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WRKF
5:03 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Lawmakers Poke Holes in Flood Protection Board Lawsuit

Taxpayers may be on the line for hundreds of thousands of dollars if the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East has to withdraw its lawsuit against oil and gas companies.

SLFPA-E met opposition from the legislature’s Joint Transportation Committee Wednesday, as the committee gathered information from the authority on the suit, also hearing opposing testimony from Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority head Garret Graves.

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Latest News
9:41 am
Wed August 14, 2013

State Police Kill Man Holding Hostages In St. Joseph Bank; One Hostage Killed

St. Jospeh, La., population 1176. The small community in Tensas Parish is located about 60 miles southeast of Monroe.
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Police say the suspect was mentally ill.

Louisiana police shot and killed a man they say shot two hostages inside a bank. One of the hostages was killed.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Coast Guard Releasing Oil Spill Response Plan

The Coast Guard is hosting a ceremony to launch the Geographic Response Plan.

The Coast Guard is releasing a plan today, devised with state and parish officials, about how best to respond to an oil spill.

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Development
5:20 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Tulane Avenue Progress Too Slow For Some Businesses, Residents

Sun sets on Tulane Avenue, where new business and the promise of redevelopment mix with longstanding crime and poverty.
Ted Jackson Nola.com

City officials and developers have big plans for Tulane Avenue. The rough patch of old Airline Highway will hold two new hospitals, and a planned biomedical corridor. It’s slated to have fewer lanes of traffic and new landscaping, too. But, change is slow. Some residents and business owners who have invested in the neighborhood feel let down by the seedy motels and high crime that persist on Tulane Avenue.

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WRKF
1:40 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Treatments for Blood Cancers Proliferate

Dr. Robert Emmons of the Ochsner Blood Cancers and Stem Cell Transplant Program says it's an exciting time for blood cancer treatment, with many new drugs and sources for stem cells.


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New Orleans Saints
5:36 pm
Sat August 10, 2013

Saints Return With Preseason Victory Against Kansas City

New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson during the team's post game press conference.
Jason Saul WWNO

After what seemed to many fans an interminable offseason, the New Orleans Saints returned to action Friday night in their preseason opener.

The Saints defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 17-13 in front of a sparse but exuberant crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Kansas City started hot, with quarterback Alex Smith completing seven of his eight passes on the Chiefs’ opening drive that ended in a one-yard touchdown push by running back Jamaal Charles.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Louisiana Lawmakers Push FEMA To Revamp Flood Maps

US Senator Mary Landrieu and FEMA Associate Administrator David Miller prepare for an aerial tour of coastal Louisiana flood protection systems.
Credit Office of Senator Mary Landrieu

Louisiana delegation wants changes in FEMA flood maps they say could cause premiums to skyrocket.

Louisiana public officials are launching a bipartisan battle to revamp proposed changes to the National Flood Insurance Program. The administrator evaluating the objections was taken on a helicopter tour of coastal regions possibly facing steep premium hikes.

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WRKF
4:03 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

ProPublica: FEMA Flood Maps Fraught with Error

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 8:33 am

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued new preliminary flood maps.

Louisiana’s delegation in Washington, D.C. is griping over FEMA’s disregard of local flood protection measures when it drew them.

Meanwhile, unless Congress succeeds in passing a delay, federal flood insurance rates are set to go up dramatically as soon as October. Many in Louisiana are facing increases of 20 percent or more.

And, as ProPublica reporter Theo Meyer has found, some may end up paying for insurance they don’t need.

Read the ProPublica article: Using Outdated Data, FEMA Is Wrongly Placing Homeowners in Flood Zones

Share your story: Tell ProPublica About Flood Map Problems Where You Live

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Latest News
7:00 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Federal Judge Weighs Jail Consent Decree

Sheriff Marlin Gusman at a news conference a few months ago, discussing the jail consent decree.
Eileen Fleming WWNO

The cost of the consent decree reforming the city jail is under review.

A federal judge is deciding how New Orleans will pay for reforming its troubled jail. The price tag will be split between the city and sheriff.

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6:00 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Death Row Inmates Seek Relief From The Heat

The front gates to the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.
msppmoore Flickr

Federal judge to examine Angola death row cooling systems.

A federal judge in Louisiana is deciding if death row inmates are being held in unsafe conditions from extreme heat. There’s no air conditioning in that part of the state prison in Angola.

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