recovery

Gulf Oil Spill: Costner Lawsuit
10:33 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Baldwin: Didn't Invest in Oil Cleanup Devices

Actor Stephen Baldwin says nobody asked him to invest any money or join Kevin Costner in lobbying BP to use oil cleanup devices that the two actors were touting in the aftermath of the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Baldwin testified Monday at a trial for his lawsuit against Costner over a multimillion-dollar business dispute involving the cleanup devices.

Community Development
6:53 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

City looking to spend federal money more efficiently, quickly

The Hoffman Triangle III project aimed to complete nine new homes for first-time homebuyers by the end of last year. But only 5 were completed, according to a city report detailing how federal housing grant funds were spent in 2011.
Tom Gogola The Lens

It seemed like a simple enough question: How much of a $25 million annual federal allocation did Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration spend last year to help struggling residents and address blight?

The precise figure is hard to decipher, city officials said. On the one hand, the city spent more than $25 million because of money rolled over from previous years. But it didn’t spend all of its 2011 money, citing project delays.

As they do annually, the feds are letting the money roll into this year, so the city hasn’t lost any funding.

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BP Oil Spill
4:00 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

BP Oil Spill Device Lands Actors Kevin Costner and Stephen Baldwin in Federal Court

Actors Kevin Costner and Stephen Baldwin are facing off in a New Orleans courtroom. Costner is being sued over profits from a device launched to combat the BP oil spill.

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Costner Lawsuit
10:44 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Trial Opens For Suit Against Costner Over BP Deal

Two Hollywood stars could spend the next two weeks in a New Orleans courtroom rather than on camera, on opposite sides in a real-life legal drama.

Jury selection is scheduled Monday for Stephen Baldwin's federal lawsuit against fellow actor Kevin Costner over their investments in a device BP used in trying to clean up the huge Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Both are expected to testify. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman says every litigant must be in court every day because of the seriousness of the claims and in case of mid-trial settlement talks.

Recovery School District
8:30 am
Fri June 1, 2012

BESE reviews capital projects, Early Head Start monitoring

Construction of four new schoolhouses should be completed as classes resume in August, education officials announced Wednesday night, but modular buildings are ready just in case.

Capital projects, including ground-up school construction, highlighted Wednesday night’s meeting in New Orleans of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The board meets periodically in New Orleans — Wednesday’s meeting was at Walter L. Cohen High School — to address Recovery School District issues.

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Public Housing
9:47 am
Thu May 31, 2012

HANO to Present Draft Plans for Iberville Project

A better picture of redevelopment plans for New Orleans' last barracks-style public housing complex will be presented to the public today. The Housing Authority of New Orleans is holding a meeting to discuss redevelopment plans for the Iberville public housing project, which sits next to the French Quarter. 

Toxic Trailers
9:36 am
Tue May 29, 2012

FEMA Trailer Litigation Nears End

A deal has been reached to resolve nearly all of the remaining court claims from allegations that government-issued trailers exposed Gulf Coast residents to hazardous fumes after Hurricane Katrina.

Lead plaintiffs' attorney Gerald Meunier told The Associated Press on Monday that a class-action settlement agreement has been expanded to include several companies that manufactured, installed or refurbished FEMA trailers after the 2005 storm.

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Katrina FEMA Grants
11:10 am
Fri May 25, 2012

$9.2M in FEMA Grants for Katrina Recovery

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing another $9.2 million to help southeast Louisiana recover from Hurricane Katrina.

St. Bernard Parish is getting back $1.4 million spent to demolish and remove thousands of houses that couldn't be repaired after the 2005 storm.

The largest grants are $3.3 million to repair flood and wind damage at Brown Hall on the Southern University at New Orleans campus, and nearly $3 million for a crane rail extension at the Port of New Orleans.

New Orleans: Six Years After
6:00 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Examining New Orleans Six Years After, and Your Responses

Paul Maassen and Dr. Ed Chervenak, Director of the UNO Survey Research Center, discuss the state of our vital civic institutions in the years since Hurricane Katrina and the storm's aftermath, and examine your responses and to our week-long series and the results of  UNO's New Orleans Quality of Life Survey  

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New Orleans: Six Years After
7:49 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Mental Health Care

Eve Abrams WWNO

One enduring legacy of Hurricane Katrina and the storm's aftermath is stress.  Stress about  home, family, money, environment, and on and on.  But stress doesn’t stay stress; it has a tendency to become other things.  Eve Abrams investigates how dealing with hard situations, in a New Orleans helping fewer mental-health patients, has affected the health, safety, and moral compass/future of our city.

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