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On Point Live!
3:58 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

The Best Of 'On Point Live!' In New Orleans

Tom Ashbrook, host of NPR's 'On Point', after a tour of the wetlands and flood protection structures surrounding New Orleans.
Janet Wilson WWNO

Tweets, photos, video and more from the special production of On Point Live! here in New Orleans.

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On Point Live!
10:17 am
Fri January 24, 2014

New Orleans: On Point Live! American Coastline — The View From Louisiana

Host Tom Ashbrook joins Jarvis Deberry, Denise Reed and Tommy Michot on the stage of Le Petit Theatre in New Orleans for On Point Live! on Thursday, Jan. 24.
Credit Janet Wilson / WWNO

We take On Point to New Orleans to look at the state of America’s battered coastlines.

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Latest News
12:37 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Ex-BP Engineer To Seek Judge's Recusal From Case

Lawyers for a former BP engineer convicted of trying to obstruct a probe of the company's 2010 Gulf oil spill plan to seek the disqualification of the federal judge who presided over their client's trial last month.

In an order, U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. says he received correspondence Tuesday in which Kurt Mix's lawyers argue for their first time that he must disqualify himself from the case because a spill-related civil claim had been filed on his behalf last year.

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The Lens
5:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Flood Protection Authority Defends Oil And Gas Lawsuit In Baton Rouge

The Mississippi River Delta, and sediment from the rivers feeding into the Gulf of Mexico.
NASA

Attorneys for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority — East had a chance to defend their lawsuit against oil and gas companies, at a meeting of the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority on Wednesday in Baton Rouge.

The head of the state coastal authority, Garret Graves, has been one of the harshest critics of the lawsuit since it was filed last July. Governor Bobby Jindal has also been critical of the suit.

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Latest News
3:26 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

1,000-Acre Westbank Range To Be Home For Declining Species

A planned 1,000-acre range on New Orleans' west bank will serve as a haven for antelope and bird species that aren't breeding as well as zookeepers would like, giving some of the animals a chance to roam in herds that zoos don't have space for.

Groundbreaking on the project begins Wednesday. New Orleans' Audubon Nature Institute and the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy are partners on the project.

Red River Radio
9:20 am
Fri January 3, 2014

LSU AgCenter ramps up statewide water research with Bossier City-based faculty

LSU AgCenter northwest region director Patrick Colyer shows off the Red River Research Station's "scrubbing pond."

The LSU AgCenter is hiring four new faculty members who will be statewide water experts based at the Red River Research Station in Bossier City.

The new positions include an irrigation engineer, a water quality scientist, a plant soil scientist and a water policy economist.

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Environment
3:58 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

City Will Collect Christmas Trees For Coastal Restoration Projects

The City of New Orleans will once again collect Christmas trees and reclycle them for use in coastal restoration projects.
dutourdumonde Shutterstock

The City of New Orleans will continue its curbside Christmas tree recycling program this year, the Mayor's Office has announced.

The trees, which will be collected during regular curbside trash collection days (Jan. 9-11), will be placed in selected coastal areas in an effort to help rebuild wetlands and protect the Louisiana coastline.

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BP Oil Spill
1:44 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

2 Top Officials Leave BP Oil Spill Claims Office

Two top officials of a fund that pays compensation in connection with the 2010 BP oil spill have resigned, just months after the two were accused of engaging in improper conduct.

Program head Patrick Juneau confirms that CEO David Odom and Chief Operating Officer Kirk Fisher have resigned.

"They desire to move on to other business opportunities," he said in an emailed statement.

The process of paying claims will not be interrupted by their departure, Juneau said. Attempts at reaching both Odom and Fisher by phone or by other contact information were unsuccessful.

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Environment
12:48 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Scientists Charge BP Oil Spill 'Gravely' Injured Dolphins

Veterinarians collect samples from a Barataria Bay dolphin in August 2011.

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 7:18 am

Dolphins are getting very sick from exposure to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A government study confirms a host of problems in dolphins who live in one of the heaviest-oiled bays in Louisiana. Scientists say the dolphins are gravely ill with injuries consistent with the toxic effects of exposure to petroleum hydrocarbons.


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Community
7:28 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

The Woodlands Conservancy Preserves An Endangered Ecosystem

Deep into the Woodland Conserancy's forest are cypress and bottomland hardwood trees.
Josh Brasted

Woodlands Conservancy is creating a legacy for future generations by preserving and developing an ecosystem of coastal hardwood forest dedicated to public use.

Katie Brasted, the Executive Director at the Woodlands Conservancy, took us on a walking tour. The following is a transcript of the tour, and her thoughts on why the Conservancy is so important.

We’re within a 609-acre forested wetland. This is in Plaquemines Parish.

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