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what could i do. if i would have stayed in new orleans, i would have died. >> alan moved to dc to be with his twin brother and enrolled in howard university. but without the scholarship money he had, he stayed on course for a degree in biology, but the memories of what happened haunted him. he says he was diagnosed with ptsd and the financial pressure of trying to start over only added to his stress. so he turned to fema. >> what did you have, what did you leave down there, what is missing and i told them, you know, and i was excited they cut me a check. >> alan got around $10,000 in disaster assistance which he says he used to pay for on campus housing and a new computer and cloths and we asked for documentation on all this, but he told us receipts or copies were lost or thrown away years ago. >> so fas
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back on your feet, you think it's all good? >> i think it's all good. i'm working, i'm doing better, i'm an adult. i'm having a good time. it's like 12 years later at this point, and i get a letter from the department of treasury. >> this letter, it said 12 years after the hurricane the government wanted its relief money back. the letter said alan owed fema $12,203. that's the $10,000 the agency gave them plus a 28% penalty assessed by the treasury for having to collect the money. you see, fema said it had been trying to track down alan since 2013 and they sent letters to two addresses and a former employer trying to locate him. alan says he was moving around from place to place changing careers and didn't know that fema wanted its money back until that letter from the treasury showed up earlier this year.
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government was going to start garnishing his wages and force him to make restitution. >> fema decided the funds they gave me, i was ineligible. i have ptsd, but i'm ineligible. >> alan called fema and treasury and couldn't get anyone to explain why he was ineligible for the relief money so we decided to help him get answers. we started with the only phone number we had. the one on that letter from the department of the treasury. they said they had no idea why fema wanted the money back. and sent us to something called the fema recoupment hotline. it's a special hotline set up for people who have questions about why fema is taking back aide money. at the time, hurricane harvey had just hit. and
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so we expected to be put on hold, but as time dragged on, alan's patience already tested more thin. and so did mine. >> this is painful. >> yeah. >> calling to get information about why they want their money back. >> yeah, yeah. [indiscernible]. >> two hours and nine minutes al an first called, the elevator music stopped and the line went dead. alan never even talked to a real person. we weren't giving up. we spent weeks calling and e-mailing fema on alan's behalf. so many messages back and forth. they filled up my in box. fema told us if we sat by the phone on a friday night, they would called. so we waited again. this time two and a half hours passed before the phone rang. the big explanation from
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weren't supposed to have given relief funds to college students -- not that he didn't deserve disaster aid, he applied for it the wrong way and fema didn't catch the mistake. if there was an error made, does fema bare the responsibility? >> oh, i think they should bare the entire responsibility because it's like -- they are the ones that gave out the money. >> fema wouldn't agree to an on camera interview, only a statement that says fema reviews disaster payments to ensure those payments have been properly awarded and appropriately spent whether through human or accounting error -- assistance sometimes go to individual who's are not eligible and it gets worse for alan. since fema transferred the debt and it's in collections
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the check garnishment has begun. >> and for this to be the outcome, it's a slap in the face of being a young citizen trying to better them self -- >> alan worries that those in -- a lifeline offered and then reeled back years later. fema and the department of treasury may think this is over, but we don't. i've submitted a freedom of information act for the documentation -- he signed aid waiver that forces fema to release it to us. when we get that, we're going to know more about why fema made this decision and if anything can be done to reverse it. we're going to let you no he what happens. eric flack, wusa9. >> fema didn't respond to our questions about how often this is happening, but federal
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katrina there were fraudulent payments. in a 2011 report to congress, fema said it reduced that problem through new checks and balances. still ahead, inspiring words from legendary congressman john luis for dc students. after the break, a dc neighborhood gets national attention. we try to find out what makes it so popular, next. not as chilly tonight, but certainly comfortable. we're going to trade in the 40s and 50s for 50s and 60s. 55 overnight in gaithersburg. 58 in bowie. 56 in fairfax. we'll come back and talk about w long come in to havertys furniture and save up to $1000 in bonus discounts - -only through monday. plus take advantage of no interest for 36 months.
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ralphcandidate for governor,rtham, and i sponsored this ad. they're studying for 21st century jobs. but ed gillespie supports donald trump's plan to take money out of virginia public schools and give it to private schools. as a washington dc lobbyist, ed gillespie worked for lenders trying to keep student loan rates high. and ed gillespie's plan to cut taxes for the wealthy could cut virginia school funding, too. ed doesn't stand for education.
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family members and police need your help finding a missing 92-year-old man. william george pale was last seen on tuesday about 6:45 at night. that's when he left his bulls run parkway home driving his gray 2013 nissan cube with maryland tags. he's about 6'2" and 140 pounds. family members says he suffers from memory loss and might not be able to find his way home. to a national shout out for
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>> lonely planet named capital river front and yard's park. the top hot neighborhoods you need to visit now. district wine reopened its doors a few weeks ago and there's nat park and a water front with cool places to eat and drink. what makes this place so hot? >> this is an up and coming area. >> the baseball stadium -- >> there's a ball park within walking distance. >> it's cool to have to be close to the stadium. >> we've seen more business as we've grown in the past year. >> mostly the things that you see now weren't here a year ago. >> a lot of cool restaurants and things to do. >> and the river walk too. >> the night life is amazing. >> everything in dc close to the metro is expensive. >> and there's a fun tram peas there. >> i went to school -- i
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>> spinning around. >> i like watching other people do it. it was fun, yeah. let us know about your cool neighborhoods. awkward pause on our wusa9 facebook page. it is still blown up. on sunday, there's cranes everywhere. >> all three of your little ones. >> that was quite an adventure. different story, different day. as you know, there are lots of made up holidays out there and of course today is a big one. >> yeah, it is national taco day apparently as well as national walk your kids to school day. >> you did that. >> somebody said it's national boyfriend day. i don't know what's good on. taco bell and chewy's -- they're celebrating with deals if you're looking for a mexican inspired dinner and we have all that on our wusa9 app. redskins are playing ball right now
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>> what needs to happen to get serious about the playoffs. >> maybe not so good. daryl hanes is going to bring us inside the red zone in a couple of minutes. after the break, remember our service dog in training. he's a big boy as he returned to wusa9. we'll tell you about his mark herring: my mom always worked hard to provide for our family. at one point, she got fired for of all things -- getting married. that was a lifelong lesson for me: when people are hurt, you need to stand up and do something. and i've never forgotten that as your attorney general. whether it's protecting veterans and seniors from shady debt collectors, or cracking down on gangs and drug traffickers, i have one guiding principle: do what's right for people. i'm mark herring, candidate for attorney general,
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remember this guy? that's our service dog in training that reporter andrea help raised to make a veteran's life easier. he was a little guy. >> oh, my gosh. former army
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with -- we have arm the warm fuzzies for us. >>reporter: i'm so excited. wait until you meet who i'm going to introduce you to. >> do you remember this guy? >> i sure do. how are you doing? nice to see you. >> very nice to see you. >> oh, my gosh. how are you doing? nice to see you. tell me about how he has -- how he helped you? >> he does awesome things and he can pick things up off the ground for me. there's been a few instances where i tripped and he happens to be there and i can put my hand on his back and brace myself and bounce back off him. he's an awesome conversation piece and not everyone is a dog person, but a lot of people are, and i mean he -- in very small brief doses, he brings joy to people everyday. do you
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is that her? >>[laughter] >> hi. oh, that was -- >> that's where we cut it. >> because we want to show it to you later. we want to join you then. if you want to see how bud reacts when he see andrea and what he does when he meets his replacement -- you'll have to stick around to see that. >> after you do that, then you go to our social media pages. >> pretty much everyone in the building -- >> we've shared it and it's cute. today was international walk to school day in addition to [indiscernible] comes back to see his family day. charter students gathered on capitol hill to mark the occasion and they were marked by city leaders and congressional leaders norton and civil rights pioneer and capitol hill resident luis. >> i grew up in rural alabama and from
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grade, i walked to school every morning. [cheers and applause] >> on unpaved roads, dirt roads, so i know what it is to walk to school. so for the young people -- >> do you normally walk to school? >> yes. >> do you like walking to school? >> no. >> no? >> not that much. but i like the scenery. >> yeah. how was today? >> good. i thought we were going to be late. >> when the weather is nice, it's great to walk to school. some other days, not so much. that was charlotte richardson and she's a 2nd grader at polk middle school. that was one of thousands of schools that participated in international walk to school day. i was with my daughter at montgomery county. it's designed to prevent safety for students as they make their way to classes everyday and convince everybody on the roads to slow the heck down. >> yeah. >> great day to do it today, great day.
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our attentions to the tropics. we have tropical depression 16. if it gets up to 39, that's the flesh hold to become a tropical storm. all the cases are -- it's going to move near -- it's going to move near nicaragua and honduras. it's going to spread tropical moisture our way. i will say this, some of the computer models are taking it toward the west part of this fan, more toward new orleans, so anyone from new orleans over to april plagueses should keep a close eye on what could become and probably will -- appalachians and should keep a close eye on what could become tropical nate. we have a slight chance of shower. 76. winds at 14. they will come may -- they will calm down tonight. temperatures in
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in the mornings, 50s and 60s. 57 in la played. 60 downtown. by 9:00, 65 downtown. 63 in bel owie and 61 in manassas. future cast may be over done with the clouds. certainly [indiscernible]. temperatures still around 80 despite the clouds and by tomorrow evening, 80 downtown. 80 in leesburg. this will happen toward cumberland and -- some could be on the hefty side with heavy rain and gusty wind. this is 10:00 tomorrow morning and everything pushes north of dc. our chance -- it's a better chance friday and even that's not great. tonight, partly cloudy and cool. low temperatures 54 to 64. winds southwest at 10. we're talking low 60s to start downtown tomorrow. 74 by 11:00.
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ing in -- coming in the early afternoon. friday a chance for a sprinkle or stray shower. warm on saturday. 84, almost hot in terms of averages. on sunday, here comes that moisture from that system. showers, maybe late in the day. better chance for rain and storms on monday. it's going to be the most of the blind set of the presip. warm, tuesday, 84. cold front comes through wedness s and storms late and that will cool us off late next week. now, wusa9 sports with daren hanes brought to you by xfinity. >> redskins cornerback norman has a rib fracture along with damage to his lung line. despite the injury, head coach gruden hasn't ruled out norman against the 49ers. the skins are on bi-week. norman has two weeks to recover. he hasn't missed a g
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zone. i want you to look at my man kirk cousins. knocked out to the [indiscernible] after the redskins lost to the chiefs. he tweeted this picture out yet. he's suited and booted. i don't understand the sunglasses on the plane. here's my message to kirk though, i hope you get good sleep because you won't be getting any with a newborn, #maternityleave. listen to wusa9 off script -- we talked about more -- about cousins and his injuries. we asked questions about the team and why gruden believes this season will be his best yet. how about the wizards. pick to win the east this year. that's according to one general manager. there's a total of 30 of them. the rest of the nba gm's picked the wizards to win -- wizards gm ernie couldn't vote for his own team so there's
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there who believes in the wizards. here's a crazy stat. 93% picked the warriors to win. in second place, the cavs with 7 percent. the wizards didn't make the poll. i have one for the nba gm survey and that's respect. wall is the third best nba passer. he should be number two. that's better than last year. the wizard's guard didn't receive a vote as best passer. he expresses -- but wall received votes as the best point guard in the league, and best basketball iq. last year he wasn't in the conversation. that's why my one is "respect." oh, yeah, john wall voted fasten the nba if that means anything. >> there's no parody in the nba anymore. you think you're going to have these dynasty teams and we're going t
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wash -- >> did you call them dynasty teams? you called them molecular structures -- who knows what scientific thing i mean. that's why i changed my major from biology to broadcast. >> it sounded good at first. you were dropping some words there. >> yeah. you need to go look them up during the break. we'll see you later. still ahead, you're going to hear from vegas shooting victims who may be dealing with all kinds of issues years from now. we're going to hear from a survivor of the virginia tech massacre. up next, we're going to go along
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she has photos of them at the bus stop and even waiting for a taxi at the ritz carlson, but her subject is not animals or people. here's marcel la robinson. >>reporter: across pentagon city, they've been these sightings. >> it doesn't matter where you are, everyone in the neighborhood knows you're going to run into them. >> they're plaguing the
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corner. >> they'll be at bus stops, they'll be inside apartment buildings, they'll be outside apartment buildings and by the bars, they'll be by other grocery stores. >> most of the time you'll find them alone, but other times, you'll see them in packs. >> one thing we've noticed is everywhere we go, there's costco cars everywhere. >> yeah, costco cart. they're tired of them. she started her twitter snap and post -- from a costco card outside of whole foods to another stopping to salute the flag. if she sees one, she's calling them out. >> it doesn't look that attractive. >> making light of a situation, she does hope people will take seriously. >> it's hard to place the responsibility on cosco or the people. i think it's really -- both parties need to take some responsibility. >> in pentagon city, marcella robertson, wusa9.
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about the stray cart issue, but they didn't want to comment. breaking news at 6:00, the fbi questioning the one person who may be able to shed some light on a motive in the lay vegas shooting. marilou danley, the girlfriend of paddock, right now she's being interviewed at the fbi field office in los angeles. and investigators call her a person of interest in this case. the -- they're counting on her to reveal why paddock killed 59 concert goers while wounding more than 500 others. danly left the country for the philippines several days after paddock set up a sniper's nest -- he had dozens of guns at three different locations. 33 of those weapons were purchased in the past year. >> this is video showing mayor pee lou danly in a wheelchair after arriving from the philippines this morning. danly'sis
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brother believe that paddock sent danly away so she wouldn't interfere with his plan. >> he sent her away. [indiscernible] and she said [indiscernible]. >> he wanted -- he manipulated her to be completely as far away from this and safe when he did this. >> danly is an australian citizen, but she's a native of the philippines. she met paddock working as a hostess in reno and the two have been living together. president trump visited las vegas today. seeing -- the president and first lady melania met with the wounded, still in hospitals. they visited the first responders and the civilians who rushed to their aide. >> words cannot describe the bravery the world witnesses on sunday night. americans defied


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