New Orleans, La. – The Port of New Orleans says the main route from the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico remains open, despite frantic efforts to contain an oil spill threatening coastal areas from Louisiana to Florida. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry says commercial interests must also be considered.
"It is our goal to not allow the disruption of traffic on the Mississippi River. This region needs this important economic lifeline." :09
New Orleans, La. – The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks into high gear for the final weekend. We go inside the arts for a sneak peek at art that is healing a country and a locally produced European treat that will make your tummy smile.
This conversation was recorded March 19th. In this segment of the StoryCorps recordings, a Common Ground volunteer talks with two residents of the Lower Ninth Ward about how the community is coping with rebuilding.
Nick Karel speaks with J.F. "Smitty" Smith and Ward "Mac" McClendon about how a close relationship evolved between the volunteers and the residents.
New Orleans, La. – BP spokesman Doug Suttles says the company is still planning to try burning the oil off at sea, but isn't sure of the best location in the slick that's streaming across hundreds of thousands of miles. He says skimmers pick up only about 10 percent.
"Some of the oil will likely reach land. So what we want to do is protect the most sensitive areas and then prepare to clean up those areas where the oil does reach. It's probably not possible to collect all the oil offshore." :12