Recovery money redirected to Superdome upgrades

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Jindal administration has gotten permission to redirect federal hurricane recovery money from housing aid programs to Superdome upgrades.

Federal approval was discussed Thursday in the Senate Finance Committee.

Nearly $7 million is being moved from recovery programs, including fisheries assistance, small business loans and housing aid, to another program that will help pay for improvements to the Superdome.

The proposal needed approval from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, which oversees the spending of the billions of dollars in block grant aid allocated to Louisiana after Katrina and the follow-up blow of Hurricane Rita.

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond had asked for the money shift to be scrapped, saying the plan was ill-advised because people still are struggling to rebuild more than six years after Hurricane Katrina.

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