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Former Gov. Mike Foster

Former Gov. Mike Foster passes away at age 90

It was Monday, Jan. 8, 1996, and the headline in the Banner-Tribune, as well as virtually all media in Louisiana and beyond, was “Foster new Louisiana governor.”
Nowhere more jubilantly than here in St. Mary Parish: Our own native son had risen to the highest office in the state.
Murphy J. “Mike” Foster was a well-known businessman and unlikely politician. But he charged into a seat in the state Senate and announced his candidacy for governor.
He died Sunday at his home, Oaklawn Manor.

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Louisiana Senate President Page Cortez testifies before a state Senate judiciary committee on Sept. 29, 2020.
By David Jacobs | The Center Square

Louisiana Senate calls for "seat at the table" for emergency declarations

(The Center Square) – The Louisiana Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would make the governor consult with a legislative committee before extending an emergency declaration beyond 30 days.
The measure passed unanimously, though it is likely to face tougher sledding in the more conservative House of Representatives, where many members believe it doesn’t go far enough.

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Vermilion Parish Disaster Recovery Center Closing but Help is Still Available

BATON ROUGE — The Drive-through Disaster Recovery Center in Abbeville will close Oct. 2 at 5 p.m., but help will still be available for survivors affected by Hurricane Laura.
After the DRC ceases operations, survivors whose homes or businesses had losses from the storm can still get updates about applications, learn about the appeals process, or check the status of their application by logging into their account or submitting information by:
• Calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585).
• Visit DisasterAssistance.gov/.

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Vermilion Parish Police Jury has funds to help lift your home or tear it down

The Vermilion Parish Police Jury (VPPJ) recently received notice of available funding assistance through the FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant Program for the mitigation of properties exposed to a high risk of flooding.
The FMA application period opens on Sept. 30, 2020.
On behalf of the parish citizens, the Vermilion Parish Police Jury will develop a grant application to include eligible properties. This is a voluntary participation opportunity.
The FMA grant offers two mitigation options of either Elevation or Acquisition (buy-out).

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