New Orleans, La. – Allen says he will be in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana reviewing hurricane planning, shoreline recovery and the Vessels of Opportunity program involving out-of-work fishermen.
"Since we're very close to being able to control the spill at the source, our focus now has to be in the areas that are impacted ashore. And we still have some impacts in Mississippi and Alabama and Florida regarding tarballs on beaches, but we're really focusing, too, on the marsh areas."
New Orleans, LA – Spinal cord injuries are complex and have been difficult to treat, but In Covington there is some groundbreaking medical research taking place that may make a big difference in the how these types of injuries can be better treated in the future. WWNO's Jollaine Schear has the story.
New Orleans, La. – BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles says no decision has been made yet on what to do about the oil lease it holds to drill in the Gulf.
"Clearly there's lots of oil and gas here and we'll have to think about what to do with that at some point. But what we've always stated is the original well - the well that had the blowout - and the relief wells would be abandoned. And that's what we're doing."
New Orleans, La. – Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says he's not ready to declare the well dead just yet.
"I think we can all breathe a little easier regarding the potential that we'll have oil in the Gulf ever again. But we need to ensure the people of the Gulf and the people of the United States that this thing is properly finished and that will be through the bottom. Now how long it takes depends on when the cementing is done."
The kitchen at Crescent City Cafe is slammed at eight in the morning on a recent Saturday. Cooks plate the day's specials as fast as they can, expediters urge them on and servers constantly cycle through the line, picking up two or three dishes at a time to shuttle to the dining room.