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1:16 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

WWNO Coastal Desk And Listening Post: What Do You Think About Flood Insurance?

WWNO is launching its Coastal Desk, a new intiative to cover issues vital to the resilience of Louisiana's waterfront communities. That includes hearing from you, through our Listening Post project.

Take part by texting "Hello" to (985) 200-2433

Sign up and you'll receive text messages with questions about coastal issues in the area. You'll also receive information as we hear about it. It's a way to create conversation on topics like flood insurance, coastal erosion, and how these things impact life in Louisiana.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

EPA Tightens Reporting Standards For Refinery, Chemical Plant Emissions

EPA settles lawsuit filed by Louisiana and Texas groups.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled a lawsuit on measuring toxic emissions from refineries and chemical plants. The move comes after complaints by community groups in Texas and Louisiana.

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Coastal News
2:26 am
Thu February 27, 2014

FEMA Flood Insurance Law Faces Partial Repeal Over Premiums

Levees, like this one in New Orleans, must be certified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before appearing on federal flood maps. This change has resulted in higher flood insurance premiums in some areas.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 9:38 am

The House is expected to vote as early as next week to partially repeal a 2012 law that overhauled the National Flood Insurance Program, which is tens of billions of dollars in debt.

The law was meant to make people living in flood-prone areas foot more of the insurance bill. But lawmakers didn't realize how many homeowners would be affected — or how hard they'd be hit.

You can find some of those homeowners in Bayou Gauche, about 30 miles west of New Orleans.

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Coastal News
4:43 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Photos: WWNO Launches Coastal Desk With Trip To Port Fourchon

A map of offshore oil and gas leases in and around Port Fourchon.
Credit Eve Troeh / WWNO

WWNO has launched its Coastal News desk, an ongoing reporting initiative focusing on the science and industry of the coast, and the people who live and work there.

We begin with photos from a trip to Port Fourchon, exploring life and industry on and near La. 1. Stay tuned for more in-depth coverage soon.

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Latest News
5:05 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Coast Guard Reopens Mississippi River After Spill

The Mississippi River.
bdearth Flickr

The Mississippi River in Louisiana has reopened to vessel traffic after an oil spill. Mariners are asked to report any oil spotted along the river.

The Coast Guard says more than 31,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from a barge that collided with a towboat Saturday. Just over 1,000 gallons of an oily water mix have been recovered.

River traffic between New Orleans and Baton Rouge was blocked, leaving vessels stuck in traffic.

Petty Officer Matthew Schofield says mariners are asked to help locate any oil in the river.

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Latest News
12:00 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

River Traffic Halted By Spill

The Mississippi River.
bdearth Flickr

Weekend collision closes section of Mississippi River.

About 65 miles of the Mississippi River in Louisiana remains closed because of an oil spill, meaning shipping near the site is at a standstill.

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Red River Radio
9:16 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Red River National Wildlife Refuge to showcase its nightlife sounds

Red River National Wildlife Refuge ranger Terri Jacobson will present a program about night sounds on the refuge.

The Friends of the Red River National Wildlife Refuge will host a public event Monday that will explore the night sounds on the refuge in Bossier City. Owls, frogs, and crickets are just part of the nighttime chorus, according to refuge ranger Terri Jacobson. In the spring, Jacobson said, the wildlife sounds intensify.

“The animals are waking up and starting to call and sing and make noise as they’re gathering courtship, pairing up, getting together to create families for the spring," Jacobson said.

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Environment
10:27 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Conservation Groups To Feds: Speed Up Sea Turtle Analysis

Four conservation groups say they'll sue the National Marine Fisheries Service because it's taking too long to analyze shrimping's effects on threatened and endangered sea turtles.

A letter sent Wednesday began a 60-day settlement period required before suing under the Endangered Species Act.

Fisheries spokeswoman Allison Garrett says the agency doesn't comment about pending or active litigation. She says the analysis is underway.

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Environment
11:00 am
Sun February 9, 2014

Volunteers Sought For Bayou Lafourche Sweep

The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program expects to find a wide variety of junk in Bayou Lafourche when the group does its annual cleanup along 106 miles of the waterway March 15.

A spokesman says past finds in sweeps of the bayou, which provides drinking water for communities along its banks, have included old toilets and underwear.

The Daily Comet reports the group is seeking volunteers for the cleanup.

Environment
10:08 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Garrett Graves Leaving Position As Coastal Protection And Restoration Authority Chair

Governor Bobby Jindal announced late yesterday that Garret Graves is leaving his position as chair of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. Graves has held the position for the last six years. Environemental reporter Bob Marshall of the Lens says that Graves' was highly praised for his leadership in re-writing the state's coastal Master Plan in 2012.

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