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Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Dec. 01, 2021 17:45 PM EST

The Advocate. November 30, 2021. Editorial: Hurricane season is finally ending, but the crisis endures for many The end of hurricane season is always welcome hereabouts, so let’s circle Nov. 30 on the calendar. That’s...

Louisiana launches $11M housing program for Hurricane Laura

Nov. 22, 2021 17:01 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Nearly 15 months after Hurricane Laura struck, Louisiana is kicking off $11.3 million in housing repair and rebuilding programs for the southwestern city of Lake Charles while it waits for hundreds of millions in promised federal aid to arrive. ...

Louisiana city borrowing $10M to start drainage improvements

Nov. 21, 2021 08:22 AM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A southwestern Louisiana city is borrowing $10 billion to jumpstart work on an estimated $20 million in needed drainage improvements. The American Press reports that Lake Charles City Council members voted 6-0 Wednesday for the borrowing, which...

Louisiana voters select 3 new lawmakers in latest election

Nov. 15, 2021 13:54 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana voters have filled three vacant state legislative seats in the just-ended election, without needing runoffs and with no changes to the partisan makeup of the Legislature. Results from the secretary of state's office showed that...

Apartment complex rebuilding after Laura damaged by tornado

Nov. 13, 2021 00:03 AM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Rising after a hard knock can be wrenching, but for Claudette Price — who has just endured her fourth punch — accepting defeat is not an option. In the three years she has been the leasing manager for the Claire Gardens Apartments, she’s...

The show must go on — especially in beleaguered Lake Charles

Oct. 31, 2021 00:05 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — In a century-old building in a long-faded part of town, the lights go on, the curtains open and a cast of tap dancers swing into action. A year ago, it wasn’t clear if this would happen again. “We looked around and we didn’t think we’d...

Tornado destroys homes in weather-battered western Louisiana

Oct. 27, 2021 23:19 PM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A tornado touched down in western Louisiana Wednesday, damaging more than a dozen homes in a part of the state still struggling to recover from repeated weather disasters, officials said. The National Weather Service said in a preliminary report...

Louisiana to get $595M federal disaster aid for Laura, Delta

Oct. 26, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will receive $595 million in federal disaster block grant aid to help with housing restoration and other recovery needs from last year's back-to-back blows of Hurricanes Laura and Delta, the state's two U.S. senators announced Tuesday. ...

Hurricane Laura: Many commercial buildings being condemned

Oct. 21, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana mayor says 300 to 400 commercial buildings damaged last year by Hurricane Laura are being condemned or marked for demolition. Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter told the City Council on Wednesday that he realizes business owners have...

'Crumbs:' Federal aid falls short for southwest Louisiana

Oct. 03, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Southwest Louisiana leaders say the disaster assistance approved by Congress will be too little to solve the lingering housing crisis and other needs caused by Hurricane Laura, which struck the region more than a year ago. Billions of dollars in...