1130 Newscast 10/31

A large area of southeast Louisiana is still without power as Entergy is reporting that over 235,000 customers remain in the dark due to Hurricane Zeta, with over 30,000 people still out in the New Orleans metro area.  With limited power in the southeast part of the state, this could pose a problem for those trying to cast their vote on election day.  Governor John Bel Edwards says that with election coming up on Tuesday, it appears likely some polling stations in the southeast will be without power…

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Louisiana’s congressional delegation request for a 100-percent Federal Cost Share of debris removal from Hurricane Laura receives approval from President Trump.  The 100 percent of federal cost-share will last for a continuous period of 30 days. Before the request was amended by Congressional members, cities and parishes were required to pay 25-percent of debris removal.  Senator Bill Cassidy says this isn’t the first time Trump has approved a 100-percent cost share, it was approved in 2018 for Hurricane Michael and it prompted their request for the same for Louisiana.

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McNeese State plans on students returning to campus for the 2021 spring semester despite being hit by two hurricanes and sustaining over 200 million dollars in damage.  McNeese has hired multiple contractors so at least 30-percent of classes will be face-to-face instruction in January. University President Daryl Burckel says the speed in recovery is vital because their budget is based on student tuition. McNeese’s enrollment is around seven-thousand and Burckel says despite two hurricanes the school’s enrollment is only down 225 students from the Fall of 2019. He says as they rebuild the campus, student housing is a top priority.

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When residents are picking up the pieces after a hurricane, “storm chasers” as they are known as frequently visit affected areas to take advantage of homeowners with promises of contract work to repair storm damage.  Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says before you sign a contract, make sure they are a licensed contractor with the state licensing board for contractors and check with the Better Business Bureau.

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