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12:25 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

La. company has $11.9M beach contract in Va.

A Louisiana company has won an $11.9 million contract as part of a project to add sand to Virginia Beach, Va., for hurricane protection.

A news release from the Pentagon says Weeks Marine Inc., of Covington, was one of four bidders on the project in support of the Virginia Beach Hurricane Protection Beach Re-Nourishment.

Work will be done in Virginia Beach, with an estimated completion date of May 15, 2013.

Tropical Storm Isaac
12:23 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

New Orleans City Hall closed until Tuesday

New Orleans officials say City Hall will be closed until Tuesday because of Tropical Storm Isaac and the Labor Day holiday.

City department heads will contact employees who have been designated to return sooner to help with damage assessments.

12:21 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

OSHA cites Eunice plant after blast left one hurt

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Plains Gas Solutions LLC in Eunice following a February explosion and fire that left a worker severely burned.

OSHA Wednesday issued one willful and seven serious violations against the company, which produces liquid natural gas through a cryogenic process. Proposed penalties total $111, 000.

OSHA says cryogenic liquids were improperly routed, as part of a re-starting process, through equipment not rated to withstand extreme cold temperatures. That resulted in the explosion and fire.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
7:13 am
Thu August 30, 2012

After Soaking Gulf Coast, Isaac Is Weakening, Slowly Moving North

Darrell Hill, 11, feeds his sister Floy Dillon, 2, at a flood shelter in a school gym in Kentwood, La., Thursday. Residents fled to the shelter after officials announced that a dam upstream in Mississippi was in danger of bursting.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 9:17 pm

The Latest At 10:01 p.m. ET:

-- Isaac, now a tropical depression, is still drenching parts of Louisiana and Mississippi. Forecasters say it will eventually move into Arkansas and Missouri.

-- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has added 14 additional counties and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to the federal disaster declaration issued Friday.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
4:56 am
Thu August 30, 2012

View Of Isaac From Mandeville, La.

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 5:39 am

Marlaine Peachey works in the mayor's office in Mandeville, La. During severe weather she mans the office 24-7. She tells Steve Inskeep that Hurricane Issac was a water event they didn't expect.

Tropical Storm Isaac
4:56 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Effects Of Issac Linger, Power Is Out For Many

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 5:26 am



This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.


And I'm Steve Inskeep.

It is the wind that defines the strength of a hurricane. The storm is not a hurricane at all until the wind reaches 74 miles per hour. Hurricane Isaac's sustained winds were not much beyond that, so it was a Category 1 storm, not two, three, four or five. But if the winds define a hurricane, it's the water that can do the most damage.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
9:43 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Isaac costs to La. government at $24M and counting

Gov. Bobby Jindal says the preparation and response to Isaac has cost state and local government more than $24 million so far.

And the costs are expected to continue climbing.

Jindal said Wednesday that state agencies have spent $14.7 million, at a rate of about $2.9 million a day. He says parish agencies have spent $9.5 million and counting.

"We expect that burn rate to increase significantly, especially as we start distributing commodities," he said.

Tropical Storm Isaac
9:42 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Isaac overturns kayak on house-to-truck paddle

Winds from Tropical Storm Isaac overturned a kayaker who was paddling to his truck, and St. Tammany Parish sheriff's deputies had to rescue the man and his dog.

Sheriff's spokesman George Bonnett Jr. says the man had parked his truck along Highway 90 in the Slidell area, and was paddling from his home to the truck with his dog Wednesday morning when the accident prompted a call to 911.

Bonnett says Marine Division deputies tied themselves to their vehicles with long ropes, then swam to the rescue.

Tropical Storm Isaac
9:40 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Coast Guard to start river inspection Thursday

The Coast Guard plans to assess conditions on the Mississippi River beginning shortly after dawn Thursday to determine when the river can reopen to shipping.

Port of New Orleans officials say the river could reopen by the weekend. The river was closed on Monday ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Authorities say nine cargo ships are waiting to enter the river and the cruise ship Carnival Elation is due to arrive on Thursday.

Port president Gary LaGrange says the cruise ship is the top priority when ships are allowed to enter the river.

Tropical Storm Isaac
9:39 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

1,500 forced from homes by rising water

In St. John the Baptist Parish about 25 miles from New Orleans, at least 1,500 people were forced from their homes by floodwaters and thousands should evacuate, according to the governor's office.

Rising water closed off all main thoroughfares into the parish, and in many areas, water lapped up against houses and left cars stranded. F

Floodwaters rose to waist-high in some LaPlace neighborhoods, and the Louisiana National Guard was working with sheriff's deputies to rescue people stranded in their homes and surprised by the flooding.