Eileen Fleming

Eileen is WWNOâ

President Obama is heading to New Orleans this morning. He selected the port of New Orleans as the backdrop for a speech on the importance of exports. And others are hoping for moment to discuss other economic issues.

The BP oil spill claims agreement is heading back to a courtroom in New Orleans on Monday. The oil company says fraudulent claims are being paid.

More Louisiana schools that serve low-income families can soon offer free meals for all students. It’s because of a policy change initiated by a legal non-profit.

Louisiana officials say they’re not sure why there’s been a surge of oily material washing up on the coastline three years after the BP oil spill. The amount is 20 times more than what was found over the same period last year.

Louisiana’s Democratic US Senator Mary Landrieu says talks are under way in the nation’s capital to end the partial government shutdown. Those behind-the-scenes discussions aren’t getting much traction.

Kenneth Polite Jr. is wrapping up his first full week as the new US Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana. 

High on his priority list is likely selecting his top assistants — and making sure recent history is not repeated.

Five states and leaders of several federal agencies have unanimously approved a blueprint to repair the Gulf of Mexico with BP fines pending over the 2010 oil spill. Governor Bobby Jindal’s comments in New Orleans about BP and his support for Mississippi River diversions drew immediate criticism.

The Justice Department is suing Louisiana for issuing school vouchers to students in districts under desegregation orders. The federal government says the system is undermining racial balances in public schools.

It’s been eight years this month since Hurricane Katrina. The Greater New Orleans Community Data Center has been measuring data to see how far the recovery has come, and where the city is heading.

Louisiana public officials are launching a bipartisan battle to revamp proposed changes to the National Flood Insurance Program. The administrator evaluating the objections was taken on a helicopter tour of coastal regions possibly facing steep premium hikes.

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