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Science & Environment
6:32 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Oily Material Increasing Along Louisiana Coast

Boom and oiled sand on Grand Isle soon after the Deepwater Horizon incident.
Jason Saul WWNO

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 11:49 am

Officials aren't sure what's caused a 20-fold increase in oily material cleaned off Louisiana coast.

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.

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Politics
8:03 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Senator Landrieu Says Lawmakers Scrambling To End Shutdown

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 5:02 pm

US Senator Mary Landrieu, D-LA, in a telephone interview from Capitol Hill.

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.

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Politics
8:57 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Kenneth Polite Facing Challenges As New US Attorney

Liskow

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 1:06 pm

Ken Polite must deal with past misconduct at the US Attorney's Office as he builds his own administration.

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.

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Environment
8:53 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Governor Jindal Slams BP As Gulf Coast Restoration Plan Is Approved

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 9:01 am

A general blueprint is approved by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council.

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.

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Education
1:48 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Justice Department Sues Louisiana Over School Vouchers

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 9:39 am

Vouchers in districts under desegregation orders at issue.

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.

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Business
8:59 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Hurricane Katrina Report: Economic Ups And Downs 8 Years Later

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 4:38 pm

Community Data Center Chief Demographer Allison Plyer reviews the latest report.

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.

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Flood Protection
2:27 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Louisiana Lawmakers Push FEMA To Revamp Flood Maps

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 10:05 am

Louisiana delegation wants changes in FEMA flood maps they say could cause premiums to skyrocket.

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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Environment
9:08 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Gas Leak Capped On Blown-Out Offshore Rig

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 8:31 am

Sand and sediment stops natural gas leak.

Natural gas is no longer escaping from a blown-out oil rig off the Louisiana coast. Only a small flame is burning off residual gas in the pipeline.

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Environment
11:27 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Get Ready: It's Hurricane Season

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 9:44 am

Officials throughout southeast Louisiana are asking residents to start planning now for hurricanes. A busy season is predicted.

Local officials review hurricane season planning.

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Super-Region
4:48 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Report: Southeast Louisiana Needs United Drive For Economic Growth

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 6:38 pm

Allison Plyer of the Community Data Center explains what's needed for economic growth.

A study from the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center is warning that the post-Katrina money which has protected southeast Louisiana from the worst of the national recession will start winding down. Experts are advising a regional approach to economic growth.

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