Louisiana wins FEMA court battle

POSTED: Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 9:29am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:59pm

Louisiana won a major victory in a court battle with FEMA.

An arbitration panel ruled the federal agency must pay more than $470 million to replace Charity Hospital in New Orleans.

The facility had extensive damage following Hurricane Katrina. The panel's decision ends a long-standing dispute.

The money will be used for a 424 bed hospital. Governor Jindal wants work to begin by the end of the year.