6:03 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Insight: Jindal to Open Session with Short To-Do List

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 4:47 pm

The state legislative session kicks off Monday, March 10, with the traditional address by the governor.

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Flood Insurance
7:18 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

House Approves Measure To Ease Flood Insurance Hikes

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 8:17 am



The House overwhelmingly passed legislation last night to undo flood insurance reform that Congress passed less than two years ago. When homeowners started calling lawmakers about sharp premium hikes, both chambers moved swiftly to ease the pain.

NPR's Ailsa Chang reports.

AILSA CHNAG, BYLINE: In 2012, Democrat Maxine Waters of California put her name on a bill that was meant to help the National Flood Insurance Program dig itself out of huge debt. Last night, she said she made a big mistake.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Changes To Levee Board Process Opposed By Environmental Groups

Wetlands south of New Orleans. The straight lines are where canals have been cut into the marshes, facilitating their degradation.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

Environmental groups say politics, not safety, is priority in changes to levee board process.

A coalition of environmental groups is heading to Baton Rouge to fight legislation aimed at changing how levee board members are appointed. The changes would affect the levee board that is suing the oil industry to pay for repairing wetlands damaged over decades of oil production.

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Le Show
11:38 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Le Show For March 2, 2014

Harry Shearer.

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer brings The New F-Bomb, Just Say So, News of the Warm, the Apologies of the Week, Karzai Talk, News of Nice Corp, News of the Atom, and more!

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Mayors Meet To Find Ways Of Reducing Crime In African American Communities

Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Office of Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Mayors' meeting coincides with President Obama's initiative to help young men of color.

Representatives from more than two dozen U.S. cities are wrapping a conference in New Orleans this week aimed at reducing violence among young African American men and boys. It coincides with President Obama reaching out to foundations and businesses to help young men of color reach their full potential.

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5:52 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Insight: State Lawmakers File More Than 600 Bills

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 4:45 pm

Friday is the deadline for pre-filing bills for the Louisiana legislative session that starts March 10. So far, the proposals include renewed attempts at state retirement reform, constitutional amendments to expand Medicaid, and the return of the electric chair.

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1:25 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Battle Shaping Up Over 'Big Oil' Lawsuit Bill

Advocates of a south Louisiana flood control board's lawsuit against scores of oil and gas companies over erosion of coastal wetlands are making plans to fight legislation they say could undermine the suit.

Among other things, the bill filed for this year's legislative session would ensure Gov. Bobby Jindal's power to reject an independent committee's nominations for membership on the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. Jindal opposes the lawsuit filed by the SLFPA-E last year.

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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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2:37 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Democratic Sen. Landrieu Walks A Fine Line In Red Louisiana

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., has won some conservative supporters in her state, but her support for Obamacare is putting her re-election at risk.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 7:06 am

If Democrats are going to keep their majority in the Senate, they'll need to hang on to a few critical seats they hold in conservative states.

Mary Landrieu of Louisiana has one of those, and like some of her colleagues up for re-election, her support of the Affordable Care Act could be the mountain to overcome this fall.

The question for Landrieu is: Will Louisiana voters define her by Obamacare, or judge her on the entire record she's built over nearly two decades as a senator?

For Some, Obamacare's A Dealbreaker

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Le Show
1:48 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Le Show For Feb. 23, 2014

Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer presents News of AfPAC, We re Not #1, News of NiceCorps, Diplomax PM. Inside Extra Access Tonight: The Carpet Channel, Apologies of the Week, News of the Atom, News of Warm, and more!

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