New Orleans, LA – In the five years since Hurricane Katrina, public education in New Orleans has radically changed. The state-run recovery school district took over the vast majority of the city's public schools and has transformed most of those schools into privately run charters. In the first of an ongoing series for WWNO, Angela Taylor presents a portrait of how students are faring within the new system.
New Orleans, La. – Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency say lower levels are probably caused by microbes eating the oil. Testing at 33-hundred to 43-hundred feet showed a 20 percent decline in oxygen levels. NOAA spokesman Steve Murawski says it's not a major concern.
"To date the decrease in oxygen has not been significant enough to cause hypoxia at depth - that is, the dead zone - - nor is it likely to going forward."
New Orleans, LA – Community IMPACT Series: Louisiana SPCA, Sept. 7, 2010
The consequences of the BP oil disaster turn up everywhere from Louisiana marshes and fishing docks to restaurant kitchens and the unemployment office. But the disaster is also evident at local animal shelters. Tearful scenes unfold at these shelters daily as an increasing number of families surrender their pets, unable to properly care for them through the financial turmoil of recent months.
New Orleans, La. – National Incident Commander Thad Allen says the 300-ton device was clogged with icy slush as it was slowly lifted off the sea floor a mile under the surface. Crews have been making sure the equipment subpoenaed as evidence is flushed out and preserved. Allen says the well remains plugged from the top with mud and cement, and the new blowout preventer is secured.