12:30 LRN Newscast July 31st

HUD has approved Governor John Bel Edwards’ request to increase reimbursements on RESTORE grants to 100 percent, which means more federal assistance for homeowners who suffered flood damage in 2016. Edwards’ Communications Director Shauna Sanford says the first round of checks are on their way.
Cut 9 (08) “good news.”
Sanford says some 10-thousand homeowners should benefit from the 100-percent reimbursement. Previously, they received 50-percent in financial assistance for the repairs made to their homes.

An approaching cold front is destabilizing the atmosphere, bringing thunderstorm activity to parts of south Louisiana today. State Climatologist Barry Keim says we could see some street flooding.
Cut 6 (07) …always a possibility.”
Keim says rain chances will remain high through Friday and we’ll also see a break from the heat.

The US Senate has voted to extend the National Flood Insurance program for the next four months. It was set to expire at 11:59 tonight. Louisiana’s Senators John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy says the goal is to put long-term reforms into place, so the program is affordable and sustainable.

Shreveport Congressman Mike Johnson is seeking to become the next chairman of the House Republican Study committee. Johnson says this group of conservative lawmakers made its mark by helping to craft the federal tax reform bill approved last December…
cut 4 (10) “…RSC members”
The Committee Chairman is responsible for identifying policy objectives, and then wrangling the support necessary to get those ideas off the white board and onto a bill.