New Orleans, Louisiana – Though the economic and scientific aspects of the Gulf Oil Disaster are subject to multiple, ongoing studies by governemental and independent entities, the cultural impacts of the Disaster have received far less funding and attention, not to mention, coordination. But Eve Abrams learned that the Southern Food and Beverage Museum is determined to change that.
New Orleans, LA – What are the secrets to a long and healthy life? Just ask Northshore resident Charles Walters at the Christwood Facility in Covington. WWNO Reporter Jollaine Schear has more on the story.
New Orleans, LA – St. Tammay Parish is home to the first commercially-owned windmill in the world. Reporter Jollaine Schear explores the goals of the windmill, and the potential long-term benefits of using renewable energy to save our planet.
New Orleans, La. – The Interior Department is allowing Noble Energy to resume drilling its well 70 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana. Drilling was stopped after four days when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded. The government says permission was granted after the company showed it's capable of containing a spill with a new capping stack system. Governor Bobby Jindal says the move is a "good first step" to getting thousands of oil and gas crews back to work. For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming.
New Orleans, LA – Recently, the Regional Transit Authority announced plans to build a new streetcar line along North Rampart and St. Claude between Canal and Press Streets. A spur along Elysian Fields will connect this line with the Riverfront line at Esplanade Avenue. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2012. More lines mean more streetcars on the move. And who are the craftspeople here in New Orleans who keep the streetcars rolling? WWNO's Zoe Sullivan set out to find them.
New Orleans, La. – The task force is chaired by Lisa Jackson, a New Orleans native who now heads the Environmental Protection Agency.
"As someone who grew up here I know that the challenges facing this ecosystem go back much further than the BP spill. We are here to respond to that single devastating event. However, a full restoration simply will not be possible unless we address the environmental problems that have plagued this region for so long."
New Orleans, La. – The Food and Drug Administration is overseeing testing of Gulf seafood. Spokesman Robert Dickey of the FDA's seafood lab in Dauphin Island, Alabama reassured the panel that seafood is safe to eat.
"I am not aware of anywhere else that has undergone this level of testing."