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Iowa Town Working to Buy More Homes in Flood Plain

BETTENDORF, Iowa — The city of Bettendorf has been awarded a $2.2 million federal grant that, coupled with state and city contributions, will make $2.95 million available to buy out up to 22 homeowners in the flood plain along Duck …

Mississippi Coast Expects Funding to Demolish Abandoned Katrina-Damaged Homes

Money to help clean up houses still damaged and unoccupied since Hurricane Katrina is expected to soon come into the Gulf Coast. The Mississippi Home Corp. is developing a program to provide funds to cities and counties throughout the state …

Spokane Considers Tracking Abandoned Homes

The Spokane City Council is considering creating a registry of abandoned homes to prevent them from slipping into disrepair. The Washington council is scheduled on Monday to consider an ordinance that would require banks or other responsible parties to register …

Youth Charged With Arson in 3 Kentucky House Fires

Police in Paducah, Ky., have charged a youth with arson in three house fires. Authorities released little information about the suspect, according to The Paducah Sun. In a news release, police spokeswoman Robin Newberry stated fires in two abandoned houses …

More Than a Dozen Fires in West Virginia Considered Suspicious

Authorities believe more than a dozen recent fires in Huntington, W.V., were deliberately set. State assistant fire marshal Reed Cook says the fires shouldn’t alarm residents. But he tells The Herald-Dispatch that residents should watch for suspicious activity. Up to …