New Orleans, La. – The president of the Associated Branch Pilots says new restrictions are starting tomorrow limiting the depth of vessels from 45 feet to 43 feet below the surface. That means lighter cargo and lost income to maritime interests. Captain Mike Lorino joined a panel of lawmakers and business leaders at the Port of New Orleans calling on the Corps to step up the dredging work.
"They have left the Mississippi River - the greatest waterway in the world - open to disaster."
New Orleans, La. – The 30 graduates own small businesses that include pest control, martial arts, shoe sales, construction and demolition. They received business, legal and planning advice through a nationwide program to distribute $500 million dollars from the investment bank Goldman Sachs. Buffett says his investment firm has bought many companies that started with only a few hundreds dollars.
New Orleans, La. – Mayor Landrieu says now is the time to confirm with friends and relatives if it's still O-K to stay at their place should a hurricane head toward New Orleans. And he recommends stocking up on supplies, like bottled water and batteries.
"If the evacuation goes smoothly and goes well, if people are well prepared and take care of themselves, and take responsibility, then however catastrophic the even the recover is always better if the evacuation goes well."
New Orleans, La. – The locations of two levee breaks that occurred during Hurricane Katrina are on their way to becoming places of national recognition for their historic value. Levees-dot-org is leading the effort for getting the National Register of Historic Places to mark the 17th Street and Industrial Canal breaks. New Orleans City Council Vice President Arnie Fielkow says it's vital that people understand what caused the flooding after Katrina.
New Orleans, La. – Jim Delahoussaye has been staying in Lafayette after evacuating from his home in Butte LaRose. But when authorities switched the mandatory evacuation order to voluntary status over the weekend, he got in line to check his property.
"There was a pretty constant stream of trucks and trailers and refrigerators and furniture and all kinds of stuff, boats full of junk, coming back into Butte LaRose."
New Orleans, La. – Gates told thousands of Rotary members at the Convention Center that the fight to eradicate polio worldwide is 99 percent complete.
"This last one percent will be the longest, hardest one percent. It will require more work and commitment than ever before."
Rotary clubs around the world have been struggling to wipe out polio through vaccinations since 1985. Gates is now spearheading the effort through the Bill and Melinda Gats Foundation, calling it his top priority.