New Orleans, La. – Several panels of experts assembled by the Obama administration are monitoring high-resolution video of the leaking cap system, using sound tests and pressure readings to estimate the spill rate. US Geological Survey Director Marcia McNutt heads the government panels. She says the revised numbers don't reflect the spill rate after BP sliced open its riser pipe last week to funnel oil to surface ships. McNutt says an exact amount won't be known until the well is completely shut off.
New Orleans, La. – Louisiana food festivals are often pegged to their calendar dates for good reasons, like seasonal freshness or cultural tradition. This weekend, a unique collection of festivals happening together in New Orleans show the importance of such timing, each for its own reason.
Today on "The Sound of Books" with Fred Kasten - conversation with New Orleans writer M. H. Herlong, the author of the widely acclaimed, award-winning novel The Great Wide Sea, which is just out in paperback...
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It's been anything but smooth sailing for the Louisiana oyster industry recently. Destructive hurricanes in 2005 and 2008 wrecked boats and docks and buried oyster beds under storm-driven mud. The federal government has threatened to limit seasonal sales of its fresh product through pending regulation. And now, of course, a wave of oil unleashed by BP's engineering disaster in the Gulf has brought new peril for the oyster harvest and those who earn their living by it.