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Launch Louisiana Helps Rebuild Flood-Damaged Homes

“It may not be perfect, but it’s home.” With that in mind, Launch Louisiana volunteer Shanna Forrestall says the local grassroots flood recovery group’s new campaign is “Let’s Rock!” The focus: providing the Sheetrock – drywall – needed by affected …

Arkansas Gem Heist Leads to Arrest of 7 Oklahoma Men

A federal prosecutor says seven Oklahomans were involved in a bold but quick 2015 jewelry store robbery in Little Rock, including two men arrested Monday. U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer said Tuesday that Quinshod Shaw, 27, was arrested in Norman, Oklahoma, …

Residents Along Texas River Sue Over Toxic Waste Pits

Rick Kornele and Charles Rayburn fished and crabbed as small boys on a sand bar near a popular boat ramp on the San Jacinto River – a site today blocked off by an imposing chain-link fence that’s plastered with warning …

Tornadoes Suspected of Causing Damage Southwest of Houston

Tornadoes are suspected of damaging homes and injuring people Tuesday southwest of Houston, Texas, as a strong storm system moved quickly across much of the state. National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Overpeck said agency teams were inspecting damage in three …

New Orleans Mayor Says Half-Mile Wide Tornado Damaged 940 homes

Dwight Powell lost his Lexus to the massive tornado that injured 33 people and destroyed or seriously damaged 940 properties on a half-mile wide rampage through two miles of east New Orleans. He had just parked it inside his garage …

Suspected Oklahoma Shooter Accused of Stealing Insurance Settlement

Federal investigators say an Oklahoma man who fatally shot himself this week after being suspected of killing two people was facing felony charges connected to an insurance scheme. An FBI affidavit alleges that 55-year-old Timothy Michael Deffner of Norman stole …

Earthquakes Expected to be Focus at National Tornado Summit

Hundreds of top meteorologists and disaster recovery experts will converge on Oklahoma City next week for a national tornado summit, though much of the discussion is expected to focus on temblors, not twisters. The annual three-day conference in the middle …

The EPA is Calling on Oklahoma Regulators to do More to Curb Quakes

The Environmental Protection Agency has told Oklahoma regulators to do more to protect the state from a surge in earthquake activity that scientists have linked to the underground disposal of oil and gas wastewater. An EPA administrator sent a letter …

Drought-Plagued Oklahoma Placed Under Rare National Fire Advisory

Oklahoma has been placed under a national fire advisory as much of the state struggles with unrelenting drought and tinder-dry vegetation capable of igniting and quickly spreading out of control, state forestry officials said Wednesday. The rare advisory – and …

Not all Victims Will Receive Aid From Louisiana Flood Recovery Programs

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration is struggling with a problem that has become all too common for Louisiana’s governors: How do you pick the winners and losers among disaster victims as you divvy up federal aid? Louisiana’s received $1.6 billion …

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