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Hazard Mitigation Program Aims to Strengthen Louisiana Against Storms

Louisiana will spend nearly $277 million in federal cash it received after last year’s floods to fortify communities against future disasters, mainly through drainage improvements and buyouts of flood-prone properties. Gov. John Bel Edwards is traveling the state to announce …

Volunteers Come to Aid Louisiana Flood Victims With Homes in Disrepair

Robert Wilbourn watched a small army of mostly teenagers tear away rotted siding from his house one day last week and called it “amazing.” Without assistance, he’s been unable to repair his South Alexandria, La.,chome left in bad shape by …

Disbarred Texas Attorney Involved in Auto Insurance Fraud Appeals to High Court

A Houston attorney disbarred for his involvement in an auto insurance fraud scheme, has filed an appeal with the Texas Supreme Court in order to reinstate his license. He cited other cases where attorneys had committed far worse crimes and …

Texas Doctor Accused in Overdose Deaths of at Least 7 Chronic Pain Patients

A Texas doctor wrote unnecessary prescriptions for powerful drugs that contributed to the overdose deaths of at least seven people over a four-year period, according to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday. Howard Gregg Diamond, 56, was arrested Tuesday on charges …

2016 Was Worst Year for Hail and Wind Losses in Texas

2016 wind and hail loss information released last week by the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) show that homeowner losses from hail in Texas were the highest annual losses ever recorded, as they exceeded $5 billion. Combined wind damage and …

Oklahoma’s Rural Roads, Bridges Among Nation’s Worst

Oklahoma’s rural roads and bridges are among the worst in the nation, according to a new report from a national transportation group. TRIP researchers said 16 percent of Oklahoma’s rural bridges are structurally deficient, The Oklahoman reported. That’s the seventh …

Risky Fix to Repair Tulsa’s Gutted Streetlight Grid

For years, residents in this cash-strapped Oklahoma city watched helplessly as thieves gutted 33 miles (53 kilometers) of streetlight wiring, plunging long stretches of roadway into darkness. The thousands of dollars criminals pocketed at off-the-books salvage yards wreaked millions of …

Studies of Oklahoma’s Largest Earthquake Included in Seismology Journal

Oklahoma’s largest recorded earthquake affected geological structures both above and below ground last year, but experts caution there still is much that scientists don’t know the 5.8-magnitude temblor that struck near Pawnee. Ten separate academic studies into the Sept. 3 …

Cindy Disrupts Business as States Warned of Catastrophic Flooding

Tropical Storm Cindy has halted service at a major oil terminal in the Gulf of Mexico, prompted some evacuations at rigs and platforms and put states from Texas to Florida on notice for life-threatening floods. Cindy was 200 miles (322 …

Study Finds Oil, Gas Drilling Causes Pollution, Quakes

A new study by a nonprofit science organization says oil and gas drilling in Texas is linked to pollution and earthquakes. The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas study found drilling for oil and gas in shale rock …

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