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FEMA to help those who didn't sue
12:35 am
Thu March 5, 2015

FEMA Will Reopen Up To 15,000 Sandy Claims

Robert Connolly, left, embraces his wife Laura as they survey the remains of the home owned by her parents that burned to the ground in the Breezy Point section of New York, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. More than 50 homes were destroyed in the fire which swept through the oceanfront community during superstorm Sandy. At right is their son, Kyle.
Credit AP /Mark Lennihan

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday it will reopen as many as 15,000 insurance claims related to Superstorm Sandy. The announcement comes after two weeks of negotiations with homeowners who say fraudulent engineering reports shortchanged them out of tens of thousands of dollars.

It was happenstance that a handful of homeowners discovered the damage estimates to their homes were based on forged engineering reports. During litigation, lawyers said they uncovered thousands more questionable reports.

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Government
1:45 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Conn. Considering Ban On Drinking While Riding In A Car

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In the state of Connecticut, it's currently legal to have an open container of alcohol in a moving car, and even to drink from it. As long as you're not the driver.

In allowing that, the state's in select company. Only 10 other states permit "drunk riding," including Mississippi, where you can actually drink and drive, as long as you stay below the legal blood alcohol limit of 0.08 percent.

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"most don't even know they were shortchanged"
9:46 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

FEMA Settles 160 Superstorm Sandy Claims, But 200 More Surface

People wade and paddle down a flooded street as Hurricane Sandy approaches, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in Lindenhurst, N.Y.
Credit AP Photo/Jason DeCrow

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has tentatively settled insurance claims with 160 Superstorm Sandy victims, who allege engineering firms altered damage estimates. Meanwhile, lawyers say roughly 200 new policyholders say their reports were also changed.

FEMA manages the National Flood Insurance Program which, allows people to buy flood insurance from the federal government.

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Victims want another $3B
11:32 pm
Sun March 1, 2015

Talks Stall Between Superstorm Sandy Victims And FEMA

Investigators from the New York state attorney general's office remove boxes of documents seized from a search warrant at the Long Island offices of GEB HiRise in Uniondale, N.Y., on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. The company has been accused in civil lawsuits of submitting bogus inspection reports involving homes damaged in Superstorm Sandy.
Credit AP Photo/Frank Eltman

Negotiators for Superstorm Sandy victims in New York and New Jersey said talks with the Federal Emergency Management Agency have stalled.

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Government
12:02 pm
Sun March 1, 2015

Conn. Lawmakers Dig Into Details Of Malloy's Budget

Malloy outlined his budget proposal before the General Assembly on Feb. 18.
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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy's two-year, $40 billion budget proposal contains more than $1.3 billion in spending cuts. It outlines a $100 billion transportation plan that he says will take 30 years to complete. And Malloy says it contains no tax increases, although Republicans disagree on the definition of a tax increase.

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