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Hurricane Isaac
11:46 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Some Louisiana oyster beds reopen

Louisiana's health department has reopened some of the oyster harvest areas that were closed Tuesday as a precautionary measure in advance of Hurricane Isaac.

The state said Saturday that oyster harvesting resumed in areas 26, 27 and 28, which are located in the coastal areas of St. Mary and Vermillion parishes.

Consent Decree
11:36 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Groups denied say in NOPD reforms

A federal judge has denied petitions from four groups seeking to have a say in an agreement New Orleans has reached with the Justice Department to overhaul the city's troubled police department.

The Times-Picayune reports that U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan on Friday denied requests from two police association organizations, Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson and nonprofit Community United for Change.

Latest News
11:33 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Judge orders psychiatric exam in airport incident

A psychiatric exam has been ordered for a Baton Rouge man who locked himself in the cockpit of an unoccupied plane at Metro Airport in August.

The Advocate reports that the order was issued Friday by U.S. District Judge James J. Brady at the request of J. David Bourland, Alessi's attorney.

Alessi has been held at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison since he surrendered to authorities at the airport.

No one was injured during the Aug. 22 incident.

Business
11:25 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Shaw sells energy, chemicals unit

The Shaw Group Inc. has completed the $290 million sale of its Energy and Chemicals business to Technip.

The Energy and Chemicals sale, which was completed on Friday, also helps Baton Rouge-based Shaw meet one of the requirements for Shaw to eventually be acquired by CB&I -- having at least $800 million in cash.

Shaw and Technip announced their deal on May 21, and the sale of the Energy and Chemicals unit was expected to close by the end of August.

The company said the sale will give Shaw an adjusted cash balance of around $1.3 billion.

Hurricane Isaac
11:02 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Superdome roof survived Isaac intact

The nearly 10-acre roof of the Superdome in New Orleans became a symbol of Hurricane Katrina's destruction in 2005, but the new, improved roof survived Hurricane Isaac just fine.

Superdome manager Doug Thornton said Friday that Isaac did cause some damage to the dome, including some sheet metal damage to exhaust vents. His early estimate of repair costs is $75,000 to $100,000 — a far cry from the $157 million in storm damage repairs covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Katrina.

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Hurricane Isaac
6:56 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Power's Still Out For Many After Isaac, And They're Boiling

Kids in New Orleans on Monday getting some relief from the heat thanks to ice being distributed to those without power.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Check this fresh headline from The Times-Picayune in New Orleans:

"Public's anger at lengthy power outage after Isaac boils over."

According to the newspaper, after six days of camping outside in sweltering temperatures because Hurricane Isaac knocked out power last week, there are many angry folks in the city and surrounding parishes.

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Hurricane Isaac
6:00 am
Tue September 4, 2012

President Obama Tours Isaac Damage

A week after signing an emergency declaration, President Obama saw first-hand the damage Hurricane Isaac inflicted in parts of Louisiana. Thousands are still without power, with temperatures in the 90s.

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Environment
2:19 am
Tue September 4, 2012

As Temps Rise, Cities Combat 'Heat Island' Effect

An art installation of a melting fan sits on display in a subway station Thursday, June 9, 2011, in Atlanta.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 4:10 pm

More than 20,000 high-temperature records have been broken so far this year in the United States. And the heat is especially bad in cities, which are heating up about twice as fast as the rest of the planet.

High temperatures increase the risk of everything from asthma to allergies, and can even be deadly. But a researcher in Atlanta also sees this urban heat wave as an opportunity to do something about our warming planet.

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Hurricane Isaac
5:37 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Photo Essay: After Isaac

Heavy winds from Hurricane Isaac brought roof damage to many New Orleans structures like Upperline, a popular restaurant in the Uptown neighborhood.
Erin Krall

Photographer Erin Krall captured a glimpse of a city slowly returning to normal in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac.

You can find more of Erin's work on her website, and regularly here on WWNO.org.

Hurricane Isaac
5:05 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Oil Production Coming Back Online

Oil production is resuming in the Gulf of Mexico and at refineries in the coastal regions hit by Hurricane Isaac. However, power outages are slowing the process.

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