WWNO News Features
8:43 am
Thu May 13, 2010

Residents respond to the oil spill in different ways

New Orleans, LA – This Week, federal authorities expanded the area off-limits to fishing to 11,000 square miles of coastline stretching from Louisiana to Florida. Oil has been spilling from the Deepwater Horizon well for close to 3 weeks, and attempts to stop the flow have so far failed. As the mass of oil nears the Louisiana marshes, residents respond to try and save the wetlands that protect cities from hurricanes and provide breeding grounds for fish and wildlife. Zoe Sullivan reports

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Where Y'Eat
2:03 am
Thu May 13, 2010

Of Majesty and Bounty on an Imperiled Coast

Fishing for amberjack, a popular restaurant fish, off Louisiana's Gulf coast.
Ian McNulty

New Orleans, La. – My friend Mike Kerrigan read my thoughts clearly during my first trip to Venice, La., last summer. We were on our way to an offshore fishing charter and he drove while I gazed through his truck's windshield at the stark, industrial picture Venice presents to visitors arriving by land.

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Gulf Oil Spill
7:34 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

Oil Spill Containment Efforts Approach Hurricane Season

New Orleans, La. – June first marks the first day of hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico. So far, weather has mostly been calm, but stormy conditions have kept skimmers off choppy waters for days at a time since the drilling rig exploded three weeks ago. But Coast Guard Rear Mary Landry says coastal communities are well-trained in handling hurricane conditions.

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Gulf Oil Spill
6:20 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

Oil Spill Landfall Hard to Predict

New Orleans, La. – Crews are laying booms off wetlands and watching shoreline from Louisiana to Florida, but tracking the movement of four million gallons of oil swirling in a plume underwater is proving to be a tough assignment. BP executive Doug Suttles says crews remain on standby along hundreds of miles of the Gulf Coast.

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Gulf Oil Spill
4:44 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

BP Studies Options for Small Dome

New Orleans, La. – Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles says the dome called a "top hat" could be placed over the leaking pipes and be hooked up to a surface ship. Or engineers could link the contraption to the pipe itself.

"One version is actually a collection devise, the other is a piece of pipe we intend to insert into the riser to try to collect the oil from inside the riser and bring it to the drill ship."

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The Sound of Books
8:42 am
Wed May 12, 2010

Isabel Allende's New Novel "Island Beneath the Sea"

New Orleans – New York Times best-selling author Isabel Allende's new novel - "Island Beneath the Sea" - is set in Haiti - and New Orleans - at the time of the slave revolt in Haiti.

For more information on Isabel Allende's "Island Beneath the Sea" - please click here .

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WWNO News Reports
6:43 pm
Tue May 11, 2010

Ronal Serpas Takes Oath as NOPD Chief

New Orleans, La. – Serpas took his oath of office from Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who campaigned that stemming violent crime would be his top priority. He says he chose Serpas because of his achievements in that area as chief of police in Nashville, where he just left. And Serpas grew up in New Orleans and understands the culture. Serpas says his mission is clear.

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Gulf Oil Spill
6:45 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

Coast Guard, MMS Hearings Set on Oil Disaster

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Gulf Oil Spill
5:56 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

BP Sticks With Cap-and-Plug Plan

New Orleans, La. – BP is sticking with the idea of containing the oil offshore with a cap and plug. It will be shipping a much smaller dome it calls a "top hat" to cap leaking pipes, while engineers prepare to plug the leak itself with scraps of material, called a junk shot.
Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles cautions that both are untried remedies for a leak a mile under water.

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Gulf Oil Spill
4:46 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

BP Trying Smaller Containment Dome

New Orleans, La. – BP is calling the smaller dome a "top hat." It's 4-feet-by-five-feet and weighs a fraction of the first four-story unit now off to the side. BP executive Doug Suttles says the smaller unit should be easier to install a mile below the surface. He says it will be equipped to prevent the icy slush that lifted the giant dome off the ocean floor. He says BP will also try plugging the leak with debris - called a junk shot.

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