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Gulf Oil Spill
10:57 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Gulf Residents to Get Extra $64M for Spill Claims

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Justice Department says more than $64 million will be paid to about 7,300 people and businesses whose claims with BP's $20 billion compensation fund were shortchanged or wrongfully denied after the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  The department says an independent audit found significant errors in its processing of claims.

Commentary
10:51 am
Fri April 20, 2012

A Punishment BP Can’t Pay Off

A bird in the process of being rehabilitated at the Fort Jackson Bird Rescue Center, July 5, 2010.
Jason Saul WWNO

Two years after a series of gambles and ill-advised decisions on a BP drilling project led to the largest accidental oil spill in United States history and the death of 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, no one has been held accountable.

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Hurricane Recovery Spending
10:09 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Recovery Money Redirected to Superdome Upgrades

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Jindal administration has gotten permission to redirect federal hurricane recovery money from housing aid programs to Superdome upgrades. Federal approval was discussed Thursday in the Senate Finance Committee. 

BP Oil Spill
6:00 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Senator Landrieu Says Oil Spill Recovery Has Been Slow

Two years after the deadly Deepwater Horizon explosion, Louisiana’s Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu says the recovery has been slow. The senator receives hundreds of calls a month reporting troubles still caused by the BP oil spill.

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Gulf Oil Spill
10:25 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Scientists: Fish are Sick Where BP's Oil Spill Hit

BARATARIA BAY, La. (AP) — Two years after the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, scientists say they're finding trouble with sick fish that dwell along offshore reefs and in the deep waters — especially in places where the oil spill hit the hardest.

Reviewing Effects of BP Oil Spill
12:32 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Nicholls to Hold Oil Spill Conference

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Nicholls State University will hold a conference Wednesday reviewing the effects of the BP oil spill two years ago.

Keynote speaker is Donald Boesch, appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.

Boesch is a professor of marine science at the University of Maryland.

Other speakers include Robert Dickey of the Food and Drug Administration, state health officer Jimmy Guidry and LSU environmental sciences professor Ed Overton.

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New Orleans Libraries
8:46 am
Fri April 13, 2012

New Orleans Opens Four New Libraries

New Orleans is marking the opening of a fourth new library in as many weeks. 

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BP Oil Spill
4:05 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Feinberg Finishes With BP Claims Process

The attorney handling damage claims from the BP oil spill is no longer in charge of deciding compensation. A federal court is taking over jurisdiction.

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Disaster Preparedness
10:24 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Tulane Gets Gates Foundation Grant to Help Establish Disaster-Relief Network

Tulane University is getting a $5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help universities in areas prone to disasters establish education and development programs.

Ky Luu is executive director of Tulane's Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy. He says New Orleans has experience dealing in natural disasters, such as hurricanes, and man-made ones, including the BP oil spill. That experience will be shared with centers in Thailand and another in east Africa.

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Levees.org
8:11 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Levees.org Continues Drive for Federal Markers at Katrina Levee Breaches

A state advisory panel has voted against an effort led by the grassroots group Levees.org to mark two spots where levees breached during Hurricane Katrina. However, the drive continues, despite the opposition.

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