Special report: Lasting impressions of the Katrina rescue response: havoc, dysfunction

M. Scott Mahaskey/AP -- New Orleans' Firefighter Doug Balser, of Engine 20, treats 3-year-old Deonte Hurst during the evacuation off the Lousiana Superdome following an early morning fire , in this Sept. 1, 2005 file photo, in New Orleans.Federal officials concerned about the slow response to Hurricane Katrina are looking at new ways to organize front-line emergency workers during catastrophes, including possibly using federal troops for law enforcement.

They all remember the piercing wails that echoed from the eaves, the pitiless swelter and pitch-black nights, and the gunfire. Some of those early rescuers still marvel at that first trundle up the St. Claude Avenue bridge to its urgent vista. Waters lapped at the rooftops of the Lower 9th Ward. People were riding on their peaks. Corpses bobbed, snagging on branches… Continue reading →

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Little-claimed Citizens rebate lowered

Everyone in Louisiana who buys property insurance will lose 28 percent of a tax credit they can get for covering the debt of the state’s property insurer of last resort. In addition, the reduction is retroactive, meaning those who failed to file… Continue reading →

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