start of hurricane season casts a shadow of dread over coastal sections of the United States. People fret over the next Big One, even as communities struggle to recover from the last one. For some communities, the devastation remains an open wound, as in Florida's Panama City, slammed by Hurricane...

Disaster bill highlights inconsistency in voting records

May. 30, 2019 9:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A $19 billion disaster aid bill that's still crawling through Congress highlights the inconsistency of lawmakers, mostly conservatives, who stood resolute against such aid six years ago but demand it now that their states are under water. Then, relative GOP newcomers like Sens. Ted Cruz...

The Latest: GOP again blocks disaster aid bill in House

May. 30, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the disaster aid bill (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Another attempt to pass a $19 billion disaster aid bill in the House has failed after Republican John Rose of Tennessee stepped in to block it during Thursday's pro forma session. The measure will be revived and passed next...