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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

Credit Andy Dean / AP Images

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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Education
7:23 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Finding A Second Chance In Conn.'s New Manufacturing Landscape

HCC student Ed Daniels watches as a fellow student works on a class project.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU

An expanding community college program in Connecticut is promising lots of jobs to students in the field of advanced manufacturing: a range of work that requires that requires the latest and most advanced technology and more precision than traditional manufacturing. Government officials and businesses see it as a second chance to for the state be a nationwide manufacturing player – and students are betting it’ll give them a second chance, too.

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News
3:02 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

WSHU Reporter Goes Home To Help Sub-Saharan Africa Tell Its Own Stories

WSHU's Ebong Udoma in front of the Gotel Studios
Credit Ebong Udoma

WSHU’s Ebong Udoma has been an award winning journalist for more than 20 years.

Ebong is our Connecticut State Capitol reporter, and has covered presidential visits, high profile political races, and municipal corruption trials, including one that led to the resignation of former Governor John Rowland.

He also covered the political transitions in Nigeria in1993 and 1999 for Pacifica Network News.

Ebong is back in his native Nigeria for the next few months to work on a new media project called Gotel Africa.

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