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FEMA Officials Charged With Puerto Rico Hurricane Aid Fraud

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials who oversaw the reconstruction of Puerto Rico’s electrical grid and the former president of Cobra Acquisitions were arrested on fraud and conspiracy charges linked to recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria, according to federal prosecutors. FEMA’s …

Feds Say Most of $18M Owed for California Firefighting Has Been Repaid

The U.S. Forest Service repaid most of the $18 million that a California official said it owed the state for fighting fires last year in national forests, a spokesman said Monday. About $14 million was paid to local governments by …

Vermont Wants Federal Aid for Storm Damage Repairs

Gov. Peter Shumlin is asking the federal government for help paying for repairs to public infrastructure and the power grid that were damaged in a snowstorm last month. The request, filed Friday, seeks federal disaster relief to help 10 of …

2 Arkansas Counties Get Disaster Declarations for Farmers

U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made disaster declarations for farmers in two Arkansas counties that suffered losses and damage due to high winds and hail that occurred on Oct. 7. Responding to requests from Gov. Mike Beebe, …

West Virginia Receives Federal Aid for 2013 Storm Cleanup

WorkForce West Virginia has received more than $203,000 in federal funding to help pay for an ongoing cleanup following severe storms and flooding in 2013. The U.S. Department of Labor says the $203,940 emergency grant will be used to continue …

Feds to Fund $3.6B for Post-Sandy Transportation Projects

Federal officials have announced $3.6 billion to make public transportation more storm resistant in New York, New Jersey and other parts of the country damaged by Superstorm Sandy. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and other officials announced the funding for …

New York Public Hospital Damaged by Sandy Gets $117M Aid

The city’s public hospital system will receive more than $117 million in federal aid for repairs to Bellevue Hospital Center for damage related to Superstorm Sandy, the state’s two U.S. senators said Thursday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s public assistance …

Spending Speeds up on New Jersey Superstorm Sandy Projects

State officials say they have accelerated spending on housing programs from federal aid sent to New Jersey to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy amid improvements to a big program that got off to an uncertain start last year. In a progress …

Federal Aid Given to Alabama Town to Rebuild After Twister

A town near Birmingham, Ala., is getting federal money to help rebuild its fire department after a tornado. Congressman Spencer Bachus says the Kimberly Fire Department has been awarded a federal grant totaling $50,825. The money will go to purchase …

South Dakota Legislators Request Federal Aid for Recent Disasters

South Dakota’s three members of Congress have asked President Barack Obama to declare a major disaster for three counties hit last month by a tornado and flooding. In a letter to the president, Rep. Kristi Noem and Sens. Tim Johnson …