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WRKF
5:53 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Insight: Inside the Cost-Saving Report

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:56 pm

Shortly after 3 p.m. on Monday, just a few hours before the final gavel came down on the legislative session, the Jindal administration unleashed a 400-plus page report from their consultants who had been asked to find recommendations for saving the state money.

Robert Travis Scott, President of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, has been combing through the report.


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The Lens
12:35 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

New Orleans Flood Protection: Stronger Than Ever, Weaker Than Intended

The city's new $14.5 billion storm surge protection system is weaker than what Congress ordered it to be 50 years ago.
US Army Corps of Engineers Wikimedia

The 2014 hurricane season has started, and New Orleans metro area residents are living behind a new, $14.5 billion storm surge system acknowledged as the best they have ever had. 

But an investigation by The Lens shows this best-ever is still not as good as Congress originally ordered it to be.

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Latest News
8:02 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Court: BP Must Pay Clean Water Act Fines

Anadarko's holdings in the Gulf of Mexico. The company was a minority partner in the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig disaster.
Credit Anadarko Petroleum Corp.

A federal appeals court says BP PLC and a minority partner in the blown-out Macondo well cannot avoid Clean Water Act fines for the 2010 oil spill by blaming another company's failed equipment.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday in an appeal by BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. from a 2012 ruling by federal Judge Carl Barbier.

A three-judge panel says the oil came from their well, so they are liable. It said it cannot just blame Transocean's failed blowout preventer.

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Latest News
4:09 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Local Officials Urge Early Preparation For 2014 Hurricane Season

City officials opened the 2014 hurricane season with a meeting at the Port of New Orleans.
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To mark the start of the 2014 hurricane season, parish presidents, city officials, and representatives from the levee boards and the national weather service met Friday at the Port of New Orleans and pledged to work together to make it a safe one.

The city’s deputy mayor for public safety, Jerry Sneed, says Hurricane Katrina drove home the point that planning for a hurricane means working together.

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Latest News
7:46 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Common Core Debate Heads to Governor Jindal

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With lawmakers refusing to scrap the Common Core, the fight over Louisiana's use of the education standards is shifting to Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Opponents of the standards are pressuring Jindal to take some sort of executive action to remove the state from the Common Core and its standardized testing.

The Republican governor, a one-time supporter of the standards now turned critic, has said he's studying his legal options, but whether he can or will do anything remains unclear.

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Latest News
7:20 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Hollywood South Expanding Clean Energy Options

Hollywood Trucks Ecoluxe trailer is now available for production locations.
Credit Hollywood Trucks

Hollywood South is expanding in a new direction. A new eco-friendly trailer just unveiled in New Orleans is available for A-listers and others involved in the film industry.

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Latest News
4:57 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Senate Committee May Green-Light Two Louisiana VA Medical Clinics

A bill making its way through the US Senate could green-light two VA medical clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles, LA.
Billy Hathorn Wikimedia

Louisiana will get another crack at green-lighting two long-delayed Veterans Affairs medical clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles, the Advocate is reporting.

A bill by Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders will get a hearing in the US Senate on Thursday. The bill would authorize the VA to lease space for 27 clinics nationwide, including the two in Louisiana.

WRKF
10:21 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Game Over: 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session Adjourns

Bill signing on final day of 2014 session. From left to right: House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, Senator Robert Adley, Rep. Neil Abramson, Governor Bobby Jindal

“We have told the Governor we give up. We’re ready to go home,” Senator Robert Adley announced, prompting laughter from his fellow lawmakers, as Senate President John Alario responded, “Very good.”

2014 can be viewed as a session of hits and misses. Governor Jindal told the press he believes he scored a hit with his budget, which includes pay raises for state workers, as well as a bit more money for higher education.

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Latest News
7:25 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Panel Reports Improvements In New Orleans Jail Fire Safety

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A federal court-appointed panel is reporting progress in improving fire safety at a section of the New Orleans jail.

In a report filed at the court Monday, the panel said padlocks on some doors in a holding area known as "the docks" have been replaced with key locks installed in the doors. The padlocks were considered a fire safety hazard.

The report also said the fire sprinkler system at the docks is fully operational. And it outlined repairs and upgrades still in the works, including improvements to alarm and ventilation systems.

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Latest News
7:19 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Jindal Delays Signing Bill Blocking Big Oil Lawsuit

Governor Bobby Jindal.
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Governor Bobby Jindal has not yet signed legislation he supports that blocks a lawsuit filed against the oil and gas industry.

He’s waiting for a review by the state Attorney General, who wanted some time to review the bill.

At issue is whether it could affect lawsuits filed over the BP oil spill four years ago.

The bill blocks a lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. The board wanted to force the industry to repair wetlands damaged by production.

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