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Small Business
9:33 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Sen. Landrieu, Wendy Vitter to Co-Chair Conference

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Democratic U.S. senator, Mary Landrieu, will be an honorary co-chair of an upcoming small business conference in Baton Rouge, along with Wendy Vitter, wife of Republican Sen. David Vitter.

The two-day event, set for May 3-4, in Baton Rouge will be the Louisiana Women's Leaders Conference on Small Business Entrepreneurship. It's sponsored by the Louisiana Center for Women and Government, headquartered at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.

Prospect 3
9:28 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Prospect.3 New Orleans Pushed Back to 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Prospect.3 New Orleans, the third in a series of international art exhibits, has been officially postponed from 2013 until fall 2014.

The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/I2zTi4 ) consulting director Jane Farver says the later date will steer P.3 clear of competition with other international art exhibitions in Venice, Istanbul and Pittsburgh in 2013.

She says the extra year also will allow Prospect to better "regroup and rebuild" before pushing on.

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The Disappearing Coast
5:06 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Two Years Later, BP Spill Reminders Litter Gulf Coast

Pictured here on April 13, 2011, Barataria Bay — part of Louisiana's Barataria Basin — was one of the hardest hit areas in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. Today, obvious signs of the spill have faded, but communities are still reeling from its effects.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 5:17 pm

It's been two years since the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 rig workers and unleashing the worst oil spill in U.S. history. The oil has long stopped flowing and BP spent billions of dollars to clean up oiled beaches and waterways, but the disaster isn't necessarily over.

Oil fouled some 1,100 miles of Gulf Coast shoreline, but today, in most spots, you can't see obvious signs of the spill. In Orange Beach, Ala., the clear emerald waters of the Gulf roll onto sugar-white sand beaches.

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Hornets 105,Rockets 99
11:05 am
Fri April 20, 2012

New Orleans Beats Houston in Overtime

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Hornets are finding ways to play spoiler late in the NBA season. Eric Gordon scored 27 points and Carl Landry added 20 to lead the Hornets to a 105-99 overtime victory over the Houston Rockets. The Hornets have won seven of 10 games. 

Gulf Oil Spill
10:57 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Gulf Residents to Get Extra $64M for Spill Claims

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Justice Department says more than $64 million will be paid to about 7,300 people and businesses whose claims with BP's $20 billion compensation fund were shortchanged or wrongfully denied after the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  The department says an independent audit found significant errors in its processing of claims.

Commentary
10:51 am
Fri April 20, 2012

A Punishment BP Can’t Pay Off

A bird in the process of being rehabilitated at the Fort Jackson Bird Rescue Center, July 5, 2010.
Jason Saul WWNO

Two years after a series of gambles and ill-advised decisions on a BP drilling project led to the largest accidental oil spill in United States history and the death of 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, no one has been held accountable.

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Sentencing
10:44 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Former Rep. Jefferson to Serve Sentence in 2 Weeks

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former Louisiana congressman will have to begin serving a 13-year prison sentence for taking bribes and other crimes within two weeks.

Democrat William Jefferson was convicted in 2009 but has been free on bond while appealing his case. The case drew headlines when FBI agents found $90,000 cash hidden in Jefferson's freezer.

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Hurricane Recovery Spending
10:09 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Recovery Money Redirected to Superdome Upgrades

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Jindal administration has gotten permission to redirect federal hurricane recovery money from housing aid programs to Superdome upgrades. Federal approval was discussed Thursday in the Senate Finance Committee. 

Gulf Plane Crash
10:03 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Small Plane Sinks into Gulf; Lost Pilot Contact

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot flying a Cessna across the Gulf of Mexico stopped responding to radio calls including those from two F-15 aviators who flew alongside and monitored the plane for hours before it crashed into the water. A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says the plane was headed from Slidell, La., to Sarasota, Fla. 

BP Oil Spill
6:00 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Senator Landrieu Says Oil Spill Recovery Has Been Slow

Two years after the deadly Deepwater Horizon explosion, Louisiana’s Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu says the recovery has been slow. The senator receives hundreds of calls a month reporting troubles still caused by the BP oil spill.

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