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Katrina: Historic Levees
11:37 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Recognizing Katrina Breaches is a Tangled Process

NEW ORLEANS — The head of an advocacy group in New Orleans is expressing frustration with delays in the effort to get recognition for sites where levee breaches led to catastrophic flooding after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The Army Corps of Engineers has jurisdiction over one of the sites and has the right to say whether it believes the sites belong on the National Register of Historic Places. But the corps has held back on giving its view, saying the matter involves facts that are still at issue in lawsuits.

Katrina Pump Contract
9:56 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Judge Clears Way for Corps to Re-Bid New Orleans Pump Work

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After months of delay over legal wrangling, a federal judge says the Army Corps of Engineers can re-start the bidding process for a $700 million contract to build pump stations at the mouths of three drainage canals in New Orleans. Two of the canals were breached during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Gulf Oil Spill Indictment
9:46 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Former BP Worker: Evidence Proves Him Innocent

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about how much oil was leaking from the company's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico is claiming that evidence federal investigators did not possess will prove him innocent. Kurt Mix has pleaded not guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice.

Katrina Cottages
3:14 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Katrina Cottages: Years late and $1 million over budget

This little pink house at 1805 Lamanche St. is adjacent to an untended house with an overgrown lot.
Tom Gogola The Lens

With little fanfare, a cluster of tidy new houses recently went on the market in the Lower 9th Ward, bringing a poorly executed experiment in post-disaster housing to inglorious resolution long delayed.

The 22 one- and two- bedroom houses are the last of the now-notorious  “Katrina Cottages” that, almost seven years ago, were conceived as salvation for New Orleanians displaced by hurricanes Katrina and Rita and desperate to come home.

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Gulf Oil Spill Litigation
11:27 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Date Pushed Back for Start of BP Spill Trial

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has pushed back the start of a civil trial for claims against BP PLC and other companies involved in the 2010 Gulf oil spill. The judge on Thursday set a date of Jan. 14, 2013. The litigation centers on the oil spill that began in April 2010 from BP's Macondo well.

Gulf Oil Spill Settlement
10:16 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Judge Allows Gulf Oil Spill Settlement to Proceed

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge in New Orleans has preliminarily approved a proposed class-action settlement that would resolve billions of dollars in claims against BP over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's ruling Wednesday allows the settlement process to proceed, but he will hold a "fairness hearing" later this year before deciding whether to give his final approval.

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New Orleans Streetlights
10:12 am
Thu May 3, 2012

New Orleans Plans to Fix Streetlights

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans hopes to have every streetlight in the city back on by the end of the year.

The city says there are about 10,900 streetlights not working and 4,793 of those are in need of repairs.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu said "lighting up the city" will make the city safer.

Jon Johnson, city councilman for eastern New Orleans, says many residents are afraid to leave their homes at night because of broken lighting.

The mayor says workers have fixed about 16,000 streetlights since he took office. The city owns about 54,400 streetlights.

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Katrina Bike Tour
10:08 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Bike Tour Features Levee Breach Sites

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An advocacy group is hosting a weekend bike tour that will include visits to two of the sites where levee breaches during Hurricane Katrina led to catastrophic flooding.

Levees.Org holds the tour Sunday, beginning at New Orleans' City Park. A news release from the organization says participants will ride to the 17th Street Canal breach site Then bikers will ride through the recovering Lakeview neighborhood and through City Park to the London Avenue Canal breach in the Filmore Gardens neighborhood of New Orleans' Gentilly area.

Gulf Oil Spill
9:40 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Feds Seek Summer Trial Date for Gulf Spill Claims

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Justice Department is urging a federal judge to set a new trial date for this summer for government claims against BP over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP has asked the judge to set a January 2013 trial date. 

Reports
6:00 am
Wed April 25, 2012

BP Settlement Hearing Set in Federal Court

BP is heading back to federal court in New Orleans on a proposed settlement over its oil spill two years ago. Shrimp processors are objecting to some terms.

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