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Rick Portier

Now that it’s September, it’s official. State climatologist Barry Keim says August 2016 is Louisiana’s wettest August on record – due to the mid-month event that caused historic flooding.

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More than 135-thousand south Louisiana households have applied for FEMA assistance thus far. But many of those who’ve received their awards already are – shall we say? – disappointed.

“When FEMA first come in and announced $33-thousand, that’s what people heard.,” state Senator Bodi White complained. “It’s that one line soundbite, and everything else, they don’t hear that. And, you know, it’s not true.”

Wallis Watkins

Sunday morning, August 14th, you awaken to find water rising in your home. You reach for your cell phone to call for help and – no service.

“You can’t get help. You’re looking for family members. You have to find a place to stay. You need transportation, and on, and on, and on,” Public Service Commissioner Lambert Boissiere recounted during Wednesday’s PSC meeting.

Sue Lincoln

As South Louisiana settles into recovery mode following historic flooding, the State Bond Commission met Tuesday to talk about Louisiana’s fiscal situation. 


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Facing a Thursday due date for their report, the Tax Structure Task Force is working daily this week, sorting through options and preparing to vote on their recommendations.

“If we’re going to spend, we have to decide exactly how we’re going to raise the money,” LSU economist, Dr. Jim Richardson, summed up the charge given to the panel by the governor and the legislature.

He then gave the other dozen task force members a review of what they’d learned meeting nearly weekly for the past four months.

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