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7:32 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Court Told Fisherman Should Return BP Claim Money

A court-appointed investigator says a fisherman should return more than $50,000 in BP oil spill claim money.

Louis Freeh, the former FBI director appointed to investigate claims arising from the 2010 disaster, filed a federal court motion Tuesday to force the return of the money.

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5:13 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Federal Water Projects Bill Funds Levees And Flood Gates

The Morganza flood control structure, part of the "Morganza to the Gulf" project funded by the Water Resources Development Act.
Tobin Wikimedia

Capping a rare instance of congressional compromise, President Barack Obama signed a $12.3 billion water projects bill Tuesday, financing improvements ranging from a harbor expansion in Boston to levees and flood control gates in Louisiana.

Obama singled out two of the bill's main negotiators for praise — Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California and Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter.

The new law will pay for 34 new projects over the next 10 years. Its price tag is half the amount of the last water projects bill seven years ago.

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4:55 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Catholic Bishops Gather In New Orleans For Spring Meeting

Roman Catholic bishops will meet in New Orleans Wednesday for the Spring General Assembly.
Wally Gobetz Flickr

Roman Catholic bishops from around the United States will meet Wednesday through Friday in New Orleans for their annual Spring General Assembly.

On the agenda is a discussion of the economy and its impact on marriage, helping typhoon victims and preparing for upcoming church-sponsored events on family life.

The bishops will also get an annual progress report on efforts to prevent the sexual abuse of children.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops holds the events twice a year.

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4:18 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Hefty Fines Could Hit Drivers Without Insurance

Louisiana drivers who don't maintain insurance face a steep increase in fees.
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In the final hours of the legislative session, lawmakers passed a $53 million fee hike on drivers who don't maintain car insurance as required by law.

Most of the money is slated largely to go to state police to boost trooper salaries. Other beneficiaries include local sheriffs and district attorneys.

The measure by Rep. Barry Ivey raises fees for the reinstatement of driving privileges if a driver has been caught without insurance.

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7:59 am
Fri June 6, 2014

WWII Museum Marks 70th Anniversay Of D-Day

The National World War II Museum is packed with veterans, historians and visitors this weekend.  

Today is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

The National World War II Museum — which opened as the National D-Day Museum in 2000 — is planning events throughout the day to remember the events that unfolded along the beaches of Normandy.

Among those attending are some of the veterans of that battle.

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7:53 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Legal Scholars Warn Levee Lawsuit Could Affect BP Spill Claims

Soiled coastline after the BP oil spill.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

Opponents of a bill that would derail a levee board's lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies say experts are finding the legislation threatens claims against BP.

Seventy legal scholars say the bill threatens state and local litigation over the 2010 BP oil spill.

The levee board’s lawsuit says oil drilling and production has damaged the wetlands that protect New Orleans from hurricanes. It demands the companies repair that damage.

Governor Bobby Jindal opposes the lawsuit, and wants to sign a bill that would make it invalid.

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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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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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