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Jefferson Parish Recycling
11:59 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Jefferson Parish recycling has banner first week

Officials say about half of the households in unincorporated East Jefferson participated in the first week of curbside garbage recycling, a significant increase for a service they last had before Hurricane Katrina.

Director Marnie Winter of the Department of Environmental Affairs tells The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/MUJnkD) the overall rate of households putting out the new green bins Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday was 51 percent.

Before Katrina, Winter says an average of about 32 percent of homes participated in curbside recycling.

Blighted Property Auction
10:30 am
Thu July 5, 2012

20 Blighted New Orleans Properties to be Auctioned in July

A former hospital is among 20 blighted properties being auctioned this month in New Orleans.

A city news release says the former River of Life hospital was last appraised at $1.4 million, and the minimum bid is $933,333.33. The city is foreclosing because the owner owes more than $320,000 in taxes and liens.

It will be the only property sold July 12. Fifteen will be auctioned off on July 19, and four on July 26.

Gulf Oil Spill Indictment
12:39 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Ex-BP Engineer: Most Deleted Texts Were Routine

Lawyers for a former BP engineer are pressing federal prosecutors to explain how their client impeded a grand jury probe by deleting text messages about the company's response to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

In a court filing Monday, Kurt Mix's attorneys also seek a court order requiring prosecutors to specify which deleted texts form the basis for the obstruction-of-justice charges against him.

NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century
3:33 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Filling In New Orleans' Future, One Blank At A Time

Candy Chang, co-founder of the website Neighborland, writes on an art installation in New Orleans in April. As part of a public street art project that later became Neighborland, Chang put nametag-like stickers on empty New Orleans storefronts for residents to write ideas for improving the city.
Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 8:19 pm

New Orleans became a blank slate after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. And ever since, entrepreneurs have rushed in to experiment with new ideas for building and running a city.

Among them is a startup called Neighborland.com, a social media tool for sharing ideas to make your neighborhood better. After signing in to Neighborland, you can find your neighborhood and post your idea. The posts all start with "I want," and you fill in the rest.

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Gulf Oil Spill Fines
10:31 am
Thu June 28, 2012

BP Fines for Gulf States Included in Highway Bill

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says a transportation bill that Congress is close to approving includes a provision to steer 80 percent of the fines BP PLC is expected to pay in water pollution penalties stemming from the Gulf oil spill to pay for restoration in five Gulf states. 

St. Bernard Parish Hospital
9:37 am
Mon June 25, 2012

St. Bernard Hospital Nearly Open

CHALMETTE — In August the St. Bernard Parish Hospital is slated to open its doors seven years after Hurricane Katrina.

The Times-Picayune reports that the 113,000-square-foot hospital and an adjoining 60,000-square-foot medical office building are nearly ready.

For Wayne Landry, chairman of St. Bernard Parish's Hospital Service District, the opening is one of the last pieces of the parish's recovery.

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Education
6:30 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Judge Rules New Orleans School Employees Wrongfully Terminated After Hurricane Katrina

A judge in New Orleans has ruled in favor of school employees fired after Hurricane Katrina. The decision could pave the way for thousands more workers in a class-action lawsuit.

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Katrina Pump Contract
9:48 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Corps Restarts Bidding for New Orleans Floodgates, Pumps

The Army Corps of Engineers has restarted bidding for a $700 million contract to design and build permanent storm surge closure and pump stations on three canals that end in Lake Pontchartrain. Levees on two of them broke after Hurricane Katrina, letting floodwaters into the city.

The projects represent the final major construction of the post-Katrina levee system.

SUNO Library
9:44 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Renovation for SUNO's Katrina-Destroyed Library

Nearly seven years after Hurricane Katrina's wind and water wrecked the library at Southern University at New Orleans, restoration of the three-story structure is to begin.

The library has been operating out of temporary quarters in the Multipurpose Building.

The Times-Picayune reports that a ceremony in front of the library building will launch the $4.3 million project.

SUNO spokesman David Grubb said the architecture firm for the restoration is Jerry Campbell & Associates of Baton Rouge. Work is expected to be complete by next summer.

Gulf Oil Spill: Costner Lawsuit
11:22 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Jury Sides with Costner in BP Spill Lawsuit

Kevin Costner says his reputation was at stake as he defended himself against accusations that he cheated fellow actor Stephen Baldwin out of millions of dollars in a lucrative BP contract for oil-cleaning machines after the 2010 spill.

Baldwin and a friend were seeking $17 million in damages, saying they could have made at least that much in the deal. A federal jury sided with Costner and gave them nothing. 

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