New Orleans, La. – Mayor Landrieu has skipped the tradition of delivering the annual address after a year on the job. As Landrieu took the oath of office in early May, he was learning about a deficit he now says is $67 million dollars. And BP's oil spill was just beginning to unfold into the largest one in American history. He was just a few minutes into his speech at Xavier University when he talked about the disaster in the Gulf.
New Orleans – This, a week after U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman ruled against the federally imposed ban. And while the nation's decision makers continue to rabble over the moratorium's effects, Louisianans continue to weigh its longterm consequences. WWNO's Angela Taylor reports.
New Orleans, La. – Mayor Landrieu was sworn into office about two months ago as the oil crisis was unfolding. In his first State of the City address, he's warning that Hurricane Katrina rebuilding money is almost gone. And the economic fallout from the oil spill on city coffers is still being tabulated.
"Our mission is clear. Cap the hole. Capture the oil. Clean the coast. Compensate the families and get back to work. This is an American tragedy and it requires a robust American response."
Andrew Condon and his wife Megan came to New Orleans from Rhode Island for a vacation, and a chance to re-energize and refocus their lives. Megan convinced Andrew that an interview session at StoryCorps' booth set up outside the World War II museum would be a great forum for taking stock of their seven-year marriage, and a focal point for looking toward the future.
New Orleans, La. – Tulane Summer Lyric Theater offers a spot of comic relief as it presents Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award winning musical - A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. Performances run now thru Sunday July 11, 2010 at the Dixon Performing Arts Center at Tulane University.
New Orleans, La. – Courtney Theard's first day on the job as a cook at a Gretna country club turned into an unanticipated trial by fire. The 19-year-old New Orleans native reported for duty that first day last month ready to learn the ropes, but when the club's chef went home ill, he suddenly found himself responsible for turning out a luau-style dinner for a big party in the dining room.
New Orleans, LA – Community IMPACT Series: Urban Conservancy, July 6, 2010
Sometimes, deciding where we spend our money comes down to the most convenient option, or, thanks to relentless marketing, whatever brand name springs to mind first. But the Urban Conservancy asks people in the New Orleans area to also consider a broader impact of those decisions.
New Orleans, La. – Davis says dispersants being used to break up the oil spill are forming tar balls that sinlk below the surface and are drifting in water currents into the lake. He says it's impossible to fight oil that can't be seen as it drifts under booms and past other barriers. But retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says Lake Pontchartrain's contamination may not be the dispersants fault.