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7:30 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Gulf Restoration Meeting On Transocean Fines To Take Place In Houma Sept. 11

State coastal restoration officials will be holding a public meeting September 11 in Houma to review spending plans for fines linked to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The Houma Courier reports projects will be funded through the Restore Council.

The money will come from criminal fines paid by Transocean, the owner of the Deeepwater Horizon drilling rig. It was working at the site of BP's Macondo well when the underwater well blew out in April 2010.

The disaster killed 11 workers and created the nation's largest offshore oil disaster.

11:29 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Katrina/Sandy Website Offers Comparisons In Resilience

The Sandy/Katrina Platform Compares Experiences and Context of Disaster and Recovery
Lusia Dantas

Luisa Dantas created a Hurricane Katrina-related website called Land of Opportunity, which accompanies a documentary film of the same name. It chronicles ongoing challenges of disaster recovery and resilience.

The newest feature is a timeline that compares and contrasts stories of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy. 

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Latest News
7:19 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Katrina Memorial Events Set To Mark Ninth Anniversary

Several events are planned in New Orleans to mark the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro will join city leaders at a wreath-laying ceremony at the Katrina memorial in Charity Hospital Cemetery on Canal Street.

Friday marks nine years since the August 29th, 2005, storm hit. It's blamed for more than 1,800 deaths.

In New Orleans, federal levee failures unleashed catastrophic flooding, destruction and damage were widespread.

The city continues to recover.

Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: How Should We Commemorate Hurricane Katrina?

Local advocacy group has been working to install official historical plaques at places where the levees failed during Hurricane Katrina.
Kate Richardson

WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is the 9th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. 

Like a lot of New Orleanians, Wayne Benjamin understands that after 9 years, some people are ready to stop talking about the storm.

"But for others, it’ll never be something that goes away, and I guess it depends on where you’re at as a person and what you’ve lost" he says.

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7:57 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Treasury Department Releases Plan To Handle BP Fines

The U.S. Treasury Department has set out 97 pages of rules for investing and allocating money that BP PLC and other defendants will pay in Clean Water Act fines for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill of 2010.

The rules released yesterday formally set up a trust fund for money that state and local governments will get under the RESTORE Act and procedures for getting that money.

The total is expected to be billions of dollars, but nobody knows what it will be.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier has scheduled the third of three trials on the question in January.

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6:33 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

State Palace Theatre Purchased By Developer

The shuttered State Palace Theatre, seen in 2007.
Credit Infrogmation / Wikimedia Commons

The State Palace Theater, a piece of New Orleans history, may finally receive a long overdue facelift. Developer Gregor Fox recently announced the purchase of the Canal Street relic for $3.5 million.

The State Palace, built in 1926, was flooded during Hurricane Katrina and fully shut down in 2007. Plans to convert the theater into a museum and concert venue pre-Katrina never happened. Now, Fox says he hopes to complete a partial renovation of the 3,000-seat theater's exterior and adjoining retail space within two years.

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4:36 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Public Transit In New Orleans Still Recovering Since Hurricane Katrina

A new report from the non-profit Ride New Orleans highlights the city’s struggles to recover bus service.
Vegasjon Wikimedia

Post-Hurricane Katrina recovery in New Orleans has been a mixed bag. And a new report from the non-profit Ride New Orleans highlights the city’s struggles to recover bus service.

Less than 40 percent of transit service had been restored to the city by 2012, according to the report. And bus lines serving high-need areas like New Orleans East often have wait times of an hour or more.

Those findings were presented in a public panel discussion on Thursday.

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7:17 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Circle Food Store Fighting To Serve WIC Customers

The Circle Food Store.
Credit Infrogmation / Flickr

Dwayne Boudreaux cut the grand opening ribbon on his re-opened Circle Food Store in the 7th Ward last January. But he’s still cutting red tape to get his store to its full potential.

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7:20 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

BP's Quarterly Report: $3.6 Billion In Profits, $260 Million In Charges For 2010 Spill

BP's second quarter earnings report sets aside $260 million to pay for future litigation relating to the 2010 oil spill.
Mike Mozart Flickr

British oil giant BP reported $3.6 billion in profit in its second quarter earnings release Tuesday.  The company also reported $260 million in charges related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, reports.

Most of the charges are funds set aside to pay for future litigation relating to the spill.

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8:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Coastal Restoration Council To Start Accepting Proposals Next Month

The start of some major funding for coastal restoration begins next month. It’s part of the Restore Act fund established after the 2010 BP oil spill. Some are concerned there’s no details yet on how the affected communities will get their say on how it’s spent.

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